Random Flâneur

2CV

 

Rue Debelleyme

 

Abandoned Velib’

 

Blue Window

 

The Seine, towards Pont Louis Philippe

 

Montmartre rooftops

 

Door-front

 

Sacré-Coeur Spire Top

 

Courtyard

 

Métro

 

Turning the past into the future (On Rue Saint-Sabin)

 

Waiting (on the Champs-Elysées)

 

The End is around the corner

 

Bistrot du Marais (Le Marché des Enfants Rouges)

Manifestation organizé par le Fédération Française des Motards en Colère

French motorcyclists are mad as hell because of recent changes on highways, including removal of highway traffic radar warning signs – the government claims road safety as the reason. 30,000 motards were expected to hit the streets of cities all over France. There certainly were thousands in Paris. The government also wants to force motards to wear yellow fluorescent vests and install extra-large licence plates…

It appears this is a Sarkozy initiative: Le Figaro 23/06/2011

Motard en colère

Context

At the beginning of 1991 I began a two year work term in Paris. A few days after I arrived I participated in one of several anti-war rallies against the first American war in the Arabian Gulf (euphemistically called “The Gulf War”). The march took about three hours and while taking photographs and chanting some slogan or other, we passed monuments, famous buildings and streets – I saw Paris so differently than as a tourist.

 

Four Photographers - One Warrior - Peace For All

It didn’t take me long to fall in love with everything about Paris – except the attitude. Twenty years (and a few months) later Paris is still Paris and the attitude has improved tremendously.

I thought I’d blog about my twentieth anniversary visit. It will be composed mainly of photographs with some nostalgic musings about places revisited and perhaps some new surprises.