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Scenes From Atop l’Arc de Triomphe


My first visit to Paris was a spontaneous day trip from London; I took the Air France bus from Roissy and got off at the Arc de Triomphe without a map, guide, plan or agenda, I had no idea where I was going.

I walked as far as my feet could carry me, taking few breaks in between – it was exciting and freeing, unlike anything I’d done before.
I spent hours strolling and window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, explored the Grand and Petit Palais, walked along the Seine and discovered the Louvre.

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I walked and walked, crossing awe-inspiring bridges, found beautiful historic monuments and fountains, and grandiose palaces and mansions.

The one thing I wanted to do was see the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
By the time I made my way back, I was exhausted and out of time, “next time” I said.

It did take a while, but I climbed up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe… all 284 steps, took in the city, and remembered that very first time in Paris…

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Scenes from Elsewhere: A Parisian Courtyard

Courtyard Garden

I received an email that my little Parisian flat is on hold; mine for a few glorious weeks if I’d take it.
It’s so, so tempting, that flat on… Rue de Turenne with its charming hidden courtyard.

Behind a large nondescript iron gate lies a joyful cobblestoned courtyard, with a small lush garden surrounded by a wall of windows with flower boxes.

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Rue de Turenne

Scenes from Elsewhere: The Met, NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Ave, NY

One of the first things I did when I visited New York during the Easter break was go to the Met.
I’d put off the Met for years. It was always one of those things on my itinerary that I never seemed to get to.
I decided to do it first this time… because when it’s between spending my last day in New York on the High Line and a museum, chances are I’ll choose the park over the museum every time.

With scant hours to spare, I did a few collections from a section of the museum and decided to leave the rest for another time (a tip I got re the Louvre).
I loved everything about the Met; from the stairs, to the collections I saw, to afternoon tea at the café with the views of Central Park.

The American Wing Courtyard

I spent most of the time getting through the amazing collection of ‘Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas’ – nine galleries in all, which was about all the time I had.
It reminded me of Quai Branly, which is probably my favourite museum.
I find that I’m drawn to ‘indigenous’ art (not surprising, really), it’s inspiring and motivating, I come away wanting to create.

The African galleries includes an extensive collection of pieces from the Dogon people. Fascinating people…
I loved seeing was El Anatsui’s ‘Between Hell and Heaven’ – his installation ‘Akua’s Surviving Children’ is one of the most moving works of art I’ve ever seen.

And here are a few photos from the Met…
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Entrance – The Met Stairs

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Art from Oceania & Sunlit courtyard

Necklace - René Jules Lalique

Between Earth and Heaven – El Anatsui

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Couch and footstool with bone carvings & More art of Imperial Rome

Marble Sarcophagus

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Afternoon Tea at The Petrie Court Café

The Struggle of the Two Natures in Man

Scenes From Around Here: Sasamat Lake

251/365 Sasamat Lake #mostly365

Some days I feel like I’ve lived here for far too long, seen it all, and perhaps it’s time for newer adventures, and then I go and discover a place like Sasamat Lake.
I can’t believe I’d never heard of this place until last summer.





Scenes From Elsewhere: Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge (the red mill) is the world’s ‘most famous and best’ cabaret.
Located in the Pigalle quarter in Paris, it first opened in 1889.

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