9/15/2018

LE VIADUC DES ARTS - COULÉE VERTE RENÉ-DUMONT








Located just a few steps away from Place de la Bastille seats one of the most beautiful spots in our personal 'off the beaten paths Paris guide', le Viaduc des Arts. This ancient viaduct, which in past times served as railway line towards Vincennes, was completely transformed in the 1980s to serve as a linear park over street level. Following at first the Avenue Daumesnil, it then diverts to end up a few steps away from Bois de Vincennes, one of Paris's biggest green lungs. In addition, the vaults of the viaduct were restored and turned into original ateliers de création, cafés, and decoration shops... something just idilical.
The Promenade Plantée is in either case a nice sport to have a relaxing walk and change your point of view of the city: just feel how the long Parisian boulevards extend at your feet, and enjoy the natural environment created by the trees and plants planted upstairs. You shall not miss it if you ever go to Paris!

7/18/2018

LE PANIER MARSEILLAIS














L'été est dejà ici, avec nous. Plages pleines de gens, hordes de touristes rempliant cafés et restaurants partout, et rien -ou très peu- à faire pour s'évader. Heureusement, il y a toujours ce lieu calme, caché, qui nous offre la calme cherchée. Aujourd'hui, c'est pour moi un plaisir de vous montrer une ville pleine de couleur, de petites ruelles, du bruit de la Mediterranée, connue dans le monde entier pour sa histoire, sa importance, et sa beauté. Je vous parle de Marseille, la plus grande ville de Provence.

Étant la deuxième ville la plus peuplée de la France, Marseille offre beaucoup de choses à faire, soit profiter d'une promenade tranquille par son port, acheter du savon marseillais fait maison, monter en haut pour contempler la ville pendant le coucher du soleil, rendre visite à un des bâtiments les plus célèbres du architecte suisse Le Corbusier... et plusieurs activités.

Ce fois-ci, je vous présente le plus charmant des quartiers Marseillais, le vieux Panier. Ce quartier, le plus ancien de la ville provençale, se trouve très près du vieux port, et reste constitué par des ruelles étroites et labyrinthiques, maisons avec contrevents peintes avec couleurs vives, et beaucoup d'ateliers et d'autres boutiques traditionnelles. Si vous y allez, ne hésitez de vous laisser vous perdre, car ça est le façon plus interessante de découvrir ce joli quartier marseillais. Je vous souhaite une très belle journée!

9/04/2017

LIBERTY ISLAND


September 4th. Once again. 
To most of you such day has no relevance further than being an ordinary day -just like other days-, but to me the September 4th means something very special. Five years ago, on a day just like this, I began the coolest and most fantastic experience in my entire life: that wonderful exchange to the USA. A experience that, in some ways, changed our lives and made us grow personally, but also gave us away new friends that, to this day, still are a fundamental part of our lives.
To those people who made that experience possible, I would like to say thank you for being so wonderful, so passionate, so inspiring, and for being by my side despite all these years. I'm glad I knew you there.
And to commemorate such happy time, I bring you some pictures about Liberty Island. Hope you enjoyed very much!


9/03/2017

DE GROTE MARKT VAN ANTWERPEN


Located in northern Flanders, the city of Antwerp -Antwerpen in Dutch- is not just a trade center of international projection, but also a cultural and dynamic hub, a living example of Flanders's prosperity, both old and new. A beautiful city that you should not miss if you are in Belgium -or in the neighbouring Netherlands-.
For many -and I add myself to this category- the most beautiful spot in the city is the Grote Markt, a great square in the heart of the city surrounded by pretty guildhouses and the Stadhuis -or city hall-. The atmosphere there is just wonderful.

8/29/2017

PROMENADE À PARIS #1



A welcoming home for the Bohemians, and an oasis of peace in the middle of all madness. 
A vibrant, golden city during the day, and a nightly paradise after sunset. 
Let the painter find its muse; 
let the writer taste its youth;
lost in the middle of Paris,
la ville que j'aime comme un fou.