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Rita Crane Photography: France / Paris / quais / La Seine / river / latin quarter / left bank / Companions Along the Quai des Grands Augustins, Latin Quarter, Paris

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Along the quais by the river, one sees another Paris.....and this scene stole my heart. The lone woman and her dear little companion were out for a walk after a big winter rainstorm. Like so many other Parisians she must have her special places where she enjoys walking in this remarkable city that she calls home. It offers so many different atmospheres - from the spectacular monuments - to the everyday glimpses of ordinary life....in an extraordinary environment.

 

The lone woman with her dog are icons of Paris. I pay homage to them! The old woman of Paris....she holds within her heart the memories of the past ....the pulse of ordinary everyday city life. She has walked miles to the little epiceries, the charcuteries, the cremeries, the bistros, to her favorite boulangeries.....for decades, spinning a web of relationships and activities that are interconnected, from her own microcosm -- to the macrocosm of the city -and beyond.

 

Une vieille petite dame qui promene son chien loyale ..... une scene si typique de la vrai vie quotiedienne a Paris. Cette personne toute seule comme cela -- dans son univers prive' ... son microcosm prive' .... avec son vieux petit companion m'a touche' losque je me promenais sur le Quai des Orfevres au bord de la Seine, enface de cette vue. Ces deux Parisiens - clairement amis depuis longtemps - se sont rendus regulierement chez les marchands du voisinage depuis toujours. Pendant encore une autre promenade parmi les miliers de petites balades quotidiennes qu'ils tracent tranquilment, peut-etre tristement - leur chemin fait des files qui les lient, comme dans une toile, avec le macrocosm de Paris et du monde.

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Taken on February 14, 2007