Long time, no post! For the past two weeks I’ve been traveling around Paris and Normandy with my best friend, so I’ve pressed pause on the blog. However, I’m back and ready to share my travels with you! While I sort, edit, and write these new posts, I’ll leave you with another Wednesday wander through Parisian streets. I should be back with a recap of our first road-trip day later this week!
Last week, I took a 4 hour-long walk through Paris, which is about 3 miles, according to the google map I made for myself. The objective: photograph some specialty pastry shops for a blog I just started writing for (here’s an article I wrote for them). I did end up finding the pastry shops I had intended to visit, but a couple of them were closed for the summer holidays (damn you, August!). More importantly, I thoroughly enjoyed wandering somewhat aimlessly through smaller streets. I made sure to wear comfortable shoes so that I had no reason to cut my day short.
The weather was absolutely crazy, the bipolar kind of crazy. Every 30 minutes, there would be a sudden shift between sunny and stormy, and vice versa. I think I managed to capture the extremes in these photos. Since I took so many photos that day, I’ll just include half of what I captured; the other half will come next wednesday!
P.S. Two things I learned from editing these photos: I really LOVE doors and windows. Something about the possibilities that lie within, I suppose…
I decided to have a proper wander through Paris yesterday. I started near Rue du Bac (7th arrondissement), made my way through little alleyways in Saint Germain des Près, stopped in at the Medieval Museum, and ended up on Rue de Rivoli, just a block away from the Louvre. But more on those explorations later…
What I was NOT expecting was to find an entire building FULL to the brim with art studios. The front door itself stands out like a neon sign on a dark night. Painted in every imaginable color, the door wide open, beckoning curious passerby inside. I think most people are a bit taken aback to see such a kitschy/ostentatious façade nestled among the monotonous trail of international-chain shopping stores that a huge chunk of Rue de Rivoli is (H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Mango, etc.). I was feeling the adventurous vibe, so I went in. Rainbow colors and open doors seem friendly enough.
I didn’t get a picture of the front door for some reason, but I did get many others from inside.
First off – the staircase was painted in a mismatched, haphazard way all the way up to the top floor. The text below reads “follow the dragon. ”
How does one have a quintessential French summer? The biggest requirement is to abandon all work and responsibilities and head for the beaches of Greece or the Côte d’Azure for the entirety of August – my version of a getaway will come later in the month. What is also typically Parisian is attending an awesome music festival, and sipping cold rosé, which I also have not done yet, since I’m a hopeless home-body. What I have been doing, however, is enjoying the pleasant weather in the form of picnics, sunbathing, and lounging on the terrasse of bars and restaurants with friends.
One of my favourite things to do is try out new, unique estaurants in Paris. Yes, the food is certainly an important factor, but I actually tend to get more excited about the interior design, to be honest! Especially when you walk into a fresh, empty dining room, before anyone else has arrived – I was able to photograph this place without interference! Like my own personal showroom.