Tuesday, July 16, 2013

PARIS - A Flaneur's View

Street observers who stroll, view and interpret what they see are called flâneur. This means 'stroller', or 'saunterer', one who doesn't hurry. A flâneur has no particular destination in mind, but is interested in all he sees.


High on a hill in the 20th arrondisement. . .




Pere Lachaise Pathway, Paris, by DG Hudson



In Pere Lachaise Cemetery, there are many paths where you may pay your respects, view the beautiful monuments, or consider the history of this location. To get there, take one of the winding side streets, such as Rue du Chemin Vert. The monuments in this cemetery span many decades and generations, making it comparable to an outside art gallery.


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A Brand. . .

The Louis Vuitton Brand, Paris by DG Hudson


Branding. . .Louis Vuitton Flagship store mast. That's Big Branding. This is a shopping mecca for some, in a city known for its quality and design excellence.


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A city castle in Paris

Not sure of the vintage of the castle shown below, but it has some similarities to the medieval Louvre Palace design. This photo was taken enroute to our destination.




A Castle in Paris, Fr. by DG Hudson


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The Seine River runs through Paris.

Crossed by 37 bridges, the river makes its way around the city past many monuments. In the photo below, the Seine River and the tour boats sit quietly. This view was  taken before the start of daily activity.



The Seine River in Paris, Fr., by DG Hudson


 
A flâneur has an occupation more at home in a utopian fantasy or in the tale of a noble wanderer. Then, there might be leisure enough for someone to walk and ponder. Weekends and vacations are other options for practicing this activity.


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Are you a flâneur, or would you like to be? Any particular city or place, on Earth, you would like to explore? Have you explored a city you're going to use in your writing?

Please share in the comments. Hope summer is treating you well.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A2neur What is a Flaneur?

Previous blog posts:

Seine River

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

16 comments:

  1. I used to work in downtown San Francisco and spent many a lunch hour wandering around the financial district, Chinatown, Union Square & South of Market. I sure wish digital camera technology had been available back then b/c I would have taken so many more photos. Now I have to rely on my rapidly fading memories from over 20 years ago.

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    1. San Francisco is another city I like a lot, JoJo. It's very much like Vancouver.

      Yes, I too wish digital had been around earlier. I loved going out by the Cliff House Restaurant where the windswept tree lean back from the winds, and checking out the antique shops. The food, etc - a lot to like in that city.

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  2. Oh, that castle! That is what I love about traveling, seeing things I could never see at home. And how wonderful to just saunter along the streets of Paris and see such sights.

    And, yes, that's why I went to Wales. Just wanted to be there and absorb it as an observer so I could have that authenticity in my novels. :)

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    1. My Welsh friend (her dad was from Wales)just loved the fact that the church where her father's birth was recorded was still going strong and she was able to search out his birth record.

      They went around the corner to a pub. The locals told her she looked 'of the cloth', but where did she get her German (very fair) husband? She got a laugh from that, her skin is darker from her Welsh heritage.

      Traveling can broadens our knowledge. I wish I could do more. Need to win a lottery.

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  3. I was happy to see so many scenes in Paris. I've been there a couple of times. Like Jo Jo, I worked in downton San Francisco years ago (yup, pre-digital-camera days) and, like her, loved to wander around on my lunch hour and after work. But I would love to go back to Paris and wander around there. I'd love to go to Barcelona, too! I could get into being a flâneur.

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    1. A lot of writers could easily slip into being a flâneur. By our observation of people and the things they do, I think we are carrying on that tradition. And I think some cities draw us back, once we've been there.

      Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth!

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  4. I always love seeing your pictures of Paris. It's a great city to be a flaneur in!

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    1. I'm pleased that you enjoy them, Sherry. Paris is very walkable, and by walking, you get to see much more.

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  5. I think I should definitely take up the art of the flaneur. I always have this hurry, hurry mentality, always a destination, and I think it would be good to just wander and free myself to go wherever happens to come along. In fact, when I'm troubled, I tend to do just that, but I'd like to do it when not troubled, too.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. I try to fit it in when I can, too, Shannon. It's probably something a lot of us should do.

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  6. I have visited mostly abandoned coal towns in southwest Virginia. My kids and I were super excited and asked the woman at the hotel how to get directions to a couple of the little towns. She clearly thought we were out of our minds.

    Great pictures.

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    1. I'd be interested in anything with a historical slant, so I understand having a look. (But, not sure I'd want to be in a ghost town after dark). Just in case.

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  7. I love this post~ I am having fun finding ghosts downtown in old haunted hotels, for now!
    Great photos!

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    1. Hope you write about that, Ella! I am fond of retro hotels, too.

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