38 Seconds Over Paris

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Tower.

The Montparnasse Tower juts above the Paris skyline. Its elevators are the fastest in Europe: 38 seconds between the ground floor and the 56th.  A countdown clock in the elevator — where you would expect to see floor numbers — flashes rapidly as the elevator ascends or descends.  38 seconds of elevator plus three more flights of stairs takes you to the 210 meter high Observation Deck hovering above Paris. It provides a 360 degree panoramic view extending 40 km in all directions (on a clear day), including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, the Pantheon, the Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe — in fact, everything but Montparnasse Tower.  The photo below shows the one view you can’t see from the Observation Deck.


This photo was taken on April 24, 2019, with a Canon 200D.

Elevador de Santa Justa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E – Needs to have two E’s in the topic word.

The Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, Portugal, carries passengers (mostly tourists) from the Baixa district below to the Largo do Carmo and the Igreja do Carmo church above.  Not visible from this angle is the walkway (in the back) leading to the church, but an arch of the church is visible on the right side across from the elevator. (The church was severely damaged in the 1755 earthquake and the stone roof of the main nave is gone, leaving only the pointed arches between the pillars.) The viewing platform on top of the elevator gives excellent views of the Baixa district and the side of the church.

This photo was taken on September 8, 2017. It was converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro, with the elevator itself left in its original color. Specs are:

Canon 100D, f/16, 1/80 sec, 34 mm

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs

This photo is in response to

 Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs

Both Use Three Person At Time

This sign is placed next to an elevator in Hotel Lal Niwas in Philodi, a city near the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan in India.

Readers may recognize the name of Philodi, since it was reported in the news on May 19, 2016, as achieving the highest recorded temperature in India, an impressive  51° Celsius (123.8° Fahrenheit).

This photo was taken in early November 2014 with an Olympus TG-3 camera with settings aperture f/3.1, time 1/50 second, and ISO 320.

For more tales about this hotel, the interested reader is directed to the following:

Would you like curry with that rat?

A little nightcap

India doesn’t give us the bird