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Category Archives: Paris
For the past two years I tried to go to the Chinese New Year Parade in Paris and never made it. This year I did. It was so much fun! Lot’s of color, texture, people and a general feeling of energy.
It was very, very cold but it was worth it.
Last weekend some friends and I went to “Pâtisserie des Rêves” (literally, “Dream Pastries”) to have some french pastries and tea. I loved it. My life long love of baked goods tells me that I need to go back again.
I like the way the passerby just mashed with the background. I chose to use a high contrast black and white to give it a more “street” feel.
This was taken in Place de la Bastille in the beginning of Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
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.
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.
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.
*Museum of Arts and Crafts
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!
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.