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The Street Art of Paris – In Pictures

I don't know how I discovered street art. Somehow it was suddenly there. Maybe I am just a lemming of a huge new hipster street art hype. But no matter how I came to like street art in the first place, I know I do. A lot. And Paris has plenty of street art. un regard est si vite arrivé - a glance happens quickly by MissTic During my first visit to Paris back in 2006, I was totally fascinated by the stencils of the French artist MissTic. Her art was omnipresent in Montmartre back then. So even without even [...]

By |2013-05-07T04:40:41+02:002012/12/20|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Photo Essay: The Louvre in the Rain

Paris in the rain is one of the prettiest clichés in the world... Paris is gorgeous in the sunshine, romantic at night - but it feels most unreal and beautiful in the rain. This may sound like a combination of a Woody Allen movie and a Cole Porter song, but for me it's most certainly true. When I was about to enter the central square of the Palais du Louvre last month in Paris there was a sudden massive cloudburst. Within seconds the downpour wetted the large Louvre court. All the tourists that were posing in front of the pyramid before [...]

By |2013-06-23T22:29:23+02:002012/12/03|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

A Walk Around Cimetière de Montmartre

I admit I'm a little quirky... I love the middle ages, I love churches, I love Gothic architecture. And with all that comes that I also truly love cemeteries. It sounds morbid, but I like the intense stillness on graveyards. The veneration that slightly overcomes you, and the subtle shivering that makes you hush... It inspires me. When I visited Paris six years ago, I was really sad that I did not make it to the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. I wanted to see it ever since. When I spontaneously spent a weekend in Paris this month my host and personal guide Janina, [...]

By |2013-05-07T04:41:16+02:002012/11/30|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Photo Essay: Love Padlocks in Paris

I know, it's just such a cliché to photograph love padlocks when in Paris, but how could I not? Love padlocks are basically everywhere there. They are pretty and romantic. And Paris is the city of love after all. The picture above was taken on the pedestrian bridge Pont des Arts, which is one of the most famous places to leave a love padlock in Paris. Why? According to our wonderful Sandeman New Europe Walking Tour guide Filipa, we have Hollywood to thank for this: In the last episode of Sex and the City Carrie and Big have their grand reunion [...]

By |2019-03-24T07:25:13+01:002012/11/12|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Rediscovering Paris

I love "taking advantage" of my friends. This year, I was already hosted by Sarah in London and Kathi in Munich. I admit, I was cadging a little. But I can't help having cool friends, who live cool places -- I just have to go stay with them as soon as they invite me over! And again, one of those globetrotter friends of mine moved to one of the prettiest cities in Europe recently -- and I didn't hesitate for a second when Janina invited me to come to Paris last week! While I'm medieval art historian nerd, Janina studies archeology and [...]

By |2013-08-18T10:30:25+02:002012/11/08|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , , , , |14 Comments

Photo Essay: The Shadow of the Eiffel Tower

Introducing my new weekly photo series in which I'm posting one chosen favorite (and maybe slightly) artistic picture from my past travels each monday!  This week's Picturesque Monday: Paris - the most picturesque city of all! A photo taken from an Eiffel Tower platform on a hot June day showing the wonderful squiggly ornaments the shadow of the famous steel construction is creating.  

By |2013-05-07T04:38:09+02:002012/09/10|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Insane Road Trip through France Part III: Mediterranean, here we go!

The Insane Road Trip through France Part III: Camargue region and the Mediterranean! After Iris and I had spent our second night in the Avignon area, we left to drive further south, towards the Mediterranean. On our way, we stopped to see the Nîmes, which used to be a relevant dwelling during the time of the Roman Empire, which still can be seen by several Roman relics such as the prominent amphitheater in the city center (where we fortunately didn’t even have to pay an admission fee to see it from the inside!). After the two days of culturally motivated traveling, we [...]

By |2013-06-14T13:08:46+02:002012/04/21|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Insane Road Trip through France Part II: Provence

The Insane Road Trip through France Part II - Onward to Provence! After our first night stop in the Rhône-Alpes region we drove further south. Slowly, but steadily it was getting hotter and hotter. At some point on the road south we had 52 degrees in our car -- which did not have air conditioning! Even with the windows wide open and a constant air flow, it did still just feel like sitting in front of a blow-dryer. We stopped at gas stations along the road every once in a while, because they sometimes had cold water drizzle showers, but that [...]

By |2013-06-14T13:01:46+02:002012/04/19|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Insane Road Trip through France: Off to the Rhône-Alpes

I had to split this story into three parts, because it would have been too long otherwise... This first post covers the trip through the Rhône-Alpes; from there we drove on to the Provence, after that we were headed for the Mediterranean -- Beware, this is a road trip tale of epic misadventures! Now this is just a slightly manic story. Maybe one of my favorites – although absolutely not my most glorious one. But it sure is hilarious, because we were so young, inexperienced and so out of it… But this trip definitively shaped me for the rest of my life: Let’s [...]

By |2013-06-14T12:55:24+02:002012/04/17|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Future Art Historian’s Guide to Paris

I have to be honest, this trip was actually trip organized by my school back in June 2006, which offered all students in my class, who were taking courses in art or French, a trip to Paris. A once in a lifetime chance to go to Paris for a small amount of money to improve my French and see the probably most important art museums in the world?! How could I not say yes to that! You now probably think that I am just showing off some “been there, done that”-attitude, although I had to sit through boring guided tours, [...]

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