Three to get ready

“This is not a lamp-post”. Paris bridge.

“Europe-Orient, Far East”, Air France poster. My first flight ever was on that line. I should have bought the poster in that restaurant. (Or stolen it?)

Beyond the shadow of a dot.

Wolinski was a cartoonist and an editor of Charlie Hebdo; he was murdered by Al-Quaeda killers during an editorial meeting at Charlie, along with Cabu, Charb and many others. He lived in this building in the Latin Quarter. The trial of the only remaining assassin is only taking place now… Seven years to “build” a trial? Come on!

Boats on the Seine. Jean Gabin was a major French actor of the 30’s, all the way to 60’s. Yves Montand was a singer and actor of the 50’s to the 80´s. Strange that their names should still ride on the River.

Urban warfare. That mural South of Paris did not have a fence blocking the view, as another one I featured on this blog. Take a minute to look at all the characters. There is a story there.

Élégante at La Pérouse, a posh 19th century restaurant on the left bank. The ace of heart says: “Je t’aime, patate.” (I love you, dummy). It could be an add-on. (Really?)

20th century élégante, judging by the dress. 50’s? The author is probably a comic book artist. Couldn’t place him/her though. Then I did some research: artist is Jean-Pierre Gibrat. Don’t know his work. Looks nice. I move that funding be allocated for further research. (Do we have a second?)

Élégante, 3000BC, ancient Egypt. The goddess Nouit with Thot, the Ibis god. Nouit (Nuit in English?) was the goddess of the sky and mother of Osiris and Isis. Medical school, rue des Saint-pères.

Renault 4, Boulevard Saint-Germain. My first car was one of those. Blue. Exactly 49 years ago. OMG.

Gutenberg, at the Saint-Germain-des-près metro station. I’ve probably posted it several times before. Don’t care. The impact of Gutenberg on western civilization is immeasurable.

Blake and Mortimer. Point of sales material at a comics store near Montparnasse. They seem to have tickets for the Royal Albert Hall. Artist is probably André Juillard, one of several artists who’ve been hired to continue Blake and Mortimer’s adventures, after their creator, Edgar P. Jacobs, died.

This bike did not participate in the attack on Congress last year. The guy with the horns did. (Bike was behind the Palais-Royal)

S/Heroes. That is part of the mural with the big fence. I went around the block. Ivry. South of Paris. Artist is a duo: Tito Mulk. Thank you to Gilles Labruyère. Don’t miss his delicious (almost) daily cartoons at:

Ancient Greek street art. Rue Jacob, Paris.

I sometimes wonder how and when Frida became so universal. (Not that I disagree.) The artist is C+S (Collage and Stencil); French, born near Lyon, now lives in Paris.

The Académie Française across “The River.”

Thank you for walking along on Equinoxio’s unguided Paris tours. Until next time:

Free Ukraine. 🇺🇦

99 thoughts on “Three to get ready

    • Just rescued your comment form Spam… WP… Yes the boats are great. You’re probably way too young to know those French actors, but they were great in their time. Good French movies.
      Have a great week-end mon amie.

  1. Cool walk again, Brian. I love the Renault 4 and the Frida picture. In my youth the Renault 4 was a smallish but not exeptional small car. Now they seem very narrow, and of course compared to modern cars they actually are. (As are all the cars from that era). Once again one should admire the French graphic novel artists. Toghether with the Belgians they define the European Bande dessinée.

    • Same here. The R4 was actually a family car. 🚗 , not enough money then to build much bigger cars in Europe. The Beetle was a good example. Or the Fiat 600.
      Belgians actually started it, the French hooked up later on. Some Italians were very good. Some Dutch. Henk Kuijpers is veeeery good. I don’t know of any german artists. Surely there are.

  2. Tu connais parfaitement Paris. les rues la Seine, les artistes , les oeuvres d’art , les chanteurs,les comédiens me rappellent ma jeunesse relative et sauf pour Gutemberg! :). J’allais souvent à Paris pour mon travail . Je logeais près de ‘l’ église St Séverin (quartier latin ) puis derrière la place de la République .
    Hélas il y a eu le drame de Charlie Hebdo . Cela avait frappé le monde entier . L’orchestre de l’opéra de New York joua la Marseillaise au début d’une séance . J’avais un blog Xanga à l’époque et je crois que j’ ai posté sur le thème “je suis Charlie”

    • J’ai vécu longtemps à Paris. “on and off”. St Séverin? Je connais, j’ai fait ma prépa à Sainte-Barbe, rue Valette. La plus vieille école de France… Fermée maintenant.
      République je connais moins, mais j’explore de temps en temps. (J’adore Paris, ça se voit?)
      On a tous dû faire un post je crois… quelle tristesse…
      Mais là, sauf empêchement je devrais repasser à Paris cet été.

  3. Gorgeous art Brian, I love them all. The Renault reminded me of my first car, a used Opel that took me many places until it was stolen , later discovered parked at a bar in Trier. Thank you for the wonderful stroll.

    • Hallo Coeur de feu. Don’t we all have this special relationship with our first car? Which for many of us was a used car, but THE best car.
      Stolen? Put you in a bad mood, I imagine. “The Why me? So you did get it back?
      Pleasure of your company in that stroll. What are your plans for the summer? Going out anywhere?

      • We never forget our first car, unfortunately this car holds some bad memories as after the car was returned to me a friend was driving it to the airbase and the driver of the car behind him fell asleep at the wheel and ran into the back of it, totally the Opel and killing the driver of the other car. My friend was unhurt.
        I have no plans so far to travel or anything this summer. I will probably work through the summer maybe taking time off during the holidays. How about you?

      • Oh. bad memory indeed. The Airbase were your father was stationed I imagine. Cars can be dangerous. Glad your friend was unhurt. But still. Sad.
        Opel. Airbase: Were you stationed in germany? 😉
        Do take some time off. Otherwise the job will eat you alive…
        We have our tickets to Paris and London. Should be nice. Just talked to my brother there (Paris), haven’t seen him in a coupla years, we’ll try to get together…🤞🏻

  4. L’hiver en été, Jean Pierre Gibrat, édition Daniel Maghen, publié en 2019. Jean Pierre Gibrat est dessinateur de BD avec une tendance expressive qui touche la peinture. L’hiver en été présente une sélection de ses dessins, des commentaires et un entretien avec sa compagne, Rebecca Manzoni, animatrice talentueuse à France Inter.
    L’artiste du Streer Art est en fait un duo, Tito-Mulk. La signature est en haut à droite de la fresque. Le texte principal dit “L’égalité des sexes est une lutte humaine, pas une lutte féministe” J’approuve !
    Merci pour ce voyage cosmopolite, Brieuc, et une belle journée à toi.

    • Mon cher Gilles vous êtes un puit de science. Même la BD! Merci beaucoup pour ces précisions. Je verrai Gibrat á la FNAC cet été. (Enfin ses BD) et je ferai des recherches sur Tito-Mulk.
      Merci encore, bonne nuit. (six et sept treize, ouais, ça fait une heure du mat’) 😴

    • J’approuve aussi. Mais “en haut à droite” j’ai pas trouvé. Cela dit, j’ai Googlé et c’est bien le style. (J’aurais dû sauter la barrière…)

  5. Enjoyed the free art tour Brian. It is always an education visiting your posts. Seven years to bring someone to trial must be torture for the victim’s family.

  6. J’aime beaucoup le dessin de Jean-Pierre Gibrat. Je connais quelques-unes de ses bandes dessinées : Mattéo, le vol du corbeau et Jeanne & Cécile…

  7. I loved this one so much. Like being in Paris. Wonderful photographs and words. I can’t believe murdered the artist and the trial is just coming up. How insane is that? Wonderful post. Enjoyed it very much. 🙂 Thank you.

    • Fun indeed. They probably crossed each other in a movie or the other, but Montand was much younger than Gabin.
      Wikipedia, with all its faults is very useful. Merci.

  8. Your tours are amazing. Probably would not normally see them the way you have captured them. Always a pleasure to be here. Aap kee jitni tareef kee jaaye, utni hee kam hai. 🙂

    • Thank you. I have the advantage of knowing the place well. So i can see the details…Now, the Hindi lesson is becoming complicated. Aaap = you, aap kee = yours, jitni = as much
      Tareef kee jaaye = to be praised? Utni hee kam hai = is less/as low? LOL.

      • LOL. Flattery will gent you anywhere. 😉
        Première leçon. Ç is pronounced as ss. First lesson. (Leçon is easy, very similar to lesson)
        Je te souhaite un bon week-end. I (you) wish a good week-end. (We imported the English word)
        Phir milenge ma’amji. 🙏🏻😉

      • Haha! Yes indeed it will. Thank you for the French lesson.
        Je te souhaite un bon week-end.
        Aap bhi weekend ka aanand lena. (You enjoy the weekend too)
        And there’s no harm in borrowing words from here and there. 🙂

      • Pas de quoi. (Not anything = you’re welcome)
        Borrowing words? I do it all the time, in languages I don’t know well. I also remember in Swahili (I lived in Kenya) many words came directly from English: motokari = automobile, motorcar. Kali is a mean evil person. (Probably comes from the goddess Kâli.
        Leçon suivante: Bonne semaine. (Good week). Ravi de te connaître. Delighted to meet you…

      • Avec grand plaisir chére amie. (With great pleasure dear friend). I lived in many countries so I picked up a few languages here and there. To me, speaking somebody else’s language or even a few words, is the utmost courtesy. And I use other languages to guess some words. French and Spanish help for Portuguese and Italian. German and English help for Scandinavian languages… It’s fun.
        Phir milenge.

      • That’s really fascinating. Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of your life and experiences.
        Bahut achcha laga aap key kissey sunke. Phir milenge 🙂

      • De rien. Of nothing. = You’re welcome.
        Bahut Achcha = Très bien.
        Laga aap = thought you? (J’ai pensé que tu)
        Laga = penser?
        Key kissey sunke = hear tales of? Hmmm. Hindi is complicated. I suspect the structure is not subject-verb-complement…
        A bientôt.

      • Translates to :
        “It was really nice to hear your stories/tales.”
        Languages are complex when theoretical but are probably slightly easier when practically implemented.

      • People can at least speak two languages. Three would be the cherry on the cake. But if we look at the masses, especially the ones barely earning a living and uneducated, one language is all they can speak. When they migrate for work, that’s when the second language may be introduced to them.

      • Yes. I imagine a farmer in Kerala would only speak Malayalam. If he moved to Delhi he would have to learn Hindi.
        Those migrant workers paid a high price during COVID from what I read.

  9. Great pictures, and great post, about your comment about Frida, how she would not become such an icon, married to Diego Rivera, and her unique talent for painting, and self promoted life, living years ahead her time, for Mexican conservative standards, at the time, and even today, along her famous husband. I read a biography about her some tthirty years ago, or so. I do not remember seeing the book on my last moving unfortunately.

    • Agree totally. She does deserve it. My point was just that she died young and a long time ago. It is only recently that she became so world-wide famous. Maybe the movie gave her that – well-deserved – recognition. As an example, when I arrived in Mexico, 30 years ago, her house in Coyocan was already a museum, but there were not so many visitors. Just the before the pandemic, it was practically impossible to enter. Packed with crowds. Buen fin

      • I had the same problem on the early eighties, at her house museum, I only was able to see the house from the outside.

      • Mira. I a m always torn between the fact that many more people can travel, and the fact that there are too many people concentrated in very small places… Endless dilemma.

  10. Your tours of Paris are something special, and I could do this every Saturday morning (well…afternoon here in Seattle). These posts gives me time to think about all the beauty to be found around a city if we would slow down and take notice 🙂 The photo you describe as Urban warfare is something special. You’ve found some of the most interesting street art that I have seen, and this one really had a list of characters/reality there, well done.

    • It’s easy to write/tell about one’s love. And Pairs is one my loves…
      Though I wouldn’t mind a walk in Seattle. (So you’re not in Czech now?
      That mural was good. It would be interesting to talk with the artists. “What was on your mind?”
      I have visiting friends right now, a niece of whom, not even 30 is now a street artist. Fascinating… (I’ll try to pick her brain some day…)

      • A walk in Seattle would be perfect for you ~ I’m sure you’d be able to find places and sights I never knew existed here 🙂 And how cool to have your niece becoming a part of the street art revolution, beautiful. Would love to see some of her work, and yes you have an “in” into the mind of this new, brilliant, movement. Cheers!

  11. So much to enjoy (as usual)

    the red bike
    Humor was great – ha!
    Also – loved this
    “The impact of Gutenberg on western civilization is immeasurable.”
    So true

  12. I’m glad to see the comic book art is as popular in France as it is in Belgium. It’s a good question about Frida, she and Che, two enduring ideas that have transcended to become little more than myth in popular culture.

    • Remember that France has always the mass market for Belgian production of anything. Belgium has a lot of talent, but too small a market. That’s why Brell went to Paris. Amongst others.
      Frida is very popular in mexico. I think the movie with Salma Hayek contributed to her modern fame.

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