For a long time, for me, a new vacation meant a new destination. A new place to see. But actually, I was only looking for a new experience. And a city like Paris has a lot to offer. Something different, every time.
Last time I visited the city of lights I had no plan. And I didn’t try to do as much as possible, not to “waste” time. I wondered the streets more or less randomly, I watched the people, I went to the theatre and saw a contemporary art exhibition. On my long, daily walks, inevitably, I discovered lots of new stores. So, in the end, there wasn’t a day that went by without shopping. 🙂
I also discovered some new places that are worth visiting. One of them is the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The building that represents a sailing ship on the water is really impressing, the iconic work of the famous architect Frank Gehry. Each detail is unexpected; each part of the assembly has a concept. When you step in, you enter the world of Gehry. If you are lucky, you may get the chance to visit a temporary exhibition of modern and contemporary art. These exhibitions are long expected by the Parisians and tourists alike, as there are exhibited art works that you can hardly find somewhere else. The building is placed in the middle of Le Jardin d’Acclimatation, a quiet park hosting a wide variety of birds and animals, in a habitat that resembles a lot to their natural one. An escape island that worked miracles for my state of mind.
A friend living in Paris for many years now took me to see the Museum of Primitive Arts. I don’t know if I would have come here on my own, but it is for sure a spectacular museum worth seeing – for its futuristic building, if not for the over 300.000 art pieces from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the two Americas. The museum from the Branly notch is set on a corridor guarded by gardens on both sides, and the main building is patched with 30 giants boxes, in different colours, according to the objects of the continent they host. I don’t know a lot about the political virtues of the former French president Jacques Chirac, but this museum built in his name is truly iconic.
In the evening, if you feel like going to a show but you didn’t buy tickets, I have a tip: at the booking agency near Garnier Opera you can find tickets at half price for any show from the same day. I’ve chosen a stage play that I knew nothing about, at Bobino theatre, a small theatre hall that usually hosts non-conformist plays. It was a memorable performance!