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. ”