“Wanderings with a Flâneur”

Paris, France. May-June 2018 (19 photos)

This is Part 10 of my France 2018 photo series, and also Part 27, the final part, of my Europe 2018 photo series.

If you’re wondering, the number of posts from each country I visited is a general indicator of the amount of time I spent in each country relative to the others. To that end, I should do one more post about Prague but time has gotten away from me for now. Let’s finish with a few more random sights from my wanders in Paris in the Spring.

Flâneur, from the french noun, means “stroller”, “lounger”, or “saunterer” and refers to the act of wandering with no purpose. The flâneur was, first of all, a literary type from 19th-century France, essential to any picture of the streets of Paris. The word carried a set of rich associations: the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer, the connoisseur of the street. It was Walter Benjamin who made this figure the object of scholarly interest in the 20th century, as an emblematic archetype of urban, modern experience.

“Rolling, rolling, rolling…”

Or more accurately, panning, panning, panning.

“Trainspotting”

I took this one from the open air rooftop of Tour Montparnasse. The train tracks lead into Gare Montparnasse, the station I used to get to the Loire Valley.

“Life in a Parisian park”

“At the Trocadéro”

“Cafe de Flore”

One of Paris’ oldest coffeehouses that opened in the 1880’s and has since featured in movies and songs. In the early 2000s they produced their own CD. I still have that.

“The heart of the city”

Kind of appropriate for Medical School Street.

“Sail away with me”

In the Luxembourg Garden. Now this is old fashioned. For your money you get a wooden sailboat and a stick (to push the sailboat along). No motor. No remote control.

“To the memory of the 112 inhabitants of this house including 40 small children who were deported and died in German camps in 1942”

Memorials like this can be found all across Paris. My B&B host told me there used to be a book detailing the history of every building in Paris, including details such as these from the wars.

“Someone to watch over me”

“Above Paris”

From the Arc de Triomphe.

“Versailles”

Although the Palace of Versailles and its precinct are not in Paris, it is commonly thought of when visiting Paris. It is the most popular day trip for tourists to take out of Paris.

“Be our guest”

Wandering Montmartre before the tourist hordes arrive.

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”

“The twilight zone”

“Nightfall on the Seine”

“Tour Eiffel. Encore une fois”

“The city of light”

This ends my Europe 2018 photo series, although I may return sporadically to this series with additional photos at a later date. I do seem to have a lot more photos I could post.

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I’ll start with a new series of photos next month.

However, I actually need to take those photos first. And to do that, I will be flying back to the Northern Hemisphere next week. So no posts from me for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll have at least a few interesting photos to show you when I return.

“Paris est toujours Paris”

And fortunately so.
And if you’re wondering, no, I didn’t wear a beret at all during my time in Paris.

This is Part 10 of my France 2018 photo series.
This is Part 27 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

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Paris in the Spring (9)

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101 thoughts on “Paris in the Spring (9)

  1. Magnifico LD, I’m just back in time to catch this final delightful stroll around Paris with you. I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks immersed in the outback. So now I will have to do some back tracking to catch up on the posts I have missed. Looking forward to finding out where you are going next.

  2. Oh yes, you can do that again any time you wish, northern hemisphere is happy to have you. 🙂 My first time in France I also went to the Loire valley and Tour de Montparnesse, and the Père Lachaise cemetery, and Versailles, in 1991. Great memories. You’re brave to take photos of that armed blonde. I like Italian police and soldiers because they are such poseurs, and yet I don’t dare to photograph them, normally.

    This is one grand series. To many more.

    • Some things are essential to see and do in any new country – I see we share the same interests in France. Regarding photographing people with machine guns, I bring my camera out very slowly and look for visual clues on if I can proceed or run screaming. 🙂

      Thank you very much.I already have ideas in my head for May/June next year.

  3. Lovely photos which capture a lot of the texture of my own memories of Paris (and perhaps everybody’s). Your second photo reminded me of an afternoon when I sat in Trocadero and watched a bunch of people having a friendly rollerblading competition.

  4. A beautiful end to the Paris series Draco and I especially love the image of Versailles and the night time shots – they are so atmospheric and really capture the spirit of the place. Enjoy your trip to the Northern Hemisphere and I hope you get to see plenty of Autumn colours 🙂🍂🍁

    • Thank you so much, Xenia. Wandering around Paris, the ambience of the city flows around and engulfs you. I’m glad I could catch some of that. Hopefully I’ll have some nice photos to show you when I return.

  5. Heide says:

    Whether your photos make me swoon, smile, sigh, they always evoke so much emotion. Just beautiful! Among this set it was a real treat to find the skater, whose troupe my husband and I watched for a half hour one night on the bridge between Notre Dame and the Île St. Louis. Wasn’t he astounding? I can still picture the speed and grace with which he moved. (And I imagine you moving much the same way as you weave your way through the narrow streets — the ultimate flâneur. :)) Wonderful images, Mr. Draco!

    • Thank you so much. That skating troupe must be there every weekend in Spring/Summer, I’m guessing. They were great – almost made me forget to buy my ice cream from Bertillon, the reason I was there. 🙂
      See you one day in Paris, perhaps?

      • Heide says:

        I’m sure many a visitor has forgotten all about Berthillon on that bridge! 🙂 And yes … it would be wonderful to see you in Paris one day, perhaps. It would be a pleasure to introduce you to some of my friends who can get you into the most amazing places! One of these days I’ll get around to posting my photos from the roof of the Hôtel de Ville so you can see what I mean. 😉

  6. I had to wear a beret once – school uniform – for five years. Hated it and it never really sat right on my head! I must ask you how long you waited for that amazing composition “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” with the people looking in opposite directions and the chap in the middle looking straight ahead. Priceless!

    • I went to a school that dumped their boater hats from the uniform a year before I started. I was happy about that. 🙂
      In all honesty, that photo was pure chance, Jude. I have 4 other photos of that door and the guards but the guy in the middle isn’t in them. Hanging around paid off. 🙂

  7. Ah, the flâneur. Still remember studying that at university a while ago – a figure that wanders yet observant of their surroundings as they wander. Safe travels and I’m sure you’ll be shooting more sharp photos on your time away 😁

  8. Love your short notes here, and the photos of course. The night shots especially.
    My son went to Paris a couple of weeks ago – they close down the traffic totally and the city is open and “empty”. He and some two, three hundred other skateboarders made a tour of some miles around the city on the car free streets. I had never heard of this closing down before, but obviously they do this once a year. He came back all smiles – must have been a great adventure. He hadn’t visited since he was four years old.

  9. Tom Gagner Photographer says:

    Excellent photos and interesting texts. The word flâneur is used in Swedish too, with a slightly different spelling though – flanör. My favourite occupation while visiting new cities. Looking forward to see the photos from your upcoming trip. Have a safe journey 🙂

  10. Maybe you didn’t wear it, but you did buy it, didn’t you?
    Speaking of which, do you ever buy souvenirs and why/why not? I stopped a while ago, my photos and memories are my best souvenirs.

    These shots are pure brilliance. You have such an eye for detail.

  11. The shot of the Eiffel Tower (Trocadéro) is amazing… I’ve never seen a picture taken from that angle before! Trocadéro reminded me of this song when I was an eleven year old! 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWWmiMJZq64

    I love the one with the little boats too. Perhaps because they are vintage style… I love vintage!

    The one with the tables too, that’s sooo French… such a simple composition but gorgeous! I feel like I’m in a TARDIS… one minute I’m in Japan and now France!! 😀

    • It’s an active plan of mine to fit in a bit more travel while I can. There’s a certain vintage chic about Paris which I find alluring and I guess you do, too. You know, I vaguely remember that song’s chorus in my mind.

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