Sunday, 21 November 2010

Paris and I ~ 'Missing: One Jolly Green (Trousered) Giant'

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~ Missing: One Jolly Green (Trousered) Giant ~

If you're thinking this wall looks familiar, you wouldn't be wrong: it used to have an enormous giant, the Géant d'Issoire, in fact, who used to inhabit this corner looking for suitably tasty mortal morsels (try saying that with your mouth full).

Alas, his edgy throne was butt a temporary (and uncomfortable) one. The Paris City Council couldn't risk copy-cat giants popping up all over Paris, now could they, and he has now been replaced, presumably temporarily also, by this.

'Err, by what?' you may be asking yourselves, as I did when I first saw it. Well, I had been told that my favourite green monster had been replaced by 'something ugly', and indeed, in broad daylight, before the wonders of modern Sabbary have been applied, they are totally right.

But in fact it's a good old.. did you guess? Worthy cause! :-D Yeay!

What we have gracing this school's corner wall is a 'giant' picture of destroyed Haiitian schools after the earthquake disaster, with a UNICEF plaque telling us that thousands of children are still waiting to go back to school over there. So it's a good thing in the end.

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Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Very interesting and I remember seeing a photo of M. Géant. So, has M. Green Jeans landed elsewhere or is he gone forever?

Sab said...

That's a good question Genie. I'm not sure what's happened to him, although I seem to remember reading somewhere, maybe on the building itself, about his fate - eaten up by the powers-that-be? Anyone know?

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