Musical trip to Paris

Sacre Coeur

One of my hobbies is choir singing. If you happen to be a child in Estonia and are able to carry a tune there is no escape from singing at a school choir. For many Estonians it becomes a hobby for a lifetime. The same happened to me. When I was living in the Netherlands, I joined the local choir. When I moved to Switzerland one of the first things I did was finding a choir.

Paris Philharmonics

In the beginning of June a group from my choir went to Paris to participate in a special event organized by Interkultur - singalong concert of Händel's Messiah. In total there were more than 1000 singers singing all together The Messiah at Paris Philharmonics. It was an amazing experience.

Cité de la Musique - area of concert halls

I spent in Paris 5 days from which 3 days were occupied by the rehearsals and the concert. The rest of the time I was discovering Paris. I had been in Paris once before, but that was 14 years ago. So what did I do?

Rivoli 59 - an apartment building full of studios of artists
I experienced culture in quite wide range - opera at Thèatre des Champs-Elysées, stand-up comedy "How to become Parisian in one hour" (I really recommend it), living artists at Rivoli 59, not any more living artists at Musée d'Orsay, Dali museum on Montmartre, Sacre Coeur and Panthéon and botanical garden.

Inside Musée d'Orsay
The interior and also the collection of Musée d'Orsay is incredible. If you like art, this is definitely a place to go. You can easily spend there half a day.

Staircase of Rivoli 59
Rivoli 59 is an apartment building full of artists studios where you can see them working and also buy their work. It is interesting to see, but I kept wondering if those artists don't feel like being an animal in a zoo.

Botanical garden
Botanical garden was a little bit disappointing. The only area where you could feel that there has been some landscaping design involved was the alpine garden. If you are not really into plants, you don't miss much if you skip it.

Panthéon inside

Panthéon outside
Panthéon as a building is definitely impressive but I had mixed feelings when going to the crypts. One thing is to bury people there right after they die, but moving the remains of the people who have been dead for some time already seems a bit weird to me...

Luxembourg gardens
Luxembourg gardens are a very nice park to walk around, eat some ice cream and just relax from all the walking in the city.

Kids having fun at Luxembourg gardens
I must say that Paris was quite controversial. On one hand there are all these famous and beautiful places, but right next to these places are smelly streets and dirty subway. On Montmartre there are huge crowds and then you go an a side street and that is almost empty... I enjoyed the most walking along the small streets around Panthéon.


Small street near Panthéon

And here are some street musicians and a charming dancer from the street in Paris: