THE WONDERFUL SIGHTS OF PARIS

Worn cobblestone paths, ivy clad walls, meticulously-detailed carvings, grand doorways to the hidden passage beyond. Today I travelled by vesper to experience it all. Paris had so much to show me and it was dripping with the design, culture and sheer beauty of what I was seeking to find. She did not disappoint. As I looked into the past I marveled at their ancestors foresight and was in awe of the sheer brilliance of the Parisians and what they has forged to create.

Today wasn’t about standing in queues to see the “BIG ATTRACTIONS”, it was about feeling the soul of Paris and whizzing around on the back of a Vesper…wind in my hair and eyes wide open to the feel of the city.

 

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Action shot Vesper as I whiz under the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

Vertical gardens to Create a Green wall. Snetier, Paris.

Vertical gardens to Create a Green wall. Snetier, Paris.Photo by Carmen Darwin

It’s the attention to detail that continually strikes me. The Parisians seem to go that extra mile to ensure that the senses are awakened and that beauty is at the forefront of all that they do. It is not lost on me. I soak it in. I look closely. I admire.

The Delightful Detail and Colour Explosion in Montmarte Paris

The Delightful Detail and Colour Explosion in Montmarte Paris. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

My guide Jean-Sebastian guides me through the streets to admire the grand scale of the old buildings, churches and monuments. I ask him to show me who it’s people are…it’s craftsmen and artisans. We head down a worn cobblestone Passage where we find the famous artist Thierry Bruet at work at his easel, sitting tall as he add strokes the canvas with his genius hand. He’s been a painter and sculptor for more than 30 years, specialising in portraits of well known figures and decorative monumental works. He is generous with his time considering I am a foreign stranger who wanders in off the streets and he is working on paintings for prestigious and luxury places that grace some of the finest hotels in places like Cairo, Monacco, Florence, London and New York.

 

Famous Artist Thierry Bruet at Work in his Studio.

Famous Artist Thierry Bruet at Work in his Studio. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

"Couture" Oil on Canvas by Thierry Bruet as seen in his Studio.

“Couture” Oil on Canvas by Thierry Bruet as seen in his Studio. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

Close by I can smell the wood being carved and turned as we seek out the remaining furniture makers. Like most places, the art of fine furniture making has been turned on it’s head as less-expensive imports take their place. I don’t want to see craftsmanship die. It saddens me that the art of individual artistry is getting lost in our big world, but feel equally delighted as some clasp to the trade.

 

Heading Down an Unknown Passage in Search of Local Artisians

Heading Down an Unknown Passage in Search of Local Artisians. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

One of the Shops Selling Hand-Crafted Bespoke Furniture.

One of the Shops Selling Hand-Crafted Bespoke Furniture. Photo by Carmen Darwin

Inspired and delighted I finish the day with a glass of red wine and local cheese. I watch as people wander by, laughing, chatting and going about their daily lives. I am delighted. I am happy. I loved Paris today.

I Close my Eyes as I Savour the Amazing Taste and Texture of the Local Cheese. Marketplace 10th Arrisdonment,Paris.

I Close my Eyes as I Savour the Amazing Taste and Texture of the Local Cheese. Marketplace 10th Arrisdonment,Paris.

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Typical Cafe Front, Paris, France. Photo Carmen Darwin

 

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Montmarte Cafe. Photo by Carmen Darwin

 

 

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Until next time,

Love your home and those within it,

Carmen x

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