samedi 30 juin 2007
This vegetable wall is on the front a parisian shop, the BHV. The name means "Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville" ("the Stores of the City Hall") because it's located in front of the City Hall. The one on the photo is a new, dedicated the the Mens. I've never been in this shop so don't ask me if it's interesting. The BHV is one of the three big store in Paris with the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps ; they attract a lot of tourists during the year.
vendredi 29 juin 2007
This fountain (the Innocents fountain) is located in the center of Paris, in the district of Chatelet-Les Halles. it's the work of two architects, Jean Goujon between 1546 and 1549 and Augustin Pajou in 1788. Augustin Pajou did the 4th part of the fountain following its installation in the center of the place. Nowadays it's a meeting-place when you want to see someone (but it's crowdy, mostly during the week-end !!).
jeudi 28 juin 2007
I was intrigued by the architecture of its front : all the faces sculpted are different, with their own expression. Unfortunatly, I have no more information about this building.
(click to enlarge and see the details)
mercredi 27 juin 2007
Today, a parisian monument wich is ay Bastille place : the Genius of the Bastille and the bronze column.
This bronze column, known as the column of "July", have been raised in the center of the place between 1833 & 1840. It is 52 meters high, and has a 4 meters in diameters. It ends with a balcony surmounted of a genius which holds in a hand a broken chain and in the other a lit torch. (parisrama.fr)
The Genius represents "the Freedom which flies away by breaking his irons and by sowing the light". (parisrama.fr)
The Bastille place is also one of the important parisian point for the public demonstration, as the Republique place (a post about it next week).
mardi 26 juin 2007
This is a gluing. What is represented is called a Tiki. A tiki is a part of the old rock'n roll culture like the pin-ups, the cars.
It's represented by the "exotica" music (by Martin Denny for exemple) which is in fact the lounge music.
For a more historical and mythological point of view, let's read Wiki : "In Māori mythology, Tiki is the first man. In traditions from the East Coast of the North Island, the first human is a woman created by Tāne, god of forests. Usually her name is Hine-ahu-one. In other legends, Tāne makes the first man Tiki, then makes a wife for him.
In some West Coast versions, Tiki himself, as a son of Rangi and Papa, creates the first human by mixing his own blood with clay, and Tāne then makes the first woman. Sometimes Tūmatauenga, the war god, creates Tiki.
In another story the first woman is Mārikoriko. Tiki marries her and their daughter is Hine-kau-ataata.
In some traditions, Tiki is the penis of Tāne.
In fact, Tiki is strongly associated with the origin of the procreative act.
In Māori usage, the word 'tiki' is also the name given to large wooden carvings in roughly human shape."
lundi 25 juin 2007
dimanche 24 juin 2007
samedi 23 juin 2007
vendredi 22 juin 2007
jeudi 21 juin 2007
Well, it's "Music-Day" today and no photo, only one in fact (my daughter wanted to stay on my shoulder, so my camera stayed in my backpack). This woman is Christina Sonnemann, a musician from Australia and she plays celtic harp. Not the kind of the music that I like but very pleasant.
mercredi 20 juin 2007
mardi 19 juin 2007
lundi 18 juin 2007
dimanche 17 juin 2007
samedi 16 juin 2007
I met this bear near "La Madeleine", he was giving some sweets to the kids (and some adults too). I was organized for by a shop. I think it must pretty hard to wear this kind of disguise because of its weight and the heat inside.
vendredi 15 juin 2007
jeudi 14 juin 2007
mercredi 13 juin 2007
Today, two photos !!
These are the photos of the Soubise Hotel.
This hotel located in Francs-Bourgeois street have been bought in 1705 by the Princess Of Soubise and rebuild by the architect Delamai on the hotel of the Duke Of Guise.
This is a museum and you can have a some rest in the garden, it's very peacefull.
mardi 12 juin 2007
lundi 11 juin 2007
dimanche 10 juin 2007
I've been surprised when I've seen this very small restaurant and its front. Perhaps I'll be able to tell you if it's a good restaurant one day. It's located in Oberkampf street, in the 11th.
samedi 9 juin 2007
vendredi 8 juin 2007
jeudi 7 juin 2007
mercredi 6 juin 2007
A garden have been set on the square in front of the City Hall. It's an exposition of different flowers and their part in the garden,
the marshes. This armchair is covered with grass and is exposed with some scarecrows created by kids from different school of Paris.
mardi 5 juin 2007
lundi 4 juin 2007
This post is a little bit" francophile", sorry. It's a picture of the french rock & roll band Les Wampas (live show at La Cigale, thursday 28th may). It was the first time I took my new camera (with a lot of buttons, and functions to understand ...).
First lesson to remember : don't be late if you want to have a good place to photograph quietly.
If you want to see (and hear) how do they look like, go this way or this way (it's in french).