March 17, 2008

An (almost) normal Saturday

Today, just a report on last Saturday.

The cleaning service in Paris includes collecting the garbage on a daily basis. Early morning the green trucks arrive. I like the atmosphere in the local street Saturday morning – and also on Sunday morning – when you find the population which normally is working or in school during the week. Saturday morning there is also a local open market.After shopping, I made a small detour to “my” park. The tulips have now taken over the reign after the narcissuses. The weather was sufficiently nice to enable a pleasant pause on a bench. Some people got married. On the way home, I found that a small demonstration took place. The controversial Church of Scientology is present in our quarter. A group, calling itself “Anonymous”, held a worldwide protest action day Saturday (L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday), including here. It was a calm and peaceful demonstration, but obviously the church does not appreciate criticism and had asked for (strong) police protection. The protesters are in general bearing masks, wishing to stay anonymous, claiming having received menaces. (There is much more to be said about this, but here is perhaps not the forum – I tried a rather “neutral” statement… however, if you wish, feel free to express your opinion.)
In the evening I assisted at a local gathering with a nice meal and some nice music, performed among others by Russian and Kabyle (Algerian ethnic) representatives living in the area. (I did not bring my camera.)

27 comments:

lyliane said...

Les beaux marchés alléchants, il se passe toujours quelque chose dans ton coin et tu es toujours présent, heureux parisien!

Shionge said...

I like the buzz too Peter and never get enough of the local market street...ah...Paris :)

Yo, read that Ms. DD is visiting Paris, are you planning to meet up with her?

Neva said...

Ok....who do you think the bride is talking to on the phone if everyone she knows and loves is AT her wedding? beats me! Not a fan of Scientology....bunch of nuts...but to each their own...live and let live...just not my cup of tea!Loved your tulips!

Anonymous said...

Tres belles photos sur votre blog.
J'ai visite Paris 3 fois, je ne peux pas dire que c'est la meilleure ville mais j'en ai deja visiter d'autres plus belles villes dans le monde. Mais Paris n'est pas mal. La moitier de ma famille vie a Paris et je suis a Sydney - Australie.

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SusuPetal said...

All kind of fanatism is absurd.

But Paris is lovely.

Mathilde said...

Bonjour Peter,

En regardant le ciel aujourd'hui, gris et bas, j'ai déjà oublié la journée de samedi... Belle journée de printemps, sortir sans manteau, les mains dans les poches, le marché bien sûr, je vais à Fontainebleau, assez tôt pour éviter « trop de monde », c'est beau à regarder toutes ces couleurs, on a envie de tout acheter. Tes photos rendent bien l'atmosphère, tranquille et familiale.. Ensuite ton parc... toujours aussi beau, cette semaine est annoncée une remontée de l'hiver.. Les jacinthes vont se casser, dommage...

Bonne journée à toi.

Chuckeroon said...

Bravo, Peter...a nice group of "people shots". Oh, what would France be without a nice "manifestation" of some kind of "colere civique"? My wife tells me that is what makes the French so interesting. She's right of course. ;-)

Have a happy week.

ruth said...

It's good to see the people out enjoying the Saturday. Sometimes I wish I lived in the city to walk in a place like that more regularly. But country life is nice too. Your park is so pretty.

oldmanlincoln said...

I must say, Peter, you made my day with your comments about me in my wig. My wife enjoyed it also but could not imagine I would ever post such a picture of me.

hpy said...

Ca me rappelle une chanson - je ne sais plus laquelle - qui est une liste de choses. Bon, ce n'est pas très clair mais c'est tout pour aujourd'hui, j'ai encore du bouleau (qui commence à faire des petites feuilles vertes).

Kate said...

Ah, Good Day, Peter! I LOVE all the market shots. Because our summers are far too short (for me) in Minnesota, I visit the Farmers' Market every week-end during the season so I doubly appreciated your photos today. People watching is both interesting and fun.

Nathalie said...

Le marché, le mariage, la manif', le printemps, quelle richesse et quelle variété dans ta journée de samedi. C'est vraiment génial, je comprends que tu te régales ! Chacun de ces thèmes aurait suffi à faire un sujet, mais il y avait tant à montrer que tu nous offre le tout, en grande brassée, et c'est magnifique !

Annie said...

Our streets are empty on Sundays but they bustle, like yours, on Saturdays.

Hmmm, this Scientology Church is very mysterious.

isabella said...

Looks like a perfect Saturday to me!
"Some people got married" - it wasn't you, was it? ;-)

As for the C of S - as long as they are not deliberately hurting anyone, I say live and let live...

Per Stromsjo said...

I wouldn't know anything about this particular case but masked protesters usually don't get much sympathy from my corner.

Good to see spring arriving! We had snow today.

Sonia said...

Love seeing the photos of the local open market! Great colorful photos of fruits and flowers! Well done!

Peter said...

lyliane:
Heureuse campagnarde!

shionge:
Yes I certainly hope to meet DD!

neva:
Good question; I should have asked.

lyliane said...

On est jamais content de ce que l'on a, il me faudrai les 2: ville et campagne, au fait, cette dernière t'attends!.

noushy syah said...

Pretty much like Sat and Sunday market in UK!

Yeah, I love going to the market too....sometimes just for enjoying the colourful ambience!!

krystyna said...

I enjoyed my time being here!
Thanks Peter!

Peter said...

lyliane:
Si on le temps et les moyens...

noushy:
You are so right!

krystyna:
Thank YOU!!

Ming the Merciless said...

These are the type of pictures I love -- local sceneries and people doing every day stuff.

Hope you enjoyed your dinner.

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Its great to see a bustling market so you know that sellers are happy.

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Going out on a Sunday with your family or friends is a great way for bonding.

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Going to the market is fun specially when you see the produce are very fresh.

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