I would venture to say that even if you’re not superstitious, you still understand the negative connotation with the number 13. If you’ve ever noticed, there are many hotels and buildings that don’t have a 13th floor…but I could be completely off base with that, I can’t say I’ve been in every one throughout the world!?
Anyway, to make a short story long, I claimed this to be lucky because it was a happy surprise that I stumbled upon this location/address while wandering around the Marais district....and I mean that literally! I was approaching this section of the street when I tripped over a small break in the sidewalk and just about had a face to face meeting with the concrete…not that it would have made my general appearance any worse for the wear though! lol
There’s also a short, trashy story to go along with this shot. I had to remove two large garbage bins that were placed to the side of the doors, which were thankfully on wheels, because they were full and quite heavy. Needless to say, I received a few strange looks from passers by. Not the first time that’s happened, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I was initially taken in by the door and lamps, but does anyone else notice the symmetry? :)
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend everybody.
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daddo (25519) 2014-02-14 23:17
Hi Jason. Amusing note. What symmetry? if the hotel is still receiving guests, I wonder what it's like inside, considering the somewhat aged look of the exterior. Maybe Basil Faulty is running it or his French counterpart. I like the name of the hotel- has a nice ring to it. regards. Klaudio.
ikeharel (62041) 2014-02-15 0:29
Nice taken the facade with ancient elements adorned its old yet majestic view.
Mind you, the number 13 in the Jewish religion is a lucky number.
Nice applied photo, have a nice weekend,
jhm (143413) 2014-02-15 1:01
Nice to see above the door "Hotel Chatillion"
I like this type door in wood with nice decorative motives .
Of course a wonderful architecture picture.
Excellent presentation, colour and sharpness are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-02-15 2:54
indeed lucky 13 if it provided subject for such a nice picture! Good idea to have removed the bins which probably would have ruined the whole view.
I like this symmetrical composition and I think it suits the photo very well. But what drew my attention are really the colors, their warmth and how they together make the entrance welcoming and charming.
Great sharpness and contrast. My compliments.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-15 3:51
Made me smile your commentary here, not just because I had this vision of you kissing the pavement (sidewalk) in my head, but I also envisaged you as a dustbin (trash) man too. Oops! No offence - I do not know what you do on the streets of Phoenix (well naturally I do have a bad thought or two swirling inside my dome), but as you are never sun tanned assume you ply your trade inside.
Hugely superstitious me and 13 is a number I tend to avoid if possible, that and the number 11, Oh! And 4's scare me a bit too! - Paranoia can annoy ya! As for the shot well it was well worth all that humping, if you know what I mean, because it is a beautifully detailed and rustic looking entrance. Lots of Gallic character here and a captivating presentation.
Enjoy your weekend Big Guy.
Had another stonker of a storm smash through here last night, probably the worst one yet.
holmertz (44342) 2014-02-15 5:01
I had to laugh when reading how you removed the garbage bins. You were lucky that you weren't arrested for stealing private property. Although not perfectly maintained this is still a very appealing wall and the symmetry is very obvious, the only drawback being that it says "13" on just one side of the gate. A very nice shot, and it's very neatly cropped as well.
Sergiom (66129) 2014-02-15 5:38
Je ne suis pas très superstitieux personnellement.Mais je peux comprendre que certains puissent être influencés par ce numéro. On voit bien que ce propriétaire parisien n'est pas trop influencé. Un cadrage classique mais efficace.
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-02-15 9:43
The 13th floor, that brings me back. I used to read horror comics as a child (I was always weird) and one of the strips was called the 13th floor. in it, evil people would stay at a hotel, and if the concierge found their evil secrets, the doors would open on the 13th floor where they face the most bizarre and bloody retribution.
For the second time today, Mwahahahaha...... Was a good comic book that. And it was American too!
I do like this shot a lot, the symmetry is brilliant, even down to the posts in the ground outside. (They look to be at just the right height to be what I know as ball displacers). There is something quite scary and evil about this place too, and I would not be surprised if this WAS the hotel with the scary 13th floor. Did you venture inside and find some ghosts? haha.
have a great sunday
worldcitizen (7477) 2014-02-15 10:01
It's me again. :-)
This is a lovely door, with nice details, and your note really turns it into a story. There's something comic, something "trashy", a little something for everyone. ;-) The faded writing on either side of the door adds a bit of eeriness to go alone with the number 13. I once worked at 666 Third Avenue. Nothing devilish went on there. :-)
nikkitta (16476) 2014-02-15 11:04
Hola mi amigo Jason
Spanish today and english to congratulate you for the effort to move these big garbage bins, of course people must be surprised
After it you obtained a great symetrical capture along with the Number 13 information
Well done my friend , both photo and previos cleaner work
Behave, be good, drink Coca and enjoy WE
Number 13, is my lucky number since when at school I win with it a book about Angels in a raffle
npecanhuk (69450) 2014-02-15 14:03
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders and symmetrical composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
tyro (21726) 2014-02-15 17:49
Yes, I see the symmetry and I also see the total lack of garbage bins too. Well done you for removing them despite the suspicious curiosity of the local Parisians!
An excellent symmetrical composition with lovely soft light and good colours and you have managed to accentuate the ""Hotel de Chatillon" above the doorway well. Someone has been cleaning the stonework of the building either side of the door too but has obviously stopped when it became above eye level! And, of course, one's attention is immediately drawn to the lovely pair of large knockers on the doors too. :o)
Lovely light and natural colours, perfect symmetrical composition and excellent details and sharpness.
mirosu (15156) 2014-02-15 22:13
I consider No 13 a my lucky number, and the Friday 13th my lucky day (always good things happened to me on Friday 13th).
By the way, I like this detail door & façade photo. The symmetrical arrangement is perfect. I like the tight crop. The walkway, excellently placed in FG, allow a nice 3-D feeling.
Very well done.
ourania (35794) 2014-02-16 13:21
a very interesting urban detail that inspires the viewer to create a mystery story (I'm not afraid of No 13 -and hope these are not famous last words:) The symmetry is intriguing and playful, as if you had started a collage by placing the closed door at the centre of the frame and then, one by one, added several details on both sides of the frame, building up your symmetrical composition (but you really have worked for this composition by removing the garbage bins:) The closed door, the peeled off signs, the plaque above the door, the polished knockers and number 13 make a captivating setting for a story. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-03-18 3:12
a very good composition here in this photo which I spotted out from your archive. Excellent minimal presentation with the door and the number 13. Excellent realisation and very well executed. Superb composition. Tfs.