I've seen these mice on my last few visits, but I didn't discover their (double) meaning until I got back from my last trip in November. Mice in French is la souris which is close to sourire, the verb to smile. Paristesouris is a creation of Dutch artist Kees van Dijk in a workshop on Ile Saint Louis. 30,000 mice have spread their smiles around the world so far.
Paris needs more smiles this week. And so do we.
|It's important to keep your eyes peeled in Paris|
|You'll see all manner of things|
|Sometimes you'll realise you've seen them before|
|Like these little white mice|
|They pop up all over the place|
|I never knew why sometimes some were missing|
|I thought maybe they'd just fallen off|
|But now I know that they're making people smile.|