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Old Jun 5th, 2020, 09:50 AM
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There are several issues we can look at regarding getting permission to use photos.

These were taken in a public place.
I am not selling them.
There are most likely other considerations.

And about tipping/paying, etc.

I always tip street performers when I take photos of them.
I always ask parent/guardian prior to taking photos of children in their charge.
I almost never ask permission to take photos of adults.

A funny thing. I was on a hiking trip with my daughter last summer. We slept over in Asheville and I went out on the streets early to take some photos.
A couple was having breakfast at an outdoor restaurant and I decided to take a photo. They were facing each other. I wanted to take the female from behind and over the shoulder of the male. So I asked permission. They said "no".
Had it not been a specific pose I was looking for I would not have asked.
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Old Jun 5th, 2020, 10:44 AM
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I do not take photos of people where their faces are shown without making sure they are ok with it. Recently I wanted to take a photo to show restaurants opening up in my city. I asked a couple if they minded if I took their photo and that I would be posting it. They were fine with it. I would expect the same. I would not want a photo of me taken and esp then posted anywhere unless I was asked.
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Old Jun 5th, 2020, 12:42 PM
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How much should I charge if someone looks at me?
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I hope I don't have any duplicates in here... definitely some of the sites already posted


Carcassonne

Glanum gates

Honfleur

Proche chez moi

la vieille boulangerie de Lacoste
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Old Jun 7th, 2020, 09:51 PM
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Parc de la Villette yesterday

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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 03:56 AM
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Wow!! That's something.

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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 06:48 AM
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Mexico comes to Paris. I dimly recall these were somewhere else in France earlier?
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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 07:16 AM
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They come from the Lille 3000 event, which was spectacular.

https://anyportinastorm.proboards.co...ldorado?page=1

Lille does an event like this every 2 or 3 years and it lasts about 8 months. "Lille 3000" became an addiction in the area when Lille was a European Capital of Culture in 2004 and everybody realized how magnificent these events are. I have been to the events in Mons and Marseille, and they were stupendous. Anybody visiting Europe (if it is ever possible again) should check out the designated cities when making plans.
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Old Jun 9th, 2020, 04:41 AM
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Today we'd have been returning from France, if not for a certain virus making its world tour. While the virus travels, we can't.

Anyway, this is the gateway to the Chateau d'Anet, which we often see on our way to or from the airport. It was built for Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II of France. Budget unlimited. What would you build with an unlimited budget?

Sorry about the date blur. Actually, for better photos, google it and you can see its intricate skyline. We've never visited it, just driven by. Amazing the wonderful things you can see in France from the road.



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Old Jun 10th, 2020, 08:15 AM
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For anybody who wants to know what Paris looks like right now (today!) I made a little video so that you can get an idea of what it's like when there are no tourists.

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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 02:07 AM
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Thanks, kerouac, for sharing. I can see advantages for locals, having so much space to themselves, not needing to fight for a seat, but this left me feeling quite sad.
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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 02:42 AM
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I see I'm not the only person who has had to fight for a seat in the Luxembourg Gardens.
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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 02:51 AM
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Thank you, K.
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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 04:34 AM
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I imagine the Parisians like having their city to themselves. I grew up in a town with a lot of tourists, and we locals loved it when the off-season came and we had our roads and restaurants back. Naturally the people who depended on tourism were not as happy.

Obviously, it's not only tourists who are missing from the video. I assume that lots of residents are still being careful and not venturing out unless they have to. Thanks for going out with your camera, kerouac. The part where the little kids lined up for the toy boats was my favorite.
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The flowers beds of the Luxembourg Gardens have just been replanted after languishing for almost 3 months.




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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 08:06 AM
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Yes, Kerouac’s video does make me feel sad...
Here’s a picture I found on a major news site supposedly taken on June 2, just look at the crowded terrace with no social distancing. Am wondering if it’s just a file photo...



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Treesa, you have a good eye for color. As for kerouac's comment, you're not the first nor the last, so I'm sure you would be in good company. Some of them, I'm sure, would be Fodorite francophiles.

denisea, I'd say you've been a lot of places in France already, but it wouldn't hurt to go back and fill in the blanks. Admiration for managing to be alone on THAT bridge. Oh, the cheese photo!

yestravel, I've always wanted to see Le Bon Marche (maybe I have but if so I've forgotten). I read The Ladies' Paradise recently, which Zola based on that store and it was fascinating. We love the heritage days but have never been in a big city at that time. Last September in Belleme we were able to visit the grounds of a charitable organization started by the founders of Le Bon Marche.

ssander, my parents went on a trip to Italy with a group of building contractors, and the plumbers loved seeing Roman plumbing. When we bought our place there was a two-holer, but it's gone now. Nothing lasts as long as Roman stonework or concrete.
Coquelicot---I have been fortunate but still want to see, taste and do more. And - that cheese was terrific and the brainchild of my husband. It was a Sunday and we weren't finding much open for lunch. We were about to head into a place that was open but that we were not super excited about and he just said. Let's find something else and we ended up at Fauchon and with that cheese...We were so glad we just waited.
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Old Jun 15th, 2020, 01:19 PM
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One visit we did a Paris Greeters tour of La Défense a major business district about three Kms west of the city limits of Paris. I never had much interest in going there, but the tour was fascinating. Some very interesting buildings.

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YT, whew! That is one fine photo.
I am done. The Defense.
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Old Jun 15th, 2020, 05:51 PM
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Yes, a great photo, and I'm always happy to read about a visit to some place that not a lot of Fodors visitors go to. I'd say that none of us Fodors regulars need to read more about the usual suspects--the Eiffel Tower, WW II landing beaches, or Disney, for example. But a visit to La Defense is something a little different and I think Fodors needs more of that. I think in the future more of us will be heading to the countryside and to less popular attractions, where it's not as crowded but where there are still good restaurants, scenic countryside, and lively villages to discover.
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