Trois jours à Paris

A joyful excursion around the French capital.

Written by Craig Berry
Former Junior Designer at VBAT

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Netherlands to France and back: a collaborative animation with Joe Faulding

As such, I wanted to visit again but this time with my fiancé and experience it again as a much more mature and educated person but also to be able to show someone else around as well as experience new things myself.

One of my best memories was the discovery of the French/Parisian rap group, 1995 who became the soundtrack of this first trip and subsequently this second time round.

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Paris the first time: walking round at night/getting lost/drinking/sleeping
1995 – Réel
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Paris from the skies ft. Transavia

In such a grand museum with 72,735 square metres of room upon room containing paintings, sculptures and historical artefacts; the most interesting and inspiring part of the museum to me is its entrance; its iconic glass and steel pyramid which juts from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace.

Completed in 1989, this pyramid is one of the iconic ‘buildings’ in Paris, to many it is seen as ugly or not French but to me it is beautiful, either in the midday sunshine or the glow of the night-time.

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Louvre pyramid logo
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The Louvre
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Centre Georges Pompidou logo
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Centre Georges Pompidou

It is impressive though to see such an old building in great condition, the level of craftsmanship is clear to see in the building’s construction and intricate carving.

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One bucket of ice cream please
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Eiffel Tower

So many amazing books on art theory, art history, art practice, design, architecture, fashion and a magnitude of other creative subjects, however with minimal budget I left with a single red tote bag; sporting the logo which I have loved since first laying eyes upon it.

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Palais de Tokyo & Musée d’Art Moderne logos
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Tokyo de Palais
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Petit Palais Garden

It took a while to find as we first had to find the address on google maps and look for a big wooden door where one security guard was stood, “is this thing down there” I asked putting my phone in his face, showing a dodgy Instagram screenshot.

“Oui” he replied, and we worked our way through a maze of rooms and finally down into what was basically a crypt but with UV paint highlighting the form and outlines of the space; much of Vides’ work uses this technique. A highly instagrammable place indeed and in the words of my fiancé, “only you would find something as weird but cool as this”, she’s right.

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Reality to Idea logo
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Joshua Vides – Reality to Idea, Paris
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Musée des Arts Décoratifs logo
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Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Margiela at Hermès
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Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe
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Eiffel Tower at Night
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Eiffel Tower & River Seine Ft. Kirsten
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Pigalle Basketball Court
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Pompidou Centre | Invader Street Art
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Kirsten at the Petit Palais | Kirsten on a boat | Nice Parisian art gallery tote bags
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Petit Palais Gardens | Mucem Posters by SpasskyFischer
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Metropolitain Sign Typography | The River Seine | Jardins du Trocadéro

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written by Craig Berry, Creative at VBAT
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