Friday, 30 July 2010

Le Weekend

For a birthday treat my wife whisked me off to Paris on the Eurostar for the weekend and it was proper fantastiche! Firstly we headed over to the Foundation Cartier to check out an exhibition by my favourite Japanese all-round whacko auteur 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, his film Sonatine is in my all time top movie list and who can forget the mayhem of Takeshi's Castle. The show was fun and eclectic featuring comically surreal animal/warfare hybrids, crazed elephantine sewing machines, brilliantly daft interactive exhibits and striking naive paintings all topped off with a visit to a cool Japanese kiosk he also designed. The total Takeshi experience. We then popped to the Champs for macaroons at Laduree before leaving the tourist havens behind and checking out the gems of North East Paris and the 19th arrondissement. We spent a lovely summer's evening at the spectacular Parc Buttes Chaumont, walked the length of Canal Saint Martin with drinks at Point Ephemere and explored the amazing Parc de la Villette chock full of bright red post modern structures, submarines, huge mirrored spheres and a Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen buried bicycle sculpture. Incroyable!

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