Monday, December 1, 2008

Noel en Grand - THEME DAY Circles/Spheres

Noel en Grand!

Today is Theme Day around the world as City Daily Photo Bloggers interpret  Circles/Spheres. As luck would have it, I have this very colorful entry this month from my recent trip to Paris.  Galeries Lafayette was nice enough to deck their gorgeous store out for Christmas in time for our visit!  Noel en Grand  indeed!  Oh the outside windows are fabulous. For my Birmingham viewers, reminiscent of the wonderful animated windows Loveman's had in years gone by.  I was as enthralled as the children.  Once inside the famous dome of the store was even more exquisite  festooned with gigantic red and gold balls and Christmas trees.  As a compliment to today's post, I am featuring more of my photos from Galeries Lafayette on my new blog, "Paris Through My Lens".  Hope you will click over and see them as well.

Hundreds of City Daily Photo bloggers are participating in December's Theme Day. Please visit the link below to see their original interpretations.

The Tune du Jour is "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Amy Grant

* As I promised earlier in the fall, Christmas on this blog would not start till after Thanksgiving.  Tis now the season.  


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33 comments:

Hope said...

A breathtaking photo and wonderful for theme day! I love the colors!

Blognote said...

A beautiful choice for the themeday, Virginia!! It brings us right into the atmosphere!
D

Wayne said...

Isn't that exquisite. I guess I've never been in Galeries Lafayette, I think I'd have remembered that dome.

Funnily enough, I'm not having any problem visualising you laying on flat on the floor to get this shot V.

Olivier said...

la perspective est magnifique, on se croirait dans un film de SF.
perspective is splendid, they would imagine in a film of SF.

alice said...

The angle, the colors, the forms and a sort of mystery, I like all in this photo!
Etienne Daho who sings "Mon manège à moi" is famous in France...

Laurie said...

Take a bow, my lady, because this is spectacular!!! I love it, love it, love it.

babooshka said...

Wayne cheeky but funny! There is a Galeries Lafayette in Nice. I lurrrrve the shiny sparkly balls set in the domed ceiling. Circles within circles and not a vicious one in sight. Superbly done. I

Jilly said...

Perfect choice and so great you found this in Paris. Galleries Lafayette and other Paris stores present such wonders at Christmas. Lovely shot.

Bibi said...

I just love the Galeries Lafayette dome...was there many times at Christmas. Yours is an inspiring, nostalgic shot.

Marie-Noyale said...

Tu commences la saison de Noel en beauté!!!
You start the Xmas season with a magnificient view!
Well done,for the picture and the song!

marley said...

It looks like the solar system (but more christmassy!) This is perfect for theme day. And your song choice is one of my favourites. I love all these types of christmas songs - Frank, Bing, Dean. I think my favourite is old blue eyes singing 'I'll be home for Christmas' Its so touching. Makes my chin have a little wobble. Anyway...Yay for Christmas!!

D said...

Beautiful! Cheery and perfect for theme day and the Season!

Julie said...

Would that everyone started the Christmas season on 1st December! Nice shot ...

JM said...

Perfect photo for today theme! Stunning!!!

Therese said...

The way to bring planets inside! Well seen Virginia.

Carrie Hayes said...

Love the beautiful detail, great shot

angela said...

Great angle on that one...spectacular.

Karen said...

I love the perspective..hmmmm... are we looking up or are we looking down?

It is beautiful.

Knoxville Girl said...

I couldn't figure out exactly what this was when I saw it on the portal - made me love it even more because my imagination got a workout before I read the answer.

PJ said...

At first I thought I was looking at planets, then again there's whole worlds in the right Christmas ornament. The dome is just exquisite. I hope your neck has recovered. Happy Theme Day!

Virginia said...

Wayne,
Didn't have to lay out in the midst of the Parisian shoppers to get this one amazingly enough. It was a feast for the eyes for sure. I think I took 10 different shots.

I haven't seen it on the portal. I guess you are right Knox, puzzling. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope!

Marley, will try and fill your Christmas song wishes if I can. I love Amy Grant and have a gorgeous one of hers just waiting!

I am not sure my photos can give the sense of the enormity of those fabulous silk(?) balls. Amazing.

Bob Crowe said...

We're being bombed with balls, sucked into a vortex and taken to le monde Francais (sorry no French diacritics on my keyboard. Oui, just roll me down Boulevard Haussmann.

Thanks for your comment today. The images wasn't much work at all - low-intermediate Photoshop. Now that I'm back home I have to check out all the stuf you sent me.

Halcyon said...

Wonderful photo! I also chose something from my China trip for today's theme. But I think I'll get back to Jackson for the rest of the week.

Dusty Lens said...

Quite the pretty spheres, V!

Livio said...

Beautiful shot and choice for this theme day.

USelaine said...

Whah-happened to my comment! Well, I'll say some of it again; that dome is just gorgeous, and the decorations fit beautifully!

Virginia said...

And your comments mean so much. Thank you all my friends!
V

Tanya said...

Wow, the French know how to build a store and you know how to photograph it! This is wonderful! Happy Theme Day :)

Rambling Round said...

Spectacular!

Katie said...

Awesome! I can't believe I never went to GL when I was in Paris. Tant pis - next time!! Glad you were there to capture it during the Christmas season!

Petrea said...

Can't get enough of your Paris shots, Virginia!

Tash said...

Soooooo beautiful! the dome by itself is just brilliant, but with the colorful ornaments - wow!

richard said...

I know this place! Great photos on your blog Virginia, and thanks for the visit - NB we had an excellent stay in Venice, despite 3 or so hours of inconvenience on 1st december