Hipster Whale’s Guide to Paris

So I went to Paris, or rather I passed through Paris on my way to spend the winter in my Himalayan yurt, and in a moment of weakness, I found myself among the heaving peasants at the ‘tourist’ ‘sights’. Here are some photos I took on my box brownie. I apologise that they are so cliched.

To start with, the view from my hotel. This is wall of the building opposite.

Here is a cafe opposite Notre Dame. The church itself is mainstream, but this cafe is suitably empty to make it interesting.
A trip to the Louvre produced some points of note. This is the picture opposite the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci’s painting is well known, but you’ve probably never heard of this one.
This is the floor of the Louvre:
The lifts in the Eiffel Tower were the only real point of interest in a rather bland structure.
And the duck pond next door drew very little attention, and is therefore worth recording.
This window looks at the rather lame view of Paris from Montmartre. The area was mainstream even before the Post Impressionists.
At Versailles, all I could find worth photographing was this tree grate.
Of course, there is much great ‘art’ in Paris. I found the back of Rodin’s Thinker to be particularly moving.
And in an obscure little gallery off the Champs Elysee, I found this fascinating bench for the use of the masses. Most enlightened.
There were three people looking at the grave of Oscar Wilde, so avoiding that crowd, I spent my time contemplating the grave next door.
Finally, no trip would be complete without a visit to the L’Arc de Triomphe. So, here is a picture of a pedestrian crossing nearby.
As these pictures show, if you know where to look, you can find some interesting things in Paris.

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