Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Smooshed-head guy in the Cimetière de Montmartre

In the Cimetière de Montmartre the other day, I noticed while wandering past this tomb that there was something not quite symmetrical about this gentleman's head...

The head is hollow and has been completely smashed in on one side. Click here to see the damage from a few more angles.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tree growing around tombstone, Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris

I lived around the corner from the Cimetière de Montmartre for a couple years, but I just ran across this tree growing around a tombstone a couple days ago. I love finding scenes of nature reclaiming what once belonged to it.

Click here to see it from a few more angles.

Creepy French ad for hand sanitizer

Not exactly Halloween-related, but I'll take it! Check out this great (and creepy!) fear-mongering ad for hand sanitizer!

I spotted this in the window of my local Parisian pharmacy this morning. The red circle proclaims that this hand sanitizer is effective against the H1N1 (aka swine flu) virus. The metal pole they're all holding onto is clearly meant to be the pole in the Paris Métro (subway), which of course is an excellent place for viruses and bacteria (and apparently werewolves and mummies) to hang out. Touching filthy stuff in the Métro was something that already grossed me out bad enough before seeing this ad, and now it's going to bother me more than ever! Now that's effective advertising!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Spooky crows at the Cimetière de Montmartre!

I was taking some photos at the Cimetière de Montmartre just before sundown this evening, when suddenly a small murder of crows (wow, how often do I get to say that?) alit on some tombs right next to me! Talk about creepy! Finally, there's the Halloween vibe I've been desperately searching for over here.

More Halloween in Paris — Peur sur le Parc Astérix!

Peur sur le Parc Astérix — Fear at Astérix Park!

I saw this poster in the Métro today and thought I should mention it as another thing going on in (well, near) Paris in addition to the stuff I wrote about in my Halloween in Paris article the other day.

I've never been to Parc Astérix myself, but I've heard — somewhat to my surprise — that it's really fun!

Astérix, if you're not aware, is the star of a French comic book series that's been around since the late 50s, about the last village in Gaul (i.e. France before it was France) whose warriors manage to hold out against the Romans, thanks to the magic potion whipped up by the town druid. Astérix comics helped me a lot with learning French in the first year that I lived over here! I'd barely ever heard of him in the States, but he's absolutely huge here. He's practically the French Mickey Mouse. I don't know what they've got going on at his park for Halloween, but that bottom headline on the poster says, "You're going to love being scared!"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

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