Fifty soft minutes in Paris

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Paris along the Seine at dusk in December 2011. (GlobeTrotterAlpha)

Here is Paris, silent, with street noises and children noises, just shots of the City of Light for nearly an hour. Almost a little vacation there. No bad music, no irksome narrator, in any tongue. Just sit back and relax, drink it in, wish you were there. The time is December of 2011, a more relaxed Paris, a Paris of this season. Thanks to GlobeTrotterAlpha. And thanks for your steady camera work and your willingness to linger so that the eye can enjoy the scene, without a whole lot of jumping around. Enjoy.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Fifty soft minutes in Paris

  1. Pingback: London in 25 hard minutes | Architecture Here and There

  2. I cannot thank you enough for this. I will make it a bookmark and go to it whenever the need arises. Happy New Year!


    • Yeah, Work Progress, I loved that video. I’ve seen a lot of videos made recently about some very nice places, and there are very lovely shots in those videos, but you see them so briefly that they are hard to enjoy, and they are intermixed with so many tricks of the videocam and the editing process that you don’t know whether the city’s beauty or the cameraman’s technical virtuosity is the main attraction. Give me a long shot moving smoothly across a horizon, narrow or wide, without noise and without agitation, and I am happy. I will look for more such videos of alluring places. And this video on Paris was beautiful even though the weather was bleak almost throughout the day of shooting. Amazing.


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