This week, I am on vacation in Paris, my first time visiting the city, and today is day five of ten on my trip. I wanted to share my inspiration et mon voyage so far. Generally, the city itself is very beautiful and I've found it to be inspiring: the architecture and style of boutiques, cafes, bakeries. The people and culture is constantly buzzing and vibrant, and it has been great fun to practice my French which I learned in college. I have enjoyed seeing art and my visits to museums both large and small.
On Sunday, I visited the Centre Pompidou and the Cartier Foundation and have found wonderful inspiration. I went to see an exhibit at the Cartier Foundation, which made me feel like a local. The exhibit titled "Southern Geometries: Art from Mexico to Patagonia" was interesting to experience geometric art in a variety of styles and mediums from Latin America, some inspired by Indigenous cultural traditions, and spanning ancient times to recent work of today.
After this show, I went to the Centre Pompidou to see the massive modern art collection housed there. It was amazing to see many canonical paintings in person, many of the. colors still vibrant, as if the works were still brand new. I made sure to get as close as possible to these works by artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, and Braque to see the technique and absorb all of the detail and nuance of these Fine Art masters. After the visit, I had a lovely dinner at Georges Restaurant, a rooftop bistro with amazing large scale sculptures and views of the glittering Eiffel Tower.
One inspiring visit of note, yesterday I visited an Atelier of a Parisian designer from Milan in Le Marais. The shop is called Atelier Nucci and the designer makes beautiful, unique pieces, which are tailor made by artisans in Italy. I had a meaningful exchange and purchased a beautiful mustard colored duster sweater from her shop. She was sewing pillow cases out of fine velvet while I browsed, we chatted and I lingered for a while. When I went to purchase, she made me a pouch right on the spot from the fine-velvet fabric to take my purchase home in. It was a special experience I will never forget.