Paris was amazing. I had the best time ever, thanks to Samuel, Laurent and everyone else. Like always when I feel like I have a lot to tell, I have no idea where to start. I know some of you have absolutely no desire to read all the details, so I'm putting it behind a cut.
I had actually never been to Paris before, so just going there "on a whim" like that was kinda strange. But in a good way. Charles De Gaulle airport is definately the nicest one I've ever been to. I normally don't care much about these things, but it was totally kickin rad. My terminal looked like a moon station or something. The gates were even called "Satelites" ^_^. But whatever, you don't want to hear about that. Err read.
The reason for going in the first place was to visit my friends Samuel and Laurent. Samuel is sortof part model, part actor, but mostly just a free spirit. I don't know how to explain what he does, but basically he is a very sweet guy. Laurent is an artist, and he does all sorts of stuff. Videos, photography and painting. Very talented. He looks like a cute version of Lucky Luke, and I have a secret wish to photograph him in nothing but a cowboy hat. They both live in the middle of Paris, in these tall spaced out buildings from the 70s. You can see them some in the photos I think. I stayed at Sam's place, which is...well...amazing really. He's been working a lot in Tokyo, and his appartment is crammed with random Japanese stuff. You'll see in the photos. He has plants growing pretty much everywhere, and the view is great. He has a little bird named Tomoko and a bunny called Mashimaro. Laurent's place is very different, with hardly any stuff at all. Not even a bed actually. It looks great though, and his view is just as good. I'm so jealous of these people.
Friday evening we didn't really do much. We ate and then we drove around Paris so that I could see some of it. We did go to one place though, and it was pretty interesting. I don't know how to describe it. It was like a mix of an appartment, a bar, a night club and a lounge. It was full of very very french hipsters who only drank red wine. All the guys had black hair with stubble and most of them were gorgeous. Also, you needed a secret password to get in. Heh. It was a quote from French literature, and they change it every night.
Saturday morning I got warm croissants on the bed ^_^. When we were all showered and ready we went to a place called Le Frigo, which is this building that used to be occupied with a bunch of squatter artists, but now it's a gallery. Sam's friend Maripol was having an exhibition, and we went there to meet her. She is actually pretty famous, and I'm sure a couple of you have heard of her. She was really sweet and told me to call her if I was ever in NYC. I liked the exhibition as well. After we went to Panthéon to have a look at an art installation by a Brazilian artist. I really liked the building, but I'm not sure how fitting the installation was. It sorta crashed somehow. Samuel then took me to this typical Parisian café/restaurant where we ate. It was nice. I love looking at all the people, and the food was great too. We then went to meet up with some friends of Sam and Laurent. There was Hugo, which is the singer of a band called Ulysse. You should check them out. I know Laurent is behind most of the artwork there. Then there was Nico, who does work for a French mag called Technikart. Ikuko is this really sweet Korean Japanese girl who looks ten years younger than she is. She is very good with the needle, and she actually does all the embroidery and knitting for John Galliano and Christian Dior. I don't know about you, but that impressed me. And then last there was Justine who I honestly don't know much about. Art student I think? Anyways, she seemed really sweet as well. They all did. I think both Sam and Laurent are good at digging up the nice people, and hanging on to them. After a couple of hours at the place which I can't remember the name of, we just took a walk in the gay part of Paris with Nico, and ended up at a bar there. A couple of Nico's friends came too. We also met another friend of Samuel outside called Damian. I don't know if any of you know Guy Laroche, but he is the Artistic Director there. And that was pretty much the end of Saurday I think. Well except from sitting up with Laurent all night talking about photography :]
Ugh this is taking forever.
Sunday morning: more croissants! ^_^ We took a walk from where they live along the river to the Eiffel Tower. I love that thing. It looked great when seen small from the plane, and it looked great when seen as huge from the ground. It was nice just walking around taking photos of Paris in autumn colors. We walked to a museum/restaurant called Palais de Tokyo where we ate and then checked out the exhibitions. Fun times :). After that there wasn't really much time to do stuff because I had a plane to catch. We went to St. Germain des Pres, which is this area with a lot of art galleries and things of that sort, where we walked around for a bit before going back to fetch my stuff. I wanted to meet Laurent's friend Stephane who does these incredible drawings, but some other time perhaps.
And that was it. Phew :P
I'm definately going back. I will have to learn French though...
Most of these photos are not very spectacular, but they will hopefully give you an idea of what my weekend was like :)