Finding Paris

by Marcus · 03.12.2010 · Escapism · 8 comments

Paris, where are you?

enter­ing a met­ro­polis always means that in most times you have heard about this place before. the french cap­itol is the per­fect example for that. it is loaded with a massive visual hype which kinda lets you know what you get before you come there.

find­ing paris is both– easy and dif­fi­cult. it doesn’t take much to under­stand what makes this city spe­cial. the beauty is stun­ning. nice old build­ings lean against the hills of mont­martre with the sacre coeur on it’s top which looks like an exag­ger­ated wedding-cake . sneak­ing arround this neigh­bour­hood is full­filled with a romantic ath­mo­sphere roun­ded up by typ­ical post­card cafes and baker­ies. i loved that. i mean this was why i was there for. cheeeeese.

but what inter­ested me much more was the daily paris life away from the sight­see­ing high­lights. with some loc­als in a call­ing dis­tance and our love­ley arty host enrico we thought there wont be prob­lems to boo­gie down on the paris streets and night­life. what we didn’t knew was that there came the dif­fi­cult side. i mean we still can’t believe it, but there seems to be noth­ing worth of any atten­tion. i mean –yeah– we are kinda spoiled with our ber­lin party life­style but what is going on there? more than 10 mil­lion people and no one of the loc­als (also the scenesters) have a plan? the ser­i­ous tips we got brought us to main­stream bars in a simon-dach style with expens­ive beer and a mil­lion mile night­walk home because the metro is clos­ing arround 2 am.

what about daft fuck­ing punk and ed banger? in end­less dis­cus­sions and dis­ap­point­ments i remem­berd my last talk with damian of dop who told me about how he could calm down in paris and focus on his stu­dio work because he doesn’t has the pres­sure to miss some­thing out there.

maybe this kinda frus­trat­ing situ­ation for the sub­cul­tural youth plus the fact of unaf­ford­able apart­ments leads to the abstract situ­ation that all the kids are learn­ing ger­man and wanna move to a place every­body is talk­ing about — berlin.

so our paris pic­ture needed to be edited. what we found out was that there is this romantic side of the city which makes paris to what it is. but an altern­at­ive side like we know and love it from ber­lin you are search­ing there in vain.

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  1. Nach dem find­ing Asia Part sieht das schon wieder viel mehr nach Heimat aus — auch wenn ich noch nie in Frankreich gelebt habe oder da war, aber die Art wie Paris ist (oder wie es mir auf diesen Bildern vorkommt) sieht nach Heimat aus.
    Das ein­zig ver­wir­rende hieran ist, dass ich erst dachte Sara wäre jetzt in Paris :)
    Super Fotos und toller Text!

  2. hey kevin, thanks. i think sara loves the heat over there, so we don´t see her in europe again until next sum­mer. until then i take over the europe and ber­lin part. cheers…

  3. this is very good for you, ybg :)

  4. nice views from paris… ur blog is mak­ing me feel nos­tal­gic about paris n ber­lin! great pics

    cheers from south brasil

  5. Damn… das ist ja wohl mit Abstand das geil­ste was ich seit langem mal wieder gese­hen habe. Fant­astische Fotos von der Stadt, in der ich mal von 89 – 94 gelebt habe. MAGNIFIQUE !!!

  6. There’s more and more new cool places in Paris for night­life !
    the last one is Wan­der­lust ! Check it !


    Bob Delmonteque
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