During the second half of my trip to Paris, I took a bike ride around to see the city's famous monuments. I rode up to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tour, along the River Seine, passing by the bridge, Pont Alexandre III, and stopped at the Museé D'Orsay. There was so much history and beautiful works on a grand scale. I enjoyed diving into the paintings of Manet, Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
The following day I went to visit a fashion designer's atelier name Tyese Cooper. She shared with her process and showed us some of her garments. Many of the items she makes are made from recycled materials which is pretty creative, and uses a lot of unique draping in her pieces. She then took us to Montmartre to check out fabric shops. Afterwards, I took lunch and made a friend at a cafe. She took me around the city and showed me the street art in her neighborhood and took me up to the Basilica Sacré-Cœur, which has beautiful views of all of Paris.
On the final days in Paris, I went on a contemporary art tour at night in Le Marais led by a knowledgable art student. We went to see the works at Galerie Jean Brolly, Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, Marian Goodman, and Campoli Presti. The art galleries seemed to be this underground world...to get into these spaces to see the work you had to go through court yards and up stairwells and open special doors. It felt very exclusive and special.
Paris is a magical city filled with surprises on every corner. I left feeling inspired, relaxed, and ready to create.