Archive for the ‘Visual Thought’ Category

Another Look at Paris from Bill L’Herault

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Another Look at Paris from Bill L'Herault on Vimeo.

Visual Thought for the Weekend 3/16/12

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Photo Credit: Moonlight Rainbow

The Eiffel Tower is BIG on Pinterest

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Photo Credit: 9Gag

The image of the Eiffel Tower is what many see when they think of Paris.  It should be NO surprise that pictures of the Eiffel Tower are among some of the most popular on Pinterest.  The one above has been making the rounds on many of the boards that I follow.   While it isn’t the most colorful or the shot at an interesting angle, it is pretty interesting.  Enjoy!

Get Transported to Easter Sunday in Paris: Video

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Paris Easter Morning from Bill L'Herault on Vimeo.

Visual Thought for the Weekend: 02/10

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Photo credit: Ladyleia

It is Bitter Cold in Paris This Weekend

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

if it looks like this, who cares?

A Visual Thought for the Weekend…taxi

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Photo Credit: Renee Finberg

Guess Where Friday? 01/20

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Les Coins, a guest post by Brandon Smith

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Photo Credit:  Brandon A. Smith

Les Coins

I’ve been to Paris a number of times.  There are so many destinations that I could choose from, that I’d love to climb aboard a plane and be whisked to, yet each time I find myself ready for some time to bask, a vacation of sorts, my heart is tugged in the direction of that ever changing City of Lights.  “Certainly”, others begin, “you’d be better off expanding your horizons”.  I’d be better off, in the words of my friends, trying new places, experiencing yet another culture, playing resident in a new city. Yet even with that sage advice, I open my passport and collect another stamp from an ever-familiar country.

You see, for me, Paris has never been a stagnate city. A city that after spending time under its moon and in the arms of its streets, you feel you’ve seen it all.  A locale that continues along the same never changing path of modernization and politicalization. Is that a word? In some cities it must be.  For me, Paris is an onion begging to be peeled.  Every corner, a city anew.   To walk an arrondissement is to dive head first into the deep end of an ever growing puzzle.

I don’t carry a map with me when I’m in Paris.  Maps are too stifling. Too directive. Too distracting.  Certainly it is against second nature to leave the plat of the city behind in one’s hotel but to do so ensures a simple stroll will unfold to become an adventure.  I’ve seen the Louvre.  I’ve been to the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre is a promise of a beautiful view. But to experience these monuments to Parisian culture is to peel away only the first of its layers.

To leave the map behind. To promenade the rues de la ville.  To turn corners at will with no final objective.  That is to experience the city that is Paris. I’ve found odd shops where a single word of English is not uttered.  Stumbled upon a bistro with a delicious, authentic steak frites.  Discovered the oldest magasin de chocolat.  Decadent discoveries are bound to be made by simply turning the corner.  Experiencing les coins. Paris makes no promises but never fails to excite. Though a warning, once found, there is the possibility of never finding these places again.

But that, however, is what makes Paris so intriguing. The excitement that is the corner.

Brandon Smith is the founder/principal/therapist of d.coop, a boutique spatial design and development firm in  San Diego, California.  You can read more from him on his blog, d.coop and Tweet with him @dcoopsd.

Visual thought for the weekend..Guess where?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Photo Credit: Henri Coleman