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This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
These photos mostly were taken in the Bois de Bologne, a park in the northwest part of the city, not too far from the northern border. We went there to visit the Fondacion Louis Vuitton, a contemporary art museum. We were there not too long after it opened. It’s a wild Frank Gehry building, and definitely worth a visit, but for spring I thought the park was more interesting.
The park is really big, and these photos capture only the northwest part of it. This is the north side of the museum. You can get to the roof, and the views from there are really great.
This is the Canots du Lac. It’s really just a bit of a lake with a Japanese-style building on it.
The northern part of the park has an amusement park. This is not a huge rollercoaster, but it definitely has style.
This is a very French merry-go-round. Check out the decoration on the urn.
This and the next photo are just some flowers in the park.
Now we’ve left the park for a brief look at some very bright food. First, a fantastic sorbet cone.
And some meringues in a shop window.
One of our favorite things to do in Paris is to go to this flea market, which is on weekends near the Porte de Vanves on the south side of the city. They sell all sorts of things at Paris flea markets that you wouldn’t see at American flea markets, notably bottles of wine (many that seem to have been sitting in basements for years before being sold, but also lots of art (mostly not so great, but still). And it’s fun to see what things are suddenly showing up everywhere – last year it was Chinese paperweights that are supposed to look like they’re from Murano.
For springtime, I’d thought I’d include a photo of this fascinating phenomenon – couples put locks with their names on bridges in Paris. They’re not everywhere, partly because there are favorite bridges and partly because there aren’t good places to put the locks on all of the bridges. There are thousands of them on some of the bridges.