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The Paris Attack

It is now reported as 100+ dead as I type. The attack was on young people enjoying themselves : A Concert hall, Restuarants and Stade de France sports stadium.

You cowardly miserable bastards.

I was looking at visiting France next summer: It is now a definite.

It’s tough to love Marie’s Muff

An interpretation of Marie Antoniette’s bits in the Versailles palace

Dahlings, as it the poor Parisians haven’t suffered enough for the art, someone decides to place a sculpture of Marie Antoniette’s hooty hoo (source Daily Mail) in the middle of Versailles Palace.

Not surprisingly, some locals are not impressed.

The British artist, Anish Kapoors, appartently said that his giant, 60-metre long rusty metal funnel represents ‘a queen’s vagina’ taking power.

It is thought that he is referring to Marie Antoinette – the wife of Louis XVI famed for telling starving peasants in France ‘Let them eat cake.’

Kapoor admits his work is provocative and praised the head of the Palace of Versailles as being ‘brave and generous’ to display his work.

Last christmas, I wrote that Paris had another public naughty exhibit of “Tree” which resembled an inflatable butt plug. That lasted all of one night until someone punctured it. This time, I can’t see how someone could vandalize this one.

This will make some interesting explaining to the kids.

Ciao for now,
Cleo.

 

 

Strike two – where’s my wallet?

Eiffel tower works strike in protest of these guys

Dahlings, Those Frenchy Eiffel tower workers are out on strike again.

This time it is not a solidarity strike but it is a protest. The cause of the protest….Pickpockets.

Yes, you read that correct. They didn”t open friday to protest against the rise of petty crime around the tower.

In 2012, Louvre workers went out on strike for the same reason.

Well, I guess their hearts are in the right places but it is rather an odd thing to strike over.

Ciao for now,
Cleo.

Air today, gone tomorrow : Paris art attraction gets dysfunctionality

What a let down..

Dahlings, well that didn’t last long.

I refer to the contemporary art piece of work called “Tree” that looked like a thingy – see our previous post.

It turns out some Parisians who were upset that it ‘humiliated the city’, vandalized the so called piece of Art at night. [Source Daily Mail].

The same artist had a previous exhibit that was a tad bit controversial:

At a 2011 exhibition in London he displayed an identical pair of clay anamatronic sculptures of former president George W Bush having sex with pigs.

Oh, I just can’t wait for his next inspiration.

Ciao for now, Cleo.

China Syndrome vs French connection : Some Chinese tourists not liking Paris after actually visiting

Shenzen's Window of the World: Quickest way to see the world..

Shenzen Window of the World: Around the world in 80 minutes..

Dahlings, Bloomberg had a story about the Chinese tourists who have this ideal image about France and when they actually visit , they have a rude awakening about the place. Complaints include stolen bags at the airport, dirty streets and targeting of Chinese by pickpockets.

Like their Japanese counterparts, first-time visitors from China — fed on media reports and movies like “, An American in Paris,” or “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain” — arrive expecting to see a quaint, affluent and friendly European city with smartly dressed men and women smelling of Chanel No. 5.

Instead, they discover Paris’s grittier side — packed metros, rude waiters and pickpockets intent on robbing cash-carrying tourists — all of which sends them into psychological shock.

“Chinese people romanticize France, they know about French literature and French love stories,” said Jean-Francois Zhou, president of the Chinese association of travel agencies in France. “But some of them end up in tears, swearing they’ll never come back.”

Et pourquoi mon ami? Violà, je cite Bloomerg:

Because they carry large amounts of cash, Chinese tourists are often targeted by pickpockets

“Sometimes, they’ll try to pay for an ice cream with a 500-euro bill,” Zhou said. They usually convert large amounts of yuan to limit money-changing fees, and the use of credit cards isn’t as common in China as it is in Europe, he said.

Chinese media reported that 48 tourists were robbed in May as they headed to their hotel in a suburb of Paris. In France, the problem was highlighted by the mugging of a group of Chinese tourists in Le Bourget, near Paris, said Muriel Sobry, police chief of 8th arrondissement of Paris, which covers the avenue des Champs-Elysees.

“Paris is a romantic city, but it’s naive to believe it’s crime-free,” she said.

I visited Shenzen a few years ago- see photograph – and walked around the “Window of the World”. Here you can get a bit of France, England, Germany (Complete with ‘Franziskaner’ beer), Ancient world and the Mario Brothers in same place.

If WoW really wants that authentic European experience they need a few adjustments: import some pickpockets, drunken locals, change names of ice cream to Gelato and increase price to 13 Euro each, Industrial strikes and wet weather.

By the way on Paris: Don’t take it personal. The Parisians hate also each other. Their hate is really a form of love. They love to hate you !

Ciao for now, Cleo.