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Project 365 – Week 50

A couple more weeks to the end of the year, so a couple more weeks to wrapping up this series of Project 365. I’m currently considering if I will proceed with another one next year or not, and if I do, how should I do it? Always the same old dilemma – what should be the theme of the project? Photos of “a step a day”? Photos of colour of the month? Any other suggestion?

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9 Dec: I mentioned recently about doors in Paris being varied and relatively unique, and see what I found today – postcards depicting the very thing! I particularly love those with heads of mystic beasts but the simpler ones are not too shabby either. There is no such door knocker for my building though, as the door is a glass one. Perhaps I should start a collection of such photos, hmmm…

Christmas card

10 Dec: Laser cut Christmas cards – they seem to be everywhere! Pretty much any Christmas markets that I’ve walked by have at least one stall stocking them. They are rather picturesque and I got sucked into buying a handful few myself. Amazingly, at a reduced price too. I just off hand asked if the vendor would give me a discount if I buy more, and I got it. Huh. The girl who fails to bargain in Asia managed to score one in Paris (while speaking French)! Who would have thought that?

Window decoration

11 Dec: BHV has some fun window decoration for the holidays, with tons of moving puppets and playful poses. In this particular set, I’d like to have the plushies and the kitchenware they’re trying to promote. Such wonderful lovely sets of bakeware, dishes, etc. I’m rarely seduced by windows showcasing clothes or shoes or other toys, but the kitchenware had me daydreaming all the time. Just as well my Parisian kitchen is too small for me to try to fill it with new items or goodness knows what will happen.


12 Dec: Our apartment smells like Christmas today. I still had some leftover apples from baking a crumble last week so I decided to test out a new recipe that also calls for cinnamons – lots of it actually, nutmegs and cloves. Ta-da, a batch of lovely muffins came along quite nicely. I may have chopped the apples too finely though, for we miss the crunch in the muffins. Something to modify for the next batch I guess.

Eiffel Tower

13 Dec: Now this is how you know that it’s a truly cold day in Paris – when visibility is reduced and misty shroud makes parts of tall structures/buildings disappear. Days like these, Eiffel Tower would be headless, and Montparnasse Tower would nearly disappear from view from my window. The latter is truly saying something, since our bedroom window overlooks it directly and we’re a couple of hundred meters away from it by location.

Sign plaque

14 Dec: Cirque Fernando is the former name of a famed French circus, but today goes by the name of Cirque Medrano. It was a source of inspiration for several Impressionist/Post-Impressionist artists who produce marvellous paintings including Degas’ Miss La-La, Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Equestrian as well as The Mendrano Clown, Seurat’s The Circus, and Renoir’s The Jugglers of Cirque Fernando. Decorative plaques like this can be found from time to time in novelty shops, antique stalls and even at the bouquinistes along the River Seine.

Place de la Concorde

15 Dec: I hadn’t the courage to tackle the Christmas market on Champs-Élysées – there was just too many people on the tight sidewalk, and too much traffic on the roads. Coming out from a photography exhibition nearby, Alex, Chloé and I decided to skip the market in favour of hot chocolate and pastry in Angelina. We stopped briefly at Place de la Concorde and grabbed a few photos of the blue hours and this is my favourite shot of the evening, looking towards Madeleine.

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  1. med says:

    last shot….niceeeeeeeee
    still cant believe u can do this for 365 days lil…salute ;)

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