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May 7, 2014 6:48 AM   Subscribe

Vintage Paris Paris tragics will enjoy this one. Others may enjoy it anyway!
posted by Wolof (25 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't know what a Paris tragic is but perhaps I am one. I want to exist in some of those photos and it is tragic that I cannot.
posted by bitslayer at 7:03 AM on May 7 [5 favorites]


Le sigh.
posted by the painkiller at 7:25 AM on May 7 [5 favorites]


Nous aurons toujours Paris.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:27 AM on May 7 [1 favorite]


Back when Parisians could still be found on Montmartre.
posted by rongorongo at 7:30 AM on May 7


Painful sting of longing
posted by The Whelk at 7:59 AM on May 7 [1 favorite]


That's a beautifully curated set of images. I was scrolling down for quite a long time and I don't think I saw a single dud.
posted by yoink at 7:59 AM on May 7 [1 favorite]


merci ! Gives me ideas - really need to take my camera out au petit matin pour profiter de la brume.

Beautiful photos.
posted by fraula at 8:03 AM on May 7


I'm not one of those that gets all swoony about Paris but this made me get all swoony. Magnificent.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:08 AM on May 7


I have heard that there are tourists who really get upset when they go there and it's not just like the 1920's
posted by thelonius at 8:17 AM on May 7


Soundtrack:

Rue d'Belleville
Rue Lepic
Menilmontant
Champs Élysées
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:05 AM on May 7 [3 favorites]


I moved from NYC to Paris when I was four, back in the 1950s, and stayed for three years. These photos took me back to those early years of my childhood. Thanks for posting
posted by mareli at 9:05 AM on May 7 [2 favorites]


I have heard that there are tourists who really get upset when they go there and it's not just like the 1920's


I had a funny conversation with an American couple in le Marais once. They asked me if I could speak English, and if I knew where the Bastille was. I told them that Place de la Bastille was just a few blocks east, but the Bastille itself had been knocked down in 1789. Somewhat crestfallen, they asked me if that was where the Opera was. I told them there was an opera house there, but it had been built in 1989, and they probably wanted the Palais Garnier on the other side of town.

"Is that the one with the tunnels underneath it?" they asked me.

"This is Paris," I replied, "everything has tunnels underneath it."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:11 AM on May 7 [2 favorites]


And they have a very strict No Skull Stealing policy in those tunnels.
posted by The Whelk at 9:21 AM on May 7 [1 favorite]


You tried to steal TheWhiteSkull?
posted by ersatz at 9:43 AM on May 7


It's still a sore subject. We don't like to talk about it.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:28 AM on May 7 [2 favorites]


TheWhiteSkull, I can't decide which of your posts in this thread to blame for this, but I HAVE FALLEN TOTALLY IN LOVE - I AM NOT SHOUTING LIKE THE HULK oh yes I am, sorry - anyway, I love you.

post scriptum: I've decided it was for Charles Trenet's Menilmontant.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:53 AM on May 7


What a wonderful city. Still.
posted by Decani at 11:21 AM on May 7 [1 favorite]


thelonius: "I have heard that there are tourists who really get upset when they go there and it's not just like the 1920's"

It's called Paris Syndrome and it is a real problem, especially (oddly) for Japanese people.
posted by lazaruslong at 11:49 AM on May 7 [2 favorites]


I've been to Paris twice, but it wasn't until the second visit that I had my "Paris moment" (or, more accurately, evening) at this restaurant.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:55 PM on May 7


Interesting historical note: the lighter patches on the columns of the Pantheon, seen in this picture, are the places where they filled in the holes left by bullets and cannon fire during the Revolution of 1848. The Pantheon was one of the last places held by the revolutionaries before they were suppressed by the provisional government. There is a painting of this in the Musée Carnavalet.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:35 PM on May 7


Paris, je t'aime!
posted by Elly Vortex at 2:36 PM on May 7


My mistake, apparently that was La Madelaine.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:34 PM on May 7


My mistake, apparently that was La Madelaine.

The bullet holes were nothing compared to the damage Proust did to the thing.
posted by yoink at 7:03 PM on May 7 [2 favorites]


So, I went searching for other images by René-Jacques, because I loved this one, and I came across this pretty remarkable resource. It's worth clicking around (or searching around) to see some of the amazing stuff they have online.
posted by yoink at 7:37 PM on May 7


Great photos!
posted by caddis at 2:54 AM on May 8


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