Friday, April 27, 2012

Monsieur et sa trottinette


Two minutes before I saw this gentleman zipping by on his trottinette, I captured a younger man going in the opposite direction.  As you can see from the photo, monsieur is moving at a good pace.

The trottinette is not just a child's sidewalk ride to school!


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Rue Saint Louis en l'Île
Île Saint Louis
75004 Paris

28 comments:

Erika said...

L'essence coute trop et alors il faut se débrouiller. . Je vois que ton personnage est très rapide. Passe une belle journée et un beau fin de semaine. Merci pour cette photo très sympa.
Bisou de l'Italie. Erika

Vreni said...

Funny capture - especially because Monsieur seems to be middle-aged and to love the French food... ;-)

Vreni said...

Funny capture - especially because Monsieur seems to be middle-aged and to love the French food... ;-)

James said...

C'est trop fort! :o)

Malyss said...

When I was a kid, I had one, much different , and much more comfortable. But I was impatient to grow up and to leave it. Today, it seems that some people feel like being kids again . Strange how things change..

Rob-bear said...

Je ne pense pas que monsieur est dans son deuxième enfance. Il est simplement pratique.

And my, aren't you attracting a lot of comments en français. La vie est très intérresant. N'est-ce pas?

Bises, mon ami!

Louise said...

That's too funny! I actually did laugh out loud. Good on him.

Andy said...

The first thing that came to my mind is that he has stolen the scooter and is making a get-a-way.

biebkriebels said...

Oh dear this looks a bit silly, such a heavy weight at this small toy. He better could walk.

s.c said...

Real great street view.Like it

Cezar and Léia said...

This picture is wonderful, an artistic composition!
Léia

brattcat said...

genie, this is a treasure.

Debs said...

Only in Paris can an older gentleman on a scooter look perfectly natural.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Monsieur is exercising and saving money, and having a blast in the process. Monsieur est tres intelligent, Genie. Great capture! Veronique (French Girl in Seatte)

martinealison said...

Une photo géniale!!! je trouve que ce monsieur a le look pour faire de la trottinette !!! sourire!
Gros bisous

Pet said...

What's going on in Europe? :-)

Kris said...

You have to give him credit! I've often wondered what it would be like to ride on one of these!

Starman said...

Can you imagine a banker in NYC going to work like this?

Alexa said...

LOL, Starman—and no I can't!
This guy may dress like a staid businessman, but you obviously can't tell this book by its cover. You go, monsieur!
Really great capture(s), Genie. Bon weekend!

Palomasea said...

Chere Genie, that is a fabulous shot!
I love this monsieur's joie de vivre!
I've missed much, but am going back to catch up with all of your brilliant photos, sweet friend...
Hope all is well...
Bises,
- Irina

AL said...

Looks like executive travel expenses have taken a turn for the worse...! LOL

Melissa said...

Very funny! In our town there are no school buses, so if a child rides one of these to school sometimes you see the parent "bringing it home" :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I had to wait for this shot. The streets were relatively empty this January day and Monsieur was chatting with friends, a couple, and had this scooter in his hand. Holly and I walked ahead about 50 meters and when speeding guy (previous post) came screaming by, I got a single shot of him. Then, I could hear the sound of the scooter coming towards us and was hesitant to get him head-on, capturing him as he sped by. There is no shame in riding a trottinette, and this was obviously his vehicle of choice. I count myself lucky to have been there to witness the ride!

I do not think that the French, the Parisians, are overly concerned about any perceptions of this mode of transportation. There are many days that I would have loved to scooted on my way in Paris!

Have a great weekend, all.

Bises,
Genie

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What a great capture. Reliving a little of his youth before heading off to work, perhaps?

Darryl and Ruth :)

Mary said...

I think he might be having a grand time.. I would love to see the expression on his face! :D Great shot as always, Genie!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I love this one Genie, his 'inner child' must escape every time he has a ride! Exhilalrating!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

And on the L'Ile St. Louis no less. He's quite the brave soul.

Stan said...

Precious!!! But, did you know that you caught a shot of the infamous scooter thief in action?!