Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.24 ~ 'Buzz Buzz - Who Goes There?'


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Quiz No. 23: 'Buzz Buzz! - Who's There?'

Question: "Who do you think lives here? Really?!

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This is a funny one that I just discovered the other day. And if I've ever claimed to offer you some of the strangest Paris quirks out there, which I probably have, then this certainly fits the bill.
We're in Montmartre, on the exclusive Avenue Junot, which some claim to be one of the swankiest in the whole city. It's elegant, I guess, but far from being my favourite street in Paris. Whatever the case, that's where we are, and if you'll forgive the very inappropriately unartistic photo above, this is where the curiosity lies, right in front of our eyes.
This is a private property, with signs and fancy digicodes to make sure you get the idea. Look, there's even a 'RĂ©gisseur', which I had to look up and who can be a director or organiser or administrator depending on where you are. Here I suppose it's someone who manages all the residents or tenants or whoever lives here. Judging by that long list of names, there's quite a few of them lurking up at the end of that pathway behind the solidly spiked gate which I've never ever seen open or close, much less anyone go in or out, in all of the many times I've been by that way. It's almost as though there were a ghost town up there or something...
I'm going to give you another hint to see if you can at least have a guess at what the quirk might be. And here it is, the picture on the right. This should lead you towards just what is so strange about this particular abode.
You'll probably need just one more picture to totally convince yourself of the weirdness, but that I'll supply later, once a few people have had a go. In the meantime you can click on the picture to blow it up a little, although that might not help too much. Good luck, and let your artistic imaginations run away with you - that's probably the best tactic ;-D
SPECIAL NOTES:
1) Try to answer in your head before looking at any other comments.
2) Leave a message with your ideas or saying how you did.
3) Feel free to guess and tell us you tried anyway - the more the merrier!
4) Chat a bit, don't just leave a word or two - that's no fun to read! :-S
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DON'T FORGET: There are some beautiful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks for some of the most enthusiastic contributors. And if you feel like sending me a picture or two 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. 23: 'This is... a Healthy House! ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
UMM, we dont' quite have one yet, and we're still waiting for a few guesses.
So don't be shy; read the quiz by clicking on the words 'Maison Salubre' here, I'll give you a clue if you're needing help - don't worry about that odd window on the left or the strange configuration of the highest windows; look at the 'door'. You should be thinking, hmm, as the title says... there's something not quite right about that one! Good luck and let's hear your ideas :-D

Click on the picture to read the original entry and quiz question if you missed it!
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* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Weeks and Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

                       
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© 2011 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Suggestions, comments and requests are always welcome! J

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.23 ~ 'This is... a Healthy House!'


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~ 'This is... a Healthy House!' ~


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Quiz No. 23: 'This is... a Healthy House!'

Question: "OK, so what's so 'healthy' about it then?

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Here you can see a beautiful plaque, which I've heard called enamel but which looks earthenware to me, on the wall of a Parisian building, visible from the street. The plaque's not in very good condition, both in this original picture and in reality, although my excuses for the photo are that I did take the shot at night, handheld, in gloomy conditions, and if you saw the original before I cleaned it up you'd probably say, err, what plaque?
It's also very rare; I know of only four remaining in the whole of the city. A dying species in other words. Not too many people actually seem to know their whereabouts (the plaques' I mean), and probably don't care, but they're right there on the walls of Paris for anyone to see 24/7, so obviously plenty of people must be aware of them at least.
I find it truly sad to see them slowly disappearing though, because they send us back more than a century, to a time when it was the fashion to silently brag to your neighbours all about your residence's mod-cons! Well OK, it was probably the house builder who put them up trying to attract new business, or the landlord or person selling the appartments, but anyway... Here comes the quiz: Under the words 'Maison Salubre', which literally means 'healthy' or possibly 'hygienic' or 'sanitary' house, there is the reason why it is supposed to be so healthy. I've helpfully chopped it off for you and will show you the full story in due course. What does the rest of the plaque say and what does it mean?
SPECIAL NOTES:
1) Try to answer before looking at any previous comments.
2) Leave a message with your ideas or saying how you did.
3) Leave a message saying you tried anyway - and feel free to guess!
4) Chat a bit, don't just leave a word or two - that's no fun to read! :-D
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DON'T FORGET: There are some wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks for some of the most enthusiastic contributors. 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. 22: 'Something's Not.. Quite.. Right' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
UMM, we dont' quite have one yet, although Marilyn has more or less got the 'quirk'! Still a couple of details needed though, so there's everything to play for people!
I'll give you a clue if you're needing help - don't worry about that odd window on the left or the strange configuration of the highest windows; look at the 'door'. You should be thinking, hmm, as the title says... there's something not quite right about that one! Good luck and let's hear your ideas :-D

Click on the picture to read the original entry and quiz question if you missed it!

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* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Weeks and Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

                       
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© 2011 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Suggestions, comments and requests are always welcome! J

Monday, 7 March 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.22 ~ 'Something's Not.. Quite.. Right'


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Quiz No. 22: 'Something's Not.. Quite.. Right'

Question: "What's weird about this Classic Paris building?

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A charming, if not particularly 'Haussmannian' Parisian building, I'm sure you'll agree. Except that... hmm. Well, you might be getting to know me by now I guess! In which case you'll probably be mouthing the words 'but not everything is quite as it seems' to yourself as you gaze reflectively at the picture.
And you'd be right, of course. Not everything is quite what it seems with this 'charming, if not particularly 'Haussmannian' Parisian building. But what's the quirk? Well that's what I'm asking you! What's the weird architectural characteristic of this building which is practically unique in the city, (with one or two possible exceptions, but none exactly like this one).
I can't wait to see what you come up with as explanations, and to be honest, there's a straightforward answer which on reflection I'll give you half a point for, but to get the Full Monty you need to delve deeper. Much much deeper...
Look closely at the picture and the elements within it. You may not be able to guess what the answer is just by looking at it, but you might be able to spot a couple of things which don't look quite right, and they may, just possibly, lead you to work out the enigma of this glorious Paris quirk just the way I like 'em. Good luck.
SPECIAL NOTE: Try to answer the question before looking at any previous comments, in case someone has already got the answer. And then leave a message to say how you did! It doesn't matter if you didn't get it right - it's the taking part that matters, and I won't know you took part if you don't leave a message! Pure guesses are just as welcome too. I look forward to reading you (but do give a bit of background to how you know, or don't know, the answers), and thanks for playing!
==>  COMMENT & WIN!  <==
DON'T FORGET: There are some wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks for some of the most enthusiastic contributors. 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. 21: 'Aimons, Alors !' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
UMM, we dont' quite have one yet! So there's everything to play for people
I'm sure some of you are being modest, because this is actually quite a well-known Parisian place, especially for photos between couples.
Let us know if you've taken your soppy romantic photo next to this, indicating... what? in your very own language. Come on, I'm sure some of you have :-D

Click on the picture to read the original entry and quiz question if you missed it!

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* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Weeks and Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

                       
_______________________________________________________________________________________
© 2011 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Suggestions, comments and requests are always welcome! J

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.21 ~ 'Aimons, Alors !'


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~ Aimons, Alors ! ~


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Quiz No. 21: 'Aimons, Alors !'

Question: "What's the wall, and who's the wallflower?

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"21 today... 21 today..!" Hey, we're doing quite well here, aren't we - 21 Paris Photo Quiz questions already! Just need a few more people taking part and commenting and I'll be as happy as a snail in garlic :-D
OK, let's get serious! There are several parts to this quiz, as follows:
1) What wall are we looking at here? It's well-known to foreign tourists, expecially couples, who come to have their pic taken by it, but why would they do that? The name and location of the wall will get you your first couple of points.
2) Next part, who is the street artist who has done the wonderful piece which crowns the wall? His artistic and real name are both acceptable - get both and you double your points again! If you can name the character he's painted (she's on canvas, glued to the bricks) I'll give you another point. Total of five so far, I believe. A fair translation of the text in the speech bubble will get you another point. So far so good!
3) And finally, if you look closely, you'll see a strange kind of antishadow next to the woman. If you know this area well, you'll know why. There used to be another personage up on the wall who is now languishing in the artist's studio - I know, he showed her to me last week. But who? Now that, my friends, will get you another two points! I'm sure you could find it somewhere on the internet, as she was there for ages before being moved on to other things.
Bonus Question: I couldn't resist. The picture above has a very strong theme, if you can spot it. Give me three ways in which the theme is represented in the photo. Three more points if you can!
SPECIAL NOTE: Try to answer the questions before looking at the comments, and then leave a message to say how you did! It doesn't matter if you didn't get any right - it's the taking part that matters, and I won't know you took part if you don't leave a message! Pure guesses are just as welcome too. I look forward to reading you (give a bit of background to how you know, or don't know, the answers - don't be a robot ;-), and thanks for playing ~ Sab
==>  COMMENT & WIN!  <==
DON'T FORGET: There are some wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks for some of the most enthusiastic contributors. 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. 20: 'Spot The Deliberate(?) Mistake' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
Melissa from the PrĂȘte Moi Paris blog! Thanks for playing, Melissa :-D As she said:
"Ok, I am not sure where it is...but it looks like the letters 'N' on the top are backwards. And I am not sure that the top part is actually part of the other roof in the picture. I am going to guess that it's on the Louvre, the wing that Napoleon added on.'
That's absolutely right Melissa. It's the Louvre, on one of the wings going along the Seine, built by Napoleon III. Well, not really built by him I imagine, but you know what I mean. And on the wing going along the rue de Rivoli is exactly the same thing, with one vital difference: on the rue de Rivoli wing they've managed to get the 'N's the right way round!
More on this on the Paris If You Please blog shortly - see you there :-D Well done to Claudia too for guessing the Louvre, and to Marilyn for her clinical observations, pithy and to the point as always ;-)

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.20 ~ 'Spot The Deliberate(?) Mistake'


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~ Spot The Deliberate(?) Mistake ~

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Quiz No. 20: 'Spot The Deliberate(?) Mistake?'

Question: "Where is this, and what's not quite right?

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You might well be able to guess where this is - it probably reminds you of one of the most famous buildings in Paris. Go on - have a guess; where do you think it is and what building do you think it's part of? You'll probably get it in a couple of attempts.There are two ways to answer this question: literally and anecdotally. Or both, of course
But then there's the more tricky bit, of course. You didn't think I would let you off that lightly, did you?!
The second part of the quiz is by far the most interesting, and that is: what's not quite right about the image above. Take a good, long look at it and try to work it out. It's amazing! anecdotal version is fun and gets right to the heart of French history and local humour and zeitgeist. Hey, you can even make up your own like I did!
As a special concession, if you click on the image above you'll get a close up of the same picture, which might just give you the help you need... I'll give you a clue... it's NOT that the bird's flying backwards ;-)
Now, again there are two ways to answer this second part. You can simply say what's strange about the image... or you can try to give some background information. It's up to you, but above all, do leave a comment and let us know what you think! I look forward to reding you :-D
Stay tuned for the answer and a new quiz here very soon - get commenting, even if you don't know or if someone's already got the answer - the more the merrier, you know I love hearing from you :-D
* = capable ou pas capable (capable or not capable)
==>  COMMENT & WIN!  <==
DON'T FORGET: Two or three enthusiastic contributors will receive a couple of wonderful, signed Paris Set Me Free bookmarks by post for their efforts. 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. 19: 'Macaroon And Croissant Loonies' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
UMM, WE DON'T QUITE HAVE ONE YET! I say quite, because a couple of you have got more or less the original meaning of these letters. But not the secondary meanings that were given to them as political statements of the time! So I'll leave it just a little longer before revealing the truth, but well done so far!
And do feel free to have a go or leave a comment or make up a meaning for those four letters 'MACL' if you like - it'll all good fun! 

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