Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Wednesday Doorway: la préfecture des Yvelines (78)


Though nowadays not the main entrance of the Préfecture building (Versailles being the seat of the administrative department of "Yvelines", number 78 in the list of French departments), this is the grand courtyard entrance. More about the building when I show you general views, as it is in fact a particularly beautiful one.
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Bien que ce ne soit pas l'entrée principale de la préfecture qui est... disons un peu plus administrative, voici les portes d'apparat de la cour principale. Je vous montrerai des photos plus générales de ce très bel hôtel particulier et vous en conterai l'histoire à cette occasion. Et dire qu'il n'y a pas si longtemps encore les Yvelines s'appelaient Seine-et-Oise. Vous préférez quoi, vous, comme nom ?

24 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

At last something from Yvelines! I like these doorways, hope to see something more of this building.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» looks forward to more!

tapirgal said...

This is quite amazing for an administrative building. I also look forward to seeing more!

gogouci said...

Ahhh, so beautiful. Nice detail, beautifully framed shot. I want to see more.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very stately-looking doorways. I feel like I must behave myself. ;-)

Merry Christmas, Ciel!

Kris said...

It’s that time of year again! I’m doing the rounds and apologising for my complete failure to more regularly offer comment on everybody’s incredible efforts for the year. I know how hard it can be to keep up with the daily grind of everyday posting, and want to thank you for your efforts.

I especially want to wish festive greetings for all from down here at [nearly] the end of the world, the bottom of Tasmania.

So, if you could delete whatever is not applicable, I’d like to wish you a very pleasant/merry/happy/wonderful/safe Amaterasu; Ashurall; Beiwe; Choimus; Christmas; Dazh Boh; Dongzhi; Goru; Hanukkah; Hogmanay; Junkanoo; Karachun; Koleda; Lenæa; Meán Geimhridh; Modranicht; New Years; Ras as-Sana; Rozhanitsa Feast; Şeva Zistanê; shōgatsu; Summer Solstice [if you're in the Southern Hemisphere]; Sviatki; Winter solstice [if you're in the Northern Hemisphere]; Yalda; Yule-tide; Ziemassvētki; and Коляда!

With a hearty three cheers from Kris, Jen, Henry and Ezra!

Bob Crowe said...

It does have an awfully nice balance of classic shape and ornament. I wonder if the bureaucracy inside does as well.

Lee Spangler said...

I like the faces above the doorways. I hope it means that the people inside have a pleasant disposition.

cieldequimper said...

@ Bob: lol, you've hit the nail...

Day4plus said...

I am looking foward to a beautiful series.

Merry Christmas to you.

Olivier said...

c'est une belle porte secondaire, j'en ferais bien ma porte principale ;o)) "seine et oise", je prefere, cela positionne mieux la ville, mais je suis peut etre vieux jeux

Cergie said...

Magnifique et on a très envie d'aller voir le parc qu'on entrevoit par transparence. Je n'ai pas pu prendre de photo de la préfecture de Cayenne à cause du plan Vigie Pirate, mais le coeur y était, c'était superbe aussi avec de beaux manguiers, des coursives et l'homme à l'entrée nous a fait l'historique dans la cour.

Cergie said...

Et ta bannière aussi est magnifique, elle vaut toutes les illuminations de noël (une pensée pour les arbres du parc tombés en 1999)

B SQUARED said...

Looks great. Any more shots?

Gunn White said...

I too look forward to follow this.....
You have so many nice and interesting shots!

GOD JUL/ Merry Christmas from Gunn in Stavanger!

brattcat said...

A lovely symmetry.

Rob and Mandy said...

Pas facile d'acceder internet en ce moment, donc... Joyeux Noel Sam!

Leif Hagen said...

A lovely decorated doorway indeed! Joyeux Noel 'a toi, Sam!

Rob said...

It has that perfect symmetry we so much admire. Looking forward to more details.
Merry Christmas!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very elegant!
Léia

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Thanks for reminding me to get some photos of the whiteness of winter. I tend to go for COLOR! Your photos look so elegant-- very French.

P.S. Did you see the movie Coco before Chanel? I'd love for you to reply (on or off line) about your reaction!

Jan
GDP

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Merry Nöel mon ami :)

Halcyon said...

Simple and elegant... a combination I like!

Clueless in Boston said...

The entryway and stairs are elegant in their simplicity. I like that you can see through the doorway and the other door/window behind it.