Paris – a city to inspire

If you’re an artist, an art lover or just someone who appreciates beautiful surroundings, fashion and style, then Paris is the city for you. This city is overflowing with sights, tastes and sounds that will fill you with inspiration for your next project, whatever that may be!

As soon as you step foot in the city you are greeted by those oh so stylish Parisians. Even with a bag full of baguettes in one hand and a bike in the other they manage to look effortlessly chic! The shopping in Paris is fantastic of course, so make sure you save a few pennies to buy yourself a piece of that Parisian style.

In the area of Montmartre you will feel like you have been transported back in time, just like in Woody Allen’s movie Midnight in Paris. In the late 19th and early 20th century it was the place for upcoming artists to reside; Van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso called Montmartre their home.  Stroll through the cobbled streets and alleyways that have barely changed in a hundred years and peek over the shoulders of the many local artists at work in this area today. Don’t forget your camera or sketch book because this area is guaranteed to fill you with inspiration. 

Another place sure to inspire is Claude Monet’s house and garden. Located just outside of the city you need to take the 45 minute train ride from Paris to Vernon. At Vernon you can hire a bicycle and make your own way along the cycle path to Giverny, where his home is, or you can jump on one of the buses that go there. Monet’s garden was featured in many of his masterpieces and does not disappoint. The familiar water lily pond is a highlight of the tour.

If the city of Paris and residents alone have not inspired you enough then a visit to one of the many museums and art galleries will do. Of course the most famous and exquisite is the Louvre, with many masterpieces on display including the Mona Lisa. Others not to miss are the Centre Pompidou, the unique building housing modern art pieces including works from the Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism movements, or the Musée D’Orsay, a former train station showing works from 1848 – 1914, which includes such masters as Van Gogh and Monet.

Have you been to Paris? Are there any parts of the city or surrounds that you loved? Let us know if the comments section below.

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Author: Ceri

I grew up in a small town in Wales; it’s a picture postcard type of place, with quaint cafes and shops, a castle, a pier (where I spent many a day crabbing) and an amazing view over the Menai Straits to Snowdonia.

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