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Paris: Art and Decoration around every corner

I love  Paris  because its love affair with art is everywhere. The impulse to express oneself creatively is  integral to the life and culture of this glorious city.  One only needs to wander around with eyes wide open to see  the ever present visual feast.   Stimulating.  Interesting.  Surprising. Sometimes exhausting.

I  captured these images in the  first 48 hours of our current visit to the City of Light. More to come.

The ballet dancer at the top of this post and two scenes to follow were painted on the stalls of a public restroom at the airport.


We spotted this fellow on a wall on Ile Saint Louis, an Island in the center of the Seine.  Guess who couldn’t resist posing with him?

Vehicles are fair game for ornamentation.  Can we call this art?

Walls are a great place to add decoration. Both these images were captured in the Marais, an area of Paris where the history is close to the surface while trendiness rules.

This happy face adds a splash of color to a plaza on the Right Bank.

Where else but Paris would you see decorated drain pipes like this?


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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


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    May 11, 2011 Reply

    Noticed that you discovered some ‘street art’ in several locations. I have another movie that I’ll recommend on your return that our daughter suggested to us. It is related to that topic and interesting. Fraud is even possible in the street art ‘art scene’. Enjoy Paris.

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    May 11, 2011 Reply

    Oh sounds interesting. Will look forward to your suggestion.

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    May 28, 2011 Reply

    This blog is really very nice. What an excellent art and decoration. I am very impressed by that.  Its  sound like wonderful.
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  4. posted by
    May 30, 2011 Reply

    Thank you so much.  I’m glad you enjoyed my blog post about Paris.  

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    Jul 15, 2011 Reply

    Here every thing art and decoration are looking great and funny. I like every thing and also That red care is looking very stylish and funny. I am so impressed by that. Thanks…

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    Jul 16, 2011 Reply

    Thank you.  I love wandering around Paris with my camera.  

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