Continuing with the theme of sharing photos from my recent trip to Paris in a little different way, I thought I'd share some photos I took of people just living their lives in Paris. I love to people-watch when I travel, and if I can sneak a photo here and there, all the better!
One of the best places to watch the people is in the Jardin du Luxembourg on a beautiful afternoon. I love the mix of young and old, families and singles...
There are so many dapper dressers...
I love that so many people in the park are reading actual books!
If you get coffee at the tiny Boots Cafe, you feel like even the people inside are close enough to be with you outside!
I wonder if the people of Paris ever take for granted the awesome music in the Metro system. It is part of the magic of Paris for me!
The people in Paris love their pharmacies! (and I do, too!) You can get high quality skincare products so cheap - I brave the crowds and stock up every time I'm there.
There are always interesting people at the flea market! This gentleman was beautifully dressed, but he stopped and picked up a sugar packet from the ground, opened it, and then ate the sugar. Hmmm... not sure what that was about!
I always love to see Roland playing the piano at the Vanves flea market. He is a fixture there! He looked great with his glasses and pink scarf.
Of course I always have to stop at Esmerelda to visit my Paris "boyfriend" Olivier. :) We figured out that I've known him for four years now. He says he'll only be there one more year before he'll have enough money to move to the country. (It looks like I did some heavy editing on my face in this photo but it must have been the way the sun was shining on me, because it came out of my phone like this. LOL.)
I'm always totally creeped out by the people who let the pigeons flock all over them. Rats with wings - yuck!
I sat in front of Notre Dame one day for a while and this lady came along and set up her art supplies and got to work. It was interesting to see how she used her paint brush to measure the perspective - I'm thinking she has a bit to go to make it look like Notre Dame. :) I didn't stick around for the result.
I think people are so interesting - everyone with different stories. I almost didn't share this next photo because it's not so pretty. For the first time, I saw a lot of people living in tents. I walked past this scene twice a day as I walked to the Metro stop. As first I was "offended" - that's the best word I can think of but probably not exactly the right one - that the neighborhood was being "spoiled" by homeless people living like this. I mentioned it to someone at my hotel, and they said that it is a terrible problem because these people, who are refugees, have no where to go. I can't really explain it but my attitude completely changed. I got teary-eyed every time I walked by, seeing the family with two small children living like this. I wonder about their story - where did they flee from, who and what did they leave behind, how did things get so bad that living like this would be better, what are they going to do when it gets really cold, how could the husband get a job in a foreign country, who would employ him, and a thousand other questions. It really humanized the plight of refugees for me. No political statement on it, just feeling compassion and immense gratitude for the blessings of my life.
Thanks for reading and following along... have a great weekend! xoxo