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2021/12/26 Going Out in Paris During a Covid Xmas 2021
π 2021-12-26 01:01 in Paris, Trips
Another year going to Paris, Air France has had much better deals in business seats for miles, so I've been going with them again. Nice 1-2-1 layout (especially during covid):


The previous year, because of covid and no vaccines, I literally didn't go out at all, or see anything. This year I was triply vaccinated, so I went out to enjoy the city again, plenty of pictures:





nice views from top of Printemps
nice views from top of Printemps



newer building, not sure what happened there
newer building, not sure what happened there


Printemps was great to see as always:








yum but totally overpriced
yum but totally overpriced

Great to meet some of my friends for lunch while I wsa there:


Arc de triomphe:


I went to arche de la défense to check out the view and the Xmas market:












The top of the arch has a small expo each time, this time photos:



I then went to the Xmas market (remembering that it closes at 18:00 on the last day, but 20:00 on previous days). So many yummy things:











so yum
so yum

I was weak and got a seared foie gras sandwich
I was weak and got a seared foie gras sandwich

those bottles were beautiful
those bottles were beautiful

look at the patterns blown inside the glass!
look at the patterns blown inside the glass!

Random pictures while walking around in Paris:

the flower market is always nice
the flower market is always nice



that weird building again, I'm not sold
that weird building again, I'm not sold



cartoons showing the rebuild
cartoons showing the rebuild


we shall rebuild!
we shall rebuild!





it rained many days, but not every day
it rained many days, but not every day





After doing the Xmas market at arche de la défense, I did the one by jardin des tuileries:

yeah, I didn't have of those, fixed :)
yeah, I didn't have of those, fixed :)










Oh yeah, I also went shopping for the essentials. The entire row of cookies fell from the shelf into my cart :)


that's why I shop for chocolate in france :)
that's why I shop for chocolate in france :)

Back another day for some night pictures:



While I was in Paris, I also saw (click on the links):

  • Paris Cinematheque, Musee Melies

  • Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte

  • Monnaie de Paris (French Mint)

  • And thankfully I managed to avoid catching covid for long enough to fly home, it was a close one:

    'Adieu les cons' is a fun movie :)
    'Adieu les cons' is a fun movie :)

    2021/12/29 Paris Cinematheque, Musee Melies
    π 2021-12-29 01:01 in Museums, Paris
    This was another idea from my dad, there are so many museums in Paris that seeing them all is a never ending task :)

    Musée Méliès was really good given how pioneering and famous this French cinematographer, was, especially as he can be said to be the first real one, and with so much success.

    The museum does a great job recounting his life, inventions, and firsts, including how he built his cameras based on the frères Lumière's work who didn't believe their own invention would be worth anything:




    There were multiple screens showing some of his early short movies:



    even then, some of the movies were hand colorized, frame by frame
    even then, some of the movies were hand colorized, frame by frame



    the whole story board for 'voyage vers la lune'
    the whole story board for 'voyage vers la lune'



    He built an entire studio, the first one, in Montreuil:



    Really cool visit (and we got lucky to have a guide walk by and give us nice explanations). After we were done, we went to see a different expo on Jean Paul Gaultier, the famous French fashion designer, and how his work got into many movies (including 5th element):







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    2021/12/30 Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte
    π 2021-12-30 01:01 in Monuments, Paris
    I had never heard about Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, it's about 1H outside of Paris, an was a famous castle with fancy garden that were used as an example for Chateau de Versailles, built later for the king. It's a pretty impressive castle that I'm happy I got to see thanks to my dad:









    They had cool indoor displays:





    The castle had timed entry and very nicely decorated rooms:

    nice 3D video mapping
    nice 3D video mapping




    very nicely done show
    very nicely done show





    After the visit, I went to walk the grounds to the end back (long walk, almost 1H):





    sun started setting on my walk back
    sun started setting on my walk back



    Finally it was time for the night show with more video 3D mapping on the castle, very nice:





    Very nice castle with very good decorations, well worth the visit.

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