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Old Posted Mar 16, 2012, 3:49 PM
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40° in Paris

It's been almost three years since my last SSP photo thread so I've got some catching up to do!

I thought I'd get off to an easy start with Paris since I was showing around a visitor and my kids for the first time, so there's not much off the tourist trail here and so I don't have to tell you anything!

These were taken in July 2011. The temperature hit 40°C the first day we were there and wasn't much cooler the second day. We spent a very noisy and sleepless night in a hotel with no air conditioning!

1 - Arrival


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7 - Basiluque du Sacre Couer


8 - Montmartre steps


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13 - The building on the right is the Citroen showroom on the Champs-Elysées


14 - Visitor designs at Le Rendez-Vous Toyota on the Champs Elysées


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16 - Departure
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2012, 6:05 PM
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Cool shots. I was in Paris just a few weeks before you and the temperature was great. Glad I missed the heat.

Did you have to sneak this one?

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Old Posted Mar 16, 2012, 7:46 PM
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Ha! So that will be a French reaction ...
First of all, cool but few pics...

There are too many nice facades like this to refurbish.
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Hopefully they'll finally clean it. Those who know the city also know how countless buildings of that kind are, many in good shape, many others that need more caring.

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These were taken in July 2011. The temperature hit 40°C the first day we were there and wasn't much cooler the second day. We spent a very noisy and sleepless night in a hotel with no air conditioning!
Well, I suggest you to try a nursing/retirement home next time. Those are always very quiet and systematically air-conditioned for older people who can't stand heat anymore.
Or try a more expensive or more recent hotel, a random office building or a car if you seek something less grim and you're really air-conditioning addicted.

Sometimes foreigners (I mean some Americans) seem to enjoy thinking we're backward for not using air-conditioning as much as they do, which feels offensive to the terrible French pride, of course. I guess the main reason for that is that it is greedy for energy, thus increasing household bills. Maybe it's also a cultural/practical detail, as summer is often very hot in most US states, whereas weather is usually mild in France. Once while staying over there (think I was in Virginia then), I caught a stupid cold in full summer because it's merely freezing in their homes. They use it too hard, though.

I would add I've always loved the US and Americans. I'm always the first douche to defend them whenever they're too harshly critized over here, so I have a complete right to speak freely to you guys.

It may sound like a pain to many and I wouldn't like to appear a fierce green freak (which i'm not), still there are a few well known health and environmental issues about an extensive use of air-conditioning, at least given the current technologies, and especially when air-conditioners are not handled or maintained properly, when refrigerants are not recycled and so on. You'll easily find some documents about those issues if you're not aware and yet curious. Being confident in green technology & development progress, there's no doubt those issues will end up solved, though.

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Did you have to sneak this one?
Sacré-Cœur ceiling. It looks unusual, doesn't it?

Oh well, thanks for showing pretty hometown!
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Nice set...I wish it was longer though.
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Did you have to sneak this one?
Yes, quick sneaky one with flash off!

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Well, I suggest you to try a nursing/retirement home next time. Those are always very quiet and systematically air-conditioned for older people who can't stand heat anymore.
Or try a more expensive or more recent hotel, a random office building or a car if you seek something less grim and you're really air-conditioning addicted.

Sometimes foreigners (I mean some Americans) seem to enjoy thinking we're backward for not using air-conditioning as much as they do, which feels offensive to the terrible French pride, of course. I guess the main reason for that is that it is greedy for energy, thus increasing household bills. Maybe it's also a cultural/practical detail, as summer is often very hot in most US states, whereas weather is usually mild in France. Once while staying over there (think I was in Virginia then), I caught a stupid cold in full summer because it's merely freezing in their homes. They use it too hard, though.

I would add I've always loved the US and Americans. I'm always the first douche to defend them whenever they're too harshly critized over here, so I have a complete right to speak freely to you guys.
Wow. I am British and we don't use much air conditioning here either. I simply wished I had spent more for a hotel with more amenities that night. I was not criticising Paris.

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Nice set...I wish it was longer though.
Thank you. I chose my few favourites so as not to bore you all with tourist snaps! Glad you enjoyed them though.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Wow. I am British and we don't use much air conditioning here either. I simply wished I had
I know you're British, I saw your avatar. I actually wasn't kidding you in particular as you're not alone here. Wait...
There, those are the ones I was kinda mocking here.

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Paris looking ghetto as usual, and I can just smell the people in your photos. [...] and I'm getting lazy in my old age. (lol).
I won't name the guy, having mercy, though. They'll easily recognize themselves anyway.
That's what I was mocking, not you. Sorry if that felt like an angry troll to you. If you could hear my tone, you'd see that I'm actually cool.
Sorry.
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Old Posted Mar 17, 2012, 3:05 PM
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Thanks for your pictures, jeremai!

Very nice thread and pictures.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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Brief but nice visit.
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