Thursday, 5 January 2012

Upstairs Downstairs

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~ Upstairs Downstairs ~

Upstairs Downstairs, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.
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A bit of a Sunday spook-out, this one, due mainly to the processing-to-hell that was necessary to drag anything out of the contrastless mush I started with.

Not that it's just any old Parisian Seine-side scene, not that you could tell. You see, this building, or more precisely the column of windows on the right with the two lit and two dark windows gets pointed out on most of the Bateaux-Mouches cruises you're likely to take up and down this proud river. And why?

Because, although it's a little hard to see in the pic, this is one of those 'houses' which lays claim to a 'record', that of being the smallest - in this case narrowest - house in the city.

There are others which also say they are the smallest, but not having a tape-measure, and not being quite sure on what criteria these things are judged, I couldn't say who's right.

But looking from the river, or the other bank, you go get the impression that this is a very very narrow house indeed. One room wide, to be precise, and not a very wide one at that.

It actually seems to be squeezed in between two other buildings, is a little recessed from the one on the left, and has its very own roof which is also at a height incongruous to its neighbours.

The result is quite charming, and just one more little curiosity of many which go to make this city such a special place. I'll show you some more extremely narrow houses and passages shortly.

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