Rare Modern Art Exhibits & Monuments Galore
There’s nothing like waking up in Paris to the sound of birds and Vespa’s outside your window. The sounds of Paris were accompanied by the aroma of fresh pastries and bread coming from the bakery at main floor of our building. Bread, pastries and everything scrumptious, the bakery has it all. We were determined to see some of the landmarks and structures that have made Paris so famous over the years. In order to spend plenty of time appreciating the landmarks, we decided to visit only a few of the many historic sites each day. As part of our sightseeing we decided to enjoy the local atmosphere by walking almost the entire way to each historic site. Exhausting I know……... but we hoped to discover some hidden Paris gems along our route.
On our way to the Eiffel Tower we stopped for our morning latte/coffee at a small rustic looking café. Let me tell you right now if you haven’t had a cup of French coffee, you better get on that. The coffee was superb. After finishing our coffee we ventured through the city stopping in small interesting looking shops. We also ran across several interesting art exhibitions. Early in the morning we were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled across an exhibition at ‘Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’ by Ron Mueck. What luck! I had seen Ron Mueck’s work in last month’s edition of ‘Elephant’ - although seeing his work up close and first hand was something else entirely. Mueck’s primary artistic medium is wax. What is remarkable is that even with your nose inches away from his sculptures, Mueck’s figures look entirely life like. By manipulating both proportions and poses, the artist conveys very powerful and emotional sculptures. I found his work made me re-asses and consider proportions and their relationship to human emotion. I included some pictures of his work from an event book I purchased. Unfortunately taking photos is forbidden in these kinds of exhibitions.
After our fantastic early morning surprise seeing Mueck’s exhibition, we arrived at the Eiffel Tower. The tower is an amazing spectacle and one I will not soon forget. We ate pastries, drank wine and sketched as we laid on the grass staring up at the gigantic structure. It’s hard to believe that this amazing monument was built in 1889 and is the most visited monument in the world. Gustave Eiffel, your work seems to be quite the success.
On our way to the Arc de Triomphe we discovered a very interesting boutique shop by the designer Mike Sweetman. Sweetman is a high quality Parisian fashion designer designing and manufacturing clothes in France. The summer line is amazing. If only I had 1000EU to update my wardrobe. You can check out Sweetman’s stuff at - mikesweetman.fr
At long last we had made our way to the Arc de Triomphe. This amazing historic monument was in the middle of a traffic circle – something I’d never seen. Not only was the monument in the middle of a traffic circle, but in the middle of Paris’ busiest traffic circle. The Arc de Triomphe is an amazing commemoration to all those who died in the French revolution and represents a celebration of French victories. The amount of detail carved and etched onto the arch’s façades is absolutely exquisite. It was hard to get close but I’ve added a few pictures and hope I do it justice.
High fashion, modern art and historical monuments – yea, and the coffee is great too. What’s not to love?
More coming soon!