A Tortoise in Paris

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This is Beyond the Valley of Awesome, 26 Gigapixels worth.

That’s a panoramic view of Paris above,  the Eiffel Tower is on the horizon at far left. The black donut in middle left is where we’re going. I didn’t believe it at first, until I zoomed in. Below are screen shots from the same image.

We zoom in a little, the Eiffel Tower is still there, skewed by the lens.

Ignore the yellow “I’s” here. On the website linked above you can use them to click for zoomed images of historical sites.

That image by itself would be worth copying and framing, IMO.

The orange dealies scattered around are clay chimney pots, vents for the flats below.

It’s likely the tortoise was photoshopped in as a prank/copyright by the professional zoomers since there is no barrier to keep it from falling off of the sheet metal roof, but I don’t care… the photo detail is still awesome. After all, look where we came from:

[Link found here. Zoom Archive here.]

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8 Responses to “A Tortoise in Paris”

  1. Leeuna Says:

    Wow. That’s so cool. I’ve always wanted to visit Paris.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Leeuna– If we’re ever in town at the same time, I’ll buy you au nombre de douze – un coup de cognac et un escargot à l’ail chaud.

  3. Finicky Penguin Says:

    Someone should start placing tortoises on roofs all over the place now.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    FinPeng– I’m on it.

  5. wheels Says:

    You can’t fool me, young man. It’s turtles all the way down.

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    wheels– Not to be pedantic (okay, I’m being pedantic), but it’s the “Tortoise,” not “Tortuga.”

  7. wheels Says:

    As was I … it was a quote, more or less.

    Hmmm, can there be a definitive quote from an apocryphal story?

  8. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Wheels– You out-clevered me! “Turtles all the way down” is by far the correct response.

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