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Paris Street Art

21 May

Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. ~ Oscar Wilde

The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum, and The Cluny are a few of the most famous art venues in Paris.

Another place you will find art in the City of Light is in the streets and alleyways of the city. Some might see it as vandalism or just graffiti, but I think Oscar Wilde would approve.

In today’s blog I would like to share a slideshow of the art I enjoyed while traversing the streets of Paris last summer.

Please pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay or perhaps Bordeaux, put an Edith Piaf CD on to play, and sit back and take in a sampling of the street art of Paris.

Amusez-vous!

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

More Bikes of Paris

26 Jan

paris bike wheel gone

I have not ridden my bike in awhile due to a variety of circumstances (details of which are for another blog), including Winter–damn Artic vortex. I know there are heartier souls who do not let the cold keep them out of the saddle. I have no excuse other than, I am a child of Florida and when the temperature dips below 60, I run for cover.

Since I am not riding my bike today, I thought it  might be fun to look at other people’s bikes. In 2012, during my first trip to Paris, I discovered what a cycling town the City of Lights is–and along with my regular touristy shots, I found myself drawn to photographing the copius bicycles of Paris.

This past summer, when I returned to Paris, I was again drawn to take snapshots of the bicyclettes I encountered all over the city.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my Paris trip 2013:

paris bike share glow

Bike-sharing is huge in Paris. According to the Vélib’website:  Vélib’ is the largest bike-sharing in the world run by the Paris Town Hall since 2007. With over 20,000 bikes covering the city available 24/7 all year long in 1,800 bike stations located every 300 meters. How does it work? Take a bike, return it where you like, Vélib’ is a self-service bike system available 24 hours a day, all year round. To access the service, buy a 1-day or a 7-day ticket online or at any Vélib’ station or sign-up for a long-term subscription! The image above is a short of one of the bike stations at night.

paris bike pink heart2

I heart bicycles AND cycling is good for your heart so, I think this picture speaks for itself,

paris bike rusty4

The bikes of Paris come in all shapes and sizes and degrees of shininess.  You can tell this bike has been around the block more than once. It wears its rust like a badge of honor.

black bike black and white

Bicycles are beautiful even in black and white.

bike and cannonball2

Did someone shoot a cannon ball at this bicycle or is the cyclist planning to go bowling? Oh, the French–you just never know what they’re up to.

paris bike hungup3

There is more than one way to park a bicycle and this is a case in point.

glowing bike

At night the bikes along the Seine seem to glow…

saddle

Bike saddles are notoriously uncomfortable. I love this old leather bike seat. It doesn’t look comfortable but it certainly has character.

paris bike red reflector

paris bike velo point2

Yet another spotr in Paris where you can rent a bicycle (velo).

street bike bw

Now that is a pretty bike!

paris bike shadow2

A bike in the shadow of a small fountain on a narrow rue.

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paris bike notre dame

This is a cyclist (to quote ABBA) “in the tourist jam, round the Notre Dame…”

blue bike

A bicycle waiting patiently for the cyclist’s return…

paris bike checks

…and another.

paris bike cafe shadow

A bicycle parked outside a cafe. Can you get any more French than that?

bike with mirror2

As they say in France (assuming Google Translate is to be trusted):

Merci de vérifier quelques-unes des belles motos de Paris.

Au revoir!

For the love of bikes

9 Jan

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

~ Queen

Today’s blog is a tribute to one of my favorite things–the bicycle.  If this was an episode of Oprah and it was one of Oprah’s favorite things, everyone in the audience would receive a free bicycle.

Sorry, I am no Oprah–on so many levels!

(I hear Oprah is going to be interviewing Lance Armstrong soon. Maybe you’ll get a free bike out of that some how.)

Instead of giving you an actual bicycle, I am sharing some favorite quotes about bicycles, along with images I have captured along the way.

I hope these will entertain you enough that you forget about that free bike that you’re not going to be receiving.

(Click on the images to embiggen. Yes, embiggen is a real word! Isn’t that a gas?!) 

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Washington, DC Tidal Basin

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St. Augustine, FL

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Jacksonville, FL, Downtown

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Jacksonville, FL, Riverside

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Paris, France

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Paris, France, Musée des Arts et Metiers 

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Paris, France, Quartier Latin

Naughty bicycling video ahead. Parental discretion is advised:

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

Street Art of Paris

5 Aug

Today I want to share some of the images I captured of street art when I was in Paris. For the purposes of this blog, I am loosely defining “street art.”

For the most part, I will let the images speak for themselves. (Click on image for a larger view.)

A lamp post near Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery

These are images painted on the street–faces on asphalt.

Technically, I don’t know if this qualifies as street art. It was a PSA posted at a bus stop. Excellent advice for everyone.

Happy Weekend!

Bikes of Paris

29 Jul

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. –H.G. Wells

 

Paris is a beautiful city. One of the things I found most beautiful about it, were the bicycles. Bikes are everywhere in Paris. I like photographing bikes anyway, but since I was a tourist in Paris with my camera at the ready, I found lots of photogenic bicycles while I was there.

 

 

Some of the bikes of Paris were amazingly colorful!

Bicycles are everywhere in Paris–Here’s one parked beside The Seine:

Bicycles are on every Rue and Boulevard in the City of Lights.

Bikes in Paris come in all shapes and styles:

Bicycles are part of the scenery of Paris, day and night.

Happy Cycling!

“You know I’d go back there tomorrow but for the work I’ve taken on”

24 Jul

I have returned from vacation in Paris.

The past two days have been surreal. I got on the plane in Paris and, for the first time in my life, I slept through take-off. I also slept through lunch service. That is some serious sleeping.

After I got home, around 8PM, I stayed up until around midnight. That’s Midnight in Jacksonville. It was already 6am in Paris and goodness knows what time my body clock was on by then.

Yesterday morning I got up about 8am. I did my laundry–a very needful thing. When I opened my suitcase, I found a notice from the TSA that they had opened and inspected my checked luggage. Poor TSA, having to comb through my dirty socks and underwear in search of nefarious contraband and weapons of mass destruction.

After the laundry was done, I decided to take a little nap. Then my significant other and I went out to lunch and did some grocery shopping. When we returned, I decided to lie down for just a few minutes…and again, I slept.

It is easy to wear yourself out on vacation.

Paris is a sprawling city with lots of hills and steps. I did a lot of walking. Even in the Metro, there was a lot of walking between trains–and lots of steps.

I ate bread at every meal, I had dessert at least once a day, and I didn’t worry about calories or carbs. I was on vacation!

I returned to the United States to learn that I have lost 6 lbs.

All those steps and hills and all that walking. Love it!

I am sure I will be writing about Paris for some time to come, and I have lots of pictures to share. But this morning, even though I miss Paris already, it is time to resume some semblance of my pre-vacation routine, to reacclimate my body clock and to re-embrace my non-Paris life.

Decompressing from vacation can be depressing. But right now, I ‘m just feeling grateful for both the vacation and the life that made it possible.

Ah, but Paris–I do miss you.

Happy Tuesday.

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