Sunday, 26 December 2010

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

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~ Oh My Goodness... It's Huge! ~
 
Paris Set Me Free - Paris Photo Quiz 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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Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for photo tours, interviews, exhibitions, etc.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

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

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~ What Am I? A Public Leaning Post? ~

Paris Set Me Free - Paris Photo Quiz 14 - 'Bienvenue Chez Alys'

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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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~ Bienvenue Chez Alys ~

Paris Set Me Free - Paris Photo Quiz 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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