Anti-Tourist Tour of my Trip to France

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Picturesque graffiti on a minstrel-whipped mountain top.

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The working-class suburbs of Aix-en-Provence where I stayed with my Mom at a satellite campus of Paul Cezanne University.

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I only spotted one dumpster diver after this trash-rich market in Aix.

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Ruins of a bastide.

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In Baltimore we have creepy blue security lights. In Paris they have delightful blue holiday lanterns.

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A helpful blue path guides pedestrian traffic within the train station parking lot.

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Advertising pays for these popular communist bikes.

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Flying buttresses rule. Directly left of the steeple, a Christian soul and or passenger jet streaks towards heaven.

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A post-modern shopping mall/public space/water pit careful nestled within Paris’ delicate urban fabric.

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Gratuitous cityscape, taken from the top of the Pompidou.

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Richard Serra’s Clara-Clara, aligned on axis with the Champs-Elysee and some sort of terrifying/sparkly spinny-circle-slomo-vertical-gravitron-deathtrap. Note the shoe-print evidence of pedestrian interactivity with the sculpture.

Many have tried, but apparently none have succeeded in toppling the menacing walls.

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Seagulls enhanced the Serra piece’s existing oxidized petina with their own additions of vertical white streaks.

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The Mona Lisa show was fucking killer. I had a blast in the mosh pit.

A robotic cleaning machine peacefully caresses the surface of Pei’s Louvre pyramid.

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A beatiful frozen poll, but how did the ice shards get scattered everywhere?

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Le Grand Arche stands sentinel over La Défense business district.

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An enantiomorphic public space of landscaping and lies.

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Le Grand Arche close-up.

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Modernist architecture porn.

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COTTON CANDY+ME=HAPPY

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