IN PARIS THE URITROTTOIR (SIDEWALK URINAL) HAS BECOME THE LATEST ‘SCANDALE’

The City of Light has come up with a new design for public urinals – this time without significant sidings. They could be mistaken for post office boxes and are causing quite an uproar.

“In order for Uritrottoirs to be accepted by Parisians, we had to imagine equipment that doesn’t look like a urinal,” one of the product designers, Victor Massip, explained.

Beneath the bright red box sits a collection of straw, sawdust or wood chips. A sensor measures how much urine the box is holding at any given time. Once full, the lower box is taken to a composting site, from where mulched compost returns to feed the window-box that grows above the urine funnel.

L’Uritrottoir is yet another reason why we love PARIS!

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AN INSPIRING IMAGE LAST NIGHT FROM PARIS – THE EIFFEL TOWER IN BLUE, WHITE & RED

If steel girders and coloured lights can bring one close to tears, the Eiffel Tower hit the mark last night with its red, white and blue colour display.

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Gustave Eiffel, no doubt, would be elated that his creation could lift the spirits of today’s Parisians and those worldwide who love Paris – myself included – 126 years after the monument first appeared on the Champ de Mars.

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My PARIS VACATION: re-visiting the Eiffel Tower for the 10th time

EIFFEL1How would you describe GUSTAVE EIFFEL’s architectural masterpiece in 35 words or less?  TORONTO communication strategist and writer LOUANN BUHROWS manages to do so in 32.  Originally her poem was a celebration of TORONTO’s Second Empire style George Brown House on Beverley Street, but it fits the Eiffel Tower to a “T”.

The beauty of your lines,
Your curves, draws me
You arch over me
An infinite grace
Carved in exultation
I reach out with my eyes
As you induce me
Achingly beyond touch.

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17 square foot apartment rented for $440/month – only in PARIS

apartmentAnd you think we have it bad in TORONTO?

PARIS, a city noted for teeny, tiny hotel rooms has topped itself.  An “apartment” measuring less than 17 square feet has been rented for over 15 years to a 50-year-old man, identified only as “Dominique”, at 330 euros, or about $442 per month.

The story was highlighted by Fondation Abbe Pierre, a housing advocacy group, after the man asked for help dealing with his landlord.  “I come home, I go to bed,” Dominique told the French website and radio station RTL, describing how he coped with living in the space.

The “apartment” has a skylight and a slanted roof, but “a person doesn’t stand correctly” in the space, the Fondation said on its Twitter feed. It added that the photo might make the place seem larger than it actually is.

This is highway robbery under the guise of an overheated real estate market.