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.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Oh oh, bon soir mon petit pois!

Gonna try and see:

  1. Les frigos and or 59 rivoli, both artists squats
  2. Musée Fragonard (museum of anatomical oddities, how incredible does that sound?! We’re taking Siamese animals and inside out people and pickled heads here.)
  3. a taxidermy shop, Deyrolle? It’s meant to be adorable.
  4. The catacombs maybe. i'm a little claustraphobic, has anyone been there? squishy?
  5. Musee Albert Kahn, i've always loved autochromes. nomnom.

Eat some:

  1. I want to eat the biggest piece of strawberry meringue I can find
  2. A million macaroons
  3. A real life delicious croquet-monsieur with a side of REAL LIFE French fries.


  1. Dogs. Parisians seem to have a great taste in their best friends.
  2. Any “strange” outfits/haircuts/situations etc.
  3. Want to try and collect as many images of the art nouveau around the city as possible
  4. I think really just a lot of observational drawings in cafes and areas of interest.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Parisian Plans

Righttt well, I've only juts got back from Paris and.. it was VERY expensive. Avoid sitting down anywhere.. makes eating pretty pricey.

We visited Sacre-Coeur and I would love to go back, especially in the evening for some picture taking. To be fair, Montmatre is just gorgeous, would definitely like to spend some drawing time there, they have a great range of cafes and old architecture, winding streets.. it's incredibly erm.. "French". I could definitely spend a full 24 hours in that area.

Umm, Moulin Rouge, the Trocadéro; seeing the Effiel Tour, walk along the Seine && seeing the Louvre and Champs Elysees.
Would also like to revisit Notre-Dame.. also, if anyone's interested there's outdoor ice-skating near there.. only €5, and bit of fun.

I still have a tube map from there.. tad confusing but I'll highlight where to get off for what.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Paris: Where I would like to visit and illustrate

The possible areas I'm interested in focusing my eye's on are:

  • The Central Neighborhoods
  • North East Paris

The Places I'm keen to visit are:

  • "electron libre chez robert"

  • The Louvre

  • Notre Dame

  • Chateau de Versailles

At the moment my plan for the exhibition work is to, take a photo of what I see on my plate(or in hand) before I devour it. Then eaten I will sketch the remains.

That's all so far.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

first thoughts for paris

I have started getting a rough idea what I want to do, but not worked out a specific schedule yet. The main things I want to do are as follows:

1. Reportage illustration & Photography,

Particularly of the Squats & Atelliers in the North East of the city, and some of the flea markets. but also some of the more tourist orientated areas, cafes, etc. Get a feel for both sides of Paris life.

Probs spend 2-3 days on this, looking at doing a series of pencil and Ink drawings.

2. General Tourist stuff:
- Moulin Rouge, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc

For maybe a day.

3. Jazz Clubs - I hear the jazz scene is amazing, would like to spend a night or two exploring that.

Other than these main points I am well up for some wine and cheese action, and sampling some of the local cuisine.

I will get more details on specifics later.

My ideas :)

Places to go:

  • Moulin Rouge (!!!) - to have dinner there or go see the Feerie Show 
  • Place Du Tetre -  to see the artists at work in the square and sit in a cafe/restaurant with a live band/singer providing music 
  • The squats and the art spaces  
  • The Catacombs of Paris sound very interesting  
  • Notre Dame (!!!)
  • Sacre-Coeur  
  • Flea markets
  • Any interesting art galleries or museums

Where/what to eat:

  • Anywhere quirky  
  • Any amazing cake shop   
  • Anywhere to eat loads of awesome French food!

What to draw (haven't decided yet):

  • Interesting architecture, interiors and decoration...or... 
  • Interesting characters and costumes (clothing)...or... 
  • Interesting scenes capturing the lifestyle of Paris (such as someone managing their market stall, a quirky artist at work etc)

 :) :) :)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Places of interest:

Moulin Rouge:.. as long as the price is right.

Catacombs of Paris.

The Louvre museum: hoping to find a woolly mamouth

i want to...

  • visit the eiffel tower
  • go to the thrift stores/flea markets
  • visit some art museums
  • visit the squats/art spaces
  • find some run down places to take photos
  • couissons
  • frogs legs
  • baguettes
  • chocolate
  • something japanese
  • my own eiffel tower
  • people in hats
  • animals from france

sorta started looking at where they all are, but sorta not yet.

Friday, 11 February 2011

I need to start my plan!

I don't know where to start with my plan! Too many things to see. The best cake shops in Paris are sounding like a must though...............

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Here's where we'll be staying - Luxia

"Located in a quiet street of Montmartre, Hotel Luxia is a traditional and welcoming hotel.
A short 2 minute walk will bring you to Anvers Metro station (line 2), connecting you to all of Paris, including Charles de Gaulle airport, Roissy Airport, Orly Airport, buses to Beauvais Airport and all train stations. An acces to the hotel is facilitated by a lift (sortie porte de Clignancourt).
The locale has several restaurants and bistros as well as a market. The famous Moulin Rouge is located 15 minutes walk from the hotel."

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Paris info 01

When we go to Paris I will be on a mission, after all there’s nothing more constructive than going somewhere with several plans in hand: 

what to see; what to draw; what to buy; and what to eat – not necessarily in that order

I have just begun my own agenda plan. It will cover four areas, comics, picture books, places to see, and things to eat! Its only five days so I don’t want be too ambitious.

In order to make the most of the trip can you all make a plan, which will need some research, and then we can meet up a few weeks before we go to see what everyone comes up with

We can then then think about grouping to stay safe and enjoy the company of people with like minded interests. I’m about to email my mother, who happens to be French, to retrieve some names of some of the best cake shops in Paris, as she continually goes to Paris on this kind mission!

You can write your plan as a daily one, which will also tell us who are the early risers and those who like to stay up late. Places like Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, could be on your list of things to see, but some of you may want to go further to Chateau de Versailles, or look at alternative side to Paris:

When we return to BIAD we will have an exhibition of work, but rather than have a mixture of random Paris related drawings, I would like to suggest that you all research on an illustration context that you wish to focus your visual studies on whilst in Paris, and then exhibit them on your return.

I’ve begun my list of links & places to go below, but won’t do any more, until we know in which hotel, area of Paris we are staying

Comics Book Shops!
***** La Rubrique A Bulles
110 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris
01 43 38 45 15
* Oberkampf (<0.1 km)
* Filles du Calvaire (0.4 km)
Lun, Dim: Fermé
Mar - Sam: 11:00 - 20:00
Super magasin: un choix large mais pas trop pour ne pas être noyé, un patron de (très) bon conseil qui sait se mettre "au niveau" de ses clients novices ou passionnés, une déco originale et artistique, bref, un endroit où on se sent bien et dont on repart rarement les mains vides, longue vie à la rubrique à bulle!
*****Opéra BD, Bastille, Paris
2 Rue Tournelles, 75004 Paris
01 44 54 95 15
* Bréguet-Sabin (0.4 km)
* Chemin Vert (0.4 km)
Station Vélib':
* Bourdon (0.1 km)
J'adore !!!! Ouvert jusqu'à minuit !!! quand je finis tard le taff, ou le dimanche quand je veux me changer les idées, je passe toujours dans cette librairie de bd. Patron excellent, tres bon conseil ! Avis au fan et aux autres...
*****Manga Café, La Sorbonne, Paris – (For manga fans – library – not sure you can buy books from there, just read on pay per hour?)
11 bis Rue des Carmes, 75005 Paris
01 43 26 50 04
* la mutualité (0.2 km)
* Chapelle de la sorbonne (0.4 km)
Station Vélib':
* Bourse du commerce (1.7 km)
Ouverts tous les jours de 10h30 à 22h00
Plein plein plein de mangas, boisson à volonté et des consoles.... Le paradis quoi.
Arkham, Jardin des plantes, Paris
7 Broca, 75013 Paris
* Campo-Formio (0.8 km)
* Jussieu (0.9 km)
Station Vélib':
· Mouffetard saint medard (<0.1 km)
Bonne boutique de Comics, on y trouve un bon choix, et aussi de vieux numéro parfois difficile à trouver. Moins de matraquage commerciale que Album ce qui est aussi bien. On est ici entre connaisseurs.
Art Shops!
Graphigro, Paris
207 Boulevard Voltaire, dans l'impasse cité voltaire, 75011 Paris
01 43 48 23 57
* Rue des Boulets (<0.1 km)
* Charonne (0.5 km)
Station Vélib':
* Rue des Boulets (<0.1 km)
Lun - Sam: 10:00 - 19:00
Dim: Fermé
Sennelier, Paris
Magasin Sennelier
3,Quai Voltaire 75007 Paris