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I had a lot of fun while taking this photo. The cheery purple trim caught my eye first, then I noticed the distressed door as a backdrop, so I grabbed my camera. As I snapped a few photos, I noticed a man nearby was having a hard time concealing his disgust. He started to mumble, and my husband, who speaks better French than me, told me he was questioning the photographic merits of an ordinary chair. Just a chair? Mais porquoi? I took his cue as an opportunity to go totally over-the-top. I snapped at least fifty photos from just about every angle you can imagine, including sitting on a chair and zooming in on the basket weave details. I temporarily invoked a "typical tourist" demeanor that included ooohing and ahhing in an annoyingly loud voice, and got down on the ground to inspect underneath the tables. The man tried hard to hide his indignation, but his squinty eyes and pursed lips were a dead giveaway. I stopped just short of kissing one of the chairs, and looking back, I wish I had gone for it. He would have jumped out of his skin cartoon-style. At the end of the day, I have a photo of the chairs I like and a fun memory. At the very least, I hope Mr. Persnick had fun telling his version of the story at dinner.

14 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Wishing True

Wish I could have seen the look on his face… Good for you taking him on and not slinking away in yesi’manuglyamerican embarrassment!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anne

This story had me laughing out loud!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by v a n e s s a

i LOVE these chairs! and that is totally something i would do!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Karen Doyle Interior Designer

Love the story~ Such a beautiful photo of those chairs~ can’t imagine he didn’t get it! Reminded me of vendoe who would not let me take a picture of his magazine stand!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by christina

Just the laugh I needed today. And the chairs are pretty darn cute too. Just the other day I was at a little cupcake shop and the chairs there were similar to the ones in your blog header…not so romantic, being that they were only in Oakland and not Paris. But it made me think of you. :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by La Marquise des anges

you are so much fun to read !!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by deborah

saturday may 16 is museum night – are you participating? would seem like THE ideal time to be in paris – nights are still cool, days full of blooming flowers (by your photos)….

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Sharon

lol, good for you! and am noticing that your new banner…hehe

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Karen –

There were many vendors who scoffed when I tried to take photos. A few nearly chased me out. Crazy!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mrs.French

If I would have been there, I would have been snapping away with you! these are gorgeous and the story made me like you more than I already do…xo t

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