Paris – Surprise Finds!

There is no saying what unexpected surprises await you on Paris street corners.

Take a look at what I found at the intersection of Rue Aubry le Boucher and Rue Quincampoix, near the Centre Georges Pompidou!

Trompe l'oeil windows- Paris
Trompe l’oeil windows- Paris

Trompe l'oeil windows- Paris

Trompe l'oeil windows- Paris

Trompe l'oeil windows- Paris

Thank you for visiting, and have a great weekend.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

123 thoughts on “Paris – Surprise Finds!

  1. Wonderful and quite unexpected πŸ™‚ It feels so good to walk the streets of Paris with you as a guide πŸ™‚ Happy hibernating!

  2. Wow, those looks amazing. A lot better than a naked wall, and so close to real windows, you wouldn’t know it while quickly passing by. I love the way cities sometimes surprise you with a bout of creativity.

    1. The most compelling reason to not rush through these cities, ticking off the major highlights, Dalia. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    1. I thought so too. I read something about window taxes being the reason for some of the faux windows in Paris. Shall have to Google that πŸ™‚

  3. What a treasure find. Thanks for sharing them with us Madhu as I did not see these when I was visiting the fair city.

      1. I went to visit the centre in mid-winter – can explain why I did not see it. We were in a hurry to enter the warmth of the centre and did not linger outside too long πŸ™‚

        1. Good reason to return. This was our third and a longer visit, so we had a lot more time to explore areas we had missed on earlier trips πŸ™‚

    1. I didn’t realise how clever, until I blew up the details and noticed the shadows painted on! Hope all is well with you Lynne πŸ™‚

  4. You know Madhu dear,

    These images brought to the surface some really weird memories for me of some research I did years ago – of buses with images of happy people painted on the windows. The Nazis would drive these buses around with music blaring – apparently to convince people to gather at collection centres. Once at the centres, the people were whisked away in cattle trucks, never to be seen or heard from again. At least that’s what they did in the early days before the people got wise to this deadly ploy. Sorry about this – not meant to paint anything bleak here but I felt compelled to share this snippet.

    The painted windows in Paris are a whole lot more genuinely joyous.

    Have a great weekend,

    1. Don’t be sorry Eric. I am glad you shared that Nazi trivia with me. I had no idea.
      My first thoughts when I saw these faux windows, were that the frozen figures, even those of the children, seemed sinister somehow! Like characters from a dark tragedy!

  5. These are so fun! Always good to look up! I have a silly question..are they shades or painted on the windows or all fake..I made it large but I still can’t tell.. Such talent!

    1. I am almost sure they are all fake. All painted on, including shadow and reflective details!! Amazing work isn’t it?

    1. So why not create a permanent frozen scene?
      I received a lot of curious stares pointing my camera up Frizz. Few pedestrians noticed there was anything out of the ordinary! πŸ™‚

  6. Well spotted, Madhu! They’re pretty dreary grey walls otherwise, aren’t they? A talented artist must have moved in just for the pleasure of working the transformation πŸ™‚

  7. I used to enjoy walking around the streets of Brussels too. Very similar culture and building presentations. My daughter and her family lived there for a few years. Her husband ran one of the industries for a multinational.

    1. Having more time to walk around this time, aided such unexpected encounters Maryann. A return trip is always so much more rewarding.

  8. This is such a beautiful, uplifting work. I wish we could see more of such street and house art around the world. I always get my camera out (or regret not having it by me) when I encounter artistic windows like this. Lovely work, Madhu!
    Big hug

  9. Madhu … Some time ago I asked if I could borrow the comment you posted on your awards page and you said ‘yes.’ I posted it today, paraphrasing it a bit. Thank you. Your wording was gracious, perfect.

  10. Paris has full of wonder, magic, and yes bits of romance in every corner. I dream place to be. Wishing you and your family an amazing days ahead. Thanks.

    1. I am a huge fan of France. We missed going to the Calanques when we did Provence and the Cote d azur a few years ago. Shall certainly return someday. Thank you for stopping by and for the comment Melanie.

  11. Now that is unexpected indeed Madhu. What a fun idea too! πŸ˜€ Great shots and entry. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  12. Unexpected indeed! I couldn’t make out from the first picture… till I saw your closeups. What do you think is going on in the residents’ minds?

  13. It would be so easy to miss them! I’m glad you caught them in your photos and shared them here. Now I want to paint something on my windows!

      1. Maybe I need to finish painting the frames first though? I did the undercoat in the summer, and then moved on to other things (like reading blogs.) πŸ™‚

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