Life through the Lens (8 August 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

La Mouffe (crudely, rhymes with hoof) street market in Paris. This was late one Saturday afternoon, the week before christmas. I love Paris, and I know this area very well. Just in terms of wanting to “be” somewhere, this is it.

I’m going back there, as soon as I can. Having just survived one trip to France, I know I can make it. This one will be easier, too. A train ride from St Pancras straight over to the Gare du Nord. I’m going to arrange it just as soon as these nonsense travel restrictions are gone for good, with no asshole politician able to sit down, on a whim, and reimpose them the next day.

When I get there, I want to just find a seat on my own – I mostly crave just my own company these days and, on my own, the only person I am concerned about is me. I can take my time and just sit and absorb the city around me. And, if they are in season, to maybe enjoy some cherries from the greengrocer down at the bottom.

A photo of La Mouffe street market, in Paris, at dusk


    • I was fortunate to visit there regularly, I found the area early, liked it immediately, and always made a bee-line for it when I went back. Paris is a great walking city and it is fortunate, too, that it was convenient for everywhere (mostly). It was, like, 10 minutes from Notre Dame. I think of all the places Iwould like to get back to, this is #1. No special memories of people – I mostly went alone – but just to let the waves wash over me. I was lucky enough in my Twenties to visit maybe once a month.

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  1. There is a cafe almost opposite the North entrance of the Gare du Nord which serves the best hot chocolote drink ever. You get a little white jug of actual melted chocolate to mix with warm milk. Absolutely delicious!

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