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Paris

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on June 2, 2010

Here are more shots of my time in Paris… still more to come later on.

Had to put up another shot of this building.. those sculptures up top are just too good.

View from the top of the Pompidou (Modern art museum). The light here is something else. Here are a few favorite works from inside:

yves klein

Joan Miró

and the Kandinsky... not really my style but had to take this one for Mama.

And a crazy fruit stand that lured us in with ease:

Ciao for now

Cass

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Paris and the Volcano

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on June 2, 2010

In April, Lisa and I planned a 6 day trip to Belgium to visit some friends of hers and I decided to go on to Paris from there for another week. Belgium was amazing and our friends Geert and Regine were the most welcome hosts… more on that later when I get the photos formatted correctly for the site (and some developed… I’ve been shooting film again).

Anyway– Paris. Chance would have it that my dear friend Laura also was going to be there at the same time (she’s a fellow Californian but a committed Frrancophile, and thus lives in the South of France in Aix-en-Provence). Haven’t seen her in a long time, and we had fun remembering cutting each other’s hair with razor blades when we were 13 and feeling punky. She brought Miranda along with her and we had a little CA reunion in the middle of France. Way cool. Also Laura knows the ins and outs of the city pretty well, and it was beyond appreciated to have a tour guide of sorts for the first 4 days. Miranda and Laura are awesome… we had  a great time running around together.

About 2/3 of my photos are in the wrong format for this website and I’m having technical problems with my laptop, so am going to have to wait until I get back to SF to convert them correctly. Until then, here’s some of what I shot on film, and I’m going to give the Pere Lachaise cemetary a post all to itself (that’s up next, along with a bonus story about an astrophysicist I met).

building with incredible sculptures on top. can't remember it's name but it's near the Pompidou.

at the Musèe d'Orsay

If I lived in Paris, I’d definitely have a membership to both the d’Orsay and the Pompidou. There’s a reason they call Paris the art capital of the world.

café in the d'Orsay. (!) no big deal.

Little tiny fancy cars all over the place. Also saw a lot of nice motorcycles, most notably some beautiful Triumphs. If I lived here, you know I’d be on two wheels, motorized or otherwise. No mini cars for me!

Sorry about the rotation there… can’t seem to get it right, but it’s worth it to see even if you have to look sideways at it. That there is a sculpture by a Belgian artist named Wim Delvoye. This guy knows how to make some beautiful, thought-provoking and insanely intricate art. Makes sense that he’s got a temporary exhibit (click for link) at the Rodin Museum right now. I spent a quiet afternoon there and loved this piece situated in the center of the main garden. It’s about 15 feet tall, made of laser-cut Corten steel. It’s slowly being allowed to rust, and the effect can’t really be captured on film. The museum itself was stunning as well… so so much work. Rodin must have never stopped creating. There was a really cool display on how he creates and casts his works… whenever I get my digital photos worked out I’ll post a photo of it.

inside the museum

Laura.

Me in Montmarte. Stayed there, had a blast. Paris was such a good experience… definitely need to spend more time in this place someday. A lot more, if I can manage it. Also need to learn French. But the Frenchards can stick to their broken English– I love it too much.

A bientot for now… more photos later.

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Fez, Morocco

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on April 4, 2010

Fez, Morocco

The Fez medina is the largest urban car-free city in the world. The buildings are covered with mosaics (primarily green) and it’s built on a hillside in a valley surrounded by a mountain range. I spent new year’s there… probably my most relaxed ever.

It was  a great city. Met a lot of locals, ate some incredible food I’d never tried, and almost got run over by pack laden donkeys more times than I can remember. The streets are super narrow and, without cars for transport, the businesses rely heavily on the animals.

looking over the Medina and skins drying in the sun on the hillside, Fez

live ones on the hilltop.

Stayed at a really nice little bed&breakfast. The owner was a teeny little Moroccan man who lived his whole life in France and worked in architecture. He visited Morocco for the first time at age 70, fell in love with Fez, and moved there a month later to open the hotel. We talked for a couple of hours over tea. Really awesome old dude. Had some sweet views from the top of the building, too.

jacket I bought in Marrakech, hanging from hotel room door.

public fountain, still heavily/regularly used

I hear Fez is known for it’s fountains.. makes sense. They’re on almost every corner and very intricate. Spent most of my time there wandering through the maze of souks. Stopped in to a traditional art museum on new year’s eve.

doorway

for Luke.

museum levels

The medina was much more claustrophobic and higher built-up than Marrakech. There are only a few calmer, open-air plazas. Still though, I really enjoyed the city. Definitely would return if I got the chance.

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