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Friday 6:30pm

6:30pm
Pack up
"Bon weekend"
"À lundi!"
Grab headphones
Pickup bag
Put on jacket
Street:
Colleagues, young, old
Beer, wine, peanuts
Terrace, smoking, gossip
Long night ahead
Métro:
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Street:
Activity, energy, bustling, almost home
Shopkeepers, shuffling, packing, impatient
Baker, greengrocer, cheese seller, butcher
Fresh bread, fresh meat, fresh fruit, dinner
7pm:
Home!
Fooooooood!
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La Defense

It’s been such a busy week two weeks that I’m only just getting round to writing about last weekend two weekends ago. I visited my first Xmas market of the winter at La Defense just outside of Paris, the first of many to come over the next month or so.

I went to La Defense with the photo group that I joined and I thought that we’d be going to take photos of the market, but we actually spent most of our time taking photos of the office blocks, statues, sculptures and other artwork that we came across. Not the most inspiring stuff, and I think the freezing temperatures didn’t help.

La Defense Cinema

It wasn’t all boring office blocks as most of the buildings and public spaces there are quite modern, so it did make a nice change from grand old Paris, but it was really quiet even though there were apartment blocks nearby.  Not many people wandering around on Friday night.

La Defense Lights

La Defense Lights

There were a few interesting things to take photos of, but I learned an important lesson when shooting at night:

  • Always take a tripod no matter how inconvenient it might be

I didn’t take mine so ended up with blurry photos. I’m heading off to Germany in a few days time and I know that I should take my tripod, but the idea of lugging around an extra 2 kilos all day really puts me off.

La Defense Xmas Tree

At the end of the night we made it to the Xmas market, and we got there just as the stalls were closing down for the night. It was the weirdest market that I’ve been to as in addition to the normal stalls selling sweets, slippers and gluhwein, then was a wooden kebab hut and another one selling sushi. Definitely not traditional, and even though Paris isn’t really a Xmas market region, a bit disappointing.

Hopefully Cologne, Berlin and Strasbourg will be better.

Hopefully I’ll get back into the rhythm of posting things in a kinda timely fashion too.

La Defense Stripes

Found: Ginger Nuts!

So I went to a big Indian shop on Saturday to stock up on some spices and other things. While I was there I found that they sell some English food too! They have Tetley Tea and a big range of McVities biscuits, so for the time being it’s my favourite food shop.

It’s at the other end of Paris unfortunately, but it’s not too far from work, so I could go there in the evenings.

On my way there I found a huge food market on Boulevard de Rochechouart, which seemed OK from the edges, but once I dove in it was a battle to get near the food, to be noticed and to be heard. There was noise from all sides, and it was loud! A feeling that I haven’t had in a long time.  I think they eat the meek there.

For some reason one of the stall holders didn’t want me to take a photo of the market, and gave me the evil eye until I left, but I’ve got a photo anyway. I’m not sure what it shows that he wanted to keep hidden though…

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