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Old Jul 4th, 2009, 05:02 PM
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Uh, one guy in your photo looks like he's about to scratch his own crotch!?!
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Old Jul 4th, 2009, 08:13 PM
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People do that even in Paris, nancicita.

Mms, Boulevard de Magenta (in the 10th) does indeed have a lot of cheap bridal shops. Since the Middle Ages, a lot of streets in Paris have been specialized in certain items. Of course, these specializations don't all go back so far -- some of them have cropped up in the last 20 or 30 years, like Boulevard de Strasbourg and its dozens of African hair braiding salons.

Speaking of braids, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the black girl with blonde braids and what she is sitting on.
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Old Jul 4th, 2009, 08:25 PM
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Just like NY: lots of socks on 8th St/St. Marks.

It is funny the way things change off the beaten tourist paths.
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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##Speaking of braids, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the black girl with blonde braids and what she is sitting on.##
I did noticed her but I thought I was the only pervert here..
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 09:28 AM
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##Speaking of braids, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the black girl with blonde braids and what she is sitting on.##

I didn't see this picture. Where is it?
I noticed the two men who appear to be about to cheek-kiss, or are just disengaging from it.
How hot was it on the day these pictures were taken?
Again, a very interesting set of photos. Thanks as always.
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 11:14 AM
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Thanks a lot for the pictures, as they say worth a thousand words. Very helpful!
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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I too noticed a lot of jeans and sneakers on the the locals in Paris, and a lot of flip flops and walking shorts in England. My new philosophy of packing for Europe: as long as it is good condition, wear whatever I find comfortable at home when I go shopping. And wear shoes with very thick soles.
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 05:32 PM
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What's up with the African lady with the napkin tied around her boobs

Honestly, you can say that these folks aren't dressed all that differently from people anywhere in the USA, and I agree, but next time I venture out to VA to the malls, I'm taking my camera with me - I can guarantee you there will be loads more overweight people, loads more wearing shorts, loads more with bared bellies, and loads more with bad hair. Too bad the camera can't pick up on gum-chewing, because there'll be loads more of that too.
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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What's up with the African lady with the napkin tied around her boobs"

An inexpensive uplift!
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 05:49 PM
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What a hoot! I'll certainly not worry about my wardrobe when I go to Paris in September, but I'll keep an eye out for candid cameras!
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 08:41 PM
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StCirq, the African lady probably had a baby tied to her back.
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Old Jul 5th, 2009, 10:55 PM
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##Speaking of braids, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the black girl with blonde braids and what she is sitting on.##

she was probably just tired and resting her bum. no perversion, i don't think.
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 08:08 AM
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But it looks perverted. a human lollipop
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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We just got back from a week in Paris. The weather wasn't that hot yet, but since we had to navigate by bus and metro, it was very hot. Although I was all over Paris in T-shirt, capris and flip flops, the heat was unbearable during metro and bus rides.
Thanks to Nikki and StCirq's advice, we took a taxi from Gare du Nord to Arc de Triomphe for 20 Euros. Wish we could afford riding in taxi around Paris
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Personally, except for the relatively rare air conditioned buses, I think it is much cooler to take the metro on a hot sunny day (as long as it isn't rush hour).
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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Thanks Kerouac. Enjoyed the pictures as always.

This is tangential as it's not about clothes, but just about things you notice about how people look in different cities:

... one thing that strikes me when I go to Paris these days is how dark everyone's hair seems. I mean for Parisians with backgrounds from Africa and Asia, of course their hair is usually naturally dark. But here in Amsterdam we have plenty of people whose background is African, Middle Eastern, etc. too, so there is lots of dark hair, but you also see lots and lots of natural blonds in any non-tourist area of Amsterdam. When I'm in crowds in Paris and there is hardly a blond head to be seen it looks odd to me now. I mean I know it isn't actually odd - I'm just trying to say it's something I notice as being different from what I've now gotten used to. Definitely not something I ever noticed or thought about before living in Amsterdam. It reminds me of when I lived in Kentucky many years ago and got very used to seeing lots and lots of redheads everywhere due to the Scottish-Irish heritage of many Kentuckians and then moved to San Francisco where redheads were much rarer.

(I know this probably all sounds unbelievably obvious.)

But anyway I've gotten distracted from noticing how Parisians dress and am instead now keeping track of their hair color ... ;->
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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It's true that blond French people are generally a surprise. Of course, there are variations depending on the region you are in, but there is a major racial/ethnic mix in the Paris area, so obviously blond people are diminishing in number. In my own neighborhood (the one I photographed), the number of mixed couples is sometimes remarkable, especially if you look at the parents picking up their children from school.
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 09:37 AM
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Great mix of photos - I liked the guys with the 'twin' striped shirts ( bought on sale!) Why else would they wear them on the same day!!

The African lady with the white cloth tied around her boobs is definitely carrying a baby on her back - living in Africa you just know. And............by the way, it's becoming less prevalent and is rarely seen in cities these days.
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Though I usually don't worry too much about what to wear on vacation, I have to say that last year before I went to Paris for the first time, I did. Have to say that it was just like your pictures. People just dressing what ever way they like and comfortable. I am a fashion loser! I try but I just end up back with my same old plain and comfortable clothes. Hair is always done and makeup on, but my clothing is nothing special. I always admire other women in scarves but when I try it, I feel that I look ridiculous. Oh well! Thanks for the pics. I will be there in Sept and it appears I will fit in well. Will be looking for myself on one of your updates!
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 04:48 PM
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(gulp) Big Brother is watching!
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