Sorry that I've been a lazy blogger! I spent the first half of last week working a lot! I'm doing a little bit of work with a couture designer here, Jean Louis Faletta. Being in his atelier and playing dress-up kept me occupied and inspired. Then I spent Friday and Saturday wandering around Paris with Malin. I think that we walked about 6 hours each day, in the freezing cold, and now I'm sick. Bleh! Oh well, we explored the 9th, the 10th, the 11th, the 18th, the 19th, and the 20th.
We walked through tons of ethnic neighborhoods, and of course my little urban geographer mind was going crazy! I love the fact that Paris houses so many international communities, but it is also somewhat disturbing to discover that these communities don't seem to be well-integrated into French culture. I'm planning on reading up this and educating myself a bit more before I make any further commentaries. Expect an urban studies post soon!
For now, something lighter: pictures from my 12 hours of exploration.
Street art in Oberkampf
I discovered my all-time favorite street in Paris on Friday: Rue Sainte Marthe, near Republique. Check it out!
Some cool street art from the Republique/Oberkampf area:
(Thanks so Alex for the fabulous 80's shades!)