French Connection

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Spent a couple of nights in Paris, my favourite city last week. Stayed close to the Republic area in a small hotel off the main road. I’ve been coming over to Paris since the early late 90s, and am quite familiar with the city and its sights, but, like any other large and culturally orientated city in the world, I’m always discovering new angles to photograph. Still being the Chinese New Year season, Chinese or Vietnamese Parisians stick great big red lanterns outside their business premises. They are all the same. Rather uniform lanterns. Paris is a walkable city, the boulevards and avenues provide magnificent vistas across the city and the tourist sights are filled with visitors from all over the world. I have noticed a significant number from mainland China and many Japanese visitors also.

I met up with Isabelle, a Cambodian Chinese Parisian, and Alexandre, a Pole living in Paris, at a local Vietnamese restaurant to sample the delicious beef pho in Belleville. The restaurant Dong Huong occupied three shop lots and was packed with diners, even on a weekday.

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