01 April 2009

Theme Day: Yellow


It's Theme Day again and this month the subject is 'yellow.' Here you see a side view of part of the beautiful Hôtel Hermitage, perhaps the most beautiful Belle Epoque hotel in Monte Carlo. Built in 1890, when the Romanovs dominated Monte Carlo's social scene, it is no surprise the hotel was called the Hermitage after St. Petersburg's fashionable establishment.

The hotel's elegant piano bar used to be Maria Callas' ground floor suite. This was accessed via a private tunnel by her lover, Aristotle Onassis. These days, it's a good place for a glass of champagne.

The south of France and Monaco has a tradition of beautiful friezes - this one quite spectacular.

Over a hundred photographers will be posting their interpretation of today's Theme - you'll find so many different and imaginative responses to the word 'yellow.' Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

23 comments:

Kate said...

Is it a fresco? I like the expanse of the artwork over the arched windows.

Sally said...

A most tasteful use of yellow.
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Jilly said...

Kate, this is listed in a book I have of south of France and Monaco 'friezes' but yes, it's a fresco.

Anonymous said...

how beautiful indeed! is this new? artwork? or.. is it always part of the facade of the building?? they did a fab job.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very elegant theme day choice but I would expect nothing less form you. very artsy and historic.

USelaine said...

How wonderful it must be to sit out on one of those stylish balconies with a beverage and a friend, with such art all around!

Chuck Pefley said...

What a pity such art is no longer fashionable on new construction. A treasure indeed!!!

lavenderlady said...

I can imagine stopping in and having a glass of champagne...someday.

Laurie said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!

alice said...

You must have been happy to have found this one for today, Jilly! And the balconies just under seems to be beautiful too.

Halcyon said...

The Freizes are lovely. I wonder how often they have to restore and repaint them? I would think that salt air would not be good for paint - but what do I know? :)

Happy theme day.

Virginia said...

A gorgeous and oh so Monte Carlo entry today. Just perfect Jilly. This is so much fun seeing everyone's take on YELLOW!
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Saretta said...

What a beautiful building!

Jarart said...

So lovely for the theme day.

marley said...

A yellow mural was a perfect choice. I like the different shots you've shown :)

Marie-Noyale said...

Lovely subtle yellows.
and a great story...wish those walls would tell us the beautiful sounds they heard when Maria was singing...

J Bar said...

That really is beautiful.
Sydney City and Suburbs

Babooshka said...

This does look older than one would imagine. Cute and ornate yellow and so different to your Menton one.

Tash said...

Very classy on this one. I do like yellow color buildings in general and this one is a real piece of art.

JM said...

What a gorgeous pannel! The whole façade is incredible!

Hilda said...

Stunning architecture! And absolutely perfect for theme day!

PJ said...

Deciding what shade of yellow to use for Theme Day was difficult, until I found my subject matter which is very bright yellow, but your choice of this lovely, lovely shade of soft yellow is marvelous and exquisite.

m_m said...

Beautiful building! These details are great! Wonderful photos!

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