June 29: The last day in Paris by Hugo Perez

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Today marks the last day of this European trek through Amsterdam, Vienna, Florence, and Paris.

Today started with a standard French breakfast of croissants, coffee, and fresh squeezed orange juice in a cafe on the corner of a busy intersection.

We then headed to the north part of town and explored a burgeoning center of art galleries. We decided to skip the Orsay and it's Cezzanne exhibit, replacing it with contemporary works off the beaten path. 

 

Galerie Bugada & Cargnel  

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We definitely took the time to visit some landmarks such as the Saint Chappell and enjoy a glass or two. 

 

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Galerie Noguchi Breton  

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Galerie Antoine Levy

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Galerie Jocylen Wolff

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 Galerie Samy Abraham  

Galerie Samy Abraham  

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A Morracan dinner in the Latin Quarter

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C'mon Detox!  

 

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Sharon Needles  

 

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Oeuvre for now; I'll leave you with a quote from the current reigning queen: 

Be the strange you wish to see in the world. Rely on brains, beauty be damned, let monsters reign. If you want to join the revolution: innovate, that's my solution! Wear a crown, fuck with gender, bend the rules, don't surrender. A thinking queen speaks to the heart, she's stranger than fiction, better than art! 

👑 

Day 26-28: Etre pris au piege by Hugo Perez

Means getting caught up; I am trying to get caught up on the blog, but I got caught up with the city instead ✌🏼

 

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 The Parisian digs  

The Parisian digs  

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The welcome committee

 

 We arrived the same day as the Paris pride parade

We arrived the same day as the Paris pride parade

 Google highlighted the parade path with a rainbow! Do we do that too?  

Google highlighted the parade path with a rainbow! Do we do that too?  

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The best way to watch a parade in my humble opinion

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Huge turnout  

 

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 #bodygoals  

#bodygoals  

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 there's our neighbor again  

there's our neighbor again  

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The Seine

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Hunchback of Notre Dame realness 

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that time John became a tour guide  

 

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Maurice Lode, find him on YouTube!  

 

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I saw the Louvre without having to wait in line  

 

 The time I was cussed out 🤷‍♀️

The time I was cussed out 🤷‍♀️

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strike a pose  

 

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Fresh crepes!  

 

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 Ride or Die     

Ride or Die  

 

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Monet's Water Lillies  

 

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I'll have a bottle of red and bread, Merci

 

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Rodin

 

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Sketching in a park by the Champs-Élysées

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 All you need is love     

All you need is love  

 

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The Dufy room

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Street arts in Montmartre  

 

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Sacre Coeur's view of the city 

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Daniel Templon Gallery  

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59 Rivoli  

 

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This is me after posting all this.  

Day 22-25: Nice recap by Hugo Perez

Last few days in Lavina were relaxed and much needed.

 

Beaching in Nice

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 Making art with new friends  

Making art with new friends  

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Hiking in Lavina 

 

 

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Pull-ups anyone?  

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The hills are alive

 Giant T-Rex head looking rock

Giant T-Rex head looking rock

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Am I the moth or the blossom? 🤔  #existential 

 

 

 Mattisse vibes     

Mattisse vibes  

 

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 He did my portrait!  

He did my portrait!  

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garden outside Chagall museum  

 

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Alex Smith and aperitivo at Aperigusto Del Principe 🐝

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See you soon, Lavina & Pieve! 

Day 21: The space between us by Hugo Perez

Sophie Dickens is a sculptor I recently had the pleasure of meeting. We were lucky enough to get a studio visit. She creates sculptures in Pieve di Teco, one town over, and her larger-than-life figures create dynamic relationships between form and negative space. 

Her book, whose title I used for this post, is a series of drawings which explores the spatial and metaphorical divisions between partners when distance is involved.  

 

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Day 20: Drawings on this journey by Hugo Perez

Some of the directions and concepts I've been exploring while taking in the culture of these cities

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an exploration of the different sides of our personalities  

 

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branching out and rendering more than a face  

 

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the kids who sat on the steps of the church in Firenze 

 

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 bird in the hand  

bird in the hand  

 this way to Alessio     

this way to Alessio  

 

 directions, deceit, and the corporate ladder    

directions, deceit, and the corporate ladder 

 

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 baggage     

baggage  

 

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Internalizing  

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the color pencils I've been using 😉