Thursday, January 18, 2007

Assemblée Nationale Shop


While I was taking yesterday's photo I noticed an odd shop around the corner: la boutique de l'Assemblée Nationale. This shop sells all sorts of items related to the Assemblée from very serious books to Marianne erasers (Marianne is the name we give to the French Republic), plates, aprons, chairs... even golf balls! See some of them here on the making of, and also a little video here - in French). A great place to visit if you're into blue white and red (7 rue Aristide Briand in the 7th) !

PS: In case you haven't voted for PDP in the Festival de Romans yet, please do so by Saturday, by clicking here. Merci beaucoup!

36 comments:

  1. Eric, I haven't caught up with you in AGES and haven't been stopping by as often as I would like. However I just knew that the day i DID there would be an excellent shot - and here it is, I think one of your best "France!" shots ever. There's been loads happening here in the UK. BBC have interviewed me recently about Brighton Daily Photo, of course you are heavily "name checked" as soon as I get an audio copy I'll send it over. As I work in Search Marketing and am a regular speaker at events, somehow they've found the daily Photo thing and is regularly mentioned in my brief...Thanks for a great idea which has brought so much "rich" content to both me and my family - I was thinking of giving up recently and canvassed my friends and family - who were unanimous - Long Live daily Photos - they check it every day.....

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  2. Hey look who's up above! I again Dean! Go check out his awesome shots everyone...looks like lotsa fun there in Brighton! :)

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Eric...Red, White & Blue...aren't those OOOOOOOOOOOOOUR colors hmmmmmmmmmm? OK-OK, I'll SHARE! LOL!

    And dare I say, that is a lot of little heads! Are they candles? If so, I don't see any wicks! Not gonna touch the golfball reference! ;)

    Au revoir! I love speaking Francais!
    =)

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  3. I simply MUST slow down these lightning-fast fingers of mine...HI DEAN...HI HI HIIIIIIII! ;)

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  4. How Hilarious. Thanks for the additional pics in the making of!
    I want the oven gloves, won't say which one though!...

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  5. That looks like a fun shop! And I like the picture you chose. I think it's the most fun!

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  6. I haven't looked at many blogs, but I liked this one. I like Paris, although it's been a long time since I was there.

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  7. Oh la la!!! I love the demi-tasse cups!! I know where I'll have to stop the next time I'm in Paris. Using the head of Marianne as an eraser??? Quelle horreur! Don't tell Catherine Deneuve, wasn't she the model for Marianne once?

    I almost got killed in front of the Assemblee National once. It was 2:00AM and I was walking home and some drunk aristo in a big, black Mercedes went through a red light and had to slam the brakes on! The guards at the Assemblee General just shook their heads...they were probably glad they didn't have to clean up the mess!!
    It was probably de Villepin...LOL!!!

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  8. That merchandising is very cool! I want the dishes with both gauche et droite halves and many other stuff. Those Marianne heads are erasers?
    It seems that French are very Republic-minded and really love democracy.

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  9. I love stumbling onto something new because of this DP business. Looks like you found something rather American in your picture today.

    Todays photo on the Quito DP strikes me as something that could be a balcony in Paris...though I have never been before. :)

    Enjoy your Thursday,
    ~Lisa

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  10. Looks like you found something rather American in your picture today.

    ROFL!

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  11. I wish I'd known this was there when I was at the delightful Tante Marguerite restuarant nearby in May.

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  12. I loved learning about La Marianne. I had no idea! I love the store, too - and can't believe I missed it. My hotel the time before last was like one or two blocks away! I could have been sporting some cool oven mits and an apron!

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  13. the colours looked great!;)

    zannnie
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  14. Love these colours. I'd like the cup and saucer very much, i enjoy having different cups, well usually mugs, but they look so inviting. Also like the President chair.
    Good perspective on this shot. Are these the erasers or what are they?

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  15. Very patriotic too, which is a bit thin on the ground here today in the UK; the programme Big Brother is being investigated for racism. It's actually, in my view, a simple case of horrible, nasty, unintelligent girls (UK i'm sorry to say) bitching and bullying a beautiful, clever, talented woman (India) because they're jealous. It's not a race thing at all so far as i've seen, just hideous behaviour and i'm not proud that these three shameful girls are representing the UK at this time. I detach myself completely from them. So, patriotism is great if you have something worth promoting. I'm losing faith...

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  16. Man, I am definitely visiting that shop when I am in Paris this spring. I especially like the oven mitts that say "gauche" and "droite" (I'll buy two gauches and no droite, of course.)

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  17. great French flag! and wonderful multiplication!

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  18. interesting photo eric, but i have to say that i'm a bit LEARY of anything that smacks of NATIONALISM. the american people were sold a TAINTED BILL OF GOODS under the guise of 'PATRIOTISM'.

    my hope is that the newly elected american senators will FIND THEIR SPINES and listen to the WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, (you know, as in THE PEOPLE who elected them, as in DEMOCRACY) as well as any form of REASONABLE COMMON SENSE, and STOP THE ESCALATION of the war in iraq.

    now, was that an unpatriotic statement? sorry if any think so.

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  19. Hello Eric,

    You always have an interesting picture. Got to love Paris!! Keep it up.

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  20. Well, barbara, regarding the American people "being sold a bill of goods under the guise of patriotism", I can only quote Forrest Gump: Momma says stupid is as stupid does. Nobody forced them to buy. Patriotism should be based on serious thought, not blind lemming behavior.

    Love the goods in la boutique.

    And, as to stupid, there must be a need to be a blogger in order to vote on Festival de Romain. There absolutely positively is no voting square on my screen when I click on the purported links. Sorry, Eric, I tried.

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  21. >>i'm a bit LEARY of anything that smacks of NATIONALISM. the american people were sold a TAINTED BILL OF GOODS under the guise of 'PATRIOTISM'.>>

    SOME American people bought that bill of goods. Some STILL do. But many did not and do not. Nothing wrong with nationalism and patriotism as long as there is examination and thought by the people. But some will always go for the hype as long as it's painted red, white and blue.

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  22. ...ou, peut etre, pencil erasers in bleu, blanc, et rouge?

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  23. I second that Ujima!

    Eric, I voted for you on two different computers...good luck!

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  24. In some countries, people can put their national flag in their garden all year long (America or Switzerland for instance).

    In France, one can see the French flag on official buildings, during special meetings, during sport events or some special days (national day, commemoration, etc..).

    But for sure, you will rarely see a citizen in France putting a french flag on his balcony on a normal day, as it is often regarded as a provocation.

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  25. yes, i suppose that's the shiny side of the penny, having pride in your nationality. that's why we 'pledge allegiance' every morning. but flip the coin over, and there's a much less innocent view. borders, nationalism and racism are principles which are created to keep people separated with the belief that we are somehow different, somehow better, than the next person with a different gps.

    why? when you look at the bigger picture, the name of the game is control. divide and conquer has been a governing principle since the beginning of 'civilization'. every 'ism' in our culture, be it political, economic, religious, educational, etc. is a daily reinforcement of this principle, to hide the deep dark truth that we all come from one source and have a commonality in spirit, and oneness of purpose.

    it is this that we should be celebrating, and it is this that should guide our daily lives, but of course, this is just my opinion.

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  26. oh, and for the record please, my comments are in no way meant to reflect any negative aspersions on eric's blog or post.

    ERIC, YOU ROCK :)

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