Tai Chi in the Place des Vosges

The Place des Vosges in Le Marais in Paris, France, was built by Henry IV in the early 17th Century.   While originally designed by Henry IV for artisans, it became a place for Parisian nobility. Its original name, when built, was Place Royale. It was renamed Place de l’Indivisibilité during the French Revolution, and finally renamed Place des Vosges by Napoleon in 1800.  It is a perfect square, 140 meters (460 feet) on a side, and rows of Linden (or “lime”) trees shade the edges. Today it is a popular park for tourists and for anyone who would like to sit on the many benches to admire the four fountains. The gentleman in the pictures below is practicing his tai chi between two rows of the beautiful trees, oblivious to anyone else in the park or just passing by – including us photographers.

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These photos were taken on October 7, 2015.  Cameras used were a Canon 50D and a Canon SX40.

For a charming take on the Place des Vosges, read ADAM GOPNIK ON THE UR-GENTRIFICATION STORY OF PLACE DES VOSGES.