I was getting ready to go into the Orsay Museum when I saw this man. You will see some pretty good street artists in Paris, but I had to admire this guy, he apparently didn't need a backing band at all. More power to you buddy!
By the way, he was pretty good!
While not being the single most important thing in Paris, I do love buskers and would highly recommend that when you see a busker or a group of street musicians, if you think they are good, drop a coin in their box. If there is no one stopping to listen to them, it doesn't mean that they are not great musicians, but that they are probably not showy like the hip hoppers who draw a big crowd. Stop and stand right in front of them. This often causes other people to stop.
I passed the most fantastic guitarist on the side of l'Eglise Saint-Eustache. At first I didn't stop, but as I walked I could tell he was more than average so I went back, several times in fact. Now I am a great fan of gypsy jazz. His name is Romain Guillemin and you can listen to him at his myspace page.
Another group of buskers that I like can be found in the metro stop at Chatelet as you go to ligne 4. I often see them there late Sunday afternoon around 5 to 6. There is always a huge crown surrounding this group of classical musicians who play Vivaldi's Four Season, Pachelbel's Cannon, and other pieces. This group draws it's regulars. Each time I have been there I have seen a little old lady standing in front. I often wonder if, in earlier life, she was a musician, because she is usually waving her hands as though conducting.
I love this picture, the moment and feeling that was captured.
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Anthony Atkielski told me that she is a singer and is actually accompanying the cellist. Copyright 2004 by Anthony G. Atkielski
Fondest memory: So many fond memories...
carafes of vin de le maison;
striking workers on the boulevards pushing flyers into your hand;
stylish parisian men and women in high fashion as they walk by cafes on rue Rivoli and Boulevard FDR;
the french sense of politeness that masks a true warmth of character few people possess...
I'm only scratching the surface here.
They are almost everywhere. At Montmartre we saw this streetmusician with his little streetorgan, at the Notre Dame there was a crossing sweeper disguised in hunchback pricking papers and other garbage and at lots of other locations we saw immobile painted "living" statues.
Nice entertainment for a few cents.
The hill of Monmartre has been associated with artists for 200 years. Theodore Gericault and Camille Corot came here at the start of the 19th century, and in the 20th century Maurice Utrillo immortalized the streets in his works. Today it's full of portraitists (Place du Tertre)
Fondest memory: The talk with them takes off every euro minute by minute. Me and my russian friend Youlia received great portraits almost for free because this chatty artist was sure I'm french! When he discovered the truth he was so surprised that gave me his works with a very reasonable price... :-) Sometimes it is useful to speak good french without an accent :-)
There are untapped talents out there! Streets performances can be found everywhere. Outside Centre Pompidou(see pic), at the top of Sacre Coeur, in the trains and train station.
If you are impressed by them, do give them some rewards.
Fondest memory: There's this performance by 3 tibetians with amazing chanting voices. I was captivated by their performance.
At Sacre- Couer theres normally an entertainer or 2 larking about,helping people cross the road,taking the mick out of them,a few people took it the wrong way,but most of us enjoyed sitting on the steps taking it all in.
Fondest memory: Best memory of Paris,.....................over looking the whole city from The Eiffel Tower and seeing for miles,and wandering round at night.
Dans Paris, comme dans beaucoup de métropoles vous verrez de nombreux graffitis, mais aussi des très beaux graffs. De véritables artistes se sont appropriés les murs de la capitale pour s'exprimer. Après tout, c'est plus beau qu'un mur gris, triste et sale, ou qu'une palissade couverte de publicités.
J'ai vu les plus beaux Graffs dans les quartiers nord de Paris, dans le XXème arrondissement, ou en bas de Montmartre...
Fondest memory: In Paris, as in a lot of metropolises you will see many graffitis, but also of the very beautiful Graffs. Real artists appropriated the walls of the capital to express themselves. After all, it is more beautiful than a gray, sad and dirty wall, or that a palisade covered with advertisements.
I saw the most beautiful Graffs in the north districts of Paris, in the XXth precinct, or at the bottom of Montmartre...
Favorite thing: As she lifted paints from her cluttered pallette, it delighted me to see that the pallette itself was the same joyous burst of colors as the work in progress. I could have spent hours watching the artists at work.
Favorite thing: Not to say I dont enjoy Rennaisance art, but my experience of being in modern day Paris was made more fulfilling by art as it is done today. This lady's deft strokes with her pallette knife left brillaint impressions in front of my eyes. The closer I got, the better it looked.
Go to the Place du Tertre - it's just by the Sacre Coeur. It's such a lovely place, with all the street artists and little shops. Go there in the evening - the evening I went it was really lively, with a good atmosphere, so I suppose it's like that all the time......
Fondest memory: Just the general atmosphere - and despite what everyone says, I thought the people were very friendly and helpful.
Favorite thing: Oftentimes these performers are quire entertaining. This couple was at the square in front of the Pompidou Center, but you will also find excellent musicians in the metro.
What a pleasure to walk on the underground side the ears taken by some jazz notes.
"Music is the Food of Love" Willy Shakespeare
Favorite thing: Cartoonists shared space in the creatively-brimming Montmartre. One day, I will return for a caricature of mine. there will be more trips to paris for sure ...
Favorite thing: A man practicing being a statue. Interesting, eh? He, of course, had a tin out, hoping to collect spare francs from passers by.