Oh Paris! I cannot remember a single moment in life so far when Paris was not a good idea. And this time was no exception. My travel-buddy and I met up for a road trip from Utrecht to Paris on a thursday morning at 8am on what was probably the hottest day of the month. It was around 37°C, so air-con was very welcome…
We had decided to go to Paris because well… it’s Paris. An idea was born, a plan was made and an amazing trip was done. It coincidentally took place just the day after my 6 year blogiversary — so this whole trip also was a bit in a celebratory spirit. Not so much time was spend sightseeing, more shopping and eating.
As part of my resolution for this year (to ‘take a break’ and get out of my daily routine) I got myself two days in Paris a few weekends ago. Initially the plan was produced after a friend of mine shared a picture from tumblr – very casually – about a Studio Ghibli expo in the city of love. Little did she know that I was dead serious when I replied “when do we go?”.
This is the latest find on brilliant artistry that I’ve been raving over so, so much. Frenchman living in NYC, Franck Bohbot, has been around for quite a while, but only since his Louvre series got attention on the internet last month I got acquainted with his work. I’ve been horribly intrigued by his theatre series. On his website he showcases his photography series and portraits that you just have to check out. Here is a tiny little teaser from his theatre-shots.
Like I told you, I would show some art I saw in Paris. And, something else I told you, I didn’t take many pictures. But these are some of my favourites (you know, next to all the pointillist and other (post-)impressionistic paintings I saw in Musée d’Orsay). Since photography is prohibited in musée d’Orsay I only took one picture, the very last one, which was my favourite in the whole museum I think. It’s from Pissarro and I just had to take a picture. It’s much, much(!!!), more beautiful in real life, so if you’re ever near the museum, go visit!
That woman from Matisse is a painting I’ve seen before, in a temporary exhibition in The Hague. The wheel, from Duchamp is brilliant too. These were in the Centre Pompidou, where also Kandisky was displayed (1st and 3rd). Unfortunately, I can’t find in my notes who the round work made.
Now, I am off digging into my books again. Exams are dangerously close, and things aren’t going to smooth at the moment so I’ll see you when I see you. I hope everything is going fine with you. :)
I know, I said I’d make tons of pictures, but I didn’t. Quel dommage. But nonetheless, I think you can tell I had a wonderful time in Paris. I ate in wonderful restaurants, (Aki, Rue Saint-Anne has brilliant okonomiyaki), got myself some more stripes at Uniqlo, and hurt my feet from all the walking.
The places I’ve visited were Centre Pompidou, Unesco, musée du Quai Branly, the Louvre, musée d’Orsay (which was stunning because they had all the works I adore from Pisarro, Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat, Signac and so many more), l’Opera, les Champs Elysées, musée de l’Histoire Naturelle, the Notre Dame, Palais du Justice, la Gaîté Lyrique, Jardin Tropical, Cité Nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration… and I think I’ve maybe even forgot to mention some places. Not everywhere I was able to photograph, mainly because it was prohibited, and I also just wanted to let everything sink in. I want to go back so bad.
But mind you, another post full of objects and art from museums and curiosity cabinets will come up.