Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wednesday Doorway: porte Saint-Antoine


22 October was a gloriously sunny day, allowing these photos of Saint-Antoine gate -not a real doorway- which is an entrance to the palace grounds since 1787. It is named after the village of Saint-Antoine-du-Buisson to where it once led. The lion is the Nemean Lion.

Le 22 octobre il faisait tellement beau que j'ai fait plein de photos. Voici l'une des entrées du parc du château, la porte, achevée en 1787, qui menait au village de Saint-Antoine-du-Buisson. Le lion qui l'orne est le lion de Némée.

31 comments:

Olivier said...

belle premiere photo, bien vu le cycliste

-K- said...

The top photo looks like the beginning of a very long but very pleasant ride into the French countryside.

bfarr said...

I particularly like the top shot...very nice.

As far as Mickey...I think Minnie left him at home because he always wants to be the boss...

ρομπερτ said...

chapeau !

Rambling Round said...

Great perspective of what lies ahead.

Kay L. Davies said...

That first photo is absolutely spectacular. I love the shape of the opening with the avenue of trees behind it.
The second photo is very nice, but it loses a lot when compared with the first one.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Scott said...

I love doors and doorways, especially that top on. Great shape on it.

Sorry I've been gone, my blog disappeared while I was in New England. I've put up a new one here to keep up for now.

Randy said...

These are wonderful. Love the first photo and wish it was me on that bike.

raf said...

Wow, that top photo is truly exceptional, Ciel!

Tammie Lee said...

those are great doorway photographs, wonderful!!

ALAIN said...

Un trou de serrure...

Malyss said...

La perspective de la 1ere photo est fabuleuse!

cieldequimper said...

@ all: the 1st one is looking towards the palace grounds.

@ tous : la première c'est direction parc du château.

Babzy said...

j'aime beaucoup la première photo où la porte ressemble à une serrure grâce aux jeux de lumières ;)

Cergie said...

Pas mal la gestion de la lumière et du cadrage sur la photo du dessus.
Le lion de Némée, je vais réviser ma mythologie...
(Pourquoi le viaduc chez moi au jour d'hui ?)

Cergie said...

La 2ème image "mérite" aussi un commentaire : j'aime bien la petite maison en embuscade.

Bien vu, il y avait en effet une peinture (pas très belle) sur un mur.
Figure toi que je n'arrêtais pas de confondre "Millau" et "Mistral" en préparant mon message.

Bergson said...

le tunnel de l'effort

brattcat said...

gorgeous shot!!!!

Thérèse said...

La premiere photo me fait penser a un trou de serrure!
Une super belle prise.

JM said...

The man on the bike adds so much to the photo. Wonderful!

Halcyon said...

Both shots are wonderful, but I love the first one. The natural framing of the gate and the silhouetted bicycletteur are really nice!

joo said...

Wow, Ciel! The first photo is glorious!!! I mean both are superb, but the first one is special!
Still rainy there?
j.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Two very different images Ciel. The first shot is fabulous and would fit so well on 'Artsy Versailles' love it, the second shows more details of the intricate design and of course M. Leo!!

Regina K said...

That top photo is a masterpiece. Perfection!

Lowell said...

That first photo contains all of the elements of a truly superb picture...

It's filled with interest...the eye is led all the way down the road; one can't help but wonder what the portal really looks like; the cobblestones shimmer in the light; and the man on the bike gives it scale and perspective. Frame it and hang it!

VP said...

I like the monumental gates. This one looks so different in these two pictures, it is probably the light.

EG Wow said...

I'm glad you showed the entrance from both directions because now I can see why it looks to be such an odd shape in the first photo. Very cool even if there is no door.

Loree said...

the first shot is really interesting.

Gunn said...

Beautiful images!

Francisca said...

In China we would call this a gateway (rather than doorway) and most villages and towns have one. Not this style of architecture, of course. Your first contra-light photo makes me want to get on that bike and ride into the cedar-lined cobblestone lane of the palace grounds. The second shows the nice details.

[Nothing like rolling out of bed and getting to blogging, hey? OR, maybe you need a cuppa arabica! I know, you don't drink coffee... LOL!]

Kaori said...

I love the first photo! The light and shadow make a great contrast :D