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My Paris Photo of the Day

Strangers in the Metro

I love the metro because it always gives wonderful opportunities to be creative and see things in a different way. By using the ever changing publicity posters and the movement of the train I try to capture the banal in a new point of view.

This little girl was restless. The metro was taking too long to get to her destination and she was looking everywhere for entertainment. She was a bit bored.

This photo is part of my “Strangers in the Metro” series. You can see all the photos here.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Kodak Instamatic 333X and old case of photographic chemicals

Paris has many museums. Everyone knows about the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Some are less known but well worth the visit. Case in point, the Musée des Arts et Métiers*.
I always wanted to go but I’ve postpone it until a few weeks ago. I love it! I’m going back, for sure.
The museum is huge and it has all kinds of instruments and techniques represented. Walking around you can see old computers, space instruments, how the Statue of Liberty was made, railway paraphernalia and lots more. I was delighted to see the old photography section. They have dozens of cameras, some of them very inventive others very weird like the classic neck tie with the camera pin and the camera shotgun.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Neck tie with camera pin, several old cameras and the camera shotgun

If you are in Paris and enjoy old technology, lose yourself in this wonderful world for an afternoon and you will be happy as a clam.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Wrist watch camera and other mini cameras

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pocket watch camera and mini box cameras.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Chemicals to make photographs

*Museum of Arts and Crafts
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My Paris Photo of the Day

Sequins in Paris

I love the way reflections work so well on giving us a surreal feeling. Normal everyday life can look shiny and bright though a reflection.

Have a great week!

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Paris’ Little Secrets

Statue of Liberty Replica

#116 - Statue of Liberty Replica

The Île aux Cygnes (Isle of the Swans) is an small artificial island in the river Seine between the 15th and 16th arrondissements. In it you find a one-fourth scale replica of the Statue of Liberty given to the city by the Parisian community living in the USA. It was inaugurated in 1889 and it’s facing New York’s own Statue of Liberty. I mentioned it here.

Every time I ride the train I see this statue and I was curious to see it up close.
It is worth it. The little isle is a nice leisurely walk and a new way to look at the city. It has a tree-lined walkway called Allée des Cygnes and it has some benches where you can have a picnic or enjoy a leisurely summer afternoon in the shade.

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Flying Horses

carrousel horses in Paris

carrousel horses in Paris

carrousel horses in Paris

I love the carousels in Paris. They are such a constant presence in the city. Everywhere you look you see one and it’s almost reassuring that the Summer is here and you are going to have a great time.

This one is located at the bottom of Montmartre right at the beginning of rue Steinkerque. The dramatic poses of the horses’ are striking. I find amazing how colorful they are and how scared they look. Such a contrast in concept leaves me quite melancholic.

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My Paris Photo of the Day


This photo shows a fairly typical Parisian café sign typography.
I took this one while walking around the 18th arrondissement between metro Pigalle and Blanche.

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My Paris Photo of the Day: From the Top of the Eiffel Tower


My brother was in town last week and we went all the way up the Eiffel Tower. The weather was horrible and we got soaking wet but I managed to get some nice views of Paris. Granted, a little touristy but I love it anyway.

In this view you can see South West Paris, the Seine river and some of the bridges. In the tip of the island on the river you can spot a replica of the Statue of Liberty. More on that subject in a few days.

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Elsewhere on the Web

Over at the lovely Little Big, Carrie Anne just published my guest post about Montmartre Vignettes where I talk a little about this old Parisian neighborhood and show pictures.
Be sure to check out her vintage items shop on Etsy too. Super stuff!

Go check it out!

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Invader 1000 – Street Art in Paris

Until the 2nd of July 2011 you can enjoy for free Invader’s solo exhibition.


This show celebrates the placement of his 1000 Space Invader in Paris and also shows some of his latest projects with Rubik Cubes.

Invader 1000

As a big fan since the first time I saw a Space Invader I loved the exhibition. He is one of the artists that best define my generation.

Invader 1000

If you are in Paris be sure to pop by and take a look.

Invader 1000

Gallery site (in French)

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Paris details in black and white

La Magdelene
L’église de la Madeleine on a rainy day. Detail of the columns and floor in front of the church.

Impromptu meeting of pastry chefs outside a pâtisserie (bakery).

A waiter at Café Central, one of my favorite cafes in Paris.

Outside Metro Havre-Caumartin, in front of the famous Printemps department store.

The Eiffel Tower on a foggy day.

I hope you enjoy this little trip to Paris in grey tones. I love this city so much!

Photos by: Gisela Francisco | All Rights Reserved
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