Strolling alongside Monsieur Hermès

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The site of the venue is on the Left Bank of the Seine, almost across from The Orsay Museum.

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I was welcomed by two lovely Parisian smiles.

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 The ephemeral exhibit is about the art of strolling. Indeed, strolling is the Parisian’s second nature. Everything in Paris invites to stroll. Streets, buildings, shops, store fronts and cafés are conceived to encourage this oh-so-French-custom, not to waste time but on the contrary, to rediscover time.

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Led by his instincts and while all his senses are alert, the stroller finds the out of the ordinary in the banal, the unseen in the déjà-vu, the remote in the accessible and obvious in the invisible.

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I found many references to Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince in the exhibit: the street lamps for one.

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“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur, l’essentiel est invisible aux yeux” The fox in the Little Prince.

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A hand crafted stick wooden horse for children or

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wood, leather, silver and ivory canes to complete the strollers’ outfit.

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This little bird cage for a fish made me think of Dr. Seuss

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.And who could leave home without their mink helmet or leather covered tools?

A precisely hand made velvet wringled saddle. Just what we all need.

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An elephant in a china shop 

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 Hermès is world renowned for its fine craftsmanship in leather goods.

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For women,

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as well as for men.

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The aim for this exhibition is have visitors walk thru while hanging on two thoughts which are closely tied to the rhythm of the stroll : dreaming and indiscretion.

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I need to point out that because of the temporary nature of the exhibit, there isn’t a gift shop on the premises (darn!).

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My all time favorite modern-day Parisian stroller.

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