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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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Watch the world go by.

Watch the world go by copyDo you ever ask yourself the question, ”am I doing the right thing with my life?”. Well I do, and I can tell you that it’s a pretty hard question to answer.

Just when you think you’re in the right place, mother nature turns the earth and you’re lost again. I have the feeling that I’m stuck in a maze. I know where to go, but I can’t find the right direction. Art school is teaching me all new things, but please believe me when I say that I’m dying for some more sleep and a little less stress. They are killing me over there!

Most of you know that my dream is to study for a while in Paris and gladly my school can help with that, so I know where I’m fighting for. Still I feel very sad about the fact that I don’t have any time left to write about my biggest obsession in life…Paris. I miss you guys so much, I love writing for you and share everything I know and discover. You guys are amazing and have left so many great comments on this blog that kept me motivated every day ♥

Sometimes I dream about my future. Living together with my lovely boyfriend and staring out the window with a little cat next to me. I still want to work hard. I want to write, draw, talk, read, learn, teach, edit all day about Paris. Share my stories and feelings about this beautiful city till the day that I die.

The only thing I have to do is to be patient and remember that we all have to work hard to achieve our dreams and that’s not a bad thing, only a bit frustrating sometimes ;) So, am I doing to right thing with my life? I don’t know jet, but I hope that I can answer that question in a few years…

Again, apologies for the lack of posts, If I have found a little time I will think of you. Do you guys think to me then?

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

 

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Paris Photo Fair, Grand Palais.

Explosion+w+Road©Shirley Wegner

I‘ve noticed that I have a lot of followers who are into photography and into Paris as well. So, good news for them because this weekend is the 18th edition of the Paris Photo Fair! The fair takes place on a beautiful location, namely the Grand Palais located in the 8th district of Paris. That’s nearby the Champs-Élysées so don’t forget to visit the Christmas market.

The fair is a great opportunity to discover new artists and meet new people who have the same interests as you do. You can walk there for hours because 169 galleries will expose their best works! I’m a bit sad that I couldn’t be there this weekend, because I would like to admire the work of one of my favorite artists: Shirley Wegner. She is mostly known for her large-scale photographs of landscapes that she creates by herself. For me are the big explosions the most impressing, but she has also amazing art pieces of paper. The rest of the artists of the Paris Photo Fair can be found by using this link.

This fair is only from the 13th till the 16th of November and a ticket costs €30,00. If you want to take a closer look at all the photographs, you have to visit Paris this weekend ;) Check out their website for more information or to buy your tickets online.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

Tell me the stories if you have been there or to share your favorite artists!

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Street art in Paris by Hopare.

Unknown 3Do the people at an Art Academy have any chance of a successful career? Is art in these days still worth any money?

Uh, I won’t even try to think of more questions, because the answer is YES. Yes, artistic people still have the chance to earn there livings with their work. It’s a though business because the competition is great, but I think the strength lies in learning from each other, instead of seeing each other as competitors. Find your own direction, focus on yourself and believe in your own abilities. 

A fantastic source of inspiration for me, and maybe for you, is the French artist Hopare. His work can be found all over the world and he is only 24 years old! Hopare’s artworks are being sold for prices above the 8,500 euros. (People even try to steal his work from the public walls) When you get stuff like that done, you’re get the medal of a successful artist, haha.

I discovered his work during a street art tour in Paris and his painting was for me the icing on the cake. Look at the shiny colors he used, they fit so perfect together. You can see that Hopare has a graphic background by the shapes and lines he uses. I can stare at it for hours, it’s so detailed.

I’n not a fan of writing a whole biography about him, because he has his own website with a lifestyle part. His photo’s will show you his latest work and places he has been to. So, if you want to get some more information about him, or see his other work, you can go to his website.

If you want to see this artwork by yourself, you have to go to Rue des Maronites, located in the 20th district of Paris. It’s worth the travel, even if you have come from far.

Tell me, what do you think of his work?

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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You’re giraffing me crazy!

I know, I know…bad pun! What do you think of this awesome mailbox I found in the streets of Paris? Unfortunately, the mailbox was too heavy and also too big for my purse, otherwise I had smuggled him with me :)
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Don’t you mean…always?

Don’t make things harder than necessary!
Jour et Nuit

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Catching a train at Gare du Nord, Paris

Catching a train