Spring is the season of all colours. It's the season when we start realising that both the sun and the heat are finally coming back. This little restaurant with its façade filled with wisteria is situated on Ile de la Cité in the heart of Paris, a stone's throw away from Notre Dame de Paris. This little hidden gem looks like it could be in any village in France.
France likes to have rules. Many rules. Rules that don't always make sense. Rules that haven't changed in many years. The use of green areas is one of them. Grass is very restricted in parks. It's there to look good, not to be enjoyed. This square of grass is the only one that can used in the Jardin du Luxembourg. But even though you can sit on this part, you are not allowed to drink alcohol. Another useless rule. Gardners/guards will come and tell you off even if you don't create trouble and that you are just enjoying life with your friends. Do you agree that grass should not be used? Do you agree that we should not have the right to drink a glass of wine or a beer while enjoying the sun?
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A month and a half into my new life here in Paris and I am reminded every single day how much I have missed the sun! The weather is considerably warmer than in Copenhagen, and I think I had forgotten that. Living in Scandinavia, I think my body got used to the cold - although it didn't feel like it then. Also, living so centrally in the heart of the city adds a different tempo to our lives. In Copenhagen we were in the suburbs next to a beautiful park and lake. It was quiet and tranquil. In Paris, it's all about street noise, the cars, the unbelievably numerous recycling and rubbish trucks, the people shouting and singing all hours of the day and night, the sirens and living so close to noisy neighbours!
I wonder if one day I will get bored telling people how beautiful a city Paris is! The buildings, the architecture but also the street life are the elements that make Paris the special city it really is.
Below you'll find a couple of photos of the Picasso Museum's café. Did you know Pablo Picasso left about 60,000 pieces of art, paintings, sketches, sculptures, ceramics, etc... which needed to be split between the French government (for tax reasons) and his family. His fortune at the time was estimated at $900 million.
The Marais is one pretty area of Paris with its little streets, small boutiques and hidden courtyards. You have to be a little nosy when wandering around this maze of narrow streets to be able to discover some hidden gems, unusual bars, staircases and interesting shops.
Photography doesn't have to be just about the most beautiful and inaccessible locations in the world. It is mostly about where you live, about capturing the story of wherever you are. People make great subjects because they do the most amazing things. They are curious, and often weird - a great opportunity for photographers :) People watching is a real thing. It exists. And for good reasons.
I also love watching people drawing. I remember going to Covent Garden in London and spending hours just observing people drawing. There is something I find relaxing and hypnotising.
Throw back Thursday: This photo was taken last year in the Shinjuku area, known for its vibrant and colourful nightlife! The thousands of people walking here would make an easy snack for the dinosaur that you might have spotted at the top of the building on the top right hand corner of the photo.
Les buttes have an interesting story, both fascinating and macabre. After the Revolution in 1789, the site became a refuse dump, then a place for cutting up horse carcasses and finally a depository for sewage! It goes without saying that the site spread infectious emanations all over the city due to strong winds. As if it wasn't bad enough Les Buttes had a sinister reputation due to the near location of the infamous Gibbet Montfaucon, where executed criminals and traitor were hanging on gallows to display their dead bodies as a warning to the population!
Through time parts of the same site were used as a quarry for gypsum, and fossils were also discovered. Les Buttes didn't have a good start, to say the least. So when Baron Haussemann decided to make it a park in 1864 there was resistance and it raised eyebrows!! The park was finally opened on April 1, 1867, coinciding with the opening of the Paris Universal Exposition, and instantly became a popular success with the Parisians.
Note: In case you didn't know the name Chaumont, in Buttes Chaumont, comes from the words 'chauve-mont' (bald/bare hill).
As the sun goes down on an early evening in late April the warm light bathes the intricate chimney-like Hoodoos that form the grand amphitheatre at the heart of Bryce canyon.
The French Institute groups 5 académies including the French Academy that deals with the French language, and the Academy of Fine Arts.
Many historic monuments and museums also depend on the institute.
The French Institute purpose is to collect discoveries, and develop the arts and science.