Friday, May 08, 2009

HCB Pastiche 2

Here's an even more direct pastiche. You can't see the view, know the original and not take the photo.

My horrid copy:

With Apologies to HCB

The master's original:

It is interesting to see how much Paris has and hasn't changed though.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

HCB Pastiche 1

You can't spend time in Paris with a camera and not pay tribute to (insult the memory of) the great Henri Cartier-Bresson. Here's T re-enacting HCB's famous portrait of Jean-Paul Sartre on Le Ponte des Artes:

T as Sartre by HCB. Sorry HCB. Sorry JPS.

And here's the original. I love T's recreation of Sartre's wonky eye. Oh and we didn't have a pipe so a pen had to substitute.


Monday, May 04, 2009

I Love Paris in the Springtime

T and I have just got back from a brief holiday in Paris. I've only ever stopped in Paris on my way somewhere else so this was a good opportunity to get to know the place a bit. It's a fabulous city and we enjoyed the art and architecture very much.

The only major let-down, and this may come as a shock, was the food. T is a vegetarian which does complicate matters where French cuisine is concerned but in this day and age if your kitchen can't cook something interesting without meat then it's not a very good kitchen; all it proves is that you're lazy and not creative. We ate in a variety of places, with friends of ours who live in Paris, at places highly recommended by guide books and had two dinners out at restaurants recommended by the hotel so I think there was plenty of opportunity to impress. Nothing I ate, and I didn't eat any vegetarian options, was beyond average and considering that last night's meal cost a small fortune whilst featuring limp overcooked asparagus and over cooked fish was not really acceptable. I get the impression that city has rested on its laurels for far too long.

After five meals at several price brackets from multiple recommendations I can only conclude that Paris falls well behind New York and London in culinary big cities. A real shame. The rest of the trip was great though and here are the inevitable photos

A Stroll in the Gardens

Football in les Jardins des Tuileries

Hitchcock by Night in Paris

Le Rêve General the Day After May Day


Leaving Paris

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