Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cleaning House

Spring cleaning? Bah! La rentrée is the perfect time to get a fresh start. After all, where are you going to put those new school shoes and brand spanking clean cahiers if you don't do a bit of weeding out. Here's a few items that have been taking up space in my computer, none meriting a full post but just interesting enough to keep me from hitting the delete button.

These doors on rue de l'Université in the 7th are sheer crazy inspiration. But maybe whomever commissioned them should have told the artist that the doors needed a locking mechanism. Those yellow bicycle locks are kind of a buzzkill.

While Paris has nothing on most developing nations when it comes to creativity in hauling large items on bicycles, I was impressed that this guy had a ridiculously large suitcase strapped to the back of his somewhat puny bike. My children almost died with embarrassment on the spot when I snapped this photo. The fact that the cyclist had his back to me and therefore could not see that I was taking his picture meant nothing to them. More proof that when your children are a certain age, your views are pretty much irrelevant, boring, embarrassing or all of the above.

Aaah, the romance of Paris. Graceful bridges, idyllic street lamps, steps leading down to the Seine. All it needed was a pair of lovers...or a guy in a hazmat suit.

I swooned over this fantastic gazebo on offer at a brocante on the quai below the Pont de Tournelle back in June. But how would I ship it? Plus I'm fairly certain it would fill up most of our backyard back in DC. A girl can dream, right?


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Stealth photography is the way to go! Love the guy on the overloaded bicycle and the reaction of your kids.

debbie in toronto said...

the hasmat suit...priceless...

Anonymous said...

You were funny today!

Danny said...

This is very real that Paris city is full of historical facts in the every field and it has shaped the world in most of them.
Industry, technology, culture, society and sports field too.
for sharing this.

Paris Paul said...

Those doors are killer! You're right, though, the yellow bike locks kill the effect. Thanks for the in-sight.

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