Posts Tagged ‘discover’

Paris in Black and White

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Yesterday I spent the afternoon walking through Paris with my camera set on the black and white function. Last year, my brother and I went to Melbourne together and he spent the entire trip with his camera set to black and white and 1600 ISO and the results were fantastic. So I tried to copy him, although my ISO was a bit lower and I’m not sure it was such a success. I was very snap-happy and didn’t spend time setting up shots. Here are a few images that I managed to capture:

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For more photos from my day out and about, visit my Flickr site.

Belleville is Beaucoup Brilliant

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I am starting to love the area I am living in. What am I saying? Starting? I DO love the area I am living in. The Canal Saint Martin area is lively, young, and according to the French, “bobo”. A random man Tom and I met yesterday explained bobo as ‘people with means who are pretending to be rebels.’ I like that.

Yesterday the sun was shining and having spent the morning inside catching up on house keeping activities, we headed off towards Belleville in search of nuts. Belleville is an area north east of us that is home to Arabs, Asians, Jews, Africans, Romanians, with your odd caucasian popping up now and then. It is a mixture of smells and sights that tempt your taste buds beyond belief and everything is so cheap. We wandered past amazing restaurants selling turkish, algerian, chinese, thai, you-name-it cuisine and everything just looked so good. There were hundreds of people out and about on the streets, talking and having a good time.

We found heaps of stores selling nuts and dried fruit – something I have been missing greatly. In supermarkets nuts are ridiculously expensive and coated in salt and so finding bags of assorted brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, dried figs etc was like walking into heaven. And so I stocked up. We also found some asian supermarkets selling reasonably priced ingredients. Yet another thing I miss when I’m in France – some decent spicy food. At least I can make it myself now. Take that, you French people with your flavourless food.

Tom and I headed to the park in Belleville where lots of people were sitting where ever they could find a spot of sunshine. From the top of the park there is a look out with an amazing view across the city. You can see the Eiffel Tower sticking its head up above the rest of the buildings, but due to the cold temperatures, it was a bit foggy yesterday and we couldn’t see very clearly. Definitely somewhere to head back to in summer.

It is so great to find areas of Paris that the average tourist would never go and visit. One of the highlights of our walk was along the main street in Belleville where a large swarm of people (predominantly men) were standing around in the median strip. Along each side there were people standing with a small sheet in front of them and on their sheets were things they were trying to sell. Ranging from pirated movies to second hand shoes (some didn’t even seem to have the pair of shoes – maybe you’re supposed to mix and match), most of the products on sale seemed either illegal or something they had found on the side of the road. It was so busy! Everyone was bartering and hoping for a good price. It was a wonderful sight.