My City Hunt With Paris In Action

The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art

“You’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen them all”. This was said by a 14 year old while travelling in the Canadian Rockies. [Disclosure: that was me]. While Paris is full of historic monuments and museums, I can imagine some people (and especially children) saying something similar as they venture through Paris. Fortunately, there is a way to see the “city of lights” in a way that makes the journey much more interesting (and educational)……by doing a city hunt with Paris In Action. Continue reading →

Four National Library of France Sites— 2 Worth Visiting

One of the National Library of France sites: Richelieu Library, Paris (J. Chung)

Sometimes you see a photo on the internet or in a magazine and you decide you HAVE to see that place when you visit the city. This was the case for me and my search to see the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) when I was in Paris recently. I say “search’ because upon arriving at what I THOUGHT was the library, I soon discovered I was at the wrong location. In fact, it turns out there are four National Library of France sites in Paris!  But my visit wasn’t a total waste. I’ll share two sites worth visiting. Continue reading →

“59 Rivoli”—a former squat that provides studios for artists in Paris

59 Rivoli entrance: studios for artists in Paris

When you hear the word, “squatters”, you likely think of people occupying an uninhabited, abandoned building. What you probably would not realize is that there is a “squat” that has become quite famous in the city of Paris. Initially occupied by 3 squatting artists in 1999, six years later the city bought the property at 59 rue de Rivoli,  which is just down the street from the Louvre museum. Since 2009, 59 Rivoli provides studios for artists in Paris—-permanent artists, visiting artists, and performances—-legally. Continue reading →

Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In Provence And On Film

The Starry Night at The Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, St-Remy-de-Provence

Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself. Continue reading →

My Big Mistake: Missing Some Of Lyon’s Traboules and Fresques

Lyon's Traboules and Wall Murals are everywhere. Here is the Fresque de Lyonnais (J. Chung)

I recently made a big mistake during my recent trip to France: I missed seeing some of Lyon’s traboules and fresques. And there are many. Lyon has so many hidden passageways (traboules) and wall murals (called fresques or frescoes) that I guess I’m going to have to return. I did, however, see many interesting things like the Lumière Museum, a museum dedicated to the Lumière brothers who brought us cinematography and the Resistance and Deportation Museum in honour of those who fought the resistance against the Nazis and the Jews who were deported to the death camps during WWII. Continue reading →