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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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Christmas markets, Paris.

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Wow, it feels like yesterday that I told you my Christmas ball story, but it’s really almost a year ago! Time flies so fast this year. Well, according to my friends, I say that every year but, this year is truly different ;) Even though I had to work a lot and started a new study, I tried to visit Paris as much as possible. When I had left Paris in December, I came back in April, followed by a trip in August and now I go again in December to enjoy a bit of the Christmas atmosphere. Unfortunately, I can’t stay for long, but I’m busy with planning a new trip for the beginning of 2015 (that sounds so far away!)

Right, I was talking about the Christmas atmosphere because today (14/11/14) starts the Christmas market at the Champs-Elysées! Which is good news because that means the rest will follow! At the Christmas market at the Champs-Elysées are a lot of fun things to do and to buy and the Ferris wheel (Grande Roue) at the end is really a picture perfect. If you want to save some money, don’t take it with you because it’s hard to keep it in your wallet.

As I just said, the rest of the Christmas markets will follow, here are some important places and dates:
(For more information you can go to the official site of the Christmas markets in Paris for opening hours etc.)

15/11 – Christmas market St-Germain-des-Prés.
20/11 – Christmas market La Défense.
06/12 – Christmas market Montmartre.
12/12 – Christmas market  Notre-Dame
13/12 – Christmas market Trocadéro/Eiffel Tower.

Besides this list of Christmas markets there are a lot of other places to find, hidden between the other Christmas craziness of Paris!

If you go to Paris these days, I wish you a lot of fun and hope you will share your Christmas experiences with me when you’re back :)
Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

Here are some pictures of last year, to get into the Christmas mood.

 

 

 

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More art at Marché Parisien de la Création!

Art ManSince I started studying at the art school, I’m more interested in art than ever. I try to look at artworks in different ways and like to brainstorm about the choices the artist had to make before his artwork was finished. The fun part about art is that anyone can interpret it at his or her own way. During our philosophy and art history lessons we try to understand the question ”what is art?” and what characteristics match the answer we want to give. It’s a lot of fun, discussion different topics on what we think is art and is what not. We never agree with each other!

Okay, time to make my point. Are you interested in art, and do you like to discuss artworks and paintings (or do you want to buy some of those beauties)? Get a group of friends together and go on a Sunday to la Tour Montparnasse (that’s the biggest tower in Paris, you can’t miss it). There you’ll find a hidden market full with art, art and more art. In order to respect the work of the artist I only took a few photo’s with permission, but I can tell you that the art collection is very ranging so there are plenty enough ingredients for a good discussion. Gladly, the market isn’t a place for traders, but for real artists who only sell original work.

You can find Marché Parisien de la Création between the streets: Rue du Depart and Rue de la Gaîté. The nearest subway station is Edgar Quinet.

Oh wait, one last thing for the people who want to eat pancakes (crêpes) in Paris. Don’t search any longer..You’ll find here more than enough pancakes restaurants for your whole stay in Paris!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning♥ 

Note: Let me know your opinion about ”what is art?” 

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Oh no, not Place du Tertre again!

Yeah Yeah, I know that I’ve been blogging a lot about Montmartre and all the artist who work there. A fun fact is that I still haven’t had enough of it ;) I do find the prices of all those paintings way overpriced, but that’s just how it works in a touristic painters life. Despite the expensive artworks and the not Parisian artists, it remains an inspiring place for anyone who loves art and Paris. Here are some photo’s I took during my last trips to Paris. Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about an other place in Paris where you can buy cool art pieces or pancakes!

Sweet dreams everyone or a very good morning ♥ 

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Fabulous Fabric stores in Paris.

Stoffenwinkel 1What time it is? Time to create our own stuff!

Yep that’s right, the time has come for all the creative people in the world. Express yourself! You don’t want to own the same pants as your teacher because they happened to be on sale. So, what can you do about it?

One word… DIY! Which means ”do it yourself”. There are countless ways to get inspired. For example: Pinterest is full of amazing DIY stuff, and I’m a big fan of it. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the profile of myWorldofParis (and please subscribe) 

I don’t have patterns for you, but I do know some great fabric stores in Paris where you can buy the most fabulous fabrics you can think of. All those fabric stores are located in Montmartre and they are all next to each other. A bit competitive but oh so convenient for shopping. My mother had to drag me out of the store, otherwise I probably had spend the night over there ;)

A point of attention are the prices. I found a stunning fabric with birds and flowers…but it costed €40 per meter. Suddenly the fabric wasn’t that pretty anymore, haha. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money , pay attention to the quality of the fabric. When you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask the staff about it. They are there to help you out. There are also special price-off-corners with last scraps of fabric or fabrics that don’t belong to the regular assortment anymore. There is also plenty of choice with normal prices.

I’ll give you one address, the rest you’ll find automatically.
Les Coupons De Saint Pierre
1 Place Saint Pierre
75018 Paris, France (duh) 

 

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (5/5)

There we are, arrived at reason number 5 of our list. The last reason of the list but absolutely not the last thing I could think of… the variety.

I did some research and noticed that London has 32 different districts while Paris has ”only” 20. Because of the size you would assume that London would offer more variety. It’s a larger area so, more opportunities to create different neighborhoods, shops and buildings. I didn’t noticed it. Everything looked the same to me. It felt like I had walked across the same street for three days long. I have told you that I haven’t seen half as much as I wanted but still, it missed the excitement of discovering new places in such a big city.

Back to the facts. Paris has 20 districts which are also known in French as ‘arrondissements’. Besides the famous quote of Audrey Hepburn is Paris also known by a quote of King François I ”Paris is not a city, it’s a world”. And it’s more that true because, a world consists different countries, each with their own character, charisma and people. That’s why it looks like you’re traveling through Paris through a teleportation machine. Each district brings something new. Here are 5 examples of 5 different districts of Paris. I can’t pick a favorite!

Let’s start with money, power and wealth at the first district of Paris, Louvre.
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Craft shops, art galleries and also known as the Jewish Quarter. That can only be Le Marais in the 4th (and also 3th) district of Paris Hôtel-de-Ville (and Temple).
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Dance cabarets, sex shops and a great nightlife. Yes, you’re in the 9th district called Opéra at Place Pigalle.

4-December Danielle 2013 vervolg8Painters, vineyards, French history and the feeling of a little village on top of the world. It’s on top of Butte-Montmartre in the 18th district of Paris called Montmartre. 

7-My Little Dream2And last but not least is this street called Rue Mouffetard in the 5th district of Paris called Panthéon.
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You see what I mean? I hope you enjoyed my photo’s and my view of London vs. Paris. Now it’s time to leave London behind and focus on Paris again. The good news is that I have already booked a new trip to Paris. Paris Plage here I come :)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Montmartre TroubleshootWhen I heard the theme of the new Weekly Photo Challenge, I immediately thought of this photo I took in Montmartre.

I’m not sure, but I hope this place is abandoned. There were big holes in the wall, windows are boarded up and it’s dirty. In Paris nothing surprises me and if I take a closer look at the second window… I see something that looks suspiciously like a bed sheet or a towel? It looks like they use every square meter in this city. 

Despite the bad condition, you have to admit that the location is perfect. Just a few steps away from the Sacré-Coeur, which is the opposite of abandoned ;)