Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Street Art in Ménilmontant

Think what you will about street art but over the years it has certainly gotten more and more sophisticated and even competitive. Street art showcases have taken place in the capital and when you can't make it to the expos, you just have to open your eyes (not even that wide), and look to the buildings and facades that these artists - beyond "taggers", have left their mark. 

In today's Wednesday Wandering, Monique takes us along to Ménilmontant on a street art discovery.

Street Art in Ménilmontant - By Monique Y. Wells

On a recent walk in the Ménilmontant district of the 20th arrondissement, my husband Tom and I were thrilled to discover a cache of street art by two of our favorite artists – Nemo and Jérôme Mesnager.  We learned of their work years ago and lamented when much of it disappeared from the landscape of our neighborhood in the 5th arrondissement.  Splendid examples of what I affectionately call the” Shadow Man” and the “Muscle Man” are prominently displayed and unspoiled by graffiti on the sides of buildings and on façades.

Nemo’s “Shadow Man” at the corner of boulevard de Ménilmontant and rue de Ménilmontant

Mesnager’s “Muscle Man” on the side of a building on rue de Ménilmontant

NeMo’s “Shadow Man” on the façade of a supermarket on rue de Ménilmontant

We also learned of a relatively new street artist, Fred le Chevalier, when we saw his collage prominently displayed at Place Maurice Chevalier.

Collage by Fred le Chevalier

We love this genre of street art and hope that it graces Paris thoroughfares for years to come !

All photos are courtesy of Discover Paris!

Monique is the co-founder of Discover Paris!  – a travel planning service that specializes in private, guided walking tours on African Diaspora Paris and gourmet Paris.  She is also the editor of the Paris Insights newsletter and the free, weekly Paris Insights restaurant review.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Foto: Paris' Timepieces

You've probably noticed them on your walks through Paris. These timeless timepieces that keep the rhythm of the passing hours and seasons. In today's post, guest blogger, Monique Wells, shares her photos of some of her favorite Paris timepieces. What are yours?

Paris Timepieces - By Monique Y. Wells

One of the things that I love photographing around Paris is timepieces.  Whether clocks or cadrans (sundials), they are fascinating to me!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Saint Eustache

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Yummy dim sum at Mum Dim Sum

I simply love dim sum! Chinese tapas as I like to think of it. Bite size, delicious little surprises for your ever demanding palette. The first time I had dim sum was at university. I went with some Asian friends and let them do the picking as I wasn't really sure what to pick. Too easy to stay in your comfort zone and not explore new tastes. It was amazing. I have to admit that dim sum can lead to a bit of overeating as you keep watching all those tasty looking morsels passing by, how could you possibly say no. I love also how you ensure that you don't go home hungry by ending your dim sum experience with rice or noodles.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Green eggs and organic recycling? Cooping with Paris living.

Apparently living in the city doesn't have to mean you can't have your piece of country life. If you were on our Facebook Fan page you would have perhaps seen a post I put up about people keeping chickens on their balconies to lay eggs for their breakfast - Talk about fresh eggs. Now as I recall from my early childhood in Nigeria, chickens are loud, messy and frankly I am not a fan of the odors they produce. But hey if you are an egg lover and are looking for an "exotic" pet, why not.

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