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August 20, 2017

August Skies

Beirut, Lebanon by Dear LauraBeirut, Lebanon by Dear Laura As I said in my last post, I'm back in Beirut for a bit before heading back home to Paris to pack my bags and *then* head to Boston. I haven't done much since I got here, mostly just going to beach and stuffing my face with food as usual. I also haven't been using my DSLR, only my analog camera + iPhone, so in the next few days I'll be posting my iPhone shots until I develop the rolls of film. Fingers crossed they come out nicely!

August 10, 2017

Sun Kissed

Paris, France by Dear Laura Paris, France by Dear Laura Paris, France by Dear Laura Paris, France by Dear LauraParis, France by Dear Laura Paris, France by Dear Laura Paris, France by Dear Laura Hello loves, apologies for the recent radio silence. So many things have happened since my last post. For one, I hurt my left wrist around mid July and had to wear a wrist brace for two weeks. It wasn't very practical when taking photos and writing code, so I mostly stayed at home or at Starbucks working on my internship research report with one hand. I'm feeling much better now though. After that, on the 1st of August, I got an unforgettable call from my mother letting me and my sister know that our beautiful grandmother had passed away. It was hard, you know. Hard being away from family, hard knowing that last time I had seen her and held her was 8 months ago. So we packed our bags and headed to Beirut. I've been here for a week and have been spending my days surrounded by family. I thought I'd write a quick post and check in on the blog, let you know that's I'm still alive and share these photos I took in Paris a few days before flying out.

July 1, 2017

A Day in Giverny

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Beautiful beautiful Giverny. This place has been on my list for so long, but you know how you never visit places in your own country because you kind of live there so you just tell yourself you'll visit some other time and in the end, you never do? Yeah, well that's exactly what happened. Except, in two months I'll be moving to Boston and I've been wanting to visit every place I can in and around Paris in the month and a half that I have left here. Sooooo... Last weekend, Ray and I took the train to visit Giverny! For those who don't know about Giverny, it's where you will find Claude Monet's beautiful garden and home. A garden full of roses, lavenders, water lilies... It was heaven to me. You cannot not get inspired living in such a beautiful home. We spent about 4 hours walking in the garden, taking photos and just staring at the pond full of water lilies.

We had lunch at a lovely restaurant called Baudy. The food was okay but the staff was very friendly and the view to the outdoor garden was beautiful. Little did we know, Baudy was the rendez-vous place for Monet, Renoir, Rodin as well as my favorite painter Sisley.

After that we visited the Museum of Impressionism, the town church and Monet's grave. The museum was ok (they didn't have a lot of pieces to show), the church was lovely, and the grave was... Well I'm not going to lie, I couldn't care less about looking at Monet's grave. Also, cemeteries are creepy. It's still worth it I guess. Just to tick it off your list, you know?

If you're ever planning on visiting Giverny, you can take the train from Paris to Vernon (~45 minute ride) and then take a 15 minute bus ride to Giverny. Make sure to check the bus schedule beforehand. We were lucky and arrived in Vernon a few minutes before the bus left to Giverny (and if we hadn't made it, we would've waited two hours for the next ride).

June 26, 2017

« À Pied d'Œuvre(s) »

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Centre Pompidou chose the Monnaie de Paris to exhibit a series of beautiful sculptures by Marcel Duchamp, Pipilotti Rist, Robert Smithson, James Lee Byars and Alberto Giacometti. The exhibition « À Pied d'œuvre(s) » focuses on an essential subject in the history of sculpture of the 20th Century : the transition from the purely vertical aspect of the monument to one encompassing horizontality and its immediate relationship with the ground — source.

A group of bloggers and I were kindly invited to a private visit of this exhibition last week and we had the loveliest tour guide explaining and describing the different pieces showcased at the museum. I found the exhibition quite interesting and very different from the other exhibitions that I have attended. I have to say, my favorite piece was probably the room in which the word 'vivre' (meaning 'to live') was written all over the floor multiple times (not pictured above). The exhibition is open until the 9th of July, in case you're in the area! More info here : monnaiedeparis.fr

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