Street Art – Paris

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I’m not an “art” person.
In fact, I could be perfectly happy living in a house with blank walls.
But one form of art I have become obsessed with in the past couple of years, is street art.
There’s something about it that thrills me…
The idea that these artists go out in the dead of night and risk getting arrested is appealing.
It’s cool and interesting and unique.
Trying to find some in a new city has become my own personal treasure hunt.
And I knew moving to Europe would expose me to some of the most well-known “street artists” in the world.
So, while in Paris over the weekend…
I saw some of the most amazing pieces yet.

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Next time you go adventure out into a new city…
Skip the museum, save your cash, take a walk & go on your own treasure hunt!

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“Gregos is a street artist from Paris.
Self-taught, he began with graffiti in the 80s and in 1997 he began experimenting with sculpting techniques and molding.
After a stay in the United States, he returned to Paris in 2006 and embarked on a concept of 3D street art by creating a replica of his face he painted and then stick on the walls of the city.
To date over 400 faces were set in Paris but also in other cities of France and the world”
 
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“Diamant is a young Parisian artist who is up a lot around town.
His diamonds are made by painting onto glass.
However, don’t be deceived into thinking Diamant is a one trick pony – he also creates poster and collage work on the streets, too. As he tells us: “I do not want to make diamonds to imprison me as some artists.
I want to be free to do what I want. I keep the diamond as a signature.”

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“Paris street art innovator, Gz’ Up.
He’s French, he lives in Paris, his street art consists mostly of anthropomorphic octopusses cut from plywood and glued high up on street corners, he’s angry about people stealing his work, and, one day he hopes to make an octopus on a girl’s behind – his name is taken from rapper Snoop Dogg’s saying, ”Gz Up, Hoes Down”.

 
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Invader is the pseudonym of a well-known French urban artist.
His work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s 8-bit video games.
He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he prefers to remain incognito, and guards his identity carefully, his distinctive creations can be seen in many highly-visible locations in more than 60 cities in 30 countries.

 

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This artist hasn’t been in the press yet…
Appearing just 2 weeks ago in Paris, these tiny mice can be seen all over the city.
I’m calling him “Mouse Man”.

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The rest are just plain cool.

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This was one of my favorites…
Reminded me of all my friends and memories of living in NYC.

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I’m still patiently waiting to see a Banksy….

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All About Paris – Giving Thanks

 

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This week I am thankful for…

…the sweet deliciousness of a French macaron.

 

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…spending the whole day enjoying the beautiful Place of Versailles.

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…the tube in London.  The Paris Metro system is uber crowded, dirty and gross.  The London Tube system is the exact opposite.

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…the prettiest in airport terminal sunset I’ve ever seen – 
tonight at CDG.
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…experiencing awesome street art in Paris.  
Some of the coolest “street artists” are from there and got the” low down” on some of the newbies making an impression, i.e. “Mouse Man” – that’s my name for him..he’s  placing these white plaster mice on the walls all over the city in the last 2 weeks.  It’s pretty cool.

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…all the amazing French bread, the best part about Paris.

 

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…the Blue Bike Tour we booked in Paris.  We took the “Secrets of Paris” tour and were thrilled with it!  I highly suggest booking one of their amazing tours!

 

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…experiencing all silly fun the Paris auto show had to offer – the Ford free fall Superman thing and the “run like a gerbil” thing.   You are never too old to play!

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What Are You Thankful For This Week?

Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup with Chicken

Hearty Vegetable and Barley with Chicken Soup

 Now that I’m finally getting settled and the weather in London is getting colder…
It’s time to make soup.
Who am I kidding?
I make soup in the middle of Summer.
I did try 2 NEW things in this soup.

Hearty Vegetable and Barley with Chicken Soup

#1
Take a handful of dried porcini mushrooms and run them threw a coffee grinder to make a powder.
Combining this powder with a bit of soy sauce when added to a canned veggie broth…
Really adds another level of flavor to the soup, an almost meaty savoriness.

Hearty Vegetable and Barley with Chicken Soup#2
I added turnips.
I don’t really eat this vegetable but not because I don’t like it…
More like, I just haven’t been around it a lot and I don’t know what to do with it.
Well, I’m a turnip lover now baby!
This veggie works well in faking you thinking its a potato (it’s not) & thickening up the soup!
Plus,they are high in Vitamin C and low in calories.

Hearty Vegetable Barley Soup with Chicken
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Soup
 
Ingredients
  • ⅛ ounce dried porcini mushrooms, grinded to a powder
  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley plus 3 tablespoons chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1½pounds leeks, white and light green parts sliced ½ inch thick and washed thoroughly
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled &smashed
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1½ cups chopped green cabbage
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • **1/2 rotisserie chicken shredded**
Instructions
  1. Grind porcini with spice grinder until they resemble fine meal, 10 to 30 seconds.
  2. Measure out 2 teaspoons porcini powder. Reserve remainder for other use.
  3. Using kitchen twine, tie together parsley sprigs, thyme, and bay leaf (or just throw them in like I do)
  4. Melt butter in large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  5. Add leeks, carrots, celery, wine, soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons salt.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and celery is softened, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add water, broth, barley, porcini powder, herb bundle, and garlic.
  8. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes.
  9. Add turnips and cabbage. Return to simmer and cook until barley, turnip, and cabbage are tender, 18 to 20 minutes.

 

Hearty Vegetable and Barley with Chicken Soup

 Do You Eat Turnips?