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Weird Aero Shop in paris

Old 29th Sep 2017, 13:52
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Lady H and I were wandering down a street in Paris last weekend full of very expensive arts and clothes shops when we happened across this place. Tiny, scruffy and full of all sorts of weird aeronautical junk

Not open of course but through the dusty glass we could see an ejector seat, several sets of turbine blades, TWO food trollies, a 1m long Air India 707 model, lots of dials and switches, life jacket sand several engine bits. Also an undercarriage leg and some tyres..........................

Most odd...................
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 14:03
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Looks like you accidentally walked into the Red Light district.
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 14:20
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Regretfully........... if it was it was well out of my budget
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 21:04
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Was it this shop?
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 02:32
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Wasn't a shop at all, it was the overflow for the Air France stores!
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 10:06
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nope it was

Art Dpot-Paris
4Rue des Barres 75004,
3 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe,
75004 Paris,

But it looks like a very similar set of goods - TWO lunatics in town................
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 12:40
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Thanks Heatrow Harry,

I've found their website: http://www.artdepot-paris.com/home_013.htm
Interesting stuff, just a pitty that there is little information on the website.

Regards.

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Old 30th Sep 2017, 13:35
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Passed it several times and it was never open - just a sign stating "Open at 1500h" but it never was

The back of the shop opens onto a pedestrianised street (that's the Rue des Barres) with a couple of decent cafes - but the window there is full of artifical hands............ or hands from sales dummies

They also sell individual turbine blades (lot of Allinson's) for around 8 Euro
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Old 30th Sep 2017, 16:51
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Also a shop like that with bits and pieces from various a/c in Rue Fernand Philippart in Bordeaux.
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Not Paris, but I remember some years ago arriving very early at Dinard to take the Ryanair back to Luton and as it was a nice day decided to have a stroll round the very quiet and minimalist airport precincts, hoping to see evidence of its tenure as a WW2 Luftwaffe base. There was none but not far from the terminal I spied a hand-crafted sign indicating 'muse d'aviation' and pointing towards a nearby hanger, so off I trotted in eager anticipation.

I was the only visitor, and after the custodian's old dog had tried to welcome me by peeing over my foot his owner introduced himself as Pierre, a former Air France ground-engineer who, following injury and early retirement had decided to display his lifetime collection of aeronautical memorabilia to the public. Randomly displayed in no particular order it was like stepping into an aircraft lovers dream. He had bits of everything. Seats, trolleys, instruments, photographs, engines, fuel-pumps, windows, brochures, manuals, uniforms - mainly Air France and UTA but with some BOAC, BEA and other UK stuff.

He was a mine of information, nostalgia and stories and I happily spent a very pleasant couple of hours with him until the whine of the Ryanair's arrival announced itself and I was obliged to leave. I wished other airports had similar pleasant diversions and eagerly looked out for him at my next visit to Dinard. Sadly, the hanger was empty except for a few dusty sheets of paper, and it left me wondering whether he and his old dog had ever existed at all, but just been a figment of my imagination. I will forever wonder.
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