Parisians appreciate good art and craftsmanship (old architecture, couture, food, etc). We spent a lot of time looking up at ornate architecture, drinking wine at local tabacs, and walking every inch of the city (44 miles total). We appreciate and get to know cities best through eating the local foods and walking the neighborhoods.
I wanted to see the old monuments, architecture, and art. We live in a world where time, cost and efficiency are the excuses we aren’t able to create master pieces. Many makers aim to profit from their work and bend to the demands of the market and consumers. It was refreshing to see such an old city preserving its architecture and art so well. World renown couture houses, Michelin restaurants, and museums are all located within one city smaller than Manhattan.
This trip reiterated to me “quality not quantity.” It’s important to take the time to feel inspired for a different perspective. I want to create intentional, beautiful things rather than create just to “keep up.” The world is already saturated with enough garbage. As a maker it’s part of my responsibility to create meaningful things that have more positive than negative impact on the world.
A few closer details of Notre Dame Cathedral: