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Simón Bolívar

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Statues make me curious. What do we see?  A man (perhaps a general) with a defiant attitude and his sword raised, as if he is going to start a battle. It looks dominating and even the horse has a arrogant look in his eyes. Maybe it’s a man of nobility?

This time, we’re talking about Simón Bolívar. He was an South-American freedom fighter. The reason Paris has a statue of him is because Paris was an important source of inspiration for Bolivar. He witnessed in 1804 the coronation of Napoleon as emperor of France. Besides the fact that Simon Bolivar lost his respects to Napoleon because he had betrayed the republican ideas, he still was impressed by the grand ceremony.

Bolivar decided from that moment that he would spend the rest of his life to the liberation of South America (from Spanish domination in South America)

The internet is full of interesting articles about him. I know the average interest in reading long blogposts so to make a long story short. Today Simon Bolivar is still seen as the greatest leader of Latin America’s independence movement :)

For more information you may always contact me or leave a comment below.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♡

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Happy Parisian Valentines Day!

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Happy valentines day my lovely ones! You guys are the best valentines gift a Paris blogger like me could ask for. Thank you for all the support and nice messages about the new website www.worldofparis.com ! ♡

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

BarbieI like to scale things up when I’m in Paris. Just because of the fact that Paris is full of hidden treasures that are worth to take a closer look at.

I found this ”beauty” in the streets of Belleville, an area in Paris located between 4 different districts: the 20th, 19th, 11th and 10th district. Belleville was formerly an independent town separated from Paris. The name Belleville means beautiful city. For now Belleville is an non touristic area, but I think that will change in a few years. That’s because Belleville is an upcoming area with lots an lots of hidden treasures! I’ll soon tell you more about the best places in Belleville.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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www.worldofparis.com now online!!

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Dear Paris lovers!

I’m so happy to introduce you the new website of World of Paris, it’s finally online!! Thank you so much for all the support (and patience ;) There are still a lot of little things that need to be done, but those things will follow step by step.

I hope you will enjoy the website of World of Paris. I’ll keep this blog to share my adventures with all my dearest followers, but of course I hope to see you on the new website!

Please share your thoughts about the new website, I would love to know your first impressions :)

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Free walking tours in Paris with Discover Walks.

Discover Walks copyWe all know the city guides that tell us about the Eiffel Tower or talk about how heavy the bell of Notre-Dame weighs. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that kind of information, but we rather go on tour with someone who can really teach us something new. Like a true Parisian!

On the 3th of January, I was the lucky one to get invited by the company Discover Walks, to try one of their amazing tours. Yes, with a real Parisian ;) I could pick a lot of different tours. They all looked interesting, but eventually I chose the Left Bank Tour. I didn’t knew that much information about the Latin Quarter, so I was really curious about the hidden secrets of this touristic place Or isn’t it that touristic at all…?

The rain was very badly that day, but when our guide arrived (a big plus for being perfectly on time!) it stopped. I would love to tell you all the details about the tour, but that would ruin the excitement for you and the guide. So, just grab your notebook and write down the highlights, because that’s what I’m going to talk about.

Our guide for that day was Quentin, a really nice guy who had lived for at the Quartier Latin area for a while. He started the tour with some facts and history about the district. Did you knew that ‘Left Banky’ means: rich and intellectual. That was because of the many students who studied there at one of the universities. The name ‘Quartier Latin’ is because Latin was the spoken language until the French Revolution.
Back to the tour, our first stop was the English bookstore: Shakespeare and Company. A famous bookstore where selling their books isn’t their first priority. It’s a company that gives upcoming writers a place to publish their work and a place to sleep in change for a few hours work in the bookstore. That’s no bad deal, who doesn’t want to work in such a romantic place ?

After we passed by the oldest tree of Paris (400 years old) and a church in a small park we arrived at the street: rue Saint Julien le Pauvre. The borderline between a good choice and a touristic one ;) Choose the way of rue Galande and you’re safe. The other side if full with touristic restaurants and souvenir shops. So, ignore the handsome waiter that try´s to get you inside of his cheap looking restaurant and move your way over to rue Galande. If you walk till the end of the street, you´ll find Studio Galande. A very special cinema, highly recommended by our tour guide. They play 5 different movies a day and on your ticket, you can find some things you have to bring to the movie. Think of rice to trow during at a wedding scene. How awesome, finally a legal reason to trow things at people during a movie!

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During our walk the guide payed attention to everyone and tried to keep the group together. He taught us how to cross a road in Paris and told us many things about the Parisian life. Little facts that you can’t find in books. For example: did you knew that Parisian markets are not meant to be a touristic place? The Parisians are very serious when it comes to food. A market isn’t a place to buy quick some food and take some snapshots. It’s for many Parisians a place to socialize and talk about food in a traditional way. Food shopping at a Parisian market is serious business, but definitely worth to try! During Christmas season you can buy those delicious galettes….mmmmm.

We also passed a view impressive buildings like College de France, (where you can join many classes for free. You only have to speak French and show up. You don’t need a student ID to get inside) and Sorbonne. Sorbonne is known as THE university of Paris. But Quentin warned us to not be tempted by the looks. It is definitely not the best school in Paris. Somewhere near Sorbonne stand a statue of the writer Montaigne. The myth goes that if students are touch his foot, it brings luck with writing their essays. I just had to finish my philosophy essay last weekend, to bad I couldn’t try it haha.

Pff, time flies because Sorbonne was already the last stop. After a group photo and some social talk, it was time to say goodbye to the group and to Quentin. Who did a really good job. He was one of the better guides I ever had in Paris. A loud speaker, interesting information and he even took the time to advise people about nice restaurants or places to get a cup of coffee. By the way: café le Flore at St.Germain des Prés was one of his favorites.

The whole tour was a nice experience that I will recommend to everyone. You can choose between paid and free tours. The free tours are only tip-supported which means that the guides are depending on your generosity ;) You can easily book online or just show up at the meeting point when the tour starts. Introduce yourself to the guide and he or she is more than happy with your company!  The free tours are running every day the whole year. Yes…even with bad weather!

I hope I informed you enough about this tour of Discover Walks, but if you need more information you may always contact me our you could check out their website or Facebook.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Je suis Charlie, Paris.

je suis charlie copyI think the whole world knows what’s going on in Paris, but for the people who just came out of their hibernation…here’s what going on. 

Together with the rest of the world, I stood still as well by what happened in Paris yesterday. I was so shocked when I heard the news for the first time. I want to show my deepest sympathy to everyone that has been harmed by this horrible act. Stay strong and keep those pencils up. Everyone has the right to express their opinion in their own way!

At this moment the ‘Je suis Charlie’ page on Wikipedia has become a busy topic. It feels like we’re getting every minute more and more information about what is going on in Paris. I’m not going to blog 4 pages about all the things that are going on, but just a short summary of what took place yesterday and what you should do if you have booked a trip to Paris in the upcoming days.

Yesterday around 11:30 two masked gunman stormed into the headquarter of the french satirical newspaper in Paris: Charlie Hebdo. The prints and comics in the newspaper of Charlie Hebdo are often very hard, cynical and critical of authorities and institutions.Unfortunately this time the reason for an horrible attack on 9 employees of Charlie Hebdo. Before they jumped back into their car to get away, they called the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) and shot two National Police officers dead. There are also a number of serious injuries. The attack was well prepared, they knew all the names and got along with heavy weapons.

The National Police of France have launched a manhunt to get the perpetrators. Want to stay informed of the arrests? Keep an eye one the different live blogs on the internet. For now the editors of newspapers and magazines, department stores, cultural institutions and public transport in Paris will receive extra security.

All the cartoonists, illustrators, artists and people who believe in freedom of expression are showing their outrage on Twitter with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie. Many responses are with cartoons and illustrations. You can find my illustration on top of this blog post and of course also on my twitter page.

Important: the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo have announced that the publication will continue. The magazine will be published next week as usual, only with much larger number of copies, 1 million!   

If you have booked your trip to Paris, I can understand that you have your doubts. Yeah, there is at this moment a tiny risk to travel to Paris, because something terrible happened. But don’t forget that all the security in Paris is extremely tightened to make it as safe as possible for everyone. An attack can happen anywhere. Keep an eye on the newswebsites, my blog and social media to learn more about the current situation in Paris.

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Say no to Foie Gras!

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A thousand time sorry for my lack of posts. I work hard on the new website to make sure that every article I’ve ever written can also be found again. The website will have a new concept to ensure the quality of the things I write. Most people are used to receive a message every day, but this time it will be more divided over the week. The release of the new website will be on the 1st of January 2015! 

Today I want to pay a bit of attention to animal suffering behind the French delicacy foie gras. Many people don’t know what a miserable life these animals have and how they are tortured. Also this year the shelves are full again and it’s an extra popular delicacy during Christmas season. Foie gras is a touchy subject because it’s (unfortunately) cultural heritage for the French. Please everyone, be aware of the product you buy, a Christmas spirit isn’t behind it.

Feel free to share this animation on your blog or social media if you want to spread the message!