After one weekend in Belgium, two weekends in South Africa, another weekend in Belgium, I stayed this weekend in Paris. So I could do a lot of exciting things, like:
– looking for a new place to do my laundry (since my usual place has been shut down some weeks ago). This is it: behold the gorgeous washing machines, huge dryers and the fluorescent lights that give this place so much warmth and cosiness.
Of course, this weren’t the only things I did this weekend. It is summer, so I went for a walk through Paris. Summer, this means also:
– a lot of tourists taking pictures at the Eiffeltower
– and a lot more Eiffeltowers to be sold (I think they had a staff meeting in front of the Eiffeltower, to study their product):
In fact, I was walking to the Musée du Quai Branly. This weekend was the weekend of ethnology in this ethnological museum (and since I visited it some months ago, one of my favourite museums in Paris). And it was freeeee and there were a lot of interesting activities: free conferences, free lectures, free films, free guided tours … A lot of free things, so I went to enjoy them. I really recommend this museum (free each first Sunday of the month, and even if you pay your ticket, you won’t regret it).
Because it was too beautiful to stay inside, I decided to enjoy the sun while walking alongside the Seine, and this on the renovated and refreshed left-side riverside: “les berges de Seine“. You can find more pics and words about it in the blog I posted yesterday.
More sun! And nice temperatures! So I took the subway to the other part of Paris, the Canal Saint Martin, where I enjoyed the “Voix sur les berges” (Voices on the riverside). An initiative where the choirs of Paris (and there are a lot of them, 142 of them participated in this project) sing and perform a whole afternoon “a cappella”. On 18 different places, during 40 minutes, each choir gave a little show. From gospel over jazz to world music, film music and pop.
A little impression of the Voix sur les Berges + as a bonus on the end: a boat entering the sluice (I speeded it up, so not normal way of passing a sluice).
Conclusion of the weekend
I can say I had a very relaxed, sunny and lovely weekend. Even if I love to go back to Belgium (to see my boyfriend, family and friends), I also love to wander through Paris. This is one of the reasons I moved to this place: the diversity of the city, the variety of activities, Paris in spring/summer … And sometimes it is also good to just stay where you are, to not have to travel again, to take that highspeed train … (but only for one weekend. Now and then. Next week, I will be on a train to add a new destination to my project).
– Musée du Quai Branly: the ethnological museum with non-Western art. Free each first Sunday of the month.
– Canal Saint Martin: a whole summer long, there are a lot of free or cheap activities in and around the water (canoeing, boat trips at 1 € …). A nice idyllic spot in Paris.