Sunday, 26 December 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.15 ~ 'Oh My Goodness... It's Huge!'

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Quiz No. 15: 'Oh My Goodness... It's Huge!'

Question: "What & where is it, and what's so huge?!

Sorry about the smuttiness, folks. Allow me my little innuendoes, will you. But then again, I assure you that I'm not adding anything that the original... creator didn't intend themselves, you know!
This is very famous, to those who know the city quite well, and just round the corner from something incredibly famous that looks strangely similar...
But I'll be quite specific in my demands: I'd like to know what we're looking at, functionally speaking, and try to be precise and informative if you can. Secondly, where can we find it? It's such a famous example of its kind there's no excuses really :-) And of course, just what is huge. Don't be shy. If you're thinking what I am you're actually totally right! So let's hear it :-D
DON'T FORGET: The first few people to contribute with something interesting to say will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. If you send me a funny pic back showing the bookmarks in use I'll publish them here and link back to a place of your choice. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and to Priscilla from Prissy Mag, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 14: 'What Am I? A Public Leaning Post?' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is... Marilyn Z. Tomlins, author of the chilling novel 'Die In Paris', which I reviewed and whom I interviewed on the Paris If You Please blog recently! Thanks for playing Marilyn :-D
Marilyn was extremely persistent, illustrating the tenatious researcher that she is, niggling away (see the comments section!) and eventually actually going on-site to see for herself. That's what I like to see! She finally came up with:
"I've got it! An 2000 - la meridienne verte = dunkerque - barcelone. Luxembourg Gardens - Porte Royale."
It was very tricky, because you don't come across these things (of which there are, nevertheless, quite a few) every day. I've found them when running and there's one where I used to live, in the Paris suburbs in Arcueil. And to make it trickier, the actual pretty disc had been stolen in the pic above!
So it was a rather strange initiative by an architecte called Paul Chemetov for the Year 2000 celebrations. His idea was to plant trees all the way along the old Paris meridian, but in Paris it was far more practical to place metal medallions, like the one you don't see in the picture above... But click here (shortly) and I'll reveal them to you in all their glory :-D

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.14 ~ 'What Am I? A Public Leaning Post?'

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Quiz No. 14: 'What Am I? A Public Leaning Post'

Question: "What is it and what's missing?

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Hmm, what's this then? Half a lamp post? Symbolic foundation pillar for a new office block? An upright plinth awaiting kindly occupant, one careful owner? Well that's for you to tell me!
Clues? Give us clues you say? Well yes, I could, but maybe I should see if anyone actually know first straight off the bat.
We're pretty much in the centre of Paris, near a large garden. This post is not alone. There are others like it. Well, there's one VERY like it practically across the road.
But this one has something missing. What is it for and what is it missing? Answers on an electronic postcard for the chance to win some beautifully hand-chopped bookmarks (see just below) from your favourite Paris puzzler. If he can find any...
DON'T FORGET: The first few people to contribute with something interesting to say will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. If you send me a funny pic back showing the bookmarks in use I'll publish them here and link back to a place of your choice. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and to Priscilla from Prissy Mag, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 13: 'Bienvenue Chez Alys!' ~ Answer & Winner!
 
WE HAVEN'T QUITE GOT ONE YET!
That's right! We're still looking for a comprehensive answer to what this enigmatic mosaic - anyone got any ideas?
It's rather obscure but shouldn't be too difficult to find with a bit of perseverence. Go on, have a go: who, pray tell, was Alys, and why should they have their name in mosaic on what looks like an average Parisian doorway? Curiouser and curiouser.
Click on the pic to see all the info from the last quiz, and click below to immediately leave your comment and win some bookmarks - first come, first served..!

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.13 ~ 'Bienvenue Chez Alys'

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Quiz No. 13: 'Bienvenue Chez Alys'

Question: "Where are we, and who might we be greeting?

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Look at the question carefully folks - I'm not asking you who or what 'ALYS' is or was you'll notice.
We're in Paris, of course, but a rather older Paris, or should I say younger Paris to be more precise, and things have moved on. Certain things don't happen they way they did, or at least not in the places they did before.
Are you catching my drift? Are you diggin' my groove? Are you seeing the types of feet and footware which might have once graced this splendid if faded hallway. It's not so faded in my photo, as I don't do faded too often, but in reality it's a bit of a dusty relic. But a valuable blast from the past, and long may it remain.
So the questions are: where are we - do you know where this little gem is to be found, perchance? And secondly, put yourself in my place - the photographer's place - but years ago, back in the days of Alys... who might have opened that door and thrown light on that colourful mosaic?
DON'T FORGET: The first few people to contribute with something interesting to say will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. And if you send me a funny pic back showing the bookmarks in use I'll publish them here and link back to a place of your choice. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and to Priscilla from Prissy Mag, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 12: 'Peek-a-Boo!' ~ Answer & Winner!
 
WE HAVEN'T QUITE GOT ONE YET!
That's right! We're still looking for a comprehensive answer to what this intriguing structure is all about - any offers?
It's pretty famous - amongst Parisians at least, and there's just one of them left in the whole of the city.
But what is it and where can you find it of course. Just in case you wanted to go and have a look. Or should that be 'a smell'?! If you think you have an idea about either of those, post your comment here!

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.12 ~ 'Peek-a-Boo!'

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Quiz No. 12: 'Peek-a-Boo!'

Question: "Where are we, and what might you see through those holes?

==> COMMENT & WIN! <==
Careful ladies, you might be giving a little too much away if you answer that last question with confidence!

I love this thing, for everything it stands, or stood for, if not for certain characteristics today.
It's one of a kind in Paris, it's gloriously awful, it's wonderfully redolent.. of times gone by, and I hope and pray it's never taken down.
The red bits are a recent artistic addition, by the way, and not part of the original design. As I'm typing this, I'm wondering what those holes are actually for. Any ideas, anyone? The more I can learn about this, the happier I'll be :-D
DON'T FORGET: The first Winners as defined above will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. Those of you who do get a bookmark may be asked to send a cool photo to prove they actually exist (the bookmarks, not the people) and I'll link back to your own site if you've got one for your trouble. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and to Priscilla from Prissy Mag, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 11: 'Grim Up North' ~ Answer & Winner!

WE HAVEN'T QUITE GOT ONE YET!
I'm looking for a full or at least a half answer (or a good guess) to the question from someone who hasn't won recently, so you've got everything to play for!
g for the very famous place this was taken from I'm not going to close it just yet, so keep trying!
Just to remind you, I'm looking for the place we can find this wonderful statue, and, for the experts, what's on the woman's knees. (And for the mega-experts, what's the statue supposed to represent.) If you think you have an idea about either of those, post your comment here!

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Monday, 15 November 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.11 ~ 'Grim Up North'

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Quiz No. 11: 'Grim Up North'

Question: "Where are we, and what's on the woman's knees?

==> COMMENT & WIN! <==
He he! You may or may not know about this, depending on what sort of person you are and what sort of lifestyle you lead!
I can't say much more than that really, without totally giving everything away, so I wont!

What I will say though, is that I'm really looking for some interesting comments in the guesses, not just one word responses.
To he honest, I don't really care about the answer or who gets it. What I love is the little personal stories and anecdotes from people who have some emotional attachment to what's shown in the picture.
So I'll be offering some of my sweet little Paris Set Me Free bookmarks to the first two or three people who have a go, get reasonably close, AND tell us how they know or why they care - can't say any fairer than that, can I?!
DON'T FORGET: The first Winners as defined above will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. Those of you who do get a bookmark may be asked to send a cool photo to prove they actually exist (the bookmarks, not the people) and I'll link back to your own site if you've got one for your trouble. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and to Priscilla from Prissy Mag, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 10: 'Mystery In The Gallery' ~ Answer & Winner!

WE HAVEN'T QUITE GOT ONE YET!
Alexa in the comments did get the inside of this place right, but since then I've had no news back from her, and as I am also looking for the very famous place this was taken from I'm not going to close it just yet, so keep trying!
Just to remind you, I'm looking for the full name of what you can see in the pic AND the famous place the picture was taken from. And not a fact less!!!
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Monday, 8 November 2010

Paris Photo Quiz ~ 'Prissy Pretty Engrossed'

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Priscilla with her novel Stockdale and her Paris Photo Quiz bookmarks
 
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Quiz No. XXX: 'Prissy Pretty Engrossed'

Question: "Which Paris author is the latest winner
of some fabulous Paris Photo Quiz bookmarks?

Yes, that's right! It's the delightful Priscilla from Prissy Mag! Priscilla is here holding a copy of her book Stockdale:
"In the small southern town of Stockdale, Alabama, ...blacks live on one side of the tracks and whites on the other, Cassie Taylor wants nothing more than to get out.
Taught early that she's not free to love whomever she pleases in Stockdale due to the color of her skin, Cassie embarks on a journey that takes her into and out of the arms of bad-boy Blake, and then across the world to South Korea, to the good guy she's certain will save her.
In this tale of self-discovery, adventure, forbidden love and courage, find out what happens in a place where being black or white can mean absolutely nothing or everything."
Click on her picture here to visit Prissy Mag and learn more about her wonderful site and her book too, which is coming out in a new edition shortly, I believe! Thanks for playing, Prissy!
So what are you waiting for? You too could be like Priscilla from Prissy Mag - the proud owner of a couple of delectable little slices of Paris in the fine form of an exclusive, official, signed Paris Set Me Free Bookmark just for leaving a comment on any of the posts you find here. Over to you and... be readin' you!
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.10 ~ 'Mystery in the Gallery'

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Quiz No. 10: 'Mystery in the Gallery'

Question: "Where are we, and what are we looking at?

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Are you surprised to find a great British institution (******** and Company?) nestling in the heart of one of Paris' most prestigious hidden passages?

Or maybe it's just sneaky old Sab trying to pull the cashmere over your eyes yet again...

OK, I'll be good to you and give you a clue: it's NOT the most famous English language bookshop in Paris. Does that make it any easier?

So what do you think is the complete version of the suspiciously English-looking snippet we can see in the photo above?
And DON'T FORGET: The first few Paris fans to leave comments will all receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post. Those of you who do get a bookmark may be asked to send a cool photo to prove they actually exist (the bookmarks, not the people) and I'll link back to your own site if you've got one for your trouble. Look - it happened to Paris Paul, and it could happen to you too!
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Quiz No. 9: 'Bright Ideas at Bedtime' ~ Answer & Winner!

Priscilla from Prissy Mag!
Well done Prissy! You correctly guessed it as follows:
"Ah yes, inventor Charles Pigeon who invented the non-exploding gas lamp. This was taken in the Montparnasse cemetery then. His tomb is as well-known as he is, almost. GREAT PHOTO! Thanks!"
Well gee, thanks! And you're absolutely right, especially about the tomb being more famous than him. If you're ever in the area, anyone, you should go and have a look at it - pretty impressive I can tell you.
What you can't see here is the angel standing at the head of the bed which is also spectacular. He knew how to go out in a blaze of glory, did old Mr. Pigeon!
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