On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Lapassionara.

These were taken yesterday, September 30, while we were at the Rue Daguerre “vide greniers,” meaning yard sale. A friend from college who has live in Paris most of her adult life decided to bring some of her paraphernalia to the sale. We agreed to help her set up her table and carry her wares to her designated place. Along the way we saw some great sights.

Taken on 2018-09-30 00:00:00

Rue Daguerre, Paris

This contraption would walk, slowly, with its front legs moving like a cow when pushed by its creator.

Taken on 2018-09-30 00:00:00

Rue Daguerre, Paris

These two were grinding away at an old-fashioned hurdy-Gordy and singing at the top of their lungs. Among the lebenty billion reasons I love Paris.

Taken on 2018-09-30 00:00:00

Rue Daguerre, Paris

Parisians love flowers. They are everywhere!


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22 replies
  1. 1
    Amir Khalid says:

    Emma the Scrap Metal Cow. Cute.

  2. 2
    p.a. says:

    Fitting… photos from Rue Daguerre!

  3. 3
    Schlemazel says:

    And here I thought excentrics were an British thing! Thanks for posting the pics

  4. 4
    MomSense says:

    I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall.

  5. 5
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    This contraption would walk, slowly, with its front legs moving like a cow when pushed by its creator.

    Some people have too much time on their hands.

  6. 6
    Lapassionara says:

    @p.a.: yes.@OzarkHillbilly: and your point is?

  7. 7
    raven says:

    @Lapassionara: FOOD FIGHT!!!!

  8. 8
    p.a. says:

    Need kevlar gloves to milk it, but 100% daily iron requirement.

  9. 9
    Amir Khalid says:

    I kind of wish you’d shot video of Emma the Scrap Metal Cow walking. That would have been cool.

  10. 10
    debbie says:

    Those flowers! <3

  11. 11
    waratah says:

    I love the ladies singing. Actually I love all the photos. Is it possible that the metal cow is the gentleman’s fancy walker?

  12. 12
    lee says:

    This is actually kind of awesome. I’m getting ready to submit my pictures of Paris when we were there Sept 25-28th!

  13. 13
    Luthe says:

    @Lapassionara: Do you or your friends have suggestions of what to do in Paris in early December? And any advice on dealing with the weather? Because while I am excited to be visiting, freezing my ass off is not at the top of the to-do list…

  14. 14
    eclare says:

    @Luthe: A coworker recommended this place to someone else a few days ago, I had never heard of it and I have been to Paris a few times.

    Sainte Chapelle

  15. 15
    Mr. Prosser says:

    I had to look up vide greniers; empty the attic, more or less.

  16. 16
    p.a. says:

    I started basic French on duolingo just for shits and giggles: 41 years since high school French. Basics going smoothly except pronounciation. Nothing acceptable to the app except my last attempt, when I spoke very slowly in an Inspector Clouseau imitation voice.

  17. 17
    J R in WV says:


    So there’s the secret — speak slowly and arrogantly in an Inspector Clouseau voice!

    Thanks for sharing, I’ll let my wife know !!

  18. 18
    Luthe says:

    @eclare: Sainte Chapelle is one of my favorite places on the planet. I am very excited to finally go now that the restoration is complete. During both of my previous visits some of the windows were covered because they were being cleaned. Seeing the whole thing at once is going to be AWESOME.

    @p.a.: I find eliding the entire last syllable of any given word works. Well, except words ending in “vre” in which case you make a strange noise like you are saying “ruh” and spitting at the same time.

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    scav says:

    @Luthe: Standard bad weather trick can be just dash into a promising patiserrie, café or bistro, sit a long while and crowdwatch. Works in good weather too. Or just spend more time in the odder parts of the museums (the foundations of the Louvre or the old finance wing) or find obscurer ones (the one of the city, don’t miss the Cluny). Those large old dept stores can be amusing, both in their architecture but the sheer difference of products (the ironing board iron setups were stellar one year). Find some of the Passages for quirky small shop leche vitrine expeditions under cover.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Amir Khalid: I wish I had too. It was fun to see.

    @Luthe: I know the thread is dead, but just in case, I like to visit the street markets, which operate all year long, as far as I know. One of my favorite museums is the Jacquemart-Andre, which is a house museum given to the state by the funky couple that owned it. Also, the Musee D’Orsay is a treat any time of year, as is the L’Orangerie. Enjoy!

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    Dead thread, but I just saw that airfares to Paris (SFO-CDG) in late November are UNDER $400! I know, I know – air travel, climate change, GHGs, etc., etc. but I really wanna go. It’s a great time to visit Paris despite the generally horrid weather then – it’s game season, so the food is great, there’s a ton of cultural stuff going on including the Salon de Vin, and it’s not quite as overrun with visitors. I heartily endorse @scav:’s and @Lapassionara:’s suggestions for rainy-day activities. We spent many happy hours in obscure corners of museums, departments stores, and passages when we lived there in the early 00s.

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    Origuy says:

    I believe the instrument is actually a barrel organ, not a hurdy-gurdy. They both are cranked, but a hurdy-gurdy draws a rosened wheel across strings, while a barrel organ pumps a bellows that pushes air through a set of pipes. Barrel organs are sometimes called hurdy-gurdys. Ask the women if they are playing a “Orgue de Barbarie” or a “vielle à roue”.

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