"My parents had sent me to a small village outside of Paris because they thought it would be safer. But I guess there were hidden munition stocks out there, because the Americans bombed the village. They flew very high. The British always flew low— they had the fighters, but the Americans flew very high and dropped the bombs. They were bombs filled with air. I don’t know how to describe it. You were killed by the air. The neighbor was killed. I spent all night hiding in the barn."
THIS is one of the main reasons I find storytelling, human interest pieces, and projects like HONY or Storycorps are so important. Everyone is a part of history and there is so much information that will one day be lost if we don’t take the time to record it.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”
— Gertrude Stein (via youknowyoureafrancophilewhen)
As polar opposite as Paris and New York may seem at times, it’s hard to love one city and hate the other. Each is complex in its offerings, diverse in its appeal, and the debate over which city is supreme evidently warrants its own blog. Vahram Muratyan is the author and artist behind Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, a blog that pits the pride and joy of both cities against each other in a magnificent series of minimalist prints. Through colorful graphics that border on 8-bit simplicity, Paris and New York come head to head, making it harder than ever to choose which city does it best. Read more.
[Image: Vahram Muratyan]
I picked this up in the bookstore the other day and it’s super cute!
Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!
And so it started my love affair with France…
The first time I ever went to France was on Bastille Day. I was about 6 years old, and my parents and I were on a flight back home from Croatia and one of the engines broke down while we were over the ocean, resulting in an emergency turnaround and very long layover in Paris (about 2 or 3 days). Probably the worst day to get stuck in Paris, since everything was closed and it was impossible to get around / find a hotel, but I loved Paris so much. We packed in most of the major places in Paris and even went to Monet’s home in Giverny - he was my favorite artist at the time, and probably still is. Maybe one day I’ll share my 6 year old pictures and scrapbooking captions with Tumblr from this trip. My roommates have seen them … and they’re pretty hilarious.
Paris by night
What If Manhattan Was Designed Like Paris?
That would be my dream world.
Cities captured through typography by Albin Holmqvist. Some really wonderful videos, check them out (full screen if your compy can take it)
Making me miss Paris really badly, despite how cliche the video is.