Being round the world during my childhood is an opportunity for just a handful of kids. I was a lucky one! During the course in history of art in Paris, it dawned upon me, that my eyes and mind have been travelling a great deal, I could recognize a number of works, and that I was actually living in what could be considered the world’s capital of architecture: from the Roman catacombs to the most contemporary works like the pyramid of the Louvre.
Just awesome to be in the capital of fashion and luxury. This is not just a matter of money but, of style and imagination. We can either enjoy the greatest couture designers from avenue Montaigne or we can discover new trends and colors at the Marais district.
Wine and gastronomy :
Growing up in Brazil with folks from Belgium and Mexico that love cooking and sharing! No wonder I was a happy kid…and well fed. Now I live in the capital of gastronomy and I am just delighted with the ingredients and also the way they serve food with elegance and taste.
Gardens and Botanic :
My family always loved gardens. No wonder I do too, living in South America within exuberant forests. In France, I started appreciating more trimmed sorts, French and English style, decorated with beautiful sculptures and flowers and historical hothouses from the XVIII century like the one in Jardin des plantes. One of my family’s favorite activities is a pic-nic on a lazy Sunday after-noon at Parc Montsouris. We feel quite like these characters on impressionists paintings at Musée d Orsay. It’s delightful! Wanna try it?
History, historical sites and monuments :
Since I was a boy I had a passion for history (my best grades). As I was born in the middle of the XIX century I can say I’ve been myself through a great deal of contemporary history in France, from De Gaulle to president Hollande. In this country we step on history at every corner. I have a passion for understanding how people thought differently over the centuries. The Roman baths can still be seen in bd St Michel, but across the street there are selling the latest lap tops!! Amazing! Welcome to Paris!
Tradition and local history :
Last month at Musée d Orsay, I bumped into a drawing of one of my favorite post impressionist painters, Signac. I was surprised it was called rue Vercingétorix, because that’s the street I cross every week to go to the library. In 1885, one could only find manufactures and country side fields. Hardly any residences, how come!? I started researching about my own neighborhood and learned amazing facts. I love both general and local history, it can teach us essential details.
Vintage furniture and flea market :
If I had a big house in Paris it would be crowded with vintage furniture and objects of art, and I don t even have to cross the city. Every WE at a stone’s throw from my place, Marché de la Porte de Vanves. But if you are looking for more specific shapes, I can take you to one of the top flea markets in Europe, Pte de Clignancourt.
Modern art :
I am used to modern art, since my father was the art dealer. Furthermore, how can a resident of Paris be unaware living so close to Centre Pompidou, visiting exhibitions at Grand Palais or Palais de Tokyo? Great galleries and auction markets will also exhibit works at affordable prices from gifted artists.
Off the beaten track local sites : 8
Nobody knows everything about Paris! As professionals, we are always learning, especially because every week there are new releases on history and art. Sometimes one goes back to a familiar site and discovers new details and symbols. We are stepping on more than 2000 years of history! At the moment, I’m learning about the fashion for Egyptian architecture in Paris and where we can find it downtown.
Religion and religious monuments :
I think all religions have a good intentions and I respect them all. Again my parents have given me the sense to understand the inner and external beauty of churches and temples. I’m quite used to guiding in Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, but lately also St Sulpice where one can see some of the best works of Delacroix or masters of the XVII century.
Arts History and Museums
Fashion and Jewelry
Wine and Gastronomy
Gardens and Botanic
History, Historical Sites and Monuments
Traditions and Local History
Vintage Furniture and Flea Market
Off the Beaten Tracks Local Sites
Religion, Religous Monuments