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I watch people lugging bags or rolling suitcases. And I wonder what kind of adventure awaits them on their arrival destination?
Is it Egypt to visit the Pyramids, a feat of architectural genius?
India to experience the best of both worlds?
France to learn why the French are so intellectual? Or to understand high culture?
Or are they seeking enlightenment, humility, discernment, peace, God’s face?
With its candy-coated pastel houses and weathered cobblestones, it’s easy to see why Rue Crémieux is a HUGE hit on Instagram. This car-free backstreet is the most Instagramable street in Paris, much to the annoyance of the locals.
While the picturesque street in the 12th arrondissement is garnering a lot of attention, tourists also have to be mindful of the residents.
The one-block pedestrian street was originally built as workers’ housing in 1857. From 1865-1898, it was known as Rue Millaud. It was renamed for Adolphe Crémieux, a French lawyer and politician. During the catastrophic Crue de la Seine de 1910 (1910 Great Flood of Paris), water from the Seine reached as high as 1.75 meters on one of the buildings. In 1993, the street was closed to vehicles.
We live in a self-absorbed world. With the hashtag #ruecremieux now linking to over 31,000 images on Instagram, Rue Crémieux might be a paradise for Instagrammers, but they’ve taken away the residents’ privacy. They used to be able to take their tables outside to have lunch, but now, they can’t do so with yoga aficionados, dance sessions, and fashion shoots blocking their doorways. The residents are okay with people taking photos, but they’ve demanded that the city of Paris to protect their privacy by closing the street to visitors on evenings and weekends which is fair enough. Imagine looking out your window and seeing this:
And even this:
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“Au début on pensait faire ça tranquillement à la maison et puis quelqu’un a dit ‘et si on allait étendre nos culottes dans la rue et les photographier ?’, et là on s’est dit qu’on tenait un truc…” 👙📸 #startupnation #streetunderwear #ruecremieux #paris #streetphotography #igersfrance
It’s a beautiful street, but it’s rude to disturb the peace and snatch away privacy. Some even go as far as recording residents leaving their homes. People are sheep, literally, and when they see something goes viral online, they want to do it, too. You travel to experience, not to take pretentious photos of yourself.
The shore of Maracas is dotted with palm trees gently swaying or furiously rocking however the wind blows.
Two of my favorite snapshots from my Maracas trip! I think they’re very postcardesque!
Pretty soon, I’ll post about the entire trip so stay tuned! 😀
For both locals and visitors, the lookout before heading down the north coast road is a popular stop. The view is magnificent on either side of the lookout. I even managed to capture this beauty…
…it was a late evening and the sun was just right, I assure you that I did not tamper with the photo in any form for God’s splendid creation needs no filter. In a future upcoming Travel Tuesday episode, I’ll share more photos from this trip.