This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley.

The graffiti on the walls in this Parisian alley prompts the chicken-and-egg question: which came first — the graffiti or the gates at both ends? Were the gates erected to prevent more graffiti, or was the graffiti created in defiance of the gates?  The woman in the magenta outfit is also curious about this alley.

The red and blue sign upper right means interdit de stationner, or parking is prohibited in this area. The red and white sign upper left (VOIE POMPIERS) means firefighter way or fire lanes. On the other hand, the stenciled RIP with the mounted bicycle handle means, we assume, Rest in Peace. We have no idea about the significance of the cassette tape above the arch.

The sign IMPASSE DE  L’HOTEL D’ARGENSON on the wall just inside the gate  identifies this alley as a cul-de-sac for a hotel in the 8th arrondissement.

This photo was taken on October 7, 2015. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, 7.35 mm


    1. After looking at Google Maps, I think this alley leads to non-guest areas of the hotel. I expect the hotel does not want unsavory characters in there, especially after dark.

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