Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Frenchman's Watering Can Is His Château

This slightly bizarre image is from right in front of the Paris Town Hall, where to be honest they're always doing weird things like installing giant igloos and beach volley ball tournaments.

The Paris mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, is of course well known for being the highest ranking openly homosexual official in France, famous for bringing a bit of seaside gaiety to the capital every summer in the guise of Paris Plage (Paris Beach), although until he erects an enormous rainbow coloured tent in front of the Hotel de Ville, which would certainly be rather camp, there's no evidence that his sexuality has affected his flamboyant initiatives so far.

Anyway... what this is all about, as you may have already guessed, is... gardening. Oh yes, farmy folks, greenness comes to the capital bigtime this summer, in the form of a temporary of a 2600 square metre garden consisting of more than 110000 plants, herbs and bushes, borrowed from the city's greenhouses.

They say rain is good for the garden, and I hope so, coz it was peeing it down when I took this, as evidenced by the chap taking shelter inside his big red watering can, with Notre Dame in the background.

Watch this space for more wackiness from your favourite European capital...
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bg said...

what a wonderful blog you have, your photos are so artful and entertaining! i will definitely stay tuned ...

LadyM said...

j adore cette photo, presque invraisemeblable.keep being so inspired Sab, yesssssssssssss

Paris Set Me Free said...

It was strange to see, but now nothing is too strange in Paris these days.

Thanks for the positive vibes - keep tuning in, indeed! :-)

Olivier said...

il est superbe ce chateau ;o)
voila une creation tres originale. C'est ce que j'aime dans Paris, cette folie que l'on trouve au detour d'une rue.
Pour repondre a ta question, la place où se trouve la cathedrale d'evry, a ete entierement refaite et inaugurer le mois dernier, avec une fontaine sur le bord. elle est magnifique (mais je la trouve personnellement un peu froide...)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comment. Love this blog!

lynn said...

Glad you like my paintings - i also do abstract/contemporary - in fact more than representational! Can we see yours then?

Love this photo - you always manage to spot odd things!

Tomate Farcie said...

Yeah, there are all kinds of cool expos in front of Paris City Hall.
Delanoe came to visit San Francisco last yeat and was given a "key to the City" by our young mayor, Gavin Newsom. More importantly, I think some kind of deal was made whereby you all should be getting free WiFi at some point and a Bay Area company will help get that up and running for you.

Keep shooting cool stuff, we love it! :)


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