In Paris I’m staying at the place of an old uni friend of mine, using the time and opportunity to get some quality research and writing done. Having been here a decade ago, I didn’t feel the urgent need to run around and do absolutely everything. Of course, I had to take advantage of some of the amazing things that the city has to offer.
- Exploring Belleville, with its rich history during the Paris commune, current cultural diversity and excellent street art.
- Being able to mourn and show solidarity with Parisians following the November attacks across the city.
- Sampling local culinary delights at the Holybelly and Breizh cafes in the 3rd arr.
- Wandering along Canal St-Martin, a local hangout free of tourists.
- Catching up with a couple of friends from London to explore Place des Voges and some climate actioning in front of Notre Damme.
- Visiting the newly reopened Musee L’Homme with a French friend and their Parisian family (including four excellent kids) topped off with a traditional Parisian bistro lunch.
- Exploring Levallois Perret, where I’m staying – actually a separate city, the third most densely populated in the world. One of it’s islands, on the Siene, was inspiration for Monet, Seurat and others.
- Soaking up the amazing art on offer at the Louvre, Musees Orsay, L’Orangerie and L’Homme, and the Museum of European Photography.
- Catching some amazing exhibitions at the above, in particular the ‘Brief History of the Future’ exhibition at the Louvre based on the work of Jacques Attili, the two part ‘Who’s Afraid of Women Photographers’ retrospective at the Orsay and Orangerie, and the award-winning collection of photographs from Gaza by Massimo Berutti.
- Discovering some new favourite artists to delve into further: world photographer Bruno Barbey, impressionists Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, and cubist Marie Laurencin.
Slideshow below and full album on Flickr here.