November 22, 2010

Non merci!



I hope you all had a nice weekend. Ours wasn't too bad. We had some lovely, cold but sunny, weather on Saturday. Little H. had a birthday party to go to and instead of spending half of my day on the metro bringing her, going back home, going back for pick up and back home again, I decided to go for walk in between drop off and pick-up instead. Since the party was in the 16th I somehow ended up at the Eiffel Tower. And though I love the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars I have mixed feelings about everything else going on there. Except for the fact that it's (understandably) always crowded in the area between Trocadéro and Eiffel Tower you also have to deal with the vendors and street gamblers bothering you every five steps. Non Merci! I certainly do not want a mini Eiffel Tower to take home as I already explained to your colleague two steps ago... Very annoying. Equipped with my camera I once again realized that it's impossible to take a picture of "la Grande Dame" without having at least a dozen of people you don't know posing on your picture as well. Well, that entirely depends on the angle you choose, I came to realize. As I walked passed the Eiffel Tower, away from the crowds and to the left, there were much less people there and the view on La Tour Eiffel wasn't bad at all, especially not given the fact that trees have shed enough of their leaves by now to see through. So, until they ask me to shoot the next "glossy magazine Eiffel Tower perfume add picture", this one will have to do.
To be honest, I had much more fun taking the two other pictures. Not a single soul around there frantically running through my viewer looking for the most photogenic spot...

better than a parking ticket...
... so much nicer than a parking ticket.


I love these trompe l'oeil's often found in dead end streets.

7 comments:

joanie said...

Beautiful images. Worth fighting the crowds and street vendors for :)

Andrea, the little collector said...

What lines! And as a former receiver of parking tickets, I concur about the little leaf!

cindy said...

oh wow, i love the view and the last photo is incredible. i recently took a photo of a tree covered car with a parking ticket ;). really!

Stephanie said...

Love that you saw the leaf in lieu of a parking ticket. The perspective of the tile work is amazing!

Dani said...

Hey! Came across your blog and really love it! Beautiful pics...

I'm living in Lima, Peru right now and can totally relate to the annoyance of street vendors, and here service people to. If I had a dime for every time I turned down a taxi... :)

I'll check in again.

nicole/brussels said...

mooie foto's, goed gevonden vind ik je commentaar bij de" car with leaf much better than a ticket "
bijzonder mooi vind ik de 'trompe l'oeil"
leuk terug mooie foto's te vinden op je blog!! meer van dat Pascale!

virginia said...

this is much more than a "have to do" shot - all of these are beautiful!

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