Where Gumbo Was #207
The Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opera and of (in many people's minds) the Phantom of the Opera, is an astonishing building, from outside, and especially the inside. It's hard to imagine anything more over-the-top Baroque.
As you might expect for so famous a building, especially one previously featured with gorgeous photos in a blog by Samantha, Gumbo's whereabouts did not go undetected, with correct identifications by George G and PortMoresby.
Despite the building's incredibly ornate decoration, laid on thick, it never becomes the parody of itself that it might. Charles Garnier, the author of the building, manages a striking overall effect, even when individual touches may seem just a bit too much.
And I say that despite finding my attention constantly wrapped up in details and angles as we toured the building. The grand tableaus are there, but for me, the best features are the contrasts of color and light, the juxtaposition of walls and vistas past them. I've tried to show that here.
And yes, as I worked with the pictures, I did find myself musing on the shadows that might have masked a phantom, on lovers half unseen, and a place to construct fantasies of one's own.