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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:43 AM   #41
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Those updated photos from those cities are also great, very nice
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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #42
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You have made me run out of words, excellent photos.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #43
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Especially those of Paris and Lille are great
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:30 AM   #44
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #46
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Lille, France - Part 11

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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #47
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Lovely shots of all three cities as usual, there are certainly similarities between London and Paris in style of building in the pictures shown on this page.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #48
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Lovely shots of all three cities as usual, there are certainly similarities between London and Paris in style of building in the pictures shown on this page.
I agree and that hasn't been intentional for the most part. I'm more or less going in order as I took the photos however I did intentionally coincide a few posts, like the canal pics for both London and Paris. I meant to do the same above with Galleries Lafayette by showing Harrods London but that would have required me moving some files. I may just post Harrods on the next post so it can at least appear on the same page nearby.

But it's true that the stone buildings of London (the neoclassic ones in the city center) can make London look a lot like Paris. But the brick buildings and the brick rowhouses are very different from what you see in Paris. But Lille-France compensates for that with its many brick buildings and houses that sometimes makes it feel British to me or at least Belgian.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:01 AM   #49
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #50
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #51
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Old December 19th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #52
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That building (on the right) is Harrods store?
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Old December 19th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #53
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Pure class! Fatastic pics!
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Old December 19th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #55
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Paris, France - Part 13

A calm day in the upscale Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré since shops are closed on Sundays.













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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #57
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Lille, France - Part 13


A very old building in Old Lille. The majority of the structure dates back to the 1600's but it contains older portions. It was originally built in 1236 as a hospice to care for the sick back when Lille was part of the County of Flanders. A county in Medieval Europe was a type of sub kingdom that was under the rule of a count. Therefore Lille was once part of a ruled land that included the Dutch-speaking (Flemish) Belgian cities of Gent and Brugges.

Lille appears with the name Rijsel on the map below, its Dutch name and that county stretched as far east as the southern part of The Netherlands.

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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #58
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Interesting thread and a great collection. Interesting how although all 3 cities are quite different, there are many similarities too, in terms of styles of architecture and the overall "street vibe".
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LONDON, England - Part 14


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PARIS, France - Part 14

Taking a small break from the city and visiting Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris for a sample of the Meulière stone. Buildings and houses made of this stone are often complimented with ceramic or a ceramic-type of material (e.g. above the windows). You may have seen this iconic type of house of the Paris region in the movie Amélie when she goes to visit her father who is obsessed with his gnome.

The Meulière stone does not dominate Greater Paris even if it was used for a rather large period of time (roughly 1880-1930, which may explain the Art Nouveau influence to them). Nonetheless, they are rather unique in France and easily associated with the Paris region, and you can easily spot them throughout the suburbs. The more ornate ones, "les belles meuilières", are often the "villas" or nicer houses. Some apartment buildings were also lucky enough to get them! Not all the eastern suburbs of Paris are low-income and gritty, especially those on the nicer south-eastern portion where Saint-Maur is located.

The view from the elevated RER station servicing Saint-Maur






The apartment buildling across from the one shown above






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