Fondation Louis Vuitton – photo credit – Karen Anderson
I’ve got several friends heading to Paris this spring. I won’t make it myself this year but in helping my friends plan their trips, I’ve arrived at my top three recommendations of things to do in Paris.
- Enjoy a private art, history and walking tour with Paris Personalized. I’ve done their tour of The Louvre three times and loved it and learned more each time.
- Take a cooking class and neighbourhood food tour with my friends Aurelie and Marion at Succulent Paris. You’ll get to experience a day in the life of real Parisians.
- Book with Fat Tire Tours. Their day long bicycle trip to Versailles – with shopping at an organic market and picnicking on the grounds of Versailles – is a wonderful way to explore more.
Otherwise, just get a metro pass and a museum pass and wander. There’s no better city in the world to just walk the streets and get lost for a while. I’m continuously discovering old museums I was unaware of and two years ago I visited the (then) brand spanking new – Fondation Luis Vuitton (FLV).
Dedicated to the history of art, the museum itself also an art installation. The latest work of Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry it appears as a tall ship sailing through Bois de Boulogne park. I hope you’ll include it in your next visit to Paris. Because I’m such a fan of Gehry’s, the rest of this post is just a collection of photos from my visit. Continue reading
Guggenheim Bilbao – Exterior Walkabout – from a distance
puppy photo – Karen Anderson
puppy in his place photo – Karen Anderson
Going down to enter photo – Karen Anderson
a place to rest photo – Karen Anderson
some place blue and cool and shady – photo – Karen Anderson
something blue photo – Karen Anderson
flow – photo – Karen Anderson
Limestone building blocks – photo – Karen Anderson
titanium – photo – Karen Anderson
scales or sails – photo – Karen Anderson
another angle – photo – Karen Anderson
buildings rising around – photo – Karen Anderson
coming along side – photo – Karen Anderson
across the river – photo- Karen Anderson
Three strollers back – photo – Karen Anderson
Three strollers front – photo – Karen Anderson
bridging – photo – Karen Anderson
skyfull – photo – Karen Anderson
Goodbye Guggenheim – photo – Karen Anderson
If you are traveling to Spain, Bilbao’s Guggenheim is worth adding to your itinerary.
The value of art and architecture, for me, is how they cause me to live completely absorbed in the moment. The moment is all that really exists so it really is the best place to spend your time.
The value of contemporary art and architecture – if they achieve what they set out to do – is to allow each of us to take away our own interpretation and meaning of what we see in its presence. You have to be present in its presence to access that and when you are it can be a powerful experience.
I went to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and lived so in the moment that when four hours had passed it felt like one moment. I was drawn in to the depths of this place, I was amused and engaged by its surroundings and I was raised up in what it held inside. My interpretation was of experiencing life as seamless oneness. Perhaps this is what a fish feels like in water. This giant fish of a building with all its seams, sails and scales ended up feeling seamless to me.
This art installation on my blog will have more photos from Bilbao and more info on architect Frank Gehry – where he’s coming from and what he’s done lately.