Some random street shots from our roams around Paris’s streets and parks.
Above is The ‘Fontaine des quatre parties du Monde one of the many ornate fountains in the city.
Le Bateau Ivre” (“The Drunken Boat”) is a 100-line verse-poem written in 1871 by Arthur Rimbaud. This is part of The Wall of Poems project that begun in 1992 in Leiden by the Dutch foundation Tegen Beeld.
It’s written on a wall near Saint Sulpice in Paris as Rimbaud is supposed to have written the poem in a nearby cafe.
Above is one of the many iconic Metropolitan metro signs. While below are a selection of shots from the Latin Quarter.
More colourful artwork adorns the back streets of the Latin Quarter.
As well as wall art there’s lots of street stalls selling everything from Old Master postcards and pulp fiction.
Lots of the stalls are situated alongside the banks of the River Seine. Stall holders simply unlock them in the morning and start trading.
Finally I’m getting around to documenting our first ever trip to Germany for the man’s birthday last November.
We plumped for the hip capital city of Berlin for our first ever trip to Deutschland and a fab choice it was too.
We stayed in the Ibis Mitte hotel, perfectly placed to explore the city with a tram stop just around the corner.
There’s a bewildering choice of cafes, bars and restaurants all within a stones throw of the hotel, not surprising for a city that has 100s of choices from filling quick burgers to Vietnamese, sushi and Italian to traditional German sausage and beer halls !
Once we’d settled in, the stomach on legs was keen to sample his first ever currywurst and naturally there was a little shop and cafe just around the corner for him to get his fix!
We then take one of those fortuitous turns down a little dark alleyway that leads us to the quirky Cafe Cinema.
This electic cafe / bar has an intriguing open air courtyard splashed in colourful street art.
Whether it’s cute kittens or political satire, the walls are a vivid and mind boggling mas of murals and mayhem!
I force the man to spend a good half an hour here as I meticulously detail every little scrap of paint.
There is no escape once I spot painted walls!! I have a particular fetish for spraypaint..
It is also home to the Anne Frank Zentrum which houses a permanent exhibition about the young girl and the world she inhabited. The Zentrum is the German partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
The exhibition focuses on the diary and the story of the life of Anne Frank. But also looks at contemporary life via the young people of Berlin.
Next up we’re heading to see Berlin by night including the Berliner Dom and the Brandenburg gate.
Lots of the artwork dotted around the East End involves literally spelling out their messages. No one is more the master of this than Eine (Real name Ben Flynn).
Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in around Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broad Market areas of the East End.
Above is a piece entitled PRO. (Self explanatory really!) I love the frivolous colours and patterns.
The vibrant typographical letters spell out a variety of different words – Scary, Vandalism, Exciting and more.
Eine’s street art is driven by a love of typography and he describes being influenced by how “letters change shape when combined with other ones”.
Here’s his SCARY wall under the bridge on Rivington Street. Not looking too menacing on a sunny day.
Eine was well-known in London circles for ‘Alphabet Street’ in the capital’s Spitalfields region where he painted the entire A-Z on shop shutters down Middlesex Street. It’s a delightful, colourful splash of happiness!
He become even more well known when a piece of his art work was presented to Barack Obama by David Cameron.
A bit ironic given that after spending 20 years tagging he has been arrested between 15 and 20 times and has five convictions for criminal damage – not exactly a model citizen according to Cameron’s own government!