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Paris By Night

I miss her sometimes...


http://youtu.be/dIHpHtRHvRo

Every Friday evening features the rando roller in Paris (aka "Pari Roller"); for roller skates, roller blades, and since a few years, the urban "echassiers" (stilts) :


http://youtu.be/Pq6p3bUUkFg



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Thanks Cyril!

I know that you stand for the truth wherever your feet find themselves.

I for one am glad that they find themselves on this side of the pond right now.

Peace brother

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I haven't always but I've had for long mixed feelings for France

I haven't always, but I've had for long mixed feelings for France, my own country...

I mean, I do know this 2,100 something year old country has known near death experience many times. We've known near complete enslavement or subjection many times, by various tyrants, kings, and emperors, but it's as if the people always had enough resources to find a magic spring or character, like Joan of Arc and others to save themselves in extremis from evil, with or without help from friendly foreigns.

Still, I think France, like many others, has had a great life and history already, like a elder would have... compared to that, America was this promising young child for liberty and freedoms, that has already been suffering for more than a century the plunder of the new imperialists, and thieves, hidden and poisoning her very heart from almost the beginning. The same child and land of hope that people from all over the world wanted to escape to, when too tired of their rulers at home.

That's what I find unacceptable here today for a much younger America being abused in turn: all this waste of her potential that today's "elites" want to force on her people by debasing them, dumbing them down, demoralizing them, making them dependent, dividing them, exploiting them, making them rotten or forgetful of their once cherished freedoms, destroying her foundations.

It would be such a shame that America eventually dies so young after barely over two centuries.

Hence, also my other today's post about Russell Means' last warning to you, Americans.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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Obviously you've never seen

Obviously you've never seen Baltimore at night.

Gun shots

Crack deals

Unsightly prostitutes

Blue flickering police lights

The orange hue of street lights

The illuminated corporate mark of 7/11 and KFC

The blocks and blocks of row homes that look and feel like Warsaw, Poland in 1942

Thank you for posting these Cyril

I 'visit' Paris on a regular basis via Google maps. I LOVE this city so much, it is absolutely beautiful. I've actually been there only twice but hope to go again some day.

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Lol. Cute :)

Lol. Cute :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

That old saying that life's faster in the big city is true!

Did you see how fast those people walk and drive? Man, I am just an old country-boy and could not handle the fast pace of city life.

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Lol. Same here, probably

Lol. I probably couldn't handle it any longer either, I have to say. :)

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I didn't know her too well

Just a little more than a one night stand. I came for breakfast - took the train in from Amsterdam - then stayed all week.

She was great. I'm sure she still is. I probably didn't know her as well as you, but boy, I miss her too. That video was great. Beautiful.

Berlin - I knew her a little better. And Tokyo, quite well. But nothing compares to Paris.

He's the man.
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I am from Normandy

I am from Normandy's country side and shores, but I confess that old lady Paris is never ceased to surprise me ever since I moved there when I was 16 and before I finally leave her 4 years ago.

Here's 2,100 year old-Paris' maiden name, btw :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutecia

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Ohhh, I miss her too!

My daughter has lived in Paris for four years and I've spent many months there over the past years. She lived within walking distance to Montmartre, and your personal pictures below made me quite nostalgic. I have walked those same streets numerous times.
Are you familiar with the town of Laval? Her boyfriend's family has a sheep farm just outside Laval, and I spent two Christmas' there that I'll never forget. His Mother was the most incredible cook ever! And ALWAYS the fresh oysters before dinner, which they shucked and cleaned themselves. We spent hours collecting fresh Chanterelle mushrooms from a nearby forest, which were then prepared for the Christmas dinner, in a delectable savory sauce. And the never-ending bottles of wine...oh my!
Oh, oh, oh....and the macarons!!

There are SO MANY things to love about France...no wonder you miss your country. What I wouldn't do for a fresh pain au chocolat about now! ;)

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We'll see how she's doing next month

I'll go check back on her and have some of my american relatives visit her and my french folks with me next month. We'll normally be back in the US by Halloween.

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A Sunny Saturday near Montmartre

A Sunny Saturday near Montmartre

http://dotxml.brinkster.net/blogdrive/buddies/parisian15/pos...

(Pics of my own, 2004)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius