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Interview for Jan’s Hidden Travel.

Danielle 1Today I did an interview for Jan’s Hidden Travel, I know I’m not the only one they asked (so I don’t feel special or something ;) but I thought it was a fun thing to do and to share on my blog. Hope you enjoy!

What do you do?
Hi, my name is Daniëlle and I’m a art student blogging about the most inspiring city in the world, Paris! Every week I write articles and photograph the things in Paris that catch my eye. The people who read my blog are the ones who keep me motivated and if they need me, I’m always there to answer their questions :)

Why Do People Need Your Business?
Paris is a big city and most tourist guides don’t tell you about the hidden places. I do! I show people my view of Paris and everything that comes with it. Just a normal girl, wandering the streets of Paris. I don’t create unrealistic expectations, I only teach the readers of my blog, how they can get the best out of their trip to Paris.
What are some of the most amazing things about your city?
The most fascinating thing about Paris are the beautiful colors and the variation of the city. Every district feels like a different world. That makes every building, person, animal or object so interesting, especially to photograph! I love to discover new things in Paris because, this city isn’t only a place with millions of sights and stores, but also a place with many years of (art) history.Oh and by the way, the Parisians are truly kind people. Don’t let you tell otherwise!
Where would you go on a lonely Wednesday evening?
That can be at so many places. For example the Marais, a neighborhood that always lives. Take place on a terrace, enjoy a basked of french garlic bread and watch the crowd go by. If you don’t want to spend that much money, get yourself some falafel and sneak to the hidden garden: Jardis des Rosies.If you’re a fan of modern art, you can go to Palais de Tokyo, it’s open till 12 midnight!
Where are the best places to go when the weather is horrible?! 
You know what they say: it’s Paris, you don’t come here for the weather. I do have to confess that when it’s raining, I hurry myself to the closest bakery. Paris has a lot of them. My favorite is Coquelicot in Montmartre.I do understand that when you’re visiting Paris, you don’t want to sit all day in a bakery, how cute their are ;) So I have a few other tips for you.1. Subway chillings! I know that sounds a bit weird but, did you knew that every subway station in Paris has a theme that has something to do with the French history. Take Fulgence Bienvenue as an example, also known as the father of the metro! So much to learn, you only have to buy one ticket and you can travel the whole day underground.2. Speaking of going underground, the catacombs are really worth to visit. The catacombs are an underground cemetery where more than 6 million Parisians have found their final resting place.3. Alright, I also understand that maybe you don’t get excited about seeing dead people. There are many more places to go while it’s raining. Check out: Villette Science Park, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Marche couvert Saint Quentin (very big flea/antique market), Shakespeare & Company and if you want to know more places… just read the rest of my blog!
What’s the most romantic restaurant in this city and WHY?
That’s a question, I can’t answer. I’m really not that romantic haha. I love to eat outside instead of a restaurant. But if you are still waiting for an answer… order a pizza at Pink Flamingo (at Canal St.Martin). You get a pink balloon with you while you search for a romantic spot along the canal. Because of your pink balloon they where to find you and when your pizza is there…a romantic night is guaranteed ♥ Don’t forget to buy a bottle of wine!
What are your best money saving tips?
I once wrote a post about that on my blog. I always say: buy your food at local markets. The prices are way lower and the food is even fresher! Instead of going to a restaurant choose for ‘food-on-the-go’. You don’t have to pay 5 euros for a glass of juice, don’t have to sit next to strangers and you can sit (almost) wherever you want!Oh, and save money on sightseeing. There are a lot of free sights like: the cemetery Pére Lachaise, the Sacré Coeur (beautiful view of the city), Le Musée du Parfum, and many gardens like Jardin du Luxembourg and the Tuileries. On the first Sunday of the month, Centre Pompidou and the Louvre are free to visit.
What are your goals?
My goal is to become a real Paris expert. I would love to write my own travel guides, including my own photography and illustrations. I would love to create travel videos with information and impressions about Paris through my eyes. Basically, I just want to share my knowledge and experiences with the world.
What or WHO would help you hit your goals?
Everyone who reads my blog, share my articles, ask me questions, share their thoughts or ask me to write for them are helping me to achieve my goals. So please, keep doing what you’re doing, I appreciate a lot!

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Don’t forget to check out the new website www.worldofparis.com! 

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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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Why Paris never gets me tired.

danielleWhat’s so special about Paris? Why do you like a city where you can easily be clamped between the doors of a metro. I like Chanel no. 5, why do you like the smell of sewerage and exhaust fumes? Why do you want to ride a bicycle between the crazy traffic people of Paris? Are you ever gonna get tired of Paris? 

Nope.

When you are going to bed on time, or give your pet a shower.. I’m just being my weird self trying to give every Paris lover a place to hang out. A place to get some information and to be entertained. Just like a live concert, but without the fireworks (I do can take of a false singing voice).

In this posts I’ll give you the 5 answers to the questions above. Here we go:

1. I can’t tell you exactly what’s so special about Paris, because it remains a personal opinion. I do can show you a lot of things on my blog that will show you that Paris is more than a big city with an Eiffel tower. Things are happening. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see that stuff automatically, I’ll teach you. Trust me, everyone has a little Parsien(ne) inside ;)

2. That about ”being clamped between the doors of a metro” isn’t true. You have plenty of time to get in! Ofcourse you can be clamped between the doors of a metro if you keep your eyes closed or if you don’t want to wait a whole minute till the next metro arrives…Yes, also a metro is full at one point, don’t push yourself in there.

3. If Chanel ever wants to create a perfume that smells like sewerage and exhaust fumes, I wouldn’t buy it. But we have to admit that those kind of smells belong to the metro stations of Paris. When I arrive at Gare-du-Nord and take the first metro to my hotel, it feels immediately like home. A priceless smell and feeling that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

4. Cycling in Paris is amazing. I’m not saying that because I’m from the Netherlands and earlier could ride a bike than could walk, but because Paris has a lot of cycling roads. You can discover a lot more on a bicycle. Always remember that the traffic on your right has right of way and don’t be afraid to ring your bell like a Christmas song. Remember those two points and everything will be fine.

5. I don’t think I ever get tired of Paris. Every time I’m there I discover new places and every time I have to leave, I wonder when I will be back again. Sticky notes with stuff about Paris are everywhere in my room. So many interesting artworks I still have to see, enough shopping stores to go wild and leave Paris with an empty wallet, important history pieces at every corner of the street (next to the corn sellers), countless sights and way too many delicious restaurants. You can not convince me that it will ever get bored!

If you got more questions about me and my obsession for Paris, go to my Twitter account. I’ll try to give you as many reasons as I can about why Paris never gets me tired! Hope to see you there!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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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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Assocation LE M.U.R. – Street Art in Paris

DamianAlright street-art fans, time to pay attention!

As you may have noticed in all my previous posts, Paris is full of amazing street art. Most of the street art is illegal, but gladly, Paris is also a city with many legal places for artists to express them selves.

Le M.U.R is a great example of one of those places. (Don’t confuse the name of this wall with the one in Montmartre ‘Le mur des je t’aime‘) Le M.U.R is a concept conceived by the French artist Jean Faucheur. By means of great perseverance he managed to grab a piece of Paris, where each week a new artist may show his or her work.

It was a great honor to meet him in person while he was looking at one of the new art pieces on the wall. He told us so much about his work, about other street art in Paris and other information you can’t find on the internet ;) For example: did you knew that many street art in Paris gets stolen? Such a same and a big scandal because street art is for everyone. Not only for the people who can’t afford expensive artworks but also for the people like me, who enjoy all those unique pieces. How can I capture them for you…if they steal it from the wall?! The prices of the street art pieces are sometimes worth more than 50 thousand euros! Depending on the artists of course. But is doesn’t matter how famous the artist is, street art is priceless. 

Street art le Mur

If you are curious about all the artworks of Le M.U.R, you can go to: 
http://lemur.asso.fr/ or buy their book called Le MUR, The Wall.

If you want to see Le M.U.R by yourself, here is the address:
107 Rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris

By the way: the wall gets painted on Saturday. If you get the chance it’s definitely fun to have a chat with the artists! They love to talk about their work, really interesting to learn new artists!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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Cafe Le Quasimodo, Paris

Union soupIf you’re in Paris you have to try the union soup at cafe Le Quasimodo near the Notre Dame, it was soooo good!

The staff is friendly but does have their own will. In Paris, the customer won’t be treated like a king. I like that way of working because respect should come from both sides. You get what you deserve. If you are nice to them, they will be kind to you. A tip from me to you is: always be kind to the waiters working at French restaurants. Try to speak your best French and show them that you appreciate their work. Otherwise you end up at a little table right in front of the door ;)

Here’s the address of cafe Le Quasimodo.
11 Rue d’Arcole
 75004 Paris 

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Brocante des Abbesses, Paris.

Abbesses MarketI’ve been to this lovely market at Place de la Abbesses,  but I couldn’t remember on what day anymore. Forgive me, I’m also getting older ;) Gladly the internet always helps me out. When I searched for ”flea market Abbesses” I couldn’t find a thing. ”Oh, that’s right..I know how it works in Paris”, they don’t like therms as flea markets or jumble sale. It has to be a bit more fancier than that. Then I tried vintage and by that designation, I found the real name of the market: Brocante des Abbesses. 

Such a sweet little market where you can buy secondhand stuff, vintage furniture, broken paintings… I better stop counting because it’s too much too write down. You can better see it by yourself on a Sunday or enjoy the pictures I have for you. 

Do you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥