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11-15-2014, 02:10 AM
Flâneur (pronounced: [flɑnœʁ]), from the French noun flâneur, means "stroller", "lounger", "saunterer", or "loafer". Flânerie refers to the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations.

The flâneur was, first of all, a literary type from 19th century France, essential to any picture of the streets of Paris. The word carried a set of rich associations: the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer, the connoisseur of the street. It was Walter Benjamin, drawing on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, who made this figure the object of scholarly interest in the 20th century, as an emblematic archetype of urban, modern experience.

Victor Fournel, in Ce qu’on voit dans les rues de Paris (What One Sees in the Streets of Paris, 1867), devoted a chapter to "the art of flânerie". For Fournel it was a way of understanding the rich variety of the city landscape. It was a moving photograph (“un daguerréotype mobile et passioné”) of urban experience.

Sp... here's my Parisian Flânerie. Thank you, talented 3D and 2D artists of Ubisoft, for creating this visual masterpiece.


11-15-2014, 02:23 AM
It really is beautiful.

11-15-2014, 03:18 AM
*swoon* So gorgeous....

And thank you for this gallery. Can't wait to start my own Flânerie in ACU's Paris. :p