Sunday, 10 January 2010

Le carré au puits

Saint Louis neighbourhood yesterday afternoon. These little houses, part of four squares, were built in 1737 as the new city was expanding and were initially meant to be markets. The four squares have wonderfully evocative names: well square, oats square, soil square and fountain square. This is the well square.
All the parks as well as the palace grounds are closed just in case someone breaks a leg, which makes for one very unhappy and irritated blogger!
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Le quartier Saint Louis hier après-midi. Ces petites maisons mansardées, composent quatre carrés construits en 1737 lors de l'expansion de la ville nouvellement créée, et devaient initialement abriter un marché. Les quatre places portent des noms délicieusement évocateurs : carré au puits, carré à l'avoine, carré à la terre et carré à la fontaine. Ceci est le carré au puits.
Tous les parcs et le domaine royal sont fermés "en raison des intempéries" ce qui fait de moi une blogueuse irritée voire courroucée !

31 comments:

IamMBB said...

Wow, closing because of snow? Can't imagine how that would work around here!

Paulie said...

How I love seeing your snow photos! I have left a comment on the last 5 or 6 posts. Somehow, I did not transfer your link to my new blog and I will do it right now so I don't miss any more of your snow photos!

Jacob said...

I didn't think you got much snow there! Shows how much I know!

Houses built in 1737, heh? Sheesh! And they're still standing. We have some built in 1937 that are still standing. I thought that was a big deal.

Why are there all those abandoned bikes?

Boise Diva said...

What a funny closure.

Halcyon said...

I love this scene. It looks so quiet and peaceful.

Sharon said...

Great shot. I love the bikes on the fence.

tapirgal said...

It's a very cool photo, even though they wouldn't let you in. I see it snowed again. Did I miss a post?

akarui said...

Pas trop la saison pour faire du velo... Jolie photo aux tons bleutes.

Sharon Van Lieu said...

Gorgeous shot, Ciel. I would love to see the interiors of these houses.

Sharon

Chuck Pefley said...

The bicycles leaning on the fence add a lot to this image. I assume the square names refer to their original functions?

Gena D said...

Lovely shot!! I'm smiling at your comment about not being able to access the park!!! thanks for the "history too!
happy sunday!
Gena
PS. my post is up too!
http://tobethinkingaloud.blogspot.com/

Dina said...

Oats Square, that's the one I'd choose.
Beautiful picture.
Maybe you just have to put your fence-climbing skills into practice. :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

aso people are still out riding bicycles in the snow? That sounds way more dangerous than walking in it.

I cannot believe everything is being closed down because of the snow. Amazing! East Gwillimbury wold be shut down for half the year! ;-)

VP said...

Your snow pictures are amazing, the closing of the parks seems an eerily familiar no-trouble policy like the one leading to the closure of our New Fortress.

Cezar and Léia said...

Ahh Ciel, what a fabulous shot!
I love the byke detail, it's ART dear friend!
Here is also snowing since yesterday.We needed to change our plans for this weekend.First we were thinking to go to Paris ( yesss!!!!) but Cezar was afraid about the snow and I heard something about the tyres, and lots of snow...and so on...Then kids wanted to go to Amsterdam. But a friend wrote saying "do not go there this weekend because the snow"...So, we decided to go home!

But I'm happy enjoying blog friends!
Et j'ai besoin de faire mes devoirs, j'ai des semaines des testes et je ne suis pas confiante :(
opssss

donnie said...

unhappy and irritated - but on the positive side - still full of leg ...

Renate D. said...

Danke für Deinen Besuch auf meinem Blog. Ich habe ein bißchen bei Dir gestöbert und mich über die wundervollen Versailles-Fotos gefreut! Ich werde sicher öfter bei Dir reinschauen!
Liebe Grüße Renate D.

brattcat said...

I'd love to see all four squares. Is your toothache adding to your disgruntlement over being locked out of the park? May the weather soon turn mild, your snow become a pleasant memory, and the park gates fall open.

cieldequimper said...

To those wondering about the closed parks: VP hit the nail. It's the new no-trouble policy. If the parks are closed, no one will break a leg or receive a branch on the head.

@ Brattcat: when the park gates fall open, the snow will be gone...

@ Tapirgal: no, I don't think you missed a post ;-), why? But yes, it did snow again in the night from Fri. to Sat.

@ all: thanks for your concern about my tooth. Actually, it's still painful at times even though I am swallowing a inordinate amount of antibiotics, which can't be changed. Next appointment Tue. evening after work!
@ Dina: what I really wanted was to take some photos of the palace grounds! No jumping over fences there!

@ Chuck: yes they do, though there was never really a market as such here. It immediately became a residential area with shops.

@ Renate: danke!

Malyss said...

Sur cette photo, il y a des banc, des vélos et de la neige.. tout ce que j'aime! Donc, même courroucée, tu me fais plaisir!U
Par contre , effectivement, quand je vois la pagaille tous les ans dès qu'il y a deux centimètres de neige, j' en viens à me demander comment ils survivent en Alaska, en sibérie ou au Canada.. La peur de la neige semble un mal bien français..
Bon dimanceh quand Même!

Small City Scenes said...

Lovely shot and the bicycles add to the overall picture.

the government is always trying to protect us because we obviousy are a bunch of dunderheads. LOL MB

Leif Hagen said...

A lovely, wintery, snowy photo! I wouldn't want to ride a bike in the snow!

Gattina said...

I haven't been in Paris since ages ! It's too close probably now with the Thalys, lol !

Diane AZ said...

It is a charming scene. Do people ride bicycles in the snow? I'm sure I would be better off walking. :D

Clueless in Boston said...

Too bad they close just in case someone were to fall. With reasoning like that they should never open, because accidents can happen in any weather, at any time.

Have a great Sunday.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

blue, cold, lonely, stuck............ breathtaking. Take time to stop and listen to nature! I see you started a third blog. I'm about to head on over and have a peek.

Jan
GDP

Rob said...

Interesting they close this park. Riding bicycles in the snow is a challenge, but fun.

Tammie Lee said...

your photo looks much like the weather we are having. Sorry that you could not go into the palace grounds!

paulboo said...

It's a beautiful scene and of course the overall blue cast adds a suitable coolness to the image, nice :o)

So you have the health and safety fascists there too! Probably an unfair description but when your angry anything goes!!

Neva said...

Biking in the snow? That is pretty aggressive biking!

Rebecca said...

Love the bicycles against the fence. And they're in the snow! It must be hard to ride them in snow.