A typical Tenin's perspective to start the weekend! I had my own private Thanksgiving party yesterday evening (Friday!) and it was delicious and fun (my stomach is NOT thankful for all that food though, good thing I don't have my gallbladder anymore LOL!). And in Paris we have no such things as Black Friday, so no shopping for me ;-) BTW this is the Beaubourg center in case you did not recognized.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
According to my stats, about 50% (48 more accurately!) of the people who visit PDP on a regular basis are American... That is why I generally allow myself to wish them a happy Thanksgiving, even though we have no such celebration here! We do have a store called Thanksgiving though and it's known for selling Thanksgiving food or course, but also all kinds of typical American food, like blue cheese dressing, NY bagels and Velveeta cheese ;-) I personally never get tired of reading the famous Merci Donnant column by Art Buchwald that used to be posted in the International Herald Tribune (an English language paper published in Paris) every last Thursday of November.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Here is a very famous theater in Paris that I've been willing to show you for a long time, but I never managed to. As you can see it's really beautiful, but there are 3 trees in front of it and from spring to autumn/fall, there are too many leaves on these trees. I'm still not too happy with this photo, but at least you get to see something! Le Bataclan was built in 1864, it originally had a Chinese architecture (which you can see here) and it was originally a "Caf-Conc" (café-concert) where people could dance. Now Le Bataclan offers a wide range of shows from rock concerts to stand-up comedy and still offers a dance floor from time to time.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Let me introduce you to... Igor that has obviously been intrigued by my camera while I was taking a photo of... a beautiful door. I rarely post photos of dogs, because it's not very Paris centric, but this one was really cute and... he's a French Bulldog - and the door can still be seen in the background!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Did I take this photo in the 30's? No I was not born, thank you very much... I took it right before my departure. But it does look like it's from the old Paris times doesn't it? Well it's what's left of La Samaritaine (the back of it), probably a delivery zone or something and they haven't touched it yet (the Samaritaine is currently being turned into a hotel and a few other things and should reopen in 2015).
Monday, November 25, 2013
After a week in Denver, which I enjoyed very much, it's time to go back home! When you read this I'll be on the plane to Paris, but I doubt I'll be able to take my morning coffee on the terrace of a Montmartre café, as the weather forecasts show that it's going to be very cold! I took this one right before my departure and I saved it for my return as I think it's a very Parisian scene ;-)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In Paris, a lot of bikes are stolen every year (between 4,000 and 6,000 per year apparently!) and it's not improving... Most of the time the stolen bikes end up in Africa or East Europe. There is not much to do about it, except lock your bike to whatever you can find that is firmly attached to the ground, like this grid!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
When I say "the big one" I don't mean an earthquake, of course, but... a big flood! For look on the right side of photo; the Seine goes all the way to the wall, whereas there is normally a walking area down there... This year the overflowing of the Seine has started much earlier than usual and I was reading before my departure that they ("the flooding authorities") worry about the "floods of the century" (the last one took place in 1910). The damages would be terrible...
Friday, November 22, 2013
How cool is that? Now that they arrested the crazy killer, it's safe to walk down the streets of Paris again! (I'm kidding, because I took this photo right before my departure to Denver - where it's currently snowing! - and there was no crazy killer at that time). Anyway, I took it on the left bank, where they recently closed the traffic for good. The black and white effect is just me ;-)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
"This" is, la Fontaine des Innocents, a very famous fountain located in Les Halles that I have never showed you before because I never found an angle that I liked! This time I used a piece of urban furniture (a temporary "house" that shelters the mockups of the "new" Les Halles). This fountain was built in 1548, was moved twice (it was part of an old church that has been distroyed in 1785) and completed by famous architects and sculptors. A real masterpiece (but not very useful now that everybody has running water!)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Every two years, in front of the musée du quai Branly, a large open air photo exhibition takes place. It's called "Photoquais", it's free and it's really worth the look. I went there before my departure to Denver and I did not regret it. More than 40 photographers from everywhere but Europe were featured around one and single theme "Look at me"! Tempted? Too late, the exhibition closed on the 17th of November, but you can still see some of the photos on their website.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Like in a lot of countries the non meat movement is progressing in France too, but there is still a loooong way to go, as meat is part of most of the French's diet. And meat can make cool photos too ;-) Here is one of a steak tartare from le Kong, a trendy restaurant located on the top of the former Samaritaine (which is still closed by the way...)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Tags 07th, Seine Photographed at Pont de I'Alma, Place de l'Alma, 75007 Paris, France
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tags 06th, Bridge, Sun Photographed at Pont des Arts, Place de l'Institut, 75006 Paris, France
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Place Vendôme is currently not so nice because of all the work they're doing (look at the big white "thing" on the right, where the Ritz facade is normally located), but with the little help of a beautiful sky and a perfectly located sun (just behind the column so that there is not too much light in the lens ;-)), well it makes a pretty decent shot! FYI, I'm sure you know already, but the "Colonne Vendome" was erected by Napoleon in 1810 to celebrate his army and it is made of 1,200 melted canons that were taken from his enemies during his wars.i
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
on the occasion of the Ganesha Celebration, but that's about it. To be honest, I very rarely go there, because what you can find in the stores is "very Indian" and I cannot really picture myself buying a Sherwani (even though some of them are really beautiful). When it comes to food however, it's a different story. That is how I ended up at Saravanaa Bhavan, a vegetarian restaurant located at 170 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, where I had this delicious meal! (Sorry for posting late, something went wrong with the post scheduling - maybe it was me who went wrong!)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This is a scale that I photographed in the Luxembourg gardens yesterday. I did it, not so much because of the object in itself, but because the light was really fantastic. And then, I investigated a little more: why on earth was there a scale in the middle of the Luxembourg gardens?! Well... Now I know! It's because at the end of the 19th century people started monitoring their weight, while manufacturers invented automatic scales... One of them the Société anonyme française des bascules automatiques, rented 3 spots in the Luxembourg gardens to install paying (5 cents) scales. This one is one of them (well, maybe not the original!) and even though it does not work anymore, it's still there...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I saw this at a brocante (a secondhand market) yesterday and it really made me smile. Visiting brocantes and vide-greniers (garage sales) is an occupation that a lot Parisians enjoy doing during the weekend and that is why you can find several of them in each arrondissement. I'm not a big fan, 1) because I never know what is good to buy or not and 2) you need to bargain and I really hate that. But I enjoy looking, at least to take photos (which is not really appreciated actually...)
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Look at this beautiful doggy! I photographed him at Place du Marché Saint Honoré, in front of a restaurant called La Parizienne (with a "z" and not an "s"). Having a - real - dog in Paris is not easy, even though about 200 000 people have one: you need to pick up after him and you can get a ticket (up to 450 €!) if you don't keep him on a leash in the street on in public gardens.
Tags 01st, Fun Photographed at 42 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
Friday, November 08, 2013
Nice bust isn't it? I found it on the quai - the left river bank - not far from the Eiffel Tower. To be honest I did not know who this man was until I read the plaque underneath the bust; he's Habib Bourguiba, the founder and the first President of the Republic of Tunisia until November 1987 (before him Tunisia was a former French colony. The bust was made by Turkish sculptor Macunluoglu
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Webdeuxconnect conference, a French event for geeks like me! and since I'm locked in for two days I cannot take my daily photos. So here is one from my stock. I took it last month when I took this photo and I thought the sky was really stunning. On the right, you can see the Louvre.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I'm sure you all played Monopoly at least once in your life. Like you probably know, the game is published in many languages and countries and of course, the city and street names are different according to each version. Not surprisingly, in France, the chosen city is... Paris (even though there are also regional editions). A couple of days ago I had a meeting at Avenue Henri Martin, which is one of the most expensive streets on the French Monopoly (a red zone!) and I could not help but remember my youth! And since the city sign is pretty cool too, I thought it would make a cool photo.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
It's a very very classic view of Paris, but what's less classic is to be able to photograph this square without a single car (I had to wait for quite a long time!) and with this very dramatic sky (I did not have to wait for that LOL). For those of you who would not know it, the big pole in this photo is The Luxor Obelisk (Obélisque de Louxor) that was originally located at the entrance to Luxor Temple, in Egypt. It was offered to France as a gift in 1829 and installed on the Place de la Concorde on October 25, 1836.
Monday, November 04, 2013
When I show you the Paris Modern Art museum, I generally tale the photo from the other side. But this time, I was fascinated by the way way the sun would make its way through this magnificent building. This "Palace" that is what it's called, was built around 1937 for the International Art and Technical Exhibition. It then was turned into a museum in 1961 and is a definite must see if you come to Paris!
Tags 16th, Museum, Sun Photographed at 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I love Sunday mornings in Paris... Traffic is very scarce, a lot of streets are turned into pedestrian areas until 1 pm and most people you can see are runners, bikers... and even roller skaters. I photographed this one last Sunday on the Pont Neuf, just at sunrise. Have a great Sunday everyone, whether you do sport or not!!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
If you ever visited Paris, I'm sure someone offered to buy a small Eiffel Tower in the street. This someone was probably from Africa or Pakistan and he was near a tourist attraction - like at Trocadéro where I took this photo two days ago. It may sound silly, but this is actually a huge business and all these sellers are illegal immigrants working for a sort of "miniature Eiffel Tower mafia" that exploits them and makes huge profits. Last summer no less than 60 tons of such Eiffel Towers have been confiscated and several people arrested. Of course, this does not mean the traffic has stopped, it's obviously still very much alive...
Tags 16th Photographed at Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France
Friday, November 01, 2013
Today is the first of the month and for once I will not take part in the CDP theme day! Why? Because today in France is La Toussaint (all saints' day), the day Western Christianity celebrates the dead people. And, well, even though I'm more eager to celebrate the living than the dead, I thought this photo of this tomb (a famous French writer), was just perfect for today. Enjoy life everyone, it's precious. I took this photo at Le Cimetière de Passy, by the way.
Tags 16th, Celebration, cemetery Photographed at Cimetière de Passy, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing, 75016 Paris, France