by Ted Welch
Thu Dec 2nd, 2010 at 04:30:24 PM EST
LEP has provided us with photos of the demonstrations in Paris, fundamentally about preserving a way of life, a culture. Here are some photos celebrating some aspects of the Paris I hope we'll always have and a culture worth defending - particularly in these bleak economic times.
First a few (belatedly) from the Paris Meetup in September:
Cf.: "Salon d'érotisme", Nice 24-26 Sept 2010
The end of our Sat. afternoon Paris stroll.
"Come on girls - 'All work and no play ...' "
Where Sartre "took to pieces" Beauvoir's arguments for what was left of her religious beliefs.
On the way to St. Michel, I went down this street for a change.
These bloody things have really spoilt Nice; Jerome told me they're on the increase in Paris, and the bikers ride on the pavements.
Then I went into Rue Laplace (such cultured street names :-) ).
The bike makes the photo - thanks, whoever it was - if only we'd stuck to bikes and there were no motorbikes (OK, I had two when I was young).
I was happy to discover a nice bar in Rue Laplace.
With, perhaps, the next De Beauvoir.
I returned to Paris at the end of October - Place de la Sorbonne
I took a new route from the place I was staying in Gobelins and found that it led me to this popular street.
The street as a gallery.
A more recent cultural icon: "Bang bang" - "This is the end".
It leads to another street dedicated to a major figure in French culture ...
and a claim about a famous ex-pat:
I thought this wasn't the address I remembered reading about recently; in fact he lived in Rue Cardinal Lemoine, but he did rent a room in this building to write - later recalling that he had been poor but very happy in Paris.
This, I assume, is a reference to Jacques Prévert, which seems apt: " il devint un poète populaire grâce à son langage familier et ses jeux de mots." "He became a popular poet, due to his everyday language and play on words."
Then over to St. Germain, saturated in cultural references:
Delacroix (I think he's spotted me).
"The American" in Paris
Another side of American culture ...
and of French culture: "The man who wanted to live his life"
I thought I ought to try the oldest restaurant in Paris, Le Procope, founded in 1686. Luckily I was taken through the main room, full of loud Americans, to a quiet back room where I could think in peace about all the French cultural icons who have dined there: Voltaire, Danton, Robespierre, Marat, and famous visitors such as Benjamin Franklin.
But I was equally happy to find, just across Blvd St. Germain, a tiny bar, not fashionable, nor full of tourists, but with nice low lighting and interesting decor:
"Don't be sad - we'll always have Paris."