Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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


Test Your Paris Knowledge
~ 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?

==>  COMMENT & WIN!  <==
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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Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for photo tours, interviews, exhibitions, etc.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.19 ~ 'Macaroon And Croissant Loonies'


Test Your Paris Knowledge
~ Macaroon And Croissant Loonies ~

'Number 4' - that seems reasonable, but...
...'MACL'? What's that all about? Intriguing...
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Quiz No. 19: 'Macaroon And Croissant Loonies'

Question: "No.4, OK, but MACL? What's that about?

==>  COMMENT & WIN!  <==
There are two ways to answer this question: literally and anecdotally. Or both, of course. I'll be waiting with interest to see if you're cap'-ou-pas-cap'*!
The literal version is simply what the letters mean. You'll see them occasionally as you wander around certain parts of the city, and they had a very clear significance.
The 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!
Personally, I'm a proud Croissant Cruncher, but it seems like we're in danger of being outnumbered by vast numbers of evil Macaroon Munchers being drafted in from overseas. Can these strange obsessions be what the mysterious letters MACL are presciently warning us against? Or is it something assuredly far more down to earth? All will be revealed in due course!
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. 18: 'Blue Door Bizarre' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winner is...
UMM, WE DON'T HAVE ONE YET! So there's everything to play for people!
This one is really intriguing. Before our eyes we see crystal clear evidence of the making of a city, making and changing and something which didn't want to be changed! Can you guess what's happened?
Have a go and I'll give you the answer as soon as someone's got close :-D 

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Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for photo tours, interviews, exhibitions, etc.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Paris Photo Quiz No.18 ~ 'Blue Door Bizarre'


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~ Blue Door Bizarre ~
 
Paris Set Me Free - Paris Photo Quiz 18 - 'Blue Door Bizarre'

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Quiz No. 18: 'Blue Door Bizarre'

Question: "What's strange about this little blue door??

OK, so it's a blue door. There are hundreds of them in Paris. But this one is a little different. Actually, a lot different from all the others. But why?
Get the story right about its curiousness and you're more than half-way there. Tell us where it is and you'll have earned the whole biscuit. A right lovely part of the city, it is, but not necessarily one you'd go to every day, or even every year, unless you had good reason to.
If you know the answer and have already won a previous quiz be a sport and simply give a few cryptic comments to keep the others guessing for a while longer!
I'll publish the answer and a new quiz here very soon - get commenting, even if you don't know - the more the merrier, you know I love hearing from you :-D
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. 17: 'Snake Eyes Watching You' ~ Answer & Winner!
And the winners are...
Jean, from the Paris If You Please Meet Up group and Paris facts freak, and our friend Adela, from the same group, who proved herself a super sleuth in search of the verity, and boy did she find it!
Jean said:

"It's the Synagogue, allegory of the defeated Jewish faith, on the western Notre-Dame facade. The blindfolded eyes stand for the refusal to acknowledge the true Christian faith, whereas the broken stave and the fallen crown symbolise the end of Jewish supremacy."
Adela said:
"I went over to Notre Dame after the architectural walk in the 16th and found the statue immediately. Then I went in and asked the very nice man at the desk if he knew her identity. He spent twenty minutes pouring through his books with no luck...but then he let me have a go at it and bingo!"

She also said a lot more - check it out in the comments section here!
You've both earned your Paris Set Me Free bookmarks but keep trying in the next quizzes - and impress us again :-D

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Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for photo tours, interviews, exhibitions, etc.
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