Monday, 14 March 2011


Hey guys,
I made a facebook group for the Paris trip to share photos and whatnot. Sorry if i don't have you on facebook, but follow this link!

Paris was funnnnnnnnnnnn!

Monday, 7 March 2011

concert on the 11/03/2011

Hey travelers, the concert i posted a few days ago includes 3 bands for 15 Euro on the door.


Trophy Wife

and the main act Yuck

That could be a good night out on our last day in Paris. See you tomorrow, Salut!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

French dolls museum

A list of all the museums in Paris

A list of all the museums in Paris with some odd ones that might interest individuals

such as this one:

The Carnavalet Museum in Paris is dedicated to the history of the city.

a couple more gigs

both of these bands are playing on the same night in different places which is a little sucky

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Mardi Gras

Just a thought... Pancake day is massive in france we could try and make some of the Mardi Gras celebrations in Paris on the first evening? Theres parades, events and parties....

I just did a quick google to find

A quote from the site:
"so put on your masks, colourful lively cloths and beads and come join us for a PUA-adventure fun!
You are welcome to come for free and just order drinks and food at the bar 'a-la-carte'."

Tour Eiffel/Musee du Louvre

Here are some details for anyone interested in visiting the Eiffel Tower. I'm happy just photographing the surroundings and moving on if there aren't enough people who want to go up the tower. 

The Eiffel Tower is open every single day of the year !

·         from 9 a.m. to midnight from 17 June to 28 August,
·         from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the rest of the year.

School/college group constitutes a minimum of 10

 your visit: elevator to the 2nd floor (access to the 1st and 2nd floors) or to the top for 3rd floor access. Stair entrance tickets are not sold online. 

These are the days and/or times that are the closest match to your choice:
12.30      (second level access) 8.10 euros per/person

Metro Station "Trocadéro" Lines 6/9

For more information on the Eiffel Tower/Louvre:

Details for free entry to The Louvre:

Opening hours
- Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission to the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix is free for the following (valid ID or proof of entitlement required):

• visitors under the age of 18 
• 18-25 year-old residents of the EEA (EU, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein) 
• teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts

Teachers and young people under 26 years old will receive their free admission ticket upon presentation of a valid ID at the museum ticket windows: 
- under-26s: official ID (passport, identity card, ...)
- teachers: Education Pass with the stamp of your school.

Station “Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre” Lines 1/7

The Pompidou Centre is nearby...

map to deyrolle from the Eiffel tower

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


I found a magazine in the library and it had some amazing art/design/illustration places to visit. I'm not sure about location but I noted a few of them which stood out!

Exhibition/Shop -

Also I'd like to visit all the typical tourist spots (eiffel tour...etc) as well as alternative/arty tourist spots for example the slopes of Montmartre...

Really want to experience french cuisine, pastry shops and bars and like the idea of going to a french concert! Would like to go shopping!

My hope is to experience Paris in every way I can. Through the general observation culture, cuisine and lifestyle. I'd like to soak up inspiration from Paris art and design spots. And I'll be snapping away and picking up souvenirs where i can!

concerts and vintage stores

I found some good concerts:

11th of March/  Yuck and Trophy Wall  at Point Ephémère/ 14,80 €/ 25min. walk from our hotel/ M2 to Anvers

This french artist plays on the 9th 10th and 11th

Vintage stores near Notre Dame which are supposed to be cheap and good vintage

La caverne à Fripes 02-09pm

25 rue Houdon
75018 PARIS

District : Barbès – Pigalle

  • Abbesses

    Freep'star  12-22:00pm 
  • Saint-Paul, Le Marais 

Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, Frankreich
Fripes Star, 61 rue de la Verrerie

Monday, 28 February 2011

Notre Dame & Centre Pompidou

Riiiighhht, well I've had a bit of a look into them both; prices, the history and all that jazz.

I'm not personally going into Centre Pompidou since I did it a couple of weeks ago.
It's basically a french version of the Tate Modern; so if you're into the modern art scene then yeah, it's worth a look. Lots of angry semi-naked feminists.
It is open all day every day: 11am-9pm.
- Current exhibitions and where to book tickets.
- There's a bit of history about the building etc.

Notre Dame De Paris (french for Our Lady of Paris) is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is open 8am-6:45pm daily (or at least the week days when we will be there) umm so would be an idea to visit there first.
I am recommending Hotel De Ville as the station to go to from Anvers (where we will be staying) as it is in between the two. Also; there are some nice macaroon shops in that area (for all those that are after some multi-coloured sweet treats).

The tower is NOT open until April unfortunately; but the architecture inside is worth a look. - if you want to check anything else out.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Weird museums 2

as for fragonard (anatomy museum)

Supposedly it's free:

PM ADMISSION:Free for children under 26 years, 7 € for the others (including an audio rate in French and English)

it's not very close to any of the main visits though. but because it's not open till the afternoon this might not be too much of a worry.
We need to find Line 8 to travel there and stop at Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort.
I'm rubbish at reading metro/underground maps so if anyone can help me with that i'll buy you a macaroon or something.
I'll make some information sheet for both of these museums and try and find nearby places to eat etc etc for you all =]

Weird museums


Deyrolle, the taxidermy shop is about a 30 minute walk east from the Effiel tower.
or if you're feeling lazy:

Métro: Rue du Bac
Bus: 84, 63, 69, 68, 94 and 83

its open Tuesday to Friday from 10AM to 7PM

and from what i can tell, it's free to get in. i can't find any information on prices anyways

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Pancake day

8th March is pancake day! Crepes on arrival!!

Markets & alternative shopping

Marche Bastille
Bd. Richard Lenoir, 11th Arr.
Metro Bastille.
Google map:

Less than a mile by foot from rue d’Aligre is Marché Bastille, (old name Marché Richard-Lenoir). Here you will find a vast, glorious feast as most traders offer morsels for tasting (dégustation) of every kind of food for free. As you munch your way through the happy throng you’ll find food for the soul and mind too as street performers and assorted, small, political manifestations (demos) are on hand to entertain and politically educate …. Bon appetite!
Open 2 days, Thursdays and Sundays, 7am til 3pm

Nearest metro - Richard Lenoir - Line 5 Orange.

Marché d’Aligre

Marché d’Aligre
Pl d'Aligre, rue d'Aligre, 12th Arr.
Metro: Ledru-Rollin.

Forget those designer boutiques and get on the metro to head to the Place d'Aligre for a fascinating market full of clothes, antiques and world goods (particularly great for African crafts).

There really is something more enjoyable about grabbing a bargain at the market than flashing the credit card down the Champs Elysees!

These two are about 20 mins walk from eachother or a short metro trip on line 5 / 8



Jazz clubs & Drinking spots

1) Caveau de la Huchette

Nearest metro - Saint Michel & Notre Dame
blue, pink and yellow metro lines
5, rue de la Huchette 75005 PARIS



STUDENTS: 10,00 €
Pints = €6

2)Au Duc des Lombards
Jazz club & Restaurant
Main meals cost €14.50 - €18

42 rue des Lombards,
Area Marais
Transport Mº Châtelet
Telephone 01
Concerts 9pm Mon-Sat. Closed mid Aug
Admission €18-€25; free after midnight Fri, Sat

3) New Morning
7-9 rue des Petites-Ecuries,
Area North-East Paris
Transport Mº Château d'Eau
Telephone 01
Open times vary.
Admission approx €10. Drinks €3-€7.

Nearest metro - Chateau d'eau - plum line - just south of Gare de L' Est

Bars n stuff LOCAL TO HOTEL (in Montmatre) -
Maybe good places for get to know eachother drinks on the first night - less than 10 mins walk from hotel according to Googlay.

1) Rendez-vous des Amis (Le)

23 Rue Gabrielle, 75018 Paris, France+33 1 46 06 01 60
Price Range‎: Budget
Vibe‎: Locals
Dress Code‎: Casual
Alcohol Specialty‎: Beer/Wine

2) Houdon Jazz Club
5 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 PARIS 18, France+33 1 42 62 21 34 Bar & Restaurant with live music.average prices

BY EMILY & TIM (as was the last post)


SQUATS (this info was not easy to find! if anyone has any more info feel free to post!)

1) Les Frigos - This 80 year old building was once a giant refrigerator producing ice hence its name which means 'the fridges'. Now it has been re-appropriated by numerous artists and its facade is filled with some impressive graffiti and mural art. Although the ateliers are usually closed to the public, there is a nice little gallery on the ground floor that has contemporary independent art and also a café.

19 rue des Frigos
75013 Paris

Metro line 14 (purple) South bound. Station Biblioteque Fr. Mitterand (second last station, before Olmpiades)

2) LA Generale (
This place is about an hour journey on REC (overground train) from Gare du Nord to Gare de Sèvres Rive Gauche - in South West Paris.

3) 59 Rivoli ( THIS IS MOST PROMISING!!!!

59 rue de Rivoli

75001 Paris
M° Châtele - nearest metro station which most lines go to (walking distance from Notre Dame)

Schedules of opening:
The 59 Rivoli accomodates you Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
saturdays of 11:00 at 20:00 and all the other days of 13:00 to 20:00

This also includes the 'Chez Roberts Electron Libre' another amazing looking squat.

4) La Miroiterie - (more musical based, alternative, punk, etc.) - Video with more info

Sometimes you'll find very young punk bands rehearsing here. There is also a little "shop" where everything is free - if you bring something, leave it and take what you want.
88 rue de Ménilmontant
75020 Paris
Métro : Ménilmontant - line 2 (blue) same line as accommodation.

The opening times for the gallery and the ‘Magasin Gratuit’ vary according to the mood of the artist.

I am most interested in 59 Rivoli & La Miroitierie!!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Wednesday Meeting Brief Details

We kind of scheduled the following:


Tuesday: Sacré-Cœur - Moulin Rouge (from outside) - meal out, trip to a monoprix

Wednesday: La Tour Eiffel (plus whatever is closest)

Thursday: Centre Pompidou & Notre Dame (thanks Emily)

Friday: Catacombs (plus whatever is closest)

Saturday: Last minute things

Group leaders:
Will - Catacombs
Tim - Squats
Sofia Weird Museums
Kieran - Tour Effiel
Emily Pomipdou & Notre Dame
Chiu - Moebius exhibition

Groups leaders will have fun by:

1/ Preparing a guided tour - get some notes/printouts to tell us all about the place we visit

2/ Can set us a task :)

Think of something that has to brought back from Paris - it has to be super cheap or free

There should be a list of 22 things, and no dupilcates! So the more original you are from the start the less chance of another person thinking of the same thing

Afternoon/evening shopping:

Group leaders:
Chiu - Comics/Picture books
Helen - Vintage Clothes Stores
?? Flea Markets
any other places?

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Catacombs

Catacombs Visitors Entrance Location: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Place Denfert Rochereau, 75014 Paris
How to Get to the Paris Catacombs: Paris Metro stop Denfert-Rochereau; Paris RER B stop Denfert-Rochereau; Paris bus lines 38 & 68 stop nearby; closest (pay) parking lot is at Saint-Jacques Boulevard
Catacombs Open Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Catacombs Admission Fee: €8 adult, €4 ages 14-26, €6 ages 60+, children under 13 free (I don't think they sell advance tickets, tried looking but couldn't find anything)
More Information: The Musee Carnavalet oversees the Catacombs, and you can get more visitor information here(only in French). There is additional information about the history of the Catacombs on this website (in English & French).
Looking at google maps the catacombs are 2 km away from our hotel (Luxia) so it will take about 30Mins if you want to walk there.
Heres the google map link:,+75014+Paris,+France+(Parisian+Catacombs)&hl=en&geocode=FRRg6QId8cAjACG_4RmGOuCK6w%3BFdkl6QIde5YjACEO7FFiPuG0lQ&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=48.841786,2.338371&sspn=0.018669,0.045447&ie=UTF8&ll=48.841475,2.337642&spn=0.01867,0.045447&z=15

Things to know about visiting the Paris Catacombs:
  • Visits to the Catacombs can last between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours, so be sure to allot enough time.
  • It’s underground, so it can get chilly (it’s usually around 57F/14C) – it’s not a bad idea to bring a light sweater, even in the summer.
  • The tours cover roughly 2km of walking, including lots of steps up and down, so if you have trouble with walking and/or stairs you might want to sit this one out.
  • Children under the age of 14 can’t visit the Catacombs without an adult.
  • There are no bathrooms in the Catacombs, so go before you go underground!
  • There’s also no coat check or lockers underground, so whatever you’re carrying with you is what you’ll have to carry throughout your visit.
  • There’s a limit to the number of people that can be in the Catacombs at a time, so you may find entries restricted from time to time.
  • Group visits of between 10-20 people are permitted only from Tuesday-Friday, only in the mornings, and only by prior arrangement with the Musee Carnavalet (call 01 44 59 58 31 for information).
  • The Catacombs you’ll visit represent only a small corner of Paris’ underground tunnel system. There are over 300km of tunneling which spans both Left and Right bank arrondissements.
The Paris Catacombs (or Catacombes de Paris, as they’re called in French) are a maze of tunnels and crypts underneath the city streets where Parisians placed the bones of their dead for almost 30 years. Prior to the creation of the Catacombs in the mid-1700s, residents buried their dead in cemeteries near churches as is still customary in most places.
But as the city grew, the cemeteries quickly ran out of space. Additionally, improper burial techniques often led to ground water and land near cemeteries becoming contaminated and spreading disease to those living nearby, so city officials moved to condemn all the cemeteries within city limits and move the bodies in those cemeteries elsewhere.
The decision was made to use an underground section of quarries in Paris, and the bones from Paris’ city cemeteries were moved underground between 1786 and 1788. The process was conducted with reverence and discretion – the quarry space was blessed before any bones were moved there, bones were always moved in a quiet parade of carts accompanied by priests, and these movements always took place at night. The quarries continued to be used as the collection point for the bones from Paris’ cemeteries through 1814 and now contain the bodies of roughly 6-7 million Parisians.
catacombs3What’s particularly surprising about the Catacombs of Paris isn’t that they’re a tourist attraction in modern-day Paris – what’s surprising is that they started attracting visitors even before the last bones were moved in 1814, and they were already a major attraction just over 50 years later. In fact, in the late 1800s the larger underground crypt areas were even used as mini-concert halls!
Even though people were touring the Catacombs starting in 1867, the historic significance of this network of tunnels wasn’t finished being written. They were used by members of the French Resistance during World War II as they hid from the Germans, and the Germans also used a portion of the tunnels during World War II as a bunker.
The tunnels underwent a major renovation in 2007-2008 to make them more accessible to and safer for visitors.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

meet up 13:30 Wednesday!

Hi all!

We're meeting up tomorrow at 13:30 in illustration studio to discuss groups, early bookings and stuff - please do attend!

Monday, 21 February 2011

My random list of places to go so far!

The Eiffel Tower!
Needs to be done


I really want to check out some good vintage shops:

Some of these seem quite reasonably priced!

Moebius Transe-Forme Exhibition at the Fondation Cartier Pour L'art Contemporain
The master of French comics exhibits over one hundred and fifty drawing boards and drawings in the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art.

Deyrolle - Taxidermy shop - looks amazing!
I think someone else has mentioned this already, it looks to good to miss.


Sacre Coeur
I'd really love to catch a nuns choir practice/mass at the Sacre Coeur, supposed to be fantastic.

Musee Marmottan Monet
I'm not a huge Monet fan but I've been told that this collection is really worth seeing

To top it off, some good food and some evening entertainment, I haven't quite got that far yet.....

Ca plane pour moi.

Places I would like to explore
- Centre Pompidue, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Bibliothèque publique d'information (should have an amazing variaty of books.)
- artist squats such as Les Frigos, 19, rue des Frigos; 33-1-44-23-76-20, 13th Arrondissement, 
- 59, Rue de
- Rue de Menilmontant, rich art and music scene, this website has a bunch of intersting information about this area.
- Boulevard Saint Germain (galleries, many cafés and restaurants)
- Porte de Clignancourt (flea market)
Some other websites that might be interesting.

As you can see I will concentrate on the parisian artist squats and music scene.
The Paris Project
I would like to continue with my drawings in a selfmade sketchbook with different kinds of paper and experiment with materials. The study of figure, perspektives, emotions, gestures and movement of people and their environment would be a good practice.
In the end I would choose a few people i drew to ask questions like: what they might work, how they might be etc. and create a zine with a little narrative.