A Parisian cocktail: 1/5 geek, 1/5 daydreamer, 1/5 hedonist, 2/5 curious. A hint of gin, a zest of lemon. Stir. Enjoy.
Although not originally from Paris, Guillaume has been living for more than fifteen years in ‘Paname’. He’s developed a real passion for the city and its many faces and atmospheres, that he keeps exploring and collecting like as many pictures of a souvenir album. He launched Paris Bonne Nouvelle to share this passion and bring travelers to discover all these faces of the City of Lights.
Work brought me there. Early in my career, I was told my job would be moved to La Défense. I was a bit scared at the beginning and awed by everything I had heard about the hostility and the stress of living in the capital. But once settled in a cozy little flat in Montparnasse, I started to really enjoy my Parisian life, offering the comfortable amenities of a ‘vie de quartier’ on the one hand and so many grandiose sightseeing, exciting venues and fascinating cultural events on the other hand.
It’s been steadily growing stronger, as I get to discover new charms every year. I was lovestruck by its sheer beauty at first, but in time learned to appreciate its other sides, more intimate, more authentic.
As a smalltown provincial guy, I didn’t like the rough and sometimes rude treatment you’d get from stressed Parisian people. Don’t know if it’s me who adapted, but I feel it’s somehow got better these last years. Traffic, too, has always been a mess, but then I don’t have a car anymore, haha!
Mmm, can I choose 3 of them? I’d say the one in the garden of the Musée Rodin in Midnight in Paris, the one behind Notre Dame in Lune de Fiel and the one in Inception where the whole neighborhood seems to roll itself over (it’s actually just a stone’s throw from where I live)
It would be something atmospheric, grandiose, powerful, groovy and emotional at the same time, dunno, like an Arcade Fire song: Reflektor, maybe?
If you’ll be in Paris this Friday, September 13th, large strikes will be affecting most public transportation. Transport unions have called for a grève in protest against pension reforms and the RATP (the Parisian transport operator) foresees 'heavily disrupted' traffic conditions.
It was one of those moments in life when you remember exactly where you were when it happened. Moments so emotionally charged that they remain engraved in our memories forever.