Paris Deviation

16 Sep

My trip to Paris has left me speechless. To be more precise, Paris has left me with a heightened sense of the visual.  Words fail me, but I feel a strong desire to express myself visually. Not sure where this is leading, but I have a few pictures I wanted to show you.

Today I thought I’d share some of my more offbeat images from the City of Light. Some of them I have played with, so I am calling this blog, Paris Deviations.



One of the more interesting off-beat sites in Paris is the store window of Julien Aurouze and Co. This pest control company has been in business since 1872. You will find them located in the center of Paris at 8, Rue des Halles, 75001 Paris

The shop’s windows are filled with a variety of vermin who have fallen prey to this company’s work. One window is devoted to insects:

I’ve had some fun playing with this image:


I’ll be playing with that one for a while. The other window highlights this company’s success in the area of rodent control. I understand this shop appears briefly in the animated film, Ratatouille, as a cautionary illustration for the film’s rodent hero. You can see why:

This window display also includes stuffed rats at play:

I know most of us don’t jet off to Europe to see a display of dead rodents, but really–this is pretty fascinating, don’t you think?

The Metro in Paris is world famous. It is a bit of a maze and, frankly, if you think it is going to save you from doing a lot of walking, you will be disappointed. Changing trains involves a lot of hustling and bustling up and down stairs in order to get to the next train.

Some of the subway cars require manual operation–as in the passenger has to open and close the door. Others are automatic. Either way, it is important that one not get his or her hand caught in the door. Thus, this warning:

So, if you go to Paris, don’t be a silly rabbit and get your paw crushed in the metro.

Of course, one doesn’t go to Paris to see stuffed rats or to get one’s hand caught in a subway door. When you think of Paris you think of the sites and the ambiance that is uniquely Parisian.

I took this next picture inside of an amazing restaurant where I went to meet a friend. He and his group had just eaten there. I, alas had not. But I was struck by the gorgeous art deco ornamentation of the place. I snapped this image of a poster on the wall and then, once I was back home, I played with the image a bit.

Remember that old PSA commercial that showed eggs frying while a voice warned, This is you brain on drugs?

Well, this is your Soul on Paris:


At least, it is my soul on Paris. Any questions?

Paris has some amazing architecture. There are so many details to capture. I had a lot of fun playing with pictures of Parisian places such as these:




Of course, the most famous piece of architecture in Paris is the Eifel Tower. I took lots of pictures of that baby. Very touristy of me, I know. Here’s an image of the amazing tower that I played with a bit:


As I said, words fail me, but the images swirl through my head. So, I have no pithy wind-up. I just hope you enjoyed the pix.

Happy Sunday

4 Responses to “Paris Deviation”

  1. Gay Groom September 16, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Loved the photos. Paris is my favourite city.

    • catzenspace September 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      I must say, it is my favorite city now too!

  2. Bryan Mingle September 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Really enjoyed your eye for others’ eclectic eye. Some would say odd. I say it is full of wonder. Keep the blogs coming!

  3. Ellen India September 22, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Such fun to see it through your eyes. I want to go back now!

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