#funfactfriday : Before wealthy Parisians moved out to the fashionable new districts of Faubourgs Saint-Honoré and Saint-Germain in the 18th century, citizens of all classes tended co-inhabit apartment buildings. So Paris was vertically, rather than horizontally, stratified, and each building was, in essence, a cross-section of society. Shopkeepers worked on the ground floor, and often lived out the back (or in a mezzanine level). The next floor was the étage noble, the most desired level in these pre-lift days, which had the highest ceilings, and often a balcony. From here you’d find middle- to lower-class families, in floors that became progressively plainer, until you reached the poorest families huddled in the attic. So Parisians basically lived in inverse correlation to their social standing. These days, of course, everyone wants the top floor, all those rickety old stairs being totally worth the effort when the reward is a sunny spot like the one here, and a view of the gorgeous Parisian rooftops 💖
French street protests, a BBC reporter has observed, often seem like "a dance between demonstrators and police." The hooded guy in black in this perfectly angled, comical-sinister image appears to follow in that tradition. A golden mask covering his face, one yellow-gloved hand clutching a fleur-de-lis flag. he stands in an Arc de Triomphe area befogged by tear gas. The gilets jaunes movement, though, differs from previous protests. It has no official leaders. It has attracted radical elements and vandals known as “casseurs” (“breakers”) even as it unites left and right and those disaffected by establishment politics. Its unifying symbol is the hi-vis yellow road-safety vest that must be in every French car -- potent shorthand for a cry for help by French workers battered by high taxes, stagnant wages and a constant struggle to make ends meet.
Cars in fact, specifically a rise in eco-taxes on fuel, had kicked off the gilets jaunes movement. For the majority of the working classes, living as they do in rural areas and urban outskirts -- "peripheral France" -- cars are essential. To get to work, to take kids to school, to buy groceries. And a hike in fuel taxes would go on top of a hike in global oil prices. Unlike big cities -- Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux -- that have prospered from a globalised economy, "peripheral France" has been mostly emptied of its energy and wealth, has high unemployment, fewer schools and fewer doctors or hospitals. Those forced to live there resent being dismissed as losers, resent the anxiety of not being able to pay their bills, resent the rich being made richer, resent being invisible to officialdom making policies with no idea of their impact on the working poor. .
It was an unthinkable catastrophe during Holy Week -- a raging fire that threatened to destroy the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a jewel of medieval Gothic architecture and much loved landmark. Briefly, a nation unified in sorrow gave little thought to the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests that had been roiling France for months. But on the first Saturday since the fire, the gilets jaunes returned by the thousands to the streets of Paris, the police using water cannon and tear gas to control the violent extremists at the periphery of the largely peaceful demonstrations.
Mathias Zwick, a French freelance photographer who lives in Paris, started covering the protests on Dec 1, 2018, the third successive Saturday putsch, or Act III. It was a day of violent clashes between demonstrators and police on the Champs-Elysées and throughout western Paris. Zwick is not a combat photographer, his earlier work leaning toward pleasant portraits and occasionally astonishing split-second-action street photography. But he does bring an invaluable fresh eye to the chaos, violence and human drama endemic to many street protests. And on Dec 1, he takes this masterful, highly apt picture of the gilets jaunes protests. On a dark wet street, against a backdrop of murky buildings and smoke and fire, loom the imposing figures of four helmeted mounted police, their horses forming a kind of cross. "Four horsemen of the apocalypse" springs immediately to mind. Disease, poverty, hunger, ignorance. They still plague the world -- the very reasons for the gilets jaunes' white hot anger. .
🇫🇷 La Galerie Vivienne, construite en 1823, est l’une des plus prestigieuses de Paris. Très populaire à sa création, lorsqu’elle réunissait les meilleurs artisans, elle fait ensuite face à la concurrence des grands magasins à la fin du siècle. Elle retrouve de son éclat en accueillant des boutiques de modes et des antiquaires, dans un décor néo-classique à la gloire du commerce. ⚜️ 🇬🇧 Galerie Vivienne, built in 1823, is one of the most prestigious in Paris. Very popular at its creation, when it brought together the best craftsmen, it then faces the competition of department stores at the end of the century. It regains its brilliance by hosting fashion boutiques and antique shops, in a neoclassical decor to the glory of trade.
Найти хороший кофе в Париже - задача не из простых, но и не из невыполнимых. В центре есть как минимум две проверенные локации:
📍 @cafekitsune (51 Galerie de Montpensier) - достойно визита хотя бы для того, чтобы вкушать капучино на стильной террасе, наслаждаясь распростертым перед вами видом на сад Пале-Рояль.
📍 @telescopecafe (5 Rue Villedo) - французский брат нашего @cafezerno. Уютно, спокойно и с преотличным выбором зерна - одну упаковку @s_kateriina даже утащила с собой.
В иных случаях советую отдать предпочтение чаю ☕️
Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises? ☺️
I’m personally a fan of both! Maybe one year ago I was more into sunsets, because I love those moments, when you are at a great location, waiting for the sun to set and for the night to come. ✨😍Now, I love sunrises just as much. I learned to appreciate the game, how I need to fight my way through sleepiness no matter how tired I am, to wake up before everyone else and be there on the spot. You get to really appreciate these moments once you get into photography, but you only start to enjoy them to the fullest if you have someone to share these moments with!☺️