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October 11, 2010

A Saturday Afternoon in October

by soundlandscapes

Last weekend the weather in Paris was absolutely gorgeous. Rather than a Saturday in October it could have been an Saturday in mid-summer. I took advantage of it and went out and about sound hunting.

My first port of call was to my favourite bookshop in the shadow of the cathedral of Notre Dame.

To be found at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, the eclectic Shakespeare & Company is a small bookshop with a big reputation. As well as selling English language books, it is also a reading library as well as housing young writers who earn their keep by working in the shop. A dozen or so beds nestle in amongst the books and it is reckoned that as many as 40,000 people have slept in the shop over the years.

A Parisian curiosity indeed and well worth a visit.

Leaving Shakespeare and Company I walked along by La Seine to the flower market and then on to the Prefecture de Police where I found an “Open Day” in progress. Not only were the police on show but also other emergency services including the  Sapeurs-Pompiers (Fire Brigade) and the Croix-Rouge (Red Cross).

I particularly enjoyed looking at the collection of old police motorcycles on display and also this wonderful old fire engine.

The biggest attraction though were the police horses who were far more concerned with eating their lunch than with the cameras of inquisitive tourists.

A delightful and inexpensive dinner in the rue de la Huchette rounded off my Saturday afternoon.

And …. oh yes …. the sound ….

I found this man singing and playing his electric guitar on the Pont D’Arcole … Ray Charles if I’m not mistaken.

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