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Weekly Photo Challenge – Monument

Gustave Eiffel”I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am. – Gustave Eiffel († 1832-1923)” 

The Eiffel Tower had to be my Weekly Photo Challenge. It’s the most famous monument of Paris and I love to photograph it. 125 years old and it still gets people excited every day. Yeah, I know it’s a big tourist meeting point but for me it’s more than that. When I’m on the third floor and I can see Paris move… I’m always impressed. Mostly impressed by the size of the city. Again and Again. But the most important thing is that the view motivates me. I can’t wait to discover more and write about it! Everyone has his own source for inspiration. For me is the Eiffel Tower a very important one.

My point of this photo. Without Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower wouldn’t have exist. So, this time I didn’t put the Eiffel Tower in the spotlight, but the creator of it. Big applause for Gustave Eiffel.

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Art Symbol Gallery, Le Marais – Paris

Le Marais art galleryLe Marais is known for its many art galleries, they are everywhere. For instance: in small passages, hidden courtyards or around Place des Vosges.

Personally, I’m a fan of modern art. Lively with many colors, it has to cheer me up! During my routine walk along the art studios, I fell in love with a book. Not ‘just’ a book but an artwork. You can see it behind the window display on the picture above. The artwork is called ‘Book of Life’, created by Kracov. 

I immediately thought of the inspiring quote – ‘Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly’. It always remind me to keep going and keep trying. Even if things aren’t going the way I want them to go ;) Ups and downs are part of our lives and if we do well.. we only remember the ups.

The book wasn’t the only piece of art I liked, they had many more objects hanging on the wall. Click here, to check out their website and the whole art collection. You can learn more about Kracov and his work but also about other artists. Enjoy yourself, discovering new treasures! 

Here’s the address: 
21 Place des Vosges
F-75003 Paris

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Don’t we all agree with this?

Art is a basic needI found this quote in the streets of Montmartre, as usual. Montmartre is a popular place for street-artists, philosophers, photographers and writers. I’ve looked at this quote for a while and didn’t understand why the writer chose a dark and rugged font. It looks a bit ugly too me. Why didn’t he used some more color or more cheerful letters? 

Then I started to realize the sentence ‘art is a basic need’. Imagine how the world would look like if art disappears out of our lives.. We would lost all the colors in our minds and living rooms. We would lost the ability to write in beautiful and elegant letters. We can’t spend our days anymore in museums, art studios or at interesting expositions. Paris won’t have an Eiffel Tower. New York City (and Paris) won’t have a Statue of Liberty and Madonna would never have worn her pointy bra. All the statues in the world would disappear. The Mona-Lisa won’t laugh anymore and Clet Abraham will lost his inspiration for the street signs in Europe. You also have to say goodbye to all the street-art and the ‘I love you wall’  in the streets of Paris.

I can go on for days but I think you get my point.  And I think that was the intention of the unknown writer. To prove a point, or he was out of colored paint ;)

What would you miss the most if art disappeared?

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The fool looks at a finger that points at the sky – Amélie

Basilique du Sacré Caoeur