Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The juggler of Chaillot


You may have heard of la Folle de Chaillot a play by Jean Giraudoux (also featured in English in a film by Bryan Forbes called The Madwoman of Chaillot, with Katharine Hepburn) - Chaillot being the name of hill on which the Palace of ChaillotTokyo was built - but all I found when I went there to take this photo was not a madwoman but a happy juggler training himself. Quite unusual in the middle of Paris I must say...

19 comments:

  1. That poor guy looks dwarfed by the columns! Looks like a gorgeous day out there .. lucky you! :-D

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  2. How nice. Spring time in Paris. (You can tell the tomato and I share the same time zone.)

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  3. He must be the mad juggler of Chaillot. Why do jugglers always wear black?

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  4. Nice picture. Will he be a street juggler?

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  5. That'd be my husband there. Dressed all in black, int he middle of a place known for a madwoman, happily juggling by himself. Probably randomly cackling like crazy too. Why does he always freak out men and women of the cloth that walk by him? (Jeff, not the guy in this picture!)

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  6. I saw a talented juggler at Place de Vosges last September. Actually, he had the same general body type as this guy. He looked about 17 or 18 years old then. What an experience. It was the first place I walked to after leaving my hotel on my first day ever in Paris. I could enter former rooms of Victor Hugo and watch a fabulous juggler on a warm "summer" day in a square that had its inception with Henry IV who was written about by Alexandre Dumas in his novel "Queen Margot."

    With the hard floor of the "stage" he is practicing on, I should think this guy at the Palace of Chaillot would be running around quite a bit after dropped balls, unlike the dirt of Place de Vosges. Unless the balls he is using somehow don't bounce much.

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  7. I agree Tomate, after your comment I realise how small this guy looks compared to the columns. I hadn't put the whole thing into perspective before.

    Buzzgirl...when you show up here...THANK YOU!!!

    And Eric, as always, thank you!

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  8. I think it is the palace of tokyo, and not the palace of chaillot, where this picture has been shot. but they are very close.
    sorry.

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  9. He does look like being in a giant's town! :)

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  10. I love the effect of the lacy green trees behind the solidity of the cement pillars. Thanks.

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  11. Very nice blog. I'll be visiting Paris next week and your blog is a great help. Thanks.

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  12. At the palace of Tokyo, there is a modern art museum/exposal which is open everyday (except monday), until midnight.
    It is interesting to know, as there is not much to do so late in the evening in this area of Paris.
    http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/

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  13. Great photo!

    Your photos make me so excited to be in my favorite city next week!!! I'm making a point to look for some cows ;)

    Merci, Eric :)

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  14. C'est drôle, à première vue j'avais même pas remarqué qu'il avait des boules dans les mains, et je me demandais ce qu'il pouvait bien faire...
    Cette photo est vraiment superbe Eric, et les colonnes très majestueuses... Bravo !

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  15. Ok, I'm confuse (what's new?!)...arent' both the Chaillot and Palace de Tokyo next to each other?

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