Monday, May 11, 2015

Charcoal Man of Paris

I saw this statue like figure while going to the Eiffel Tower on our second trip for an evening boat ride in the Seine River and later to witness the light show of the Eiffel Tower. Upon spotting this figure I wondered that I had not seen this statue in the morning when we passed through the same place on our way to the Eiffel Tower.

And while I was thinking - the statue moved, as can be seen in the photo above, and changed to a new a new pose - may be to ease his tiresome pose he had been posing for long. And then it dawned on me that it was a street entertainer dressed in charcoal like suit to attract visitors and tourists to pose with him and earn some money.

This was quite interesting and we, like many tourists, opted to have a few shots with him. We also appreciated his innovative style and attire that not only attracted us and many others but also provided him a source of income.

 My family (above) and I (below) posing with the charcoal man of Paris

He was not the only man dressed like this - we were to find a copper man on the streets of Pisa, Italy when we went there to visit the leaning tower of Pisa few weeks after. I will share the photos we had with the aluminium man of Pisa when I come to the second leg of our visit to Schengen countries which included Switzerland and Italy.

Stay tuned!!

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