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Project 365 – Week 4

Am I having alternate good and bad week with this project? Sometimes I even ponder if I know what I’m doing anymore… Perhaps it was also my state of mind – I started the week with a terrible backache, which tapered off but got me more cautious about overdoing it, about going out in the cold. Booo.

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The boy

21 Jan: Ok, this is cheating. This photo was actually taken on the snowy morning of 20 Jan, when F accompanied me to the Louvre and then to Montmartre. I stayed home most of the day to rest my aching back, and as a result, this project was far from my mind until the next morning. Ooops. As compensation, well, I give you F ;) (and he doesn’t even know that he’s going to be featured here!) I have no idea what he was doing either at this very moment – adjusting his neck-protector-against-the-cold thingy, I think.

Brasserie Bistro

22 Jan: I love tiled walls in Paris. It is a touch of something exotic which also transports me back in time, to the era where everything is golden and nostalgic, and art form can be seen in every little turn and corner. Not that I’ve been in that era, mind. Afterall, I didn’t manage to make it to Stephen Hawking’s party!

Lighting an alley

23 Jan: There are some small alleys near where I live and they always seem a bit sinister and creepy when it’s dark outside. Compound it with the fact that most of them have poor lighting, it is easy to imagine all kind of things happening in the farthest corners. Gimme more light please!

Shaving brush

24 Jan: As someone who doesn’t shop a lot, I also don’t often pay attention to window displays. Yet, the odd times that I do, I notice something a little quirky – enough for me to stop and fish the camera out of my bag. While on my way to work, passing the front of a pharmacy, rows of small shaving brushes caught my attention. I don’t know of anyone using this nowadays, since most guys I know either use an electric shaver or sporting the rugged look. Is the art of lathering foam for wet shave dead?

At the hairdresser

25 Jan: Modern hairdressers try hard to have this chic and minimalist look, often with dark paneled interior and gleaming surfaces. It was therefore a refreshing change to see something more traditional, hair salons of the past where the perming machines are large extra-terrestrial-like helmets overhead! Sadly, business here was not exactly bustling, and the owner put a sign at the door that she was in her apartment. I guess regulars would know where to find her.

Jardin des Tuileries

26 Jan: Everyone knows where the Louvre is, but a lot less could point out where the Musée des Arts Décoratifs may be, even though it’s right next to the Louvre. I’ve been looking for a time spot to visit but have been procrastinating until now. The good excuse to visit now? There’s an exhibition of jewellery by Van Cleef & Arpels (until 10 February)! My friends and I bought Pass Rivoli so we can see the exhibition and to visit the remaining of the museum. How refreshing to be able to walk through exhibits leisurely without being jostled by a gazillion people! As photography is not allowed within, here’s a view when I peeked out from one of the windows ;)

Demonstration in Paris

27 Jan: A couple of weeks ago, conservative demonstrators took to the street to oppose the proposed law that will confer equal civil rights to homosexual couples in terms of recognition of marriage and permission to adopt. Today, pro-equality as well as pro-LGBT groups made their voices heard. It was a noticeably smaller demonstration but not insignificant – this is a signal that many are ready for the change. Mobilising a group that’s behind a proposed law is not small feat. Some took it as a positive sign, when the heavy rain of the morning cleared into a bright sunny afternoon, just in time for their walk from Denfert-Rochereau to Bastille.

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  1. Chloé says:

    23 Jan: hehe and this is still Paris. i was kinda shocked when i moved to Montpellier: the lighting is much lower there! and the empty streets at night (more cars than pedestrians), a bit creepy… but i guess it’s mostly because i’m so used to the quite well-lighted streets of Paris and people walking about at all hours!

    24 Jan: i don’t know the English word for these but in French it’d literraly translate as “a badger” :)

    take care! i don’t want to see only inside pics of your flat because you’ve overdone it! (( Lil ))

    • Lil says:

      oh yes, paris and montpellier definitely don’t have the same vibe. and hehehe, i can see how it could be called a “badger”. in english, it’s just the plain boring shave brush i’m afraid…

      hehehe, well all good towards the end of last week so fingers crossed it keeps going the same way. ;)

  2. med says:

    still nursing the back lil? you better take good care and if you havent done so, get it checked properly alright ;)

    that’s a real classic saloon and shaving brushes? hmmm…use hand and soap with a shaver in the other hand muahahahah

  3. I don’t like shopping much either, so don’t notice windows as much as I should – but there’s a divine chocolate shop near La Bourse which has not only the prettiest windows, but lovely displays as well. Fun review you have here!

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