24 June 2009

Metro Woes!!!!!!!

We had a nice dinner out in the sunshine. We were in an outdoor cafe and enjoyed good wine, good food, and good conversation. We took the metro home and the metro police were waiting for us at our exit. They periodically wait to check for tickets to ensure everyone can produce one to prove they didn't jump the turnstile.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a turnstile jumper. I'm a rule follower. So there I am in my skirt and heels and I'm digging through my purse trying to find my ticket. I produce three, but the officials blocking the exit claim they're all old. Difficult to believe given I clean my purse out every night. I keep digging. I go through papers. The officials are ready to pounce on me. Randy is arguing with them. They are telling me I owe 25 euros. The metro ticket I used was 1.10 euros. Twenty-five euros! I screamed back that there was no way I was going to pay 25 euros. Between the two of us, it was quite a scene. A nice teenager came up to me and said it was useless, that they would never back down. I know one of those three used tickets was the good ticket, but they wouldn't believe me. I threw a 20 and a 5 at them and stormed off. They wanted me to come back for my frickin' receipt. I am so angry right now I can barely breathe. I HATE PARIS!!!!

14 June 2009

President Obama in Paris

President Barack Obama is well liked in Paris. Posters and signs of him can be found mounted on walls, murals, and even in art galleries.

Walking through the Saint Germain des Pres area, I spotted this remarkable painting in the front window of an art gallery.

President Obama

11 June 2009

Moving Day in Paris

Paris MoversMoving day in Paris can be quite a production. Many buildings have no lifts, and those that do are large enough for only two to three people. Most buildings have narrow staircases making it nearly impossible to get big items upstairs.

It is customary for moving companies to bring large trucks with hydraulic lifts and a platform to hold the furniture as it's inserted through the window. These moving in (and out) routines are a common sight in Paris.

07 June 2009

The Making of a Street Art Mural

In the heart of the Belleville area of Paris, a community of street artists thrive and regularly display their imagination by creating “street art” work with cans of spray paint. In most cities, as well as in Paris, painting on walls (graffiti) is illegal, but there are several walls in Belleville where painting is legal.

I’ve been visiting this area for about six weeks and each time I visit I’m rewarded with the most imaginative and creative work on display. Last Friday I visited and found for the first time, several artists in the beginning stages of creating their latest piece of work. I decided to hang out and record the progress of Skio, one of the artists.

Fortunately, the corner café had chairs and tables running down the side of the alley so I pulled up a chair, ordered a Stella and watched these guys work.

Street Art Paris
Street Art Paris
Street Art Paris
Street Art Paris
Street Art Paris
Street Art Paris

Street Art Paris All finished.
Street Art Paris

03 June 2009

June 3, 2009 Photo Tour

Hosted Bobby from Houston, TX yesterday on a seven hour guided tour of Paris. Some of the areas we covered were Belleville, the Marais, the Louvre, Palace Vendome, Palais Royal, Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexander III. Here are some of the photos from the tour:

Musee de Louvre
pont Alexander III

Paris Street scene

02 June 2009

A little bit of the USA in Paris

While walking in the Saint Germain des Pres area the other day, I could hear a car idling very loudly, like a suped up engine, but I couldn't see it. Then it appeared -- a dark blue 1967 Mustang in perfect condition parked and running on the street.

It's engine purring loudly and its unique beauty soon drew a flock of people, many of whom began taking photos.