Paris

Ah, Paris!..

Ah, Paris!..

I have been in Paris once before, but only for a day and was not impressed. This time I decided to spend a bit more time to figure it out.

Paris looks dirty. Litter uglifies the city even when put into trash — instead of recycle bins, transparent plastic bags are used:

Paris is very dirty

Parisians are also sad because of this cheerless fountain:

Cheerless fountain in Paris

A man makes enormous soap bubbles:

A man makes enormous soap bubbles in Paris

Street musicians play Vivaldi and chat at the same time:

Street musicians play Vivaldi and chat at the same time

A strange sign is installed in Louvre:

A strange sign is installed in Louvre

Père Lachaise cemetery looks like the world’s largest phone booth show:

Père Lachaise cemetery looks like the world’s largest phone booth show

Flat display panels are mounted to the walls of Notre Dame de Paris:

Plasma display panels are mounted to the walls of Notre Dame de Paris

One of the Eiffel Tower pillars from inside:

One of Eiffel Tower pillars from inside

The tower is covered with shabby rags:

The Eiffel Tower is covered with shabby rags

Underwear packaging:

Underwear packaging

The view of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur basilica:

The view of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur basilica

A monmartrobus is available on Monmartre:

A monmartrobus on Monmartre

Even though Monmartre is a nice place to walk:

Monmartre is a nice place to walk

This café has outside seating on the opposite side of the road:

outside seating on the opposite side of the road in Paris

The waiters cross this road many times a day.

Mailbox:

A mailbox in Paris

Manhole distance sign:

A manhole distance sign in Paris

There are plenty of cycle paths and cycle hire points in the city.

A cyclist in Paris

Attention, pedestrians:

Attention, pedestrians

You need to cross a wide street in two phases, like in Jerusalem:

You need to cross a wide street in two phases in Paris

“Respect the tricolor lights” is not a patriotic slogan, it is French for traffic light:

Respectez les feux tricolores

French use the ugliest way to contract the words:

The French use the ugliest way to contract the words

Street name signs are lovely:

Street name signs are lovely Street name signs are lovely

Variations of the sign asking you not to park your car at the exit:

Exit Exit

Bus and taxi lanes sometimes have dedicated traffic lights:

Dedicated bus traffic lights in Paris

Gas station on a street:

Gas station on a street in Paris

Bus route plate:

Bus route plate in Paris

Métro train wheels have tires:

Subway train wheels have tires in Paris

The carriages are very uncomfortable. Particularly bad are the railings put in front of the doors instead of being on the sides. They make it too hard to enter or leave a train:

Métro carriages are very uncomfortable in Paris

The girl takes a short break in dolling herself up to make sure she does not miss her station:

The girl takes a break in dolling herself up to make sure she will not miss her station

The guy takes a longer break:

The guy takes a break

Keep right:

Keep right

The turnstiles are almost as anti-human as in New York:

The turnstiles are hollible in Paris

The exits are numbered:

The exits are numbered in Paris

Signals and stuff:

Signals and stuff in Paris

Between the stations, there are these symbols which look quite similar to the Transport for London logo:

Symbols between the stations in Paris

Line 14 is served by driverless trains. Pictures from the front row:

Line 14 in Paris Line 14 in Paris Line 14 in Paris

Some stations have ridiculously long names, like the line names in Moscow:

Some Paris métro stations have ridiculously long names

When you arrive at the Défence (the skyscraper district), the first thing you encounter is the right leg of the Grande Arche:

When you arrive at the Défence, you see the right leg of the Grande Arche

In front of the arch, there is a square with a huge white stripe:

In front of the Grande Arche in Paris, there is a square with a huge white stripe

People sit on the steps of the arch:

People sit on the steps of the Grande Arche in Paris

Behind the arch, there is a cemetry, above which there is a bridge:

Behind the Grande Arche in Paris, there is a cemetry

The bridge is about a couple hundred meters long, and then it just ends. A French couple says salut:

A French couple says hello
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