To read this QR code, place your smartphone with a QR code app open

Handy QR Codes for Paris Buses and Museums

To read this QR code, place your smartphone with a QR code app open
QR Code for Musée des Arts décoratifs. If you receive an error message, click on the link for their home page. MobileTag is an app in iTunes.

QR codes are a handy way to visit Paris. The Paris transportation system (RATP) uses the code at the bus stops. The Arts and Decoratifs Museum uses the codes for some of their exhibits. Two QR code readers available for my smart phone are Mobiletag and QRReader.

Bus stops post the time before the next bus. It is rare to find a stop without this service. Look for the QR code on the sign. You will be taken to the RATP site for the next two arrival times.Use the QR code to find out when the next RATP bus is approaching

Until January 5, 2014 at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, bring your smartphone with a QR code app. Using the QR code and the museum’s WiFi to tour the exhibit “Trompe-l’œil, Imitations, pastiches et autres illusions” (click on the UK flag for English). The explanation of objects on display comes up in both French and English with a photo. Save the information and read again later. This is a “thumbs up” exhibition. You will never look at linoleum the same ever again! and you may learn about the origin of toilet-related phrases of sitting on the stool.

Use the code from home
I took some photographs of the exhibition codes, held my phone up to my computer at home and it works! I could re-visit the highlights.

The museum is one of four museums and learning centers taking part in the QR code experiment. The five include Les Arts décoratifs, Le Pays d’art et d’histoire de la vallée de la Dordogne lotoise, Le Cube, Le Clavim, Issy Média, Le musée français de la Carte à jouer.

After a visit to the exhibition you will look at displays in the Arts décoratifs and other museums with a new eye. Lion heads on chair feet jump out at you. Fish swimming on plates almost look alive and that face in the mirror is just an illusion.

And if you don’t know when that next bus is coming, whip out the smartphone. More and more, Paris is using QR codes.

[Qr]iosité is a software technology used to automatically update information using QR codes.

Slideshow of the exhibit from the Musée des Arts décoratifs

Photo gallery virtual or should I say trompe l’œil visit ….

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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!