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Sunday dancing on rue Mouffetard


Chantez avec Christian les succès de Paris

In the early 1900s, street musicians used to sell sheet music with the lyrics to the passersby on the street. The street musicians would teach them the songs and everybody would sing along. Christian Bassoul (pictured above) has revived this charming and friendly tradition.







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  1. Bethany Untied
    11 years ago

    Looks like so much fun !!! Tres charmant 🙂

  2. Susan Ross Donohue
    11 years ago

    I’d dance too if I was in Paris right now! Wonderful 🙂

  3. Laura Griffin
    11 years ago

    Oh Virginia, you’ve done it again!

    They are lovely photos that are making me grin at my news desk.

  4. Suzanne Cavanagh
    11 years ago

    Virginia your photographic essays are always so enticing, capturing exquisite moments of joy.

    In rue Moufftard the invitation to join the dancers is palpable – what joy on the woman’s face in the sole B&W image. For those of us who can’t be there this is the next best thing, so wait whilst I grab my dancing shoes and turn up the music please.

  5. Virginia Jones
    11 years ago

    I have followed these delightful singers and dancers since June, 2009. Each time I return to Paris all of my friends know that on Sundays around 11 am, that ‘s where I”ll be. I was able to sit and talk with a few of them this last trip and I took photos that I’d taken in the past. I treasure this special time with them.

  6. Suzanne Cavanagh
    11 years ago


    The connection you describe is revealed in the images. Thank you for sharing it with us so we too can enjoy it. Suzanne