Let’s view the world through the eyes of an artist.
We are delighted to bring you the art and world view of this year’s Solo Traveler Artist in Residence, Marie Pottiez, a visual artist and traveler. On her blog, Miles of Happiness, Marie illustrates her journeys, inspiring people to travel beyond their comfort zone. Seems like a good fit to us. Here is Marie’s perspective, sharing her travel experience and a series of images of Paris. Marie’s illustrations are also available for purchase on her blog.
Ooh la la… Paris! I was there as a student, I lived, met my husband, went back as a traveler, and got married there. I’ve spent some time in Paris and the city holds many great memories for me. However, I don’t feel like I know the place. Every time I’m there, Paris surprises me. There is so much to see. It can be a new museum, a hidden gallery, a show in the street, a freshly renovated park, or a concept bar–it never stops evolving and innovating.
It was an exciting city to live in, but it’s even better to go back as a traveler, because then you don’t mind the stress, the dirt, or the traffic. What I like to do is rent a bike and explore the city at my own pace, enjoy the ride, and take the time to see all these things I planned to explore ‘someday’ when I used to live there.
It is no legend, Paris is magic. It’s nearly impossible to think about that city without also thinking of the innumerable works of art that fill it. And the best part is, you don’t even have to aim for a specific sight. There are so many, wandering around will bring you to a nice discovery anyway.
It’s pretty incredible how creative this city has been over the years, and how the modern and artistic side fits with the historical side of the city. That’s probably what makes Paris so special, so inspiring: that contrast between the authentic and the trendy, like the stunning giants ads displayed on the old school Haussmann buildings. Art is in every corner here. It’s part of the city.
My favorite thing to do in Paris is to sit in a traditional brasserie and to eat a (delicious) French lunch while people watching. Actually, that’s what most Parisians love.
If you enjoyed these images of Paris, see more from the Solo Traveler Artist in Residence in Images of Indonesia, Images of New York, Images of Tokyo, Images of Beijing, Images of Singapore, Images of Australia, Images of New Zealand, and Images of Hong Kong. You can connect with Marie on facebook, twitter, instagram, andpinterest.