Category Archives: Places
Aux Folies is a café bar on the corner of the rue de Belleville and rue Dénoyez. Run by Mezziane and Murad it is open from 7 am till 2 am.
The rue Dénoyez was at the heart of a Jewish quarter before the second world war. Most of the inhabitants were deported to Germany and killed in the nazi camps. Today the street is squatted by artists, the walls of every building is a living graffiti that can change. A wall painting can disappear under a new one any time. The street is worth visting from times to times.
Aux Folies is not immune from the graffiti craze. Spend some time in the toilets, there is plenty to see and read.
Some of hese places have been pictured in Paris S’éveille by day like l’Institut du Monde Arabe or Notre Dame
This is my preferred Brasserie. Close to la Bastille, excellent food and traditional impeccable service.
It’s my canteen when in Paris
The toilets are awesome.
I woke up at 330 am, jet lagged by the 7 hours time zone with Australia. Grabbed my Canon and went wandering the empty Sunday morning streets…
There are too many homeless people sleeping rough in Paris. 30.000 at any one time.
I first met Patrick and Alexandre who were embarrassed by the filth and the blood on their hands and resisted when I shook hands with them. We talked about the highs and lows of life, thir offered me a sip of Pastis, a 45% alcool anis drink that I declined. & am was to early for me. Then I came across another guy sleeping wrapped in a garbage bag on the very steps of the Chamber of Commerce, under the French motto Freedom – Equality – Fraternity. Sadly ironic. Made a stop for a short latte at one of my prefereed brasseries , the Zimmer on the place du Chatelet . They were displaying some beautiful pictures from Jean Pierre Larcher.
I walked to the near by church of St Gervais to shoot the asymmetric set of stairs, walked through the oldest part of town and then met Brian McMillan on the steps of another church, St Louis. I spent an hor with Brian and made a portait of him – see here.