Scotty and I were excited about an exhibition of Robert Doisneau’s wonderful photographs taking place at the Hôtel de Ville. One of of the last days that it was open we were joined by the rest of the gang and waited a bunch of other Parisians as we waited for over 90 minutes to get in. Of course, it was pouring rain. By the time we entered my shoes had been completely soaked through and I was a bit crabby. But at the beginning the umbrellas were charming. So many different patterns.
As expected, the exhibition was entirely worth the wait! Doisneau took pictures of the famous Les Halles markets for over 40 years. This collection paired his older pictures with the ones he took in the year leading up to the closing of the historic site. Absolutely fabulous. Although the following photo completely gave me the creeps.
Yes, those are rats hanging in the window…and the title of the photo is “Pause repas rue des Halles” or “Snack break on rue des Halles” – but no, the girls are not eating rats. The window behind them was for a pest control company that is still in business!