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Paris & I - Paris

paris  Paris & I   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceParis & I is Sab’s blog which he described to me as…. “It’s a daily Paris-themed photo taken, processed and uploaded exclusively on my camera phone (an iPhone).

My aim is three-fold.

Firstly, to get lots of artistic street photos of Paris out there for people to see.

Secondly, to write little word-snippets to accompany said photos.

Thirdly, to show people that you can take some really great, creative photos with a really basic device.”

Well, as far as I’m concerned, Paris & I does what it says on the tin.

I’ve made no secret nor apology for my looking for photoblogs.

Paris & I stands out because of the careful choice of words used to accompany the images.

Down and Out in Paris…..

For visitors to Paris there is the inevitable honeymoon period.  Once this is over, though, reality hits hard.

Yes, Sab, you are in Paris and not Calcutta!

Yes, even in the City of Light, there are people who are Down and Out in Paris.

Like all cities, Paris… “does strange things, revealing sinister slits in its carapace.”

All you can do is say… Don’t bring me down!

Of course, it’s not always people who are Down and Out in Paris.  It’s street furniture as well!

And then, some of the people might be Just Hanging out?

But if you are Down and Out in Paris, there’s always some Warmth on the Streets to cheer you up!

As Sab says… “Paris is a city of homeless people, pigeons, pooches and rats, and even a few lucky individuals who have a roof over their heads…”

In other words… Echoes of Austerity.

Luckily, if you’re Down and Out in Paris you cold always be Breezing by the Bus Boys!

Down in the tube station at midnight…..

Sab seems to enjoy observing and recording images of the metro.

That’s where The Ghost Train lives!

You can observe it as it rumbles past From Here To Denfert.

But be careful… There’s always the Danger of Death!

And in the Metro, just as in life, if you’ve… “taken the wrong train somewhere down the line” there’s the risk of a Missed Connection.

And then The Long Wait when… “The paint on the platform starts to peel before your very eyes; the rows of seats seem to race towards you like a demented video game; reverberations and reflections ricochet around your retinas as Paris’ Sleepless Night fades into the dopey dawn for another year.”

“And you take the next train.”

And like all big cities, no matter how many people are crammed together, there’s always Space between Us.

Which is always useful if you Need a Leak!

To use Sab’s words… “The strangest combination of people rushing to be somewhere else melding with those who seem to have nowhere else to go hits the eye.”  Things like that make the RER a great place to watch people Just Passing Through.

Paris Street Art….

Even if you’re Cracking Up there is street art to be found in Paris.

The windows of bars and shops are a great place to start; who knows, you might even find a Cheeky Little Red?

And I don’t know if this is art or not?  Who knows these days?  I suppose you’ve got to approach it with an open mind;  it does help, though,  if you Get your Entrails Out!

Because, of course, if you look hard enough, you can always find art – even if you’re All Drained Out!

So, summing up….

You know, I’ve only just scraped the surface of Paris & I – there’s an awful lot more I could talk about.

But then I’d be here all day waffling and you’d be here all day reading – and that would never do!

Sab is to be commended for showing another side of Paris; one that the visitors and tourists might not see.

From Where I Stand shows one view of The City of Light;  Frown and Pout in Paris shows another, equally valid, one.

And me?  Well,  Don’t Rush Me but I’m going to hunt down some Croissants of Calm and then see if I can find some Soul in the City.

And if I can’t?  Well, then I’ll just have to settle for some Lust in Pieces; either down by the Throbbing Drainpipe of Love or perhaps at The Best Little Whorehouse in Paris!

P.S.  I think I ought to mention that Sab let on that, whilst he lived in London, he was a Spurs supporter.

Now, I thought that I was the only person sad enough to publicly admit to that affliction…

It’s so nice to know that I’m not alone!

All the best

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  • By Genie, October 14, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    Very nice and comprehensive review, Keith! I have just discovered his blog as well and find it very artistic and creative.

  • By Sab, October 16, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Hi Keith,

    And a great big ‘Thanks!’ for featuring my humble blog! Really appreciate it! It’s true about the Spurs comment. I grew up in North London, in Enfield, where you either supported Tottenham or Arsenal, and for some reason I chose the former. Funnily enough, I’ve never paid to see a football match in my life (too scared!) but if there were to be a team I’d want to win something it would be Spurs, so it’s nice to see them up top again!

    So anyway, I just wanted to say that I was stunned by your review of ‘Paris & I’. Maybe I hadn’t read your site enough to realise how you do reviews, but the amount of time you must have put in to be able to put together such an amazing posting is admirable and highly appreciated. I’m touched, to be frank, that you took the time. As you know, each seeming humble little blog entry, for many writers, is the work of many minutes, if not hours of work in some cases, so when someone compliments you, not just by saying they like it but by creating something like this review, the appreciation is full of warmth too!

    I actually clicked on each link as I read your review, and as is often the case with writing (especially poetry) and sometimes photos, I barely recognised myself. It was as though I was reading someone else’s words and getting a sneak-peak into their brain, which was mine, which was kinda spooky, kinda cool.

    You are doing a great service to us bloggers and you obviously enjoy exploring others’ work and adding your own take on it – the skill with which you wove my words and titles into your prose wasn’t lost on me either!

    So keep on keeping on Keith, and ‘Paris & I’ will carry on trying to live up to your kind words. ~ Sab

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 17, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Sab – Glad you liked the review. Funnily enough, your’s was quite an easy/quick one to do? So glad you chose Tottenham rather than that other team.

    All the best


  • By Sab, November 15, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    You did see that Tottenham thrashed the Champions League title holders the other week, I take it!!!

    Glad mine was quick to do. It’s not quick for ‘me’ to do, mind you :-S

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