Just Above Sunset
June 12, 2005 - Unusual shots from Left Bank Lens

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Do visit the weekly photo magazine Left Bank Lens from Paris.  The photographer, Don Smith, this week offers these.  And although Hollywood is just fine, it's far too easy to miss Paris – and a building like this with those magnificent round balconies you sometimes see.

Paris and those magnificent round balconies ...

Don notes the sign with a red boot, just above a one-story shoe repair shop.  He says this apartment building may be the thinnest one he's come upon so far, but he'll keep looking just in case.  Ah, readers, you thought the French Paradox concerned how French women stayed so elegant and thin, given the richness of French food.  Now this is thin.

Now this is thin!  Paris Building...

Amazing tile work and mosaics – and Don says while this looks expensive this is, so to speak, on the wrong side of the tracks.  Perhaps next week we'll get context – the neighborhood.

Amazing Paris tile work and mosaics ...

"A truly rare thing to see these days, a street sweeper's broom made from twigs.  Today they all seem to be made of bright green plastic and I'm told they really don't think they're as efficient as real wood.  Well, this one gent knew what he was doing and just keep on doing it." 


Ah, I remember those guys in green rubber suits – or something like vinyl – with their green plastic brooms.  Early morning, rue Bonaparte, water running down the gutter, sweeping just after dawn.  But there are traditionalists!

Paris Broom - There are traditionalists!

I think this is Don reminding me Hollywood wasn't first in the film business.

Film in Paris long before Hollywood


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