La Seine & Pont des Arts

La Seine is an extense river in the north of France & bifurcates the city of Paris into left & right banks {rive gauche & rive droite}. The beauty of the river not only captures our current imaginations: it has mesmerized & seduced since pre-medieval times; it has inspired many artists, as Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Georges-Pierre Seurat & many others. There are 37 bridges within Paris, as the Pont Neuf, Pont des Arts & Pont Alexandre III.

Can someone explain why there’s a dinosaur & a skull full of butterflies at the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches?

Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts is a bridge in Paris which crosses La Seine; it has been featured in numerous films & television shows. It links the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. In recent years, many tourist couples have taken to attaching padlocks {also known as “love locks”} with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture. This gesture is said to represent a couple’s committed love.

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Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo was the most impressive contemporary art museum I’ve ever seen; in fact, it rejects the label “museum” & prefers to call itself a site “devoted to contemporary creativity”. The building is huge: more than 22.000m² of creative energy featured in all forms imaginable: from paintings & sculpture to projections & installations. After days & days visiting museums with “classic” art, visiting the Palais the Tokyo & the Centre Pompidou was a delicious {& much needed} breath of fresh air. Unfortunately I didn’t capture most of the artwork, basically because instalations don’t have the same impact on videos & they’re not as powerful so it didn’t make any sense; but I can say I had never experienced anything like that. The most memorable were the macabre doll writing with ink in a huge screen with really loud noises, the virtual doll talking to us & saying things like “I talk, you see & hear me but I don’t exist” {this was pretty disturbing}, the macro video featuring a black world – think about a black land, black grass, black sky {it was beautiful #gothgirlproblems}, a regular room that suddenly shut all the lights off & neon paintings were revealed in the walls as a piano started to play by itself & there was a fake bookshelf in the wall with a hidden passage to another room full of photographs & illustrations, the dark basement with broken lights {it was exactly like the places people go to get killed in horror movies}. The Palais the Tokyo left me speechless.

There’s always a Fashion Program in the basement, where the Palais explores innovative experiments in the field of fashion, creation or beauty. In my visit I was able to see “Virgule, etc.” featuring a retrospective exhibition of the work of Roger Vivier to celebrate its founder, reference in the history of fashion accessories. 

Another thing I loved about Palais de Tokyo was their restaurant & museum shop; it was filled with interesting art & photography books {I even found the Roger Ballen & Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky book!} among other things – that “Bansky” grafitti was on the shop! I bought myself a gorgeous & huge book from Mark Ryden, PINXIT, because well, I just had to. Me & my friend also took a pic at the FotoAutomat machine, like the ones in Amelie Poulain‘s; that pic definitively brings me one of my favorite memories from Paris.

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Arc De Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought & died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories & generals inscribed on its inner & outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

We visited the Arc on our last day in Paris. It was gloomy & raining & I was so excited to visit the Palais de Tokyo & the Trocadéro later, I almost wanted to skip it; I thank myself everyday for ignoring my stupid wishes in this trip. The Arc itself is incredible, a beautiful Roman-esque building on the end of the Champs-Élysées; but when you actually remember why it was made, you stop breathing. All the battles of the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars are engraved on the attic, while a list of French victories is engraved under the great arches on the inside façades of the monument. So many names! So many cities! There are no words to describe the energy there, the sense of patriotism. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was full of flowers, just like most of the places we visited!
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris, “Our Lady of Paris” from French, is a historic Catholic cathedral, widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture & among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

 La Façade Sud

 Vierge de Guadalupe
 Le Maître-Autel

 Sculpture de Jeanne d’Arc
 La Façade Ouest

 La Façade Nord

Visiting Notre-Dame was my dream since I was a baby bat. I mean, what’s more gothic than a many-centuries-years-old church in France? When we were walking along the Seine & I saw that magnificent church I couldn’t believe it was real. Miss Vida Bohéme from my favorite drag queen movie “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar” would have only one word to describe it: statuesque

We first got to see the south view; the pouring rain & grey sky made it perfectly gloomy; we stepped in & it was the first time I actually cried in Paris. Since I was a kid, gothic churches impress the hell of me, so you can only imagine how I felt being inside it. God knows I’m not a Catholic, but I sat there & I prayed; I prayed & thanked for being there, for being able to realize my dream. I lighted a candle for Mr. Jesus too, because it was the least I could do. 

We left the church & looked for a bistrot to have a drink & ended up in the north side of the cathedral. Now, that’s where the magic happens. My goth heart stopped beating ‘cause it was the prettiest thing I’d seen so far: the gothic arches, flying buttress, chimeras & gargoyles. I have no words to describe my feelings. I had a piña colada looking at this particular view & that’s how I know i’m doing something right with my life.

P.S.: I need to share this appreciation picture. I loved this gentleman rocking a top hat (I saw A LOT of people wearing top hats in Paris & this, my friends, is why we gotta respect French people).

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The Panthéon {1790}, “Every God” from Greek, was originally built as a church & now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. 


“To the great men, the grateful homeland”

Interior dome

 The crypt



 Victor Hugo

It was the first thing we actually planned to visit, since we spent our first two days wandering around Paris.  I must admit  I was not thrilled to go to the Panthéon since I didn’t know much about it; gladly my best friend is smarter than I am so we headed there. I almost cried when we stepped in, it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen {obviously I had many more days to prove that wrong}. People buried there are lucky bastards, it’s definitively an honour to rest forever with other genius & in such a perfect location. Unfortunately the Foucault pendulum, used by Léon Foucault in 1851 to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, wasn’t there when we visited it.

P.S.: I just found out about this mesmerizing anthropomorphic installation by Ernesto Neto, a Brazilian artist, called “Léviathan Thot” {2006}, inspired by the biblical monster. It’s so perfect I can’t even.

 Fonte: Travel Dilettante

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