Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bin pickin's

I wanted a photo of the métro passing over the Bir-Hakeim bridge, but I wasn't fast enough when the first train I saw went by. So I waited, taking time to set up the photo and camera settings before the next train. In the meantime, this man wandered into the shot and opened what I think is a recycling bin on the sidewalk. He wasn't in a hurry as he picked through the top layer, so there he is.

The French version of dumpster diving?

He paid no attention to me. I continued on to the bridge and up the stairs to the pedestrian walkway on the lower level.


  1. Elevated railways usually have such ugly bases, well ours do and so does the Highline in NYC, but this is quite elegant.

  2. So unlike NYC's elevated trains. Very elegant and picturesque. As for the bin browser, I would have been so annoyed, but it actually made for a different kind of shot.


  3. The Bir-Hakeim bridge is extraordinary. This link contains a clip that shows it used to tremendous effect in Christopher Nolan's film "Inception."

  4. We visited that bridge last year just because it has been used in different movies - it was fun to walk along it and we ended up meeting a couple from Australia.

  5. I always remember the Bir-Hakeim stop, because Jane's stop was the one just before--Dupleix. I lived 19 stops back toward Nation, at Bel-Air. Line 6 was a long ride, with all of those stops. It took a good while to get to Jane's stop. Ahhh, the memories!

  6. I am a bit surprised to see the man. I guess I thought in a socialist country especially France people would be more taken care of viz. less street folks.

  7. andrew, the current bridge was the result of a design competition in 1902, so that's probably the reason.

    mitch, a little local color reminds me that Paris is a real city and not a stage set.

    kiwi, yes, I remember that, and I mention it Monday's post.

    sillygirl, it seems to be quite a popular bridge!

    judy, our friend chm's stop is also along that line, although I won't divulge which one. ;)

    michael, I think you see a lot fewer than in many American cities, but they are out there. There are even shanty-towns and tent cities under some of the elevated roadways around the city. The city and charitable organizations do provide shelters and food for people, especially in winter when it's cold. They drive around town and try to help the people they find in doorways and subway grates.


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