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Vintage landscape: promenade

More beautiful photochroms of France from the Library of Congress. . . . Enjoy.

[The Promenade, Montpelier, France“The Promenade, Montpelier, France,” between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (and all photos below).

The Tuileries garden, Paris, France“The Tuileries garden, Paris, France.”

Brest France photochrom, ca. 1900, Library of CongressThe Cours Dajot, Brest, Brittany, France.

[The Square and the Place D'Arcy, Dijon, France“The Square and the Place D’Arcy, Dijon, France.”

Caen, France, c. 1895, Library of Congress“Royal Palace and hotel de ville, Caen, France.”

Hotel de ville, posts and telegraphs, Vichy, France“Hotel de ville, posts and telegraphs, Vichy, France.”

Monks' promenade, Mont St. Michel, France“Monks’ promenade, [Abbey of] Mont St. Michel, France.”

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Vintage landscape: the lake

Bois du Boulogne, ca. 1890, Library of CongressBois du Boulogne, Paris, France, between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The park is the second largest in Paris.  It opened in the 1850s — the first park in the western part of the city and an important part of Baron Haussmann’s vision for a greener, healthier Paris.

The plan of the Bois, developed by Jean-Charles Alphand, featured meandering paths and naturalistic hills, lawns, and lakes.  It was the model for all the 19th century Paris parks to follow.

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Vintage landscape: temple mound

Les Buttes Chaumont, Paris, France

Temple de la Sibylle in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris, France, between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The park, located in the northeast of Paris, is the city’s fifth largest. It opened in 1867.

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Vintage landscape: Paris

Medici Fountain, ca. 1900, Library of CongressThe Medici Fountain of the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France, between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, built the fountain in 1630.  It was moved to its current location in 1864.

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Look under here

Studio G has a nice post today about a rooftop garden in New York City with some turned-up decking. It made me remember this 2007 photo, which I took in front of the city hall in Paris.

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