Van Gogh’s Starry Nights in Musée d’Orsay

We are in Orsay Museum. Following St Germain neighbourhood we walk along the river Seine, an old train station on the left hand side of the river is turned into a museum, famous with its impressionist painters’ collection, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh… The most significant novelty of the Impressionists was to paint the daily life. The second half of the 19th century, train stations, picnics, theatres… The reason Impressionists became so famous was not only their technical...

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Paris walks: From St Germain des Pres to Le Marais

A fresh breeze coming from the river as I step outside Rue de Seine in the neighbourhood of St Germain des Pres. It’s a mild December morning and we are having a somehow belated winter with the colours of autumn leaves all around. This neighbourhood has a literary heritage with all the famous characters hanging out at the cafés lined on the boulevard just across this street, today the bookstores are still packed with people and it’s hardly to see people looking at the screen of their mobile...

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Palais de Tokyo: On Air with Tomas Saraceno

Palais de Tokyo is located in Paris’s 16th arrondisement by the River Seine and since its inauguration in 2002 it is one of the main places where the most interesting and creative contemporary art works are exhibited. The Argentinian contemporary artist Tomas Saraceno’s exhibition On Air occupies the large site with various entities floating in the air: spider webs, radio waves, floating sculptures, sound waves. The exhibition starts with the ‘Webs of Attention’, real spider webs are watched...

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Musée des Arts et Metiers, Paris

The museum of inventors, pioneers, Musée des Arts et Metiers is housed in a gothic monastery dating back to eleventh century, the Saint Martin des Champs. The collection of the museum belongs to the Conservatory of Arts and Crafts from eighteenth century. It is truly an experience to feel the gothic aesthetics of the ancient convent and admire the collection that were once the most innovative objects of their time. The most famous one is the pendulum of Foucault. The Franch physicist Léon...

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Montmarte

Walking in Montmarte area is also to imagine how would it feel to be in Paris during the Belle Epoque. The end of nineteenth century, the beginning of twentieth century Paris was the place many artists chose to live and most of them settled around this area. From Van Gogh to Monet, from Picasso to Modigliani many painters had their studios here in Montmarte. For instance, the Bateau Lavoir building on Rue Ravignan, an ex piano factory was converted into painters’ studios. Picasso’s first...

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Le Marais

On the right bank of the River Seine in third and fourth arrondissements the neighbourhood of Le Marais is one of the hippest places to hang out for tourists due to its narrow picturesque roads in a Gothic atmosphere, the trendy shops and cafés and various art museums around. This historic neighbourhood was the place where the aristocracy chose to live until the Revolution, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it lots its glamour when the rich left this area. After the french...

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Picasso Museum, Paris

?It is almost impossible to find Picasso’s work in one place, you will need to visit the artist’s museums in various cities. In France where he lived most of his time there are Picasso museums in Paris and in the south in Antibes. The Picasso Museum in Paris is located in Le Marais district at the 17th century Hotel Sale building and during our visit ‘Picasso, masterpieces’ exhibition’ gathered some of his works brought here from different parts of the world. The exhibition opens with his...

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Centre Pompidou: Tadao Ando and Cubism exhibitions

The Pompidou Centre is located between Les Halles and Le Marais, an exceptional building built in 70 with colourful glass pipes in its exterior- as if the building is inside out- big galleries with neon lights, it has a young and creative atmosphere and there are always interesting works to check out. It is also the home of the Public Information Library and the National Museum of Modern Art. There’s an exhibition here on the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The legendary architect who won the...

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Walking the Seine, from Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame

There are many ways to enjoy the river Seine, take the ferry from Eiffel Tower bank or take the night boat departing from Ice St Louis or walk along it by crossing the bridges from right bank to the left. On a sunny day like this we walk from Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, the two symbolic places of the City of Light.The end of 19th century, centre of arts and culture, a city where all the writers and painters and artists choose to live, did Paris really need this tower, made of steel, this huge...

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