<Front photo: Bercy Village>
I have been really lazy in writing blog posts recently because I’m preparing to move different continent for my job. Before preparing to move to the different continent, I had a family reunion in Paris and traveled to Southeastern France for 10 days in July. It’s such a belated post and now I’m posting it since the process of moving to the different continent showed some significant process.
Paris is kind of a city that I would not say it’s the most favourite but it makes me keep thinking about the city after I left and feel there are more unexplored areas. I happened to visit this city for three times. When I visited this city for the first time in 2014, I thought I explored pretty much a lot of parts in Paris and wouldn’t need to return to the city for a while. Then in 2016, I had a very long layover in Paris and luckily had an opportunity to go outside which was the final day of Euro 2016. It was certainly different atmosphere than the time I visited in late August 2014. Then, on July 4th 2018, I happened to visit this city again. Before coming to Paris, I had a little complaint in my mind that my family allocated to stay in Paris more than I wanted. I hoped to spend more time as possible in Southern France and Lyon. But since it’s my younger sister’s first visit to Paris, I guess I had to stay in Paris or take a train or bus to go outskirt of Paris to explore new places.
But this trip in France confronted that I was completely wrong and even made me reckoned I still have more places to visit in next trip to Paris. So, in this post, I would like to share hidden gems that I discovered in this trip to Paris
The hotel where my family stayed was right next to Bercy Village. It’s the first time to hear the name of this part of the city, actually so I didn’t have high expectation about the area around the hotel. My family were supposed to stay near Champ de Mars but it abruptly got cancelled. There was bitter feeling that the hotel is not adjacent to the tourist area. After taking long train ride from the airport, I was pleasantly surprised how lively the area was. Past and present coexisted in this village. This area has a lot of offices nearby in modern buildings but also it used to be 42 wine storages which are now transformed into restaurants, stores and bars. Even Five Guys! Right next to this cute area, there’s a giant movie theater which attracts a lot of people from various ages. There are full of local people so it’s quite vibrant day and night.
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève(Sainte-Geneviève Library)
This library is right next to Pantheon but it seems like a hidden place that it’s tricky to find without Google Map. There are no eye-catching signs indicating it’s the library. But you might notice it by some people waiting on a queue to get into the library when it’s just opened. It’s originally the university library but it’s open to public. The bad news is that you need to make a library card to get into the library and enjoy beautiful interior. But the good news is that it’s free to make the first card and you will be able to use it more than 10 months. This room doesn’t have air conditioner but it was not too hot. You can charge your laptop at the end of each table. You will feel surreal to study for a while in this picturesque library and it’s a great place to escape from fellow tourists.
Just steps away from the most prestigious couture boutiques, the Galliera Museum is located in a Renaissance-inspired palace. It’s located in an affluent neighborhood in Paris. It’s also closed to a couple of other museums such as Yves Saint laurent museum and Musée National d’Art Moderne. This museum is dedicated to fashion and fashion history. When I visited the museum, the museum had maison margiela exhibition. The exhibit was presented chronologically for several decades. I heard from my travel companion that it was Lanvin’s exhibition in 2017. Since it has different and fascinating collection every year, I have more reasons to visit Paris on a regular basis.
Additionally, it’s walking distance to Avenue Montagne and it’s the real place to see all the famous and fancy brand stores.
Jardin du Luxembourg-Tennis Court
Jardin de Luxembourg has a reputation for its sumptuous architecture and well decorated garden in the heart of the city. However, if you want to take a rest under the shade, the fancy garden area is not the best. In fact, there are a lot of chairs where you can lie comfortably and take a nap near tennis court area. It’s a good place if you want to take a break from walking under the sun in summer. Plus, you might be able to play tennis with locals.
Musee des arts Decoratifs
If you are not too interested in sculptures from ancient times and rather want to see more modern art, this is the place for you. It’s very close to Louvre and the entrance is on the side of the street that are across from a bunch of souvenirs. There were several different collections on each floor. The biggest exhibition at that time was Roman Cieslewicz tribute exhibition. According to the exhibition, he was a major figure in graphic design in the second half of the 20th century.Roman Cieslewicz saw his role as a graphic designer in direct confrontation with current events and I think it’s brave of him to express his ideas and opinions through art during the time and place when the freedom of speech was limited. And there were a lot of artistic stuffs in the shop so take time to look around!