2009-01 (Jan 2009)

 31 January 2009

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The wedding party
Ile-de-France

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30 January 2009

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Don’t be scared..he’s only a wax!
Musee Grevin, Paris

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29 January 2009

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In appreciation for the Statue of Liberty which the French gave as gift to America (now standing in New York harbor), Americans living in Paris returned the favor by building a small replica. This smaller version (35 feet high) is mounted at the Pont de Grenelle near the Jardin de Luxembourg.

Statue of Liberty, Paris

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28 January 2009

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A fashionable building in a fashionable city!
Paris

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27 January 2009

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No, this is not a museum, it’s a restaurant.
Quartier Montmarte, Paris

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 26 January 2009

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Conflans-St-Honorine, Ile-de-France

What is that?
You see this sight of lace-decorated cars normally on Saturdays. It signifies that the car is or has been part of a wedding entourage. After the ceremony which usually happens in a Mairie (City Hall), the car drivers would blow their horns continuously on their way to and from the Reception venue. And even after the ceremony is long over, these strips of lace would remain tied up on the vehicle until it discolors with the elements. I don’t know why others don’t remove them, must be a source of pride – to be seen as having attended a wedding ceremony!

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25 January 2009

Driving past Saint-Germain-en-Laye (suburb of Paris) yesterday, we noticed a long queue at the door of a garden shop. “Gosh, they’re making good business!”, we quipped.

Today, we visited the town and came across the same shop. Curious about what we saw yesterday, we peeked through the window and saw this display: a hydrophonic pot garden! It’s the trend!

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These miniature pots are sitting under a level of water contained in this hydrogarden gadget.

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Soil-less herb plant

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24 January 2009

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Restaurant next to REX Cinema, Paris

Buy One, Take One….Seafood Platter for only 15euros!
Yes, you can still eat French style without breaking the bank!
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23 January 2009

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Maison Lafitte, Ile-de-France

This charming house of yesteryears will soon be demolished to give way to a 21-door apartment.
Who said the Age of Beauty is here to stay?

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22 January 2009

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motorbike…motortrike…
Paris

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21 January 2009

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Out for a smoke…
Paris

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20 January 2009

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Working hard for the money….
Paris

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19 January 2009

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(First Prize, Master of French Bread)
Paris

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18 January 2009

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Sleeping…..?
by Saint Sulpice Church, Paris

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17 January 2009

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Banned Planet
Paris

16 January 2009

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I walk the streets of Paris with my camera hanging on my neck (everybody seems to anyway), so when I saw this cute kid staring at me while I passed, I had the quick impulse to take a pic of him, and I was lucky because in just a split of a second he was gone.
The place is a property agency and while the kid’s master was working on his desk, this little angel was guarding the window display.

 15 January 2009

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Windowscaping…err… there’s still a place for a statue…..

14 January 2009

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Costume-shopping in Paris!

 13 January 2009

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Vertical garden

12 January 2009

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Fontaine des innocents, Winter 2009

11 January 2009

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Caravan Park in the snow
Maison Lafitte, Paris

10 January 2009

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9:24am La Defense, Paris

09 January 2009

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rue d’Aboukir, 2nd Arr., Paris
The area around it is where you could “shop till you drop” fashionable but reasonably-priced clothing)

08 January 2009

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by Pierre Comte, inaugurated in 1974
Paris, 2nd Arr., cor rue Saint Sauveur and rue Dussoubs

This zone was notorious for drugs and gangs so the Mairie (City Hall) decided to rehabilitate it through massive cleaning and beautification.

 07 January 2009

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This is the road fronting our apartment that is covered in thick frost as I type.

 06 January 2009

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Our apartment, built in the 1960s  has its walls covered with fabric wallcover.  It’s supposedly a bourgeois-thing.  Here is another room with its flowery-themed wallcover. Guess where it is? 

…it’s the upper half of our toilet!

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