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Let me first say wow!! The energy in Paris was absolutely unbelievable Saturday night, I have never seen Paris like this before. There was singing, dancing, drumming and laughter everywhere in the streets. Every year in all of France, Fête de la Musique celebrates the first day of summer (summer solstice) and of course music.
I have been looking forward to this day for YEARS. After first hearing about it in the film 2 days in Paris, I became curious about this day. Singers and musicians performed every single type of music under the sun; both professional and not. There were many famous french artists giving free concerts, as well as a free Lana Del Rey concert I found out about too late -wah!
It was cool to walk through Place de Republique. In that one plaza they had 5 different genres of music playing. Walking through and hearing all the music mixing was really cool and so was this guy...
I took some video with my phone so you can see the range of music! Next year I will take my camera ;)
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I really liked the Hip hop group: Le Quartier Libre I may try to catch a show!
There were also DJs playing on the streets; everything from top 40, mash-ups, dub step, and house music. Mini raves would form around them! We also came across a DJ playing salsa and a big group of people salsa dancing. Good dancers or not people were not shy and that was awesome. I asked Pierre if he would dance with me and he of course looked at me like I was crazy. So, I just filmed and admired. I guess my look of longing to dance was evident because an older man came up to me and offered me is hand. I got shy and said "no merci". Of course regretting it now, next time I WILL salsa!
I didn't realize how starved I was for music and dancing until that night. I think I've found my new favorite day!
Lately my mind has been feeling a bit foggy and cluttered. So, I decided to go ahead and have myself a little creative revival of a week. Many creatives can relate to those moments where you're just itching to create something new. Ready to just put it all down on paper and get it out of your mind and into your hands. So instead of thinking I just started making and making and making. A whole lotta sketches, photography and weaving later I had some finished art prints and a mens bracelets. I started making bracelets a couple of years ago when I was overly weighed down with advertising/digital work/ graphic design. I just HAD to get out of the computer and start making things with my hands again. Creating with my hands has been a very therapeutic experience, as I'm sure it is for many others.
It was interesting to see the art that I ended up with at the end of the week. It ranges from girly to masculine.
I also created a french version of the pineapple print (ananas)
Bracelets available online here: www.etsy.com/shop/ettavee
Art print available online here: www.etsy.com/shop/ettaveestudio
As a creative type, it feels good to spill what's bottled up inside. Are there any other creative souls who feel the same!? I'd love to hear it!
the daily french: porte / door
photo taken in the 13e
<a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12450367/?claim=6y52avq8xkz">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Before arriving, I didn’t realize there was such a huge tea culture in Paris. There are tea shops everywhere, from high end crazy expensive teas to reasonably priced teas. Being more of a coffee person, I hadn't ever really 'gotten' tea, but oh how times have changed. I now have tea time daily. Tea time in Paris falls around 3pm (also known as the gouter; a wondrous snack as it allows you to shamelessly eat sweets!).
If you're into teas I highly recommend checking out Kusmi tea. I was first introduced to Kusmi tea at a friend’s place and instantly fell in love.
I have since ventured into their lovely shops on various occasions. Many of my American visitors tend to go all mad hatter when they set foot in this shop, myself included.
Part of the allure are it’s cute candy colored tins; it has that untouched box of crayola crayons feel to it. Many things are at play here that make Kusmi’s teas irresistible. They smell AMAZING.
My favorite thing about Kusmi is they sell small sample tins with 5 different blends to try before committing to a big tin. Every American I’ve taken into that store has waltzed out with some tea, swinging bag and all. If you spot a shop while in France I highly recommend checking it out. There’s one US store in NY!
I'm dying to try out a tea salon like Laudrée or Angelina. Tea anyone?
Kusmi Tea Paris
56 Rue des Rosiers Paris, France // 75 Avenue Niel Paris, France // 56 Rue de Seine Paris, France