Urban Sketching On The Streets Of Paris

Paris is the perfect place for urban sketching. Often admired as one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities, or argued as an overrated and overcrowded urban jungle, there’s no denying that the streets of Paris make for compelling artistic subject matter. The cobblestone alleys, street lamps, quays, Haussmannian buildings, and grand monuments make for … More Urban Sketching On The Streets Of Paris

Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Île-de-France is the name of the region that includes Paris and its surrounds. Sometimes known as the Région Parisienne, Île-de-France is the smallest region of mainland France, but also by far the most populated and most dense. It is one of the most touristic regions in all of Europe. The city of Paris is the … More Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

Along shopping boulevards in Paris, around tourist spots, in green parks and outside metro stations, street vendors sell roasted chestnuts in the winter months. Dressed in beanies and woollen scarves, the vendors run their unorthodox, makeshift roasting businesses. A shopping trolley is the kitchen, a large round metal disc punctured with holes is the improvised … More Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

The Real Rat Catching Shop from Ratatouille – Julien Aurouze Pest Control

Just next to the Rue des Halles exit of Châtelet metro station in Paris is a shop that might look familiar to Pixar fans. Julien Arouze and Co. is a pest control shop that is not only famous for its inclusion in the film Ratatouille, but also for its century-old preserved rat bodies displayed hanging … More The Real Rat Catching Shop from Ratatouille – Julien Aurouze Pest Control

Restoring and Celebrating Vizir, Napoleon’s Last Horse

In the Musée de l’Armée, the army museum in central Paris, there is a display of Napoleon’s last horse, Vizir. The taxidermied remains of Vizir are on display behind a glass cabinet for all to see. At 200 years old, Vizir has had an incredible history of epic battles, exile, and even being smuggled overseas … More Restoring and Celebrating Vizir, Napoleon’s Last Horse

The Artistic Evolution of Paris’ Most Creative Basketball Court – Pigalle Duperré

With a riot of pink, purple and yellow paint, geometric shapes, and video game symbols, Pigalle Duperré in Paris is certainly the city’s most eye-catching basketball court! This public sports area, created by Nike, local design studios and artists is also known for its amazing location, occupying a weird space between Haussmannian buildings in the … More The Artistic Evolution of Paris’ Most Creative Basketball Court – Pigalle Duperré

Cadet Metro Station Paris – The American Flag Station

Cadet, a relatively quiet metro station in Paris has one of the most striking tile designs in the city. Located along the line 7 (pink line), Cadet has an enormous American flag tile design which covers the entire ceiling of the underground platform. It is also known for its beautiful Guimard-style metro station entrance, the … More Cadet Metro Station Paris – The American Flag Station