Photos: Enjoying museums, galleries and more in Paris, September to October

One of the first things that you do in Paris after moving here? Making sure to make the take to go to the museums, art galleries, walk around the gardens and get lost and explore the city.

Here are some photos mainly from September and October 2018.

Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature on rue des Archives was the most unique museum that I have been to and highly recommended!

Outside and inside the Archives nationales in Paris:

Inside the Picasso Museum and works by Picasso

An outside garden as part of the Rodin Museum, with sculptures inside

Amazing and iconic outside sculpture at the Rodin Museum

Commissioned sculpture outside a de ville (city hall):

Typical scene at Les Marais:

Two types of art near Les Marais, street art and commissioned sculpture:

Translates to: “Go ahead boss and let me have a dream”:

Boats moored near Cité/Bastille:

Some interesting reflections near Cité:

Just one of the stores selling various knick knacks near Bastille:

The most famous boulevard in the world opened itself up to accept pedestrians only on Sunday:

Firenze/Florence, Italy.

I was only in Florence for the day, but you can definitely spend more than a day!

I went to the touristic and historical sites (primarily, the Duomo area), and walked along the Gold Bridge or ‘Ponte Vecchio’ with a history from the medieval times.  There were a number of museums and galleries which I did not attend but you can satisfy your historical, cultural and artistic curiosities here.

It is easy to wander around the city and think of times of yore with the artefacts from the yesteryears.

Tattoo Convention Berlin 2017 including Arena Berlin antiques and Treptow Fields

Today, I went to the Tattoo Convention at Arena Berlin, starting off with a walk at Treptow Fields before turning around to Arena Berlin.

Treptow Fields and Arena Berlin

Treptow Field overlooking towards Fernsehturm Berlin

Arena Berlin is a pretty cool event space. Here’s what it looks like on the outside:

Outside Arena Berlin hall

Treptower Art Center GmbH

On the way, I came across a flea market called Treptower Art Center GmbH. It was a mix of a lot of things – from really old furniture, lamps, second-hand clothes, right through to bikes and random tools. Managed to have a brief conversation with an old Turkish woman who only spoke German to me. We managed to communicate a bit, and I even understood her when I asked about what dates they were open (only Saturday and Sunday).

They actually have some nice, antiques stuff.
There is nothing totally more Berlin than a stack of bikes in a flea market hall

Berlin Tattoo Convention

Entry starts from 19 euros.

The Berlin Tattoo Convention is a yearly event (alongside other similar events in Thailand and Norway) gathering together tattoo artists, enthusiasts and hardcore fans alike.

The hall is lined with stalls filled with studios and artists. Each stall has a chair and a tattoo artist focusing intently on his / her piece. The tables contain business cards, postcard, calendars, printouts, tattoo design printouts, portfolio books of either drawing-based designs or photos of past ink pieces.

There are also stalls for the professionals – from tattoo inks to tattoo machine guns – as well as other stalls that would appeal to the whole body art / body modification scene like body piercing jewellery (there was even a pop up body piercing studio), merchandise and tattoo self-care products.

Mid-afternoon, the organisers invited dozens of enthusiasts up on stage to show their pieces.

Overall, it was a really comfortable type of day. Felt like everyone there was comfortable, in fact I have never felt more safer and ‘in the crowd’ than in a tattoo convention.

I myself am not even inked, and I’ve never actually been inside a tattoo studio let alone seen someone tattooed live. My only association with studios before this were the ‘mass consumerist’ / hairstudio-in-Walmart type.  It’s the type that would have a folder of tattoos and you get one done based on a set design. Whereas the studios at this convention took a lot of pride in their craft.

You can get a consultation with a tattoo artist – but to be honest, it was packed and pretty busy so I just flipped through the portfolio and took cards.
One of the enthusiasts – dozens of people went up on stage to show their ink. Some showed a small patch while others were covered head to toe.
I am not sure about this guy, but there was an international presence at the convention for the stalls and attendees. I saw studios from France, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Samoa, Italy, the US, Belarus and more.

And that’s all! One last look over from Arena Berlin..

Swimming pool on the river near Arena Berlin

Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and the creative industries


The walk after we arrived at the Toronto Central Station was possibly the best that I’ve ever had.  It’s a bit surreal having spent the last few days in the Prairies in a train carriage and the following morning walking in the busy financial district in Canada’s largest city.  The bagel and cream cheese that I had was heaven as well… Continue reading Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and the creative industries