Art Exhibitions, Galleries, Life, Paris
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Before I begin writing to my hearts content about the recent happenings for me here in Paris, for those avid (or not so avid) readers who drop by every now and then onto my blog will have noticed that I have a new layout and design! This morning I spent a while amending and changing various CSS coding (which to most people is geeky computer talk). But I think that I have done a good job so far, as there is still bits here and there that I would like to change. Simple, yet elegant.

So this last week and weekend has been very busy, not necessarily because I’ve been doing heaps of things, but I guess this is to be the Au Pair life. I don’t think I have mentioned it yet, but two weeks ago I started at my new language school which is right in the heart of Paris, a stone throw away from the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral. In fact, you can sometimes hear her beautiful bells ringing during the day (at least I think it’s hers…). I have met some wonderful people, and hopefully improved my french somewhat! No, I definitely feel like I am improving, even though I am the worst in the class. I was entered into the A2 group, so it’s above beginners and pretty much everyone in class is awesome, and then you have me. Oh dear! I think I’d rather be in a class that was intellectually testing, because at least then I have even more motivation to attempt to improve and learn more.

My last week pretty much consisted of Language school, eating pastries and drinking coffee. Oh, and looking after the children of course! I have posted below a few photos that I have taken during the week 🙂

The perfect bottle to place a tiny message inside.

Some body left their shoes...

Some body left their shoes…

I made a new friend whilst walking around the streets of Paris, so cute no?!

Ce weekend, however, was pretty jam packed. On Saturday, I met up with two friends from Language school to head over to the Centre Pompidou to see the current exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp. I have been around the Centre Pompidou, but never inside. From the outside, it looks a little kitsch perhaps, but the interior is pretty cool. Very different from the interiors of the Sainte-Chapelle however! If you don’t want to/ don’t feel like seeing any of the artwork (some parts are free though, so surely who would turn down that irresistible offer?), you can pay €3 to head to the top of the gallery. After ascending up what feels like underwater tunnels, you reach some stunning views of Paris that I did not believe the Centre Pompidou offered. Yet they do! The Marcel Duchamp exhibition was pretty packed, but I guess going on a Saturday may have a slight affect on the audience traffic of my visit. I’m still feel a bit mixed about the exhibition. I’m going to be writing an exhibition review soon, so will discuss more about it then! Keep watching this space.

Sunday saw the return of a previous Au Pair, Carmen, who is absolutely lovely! We spent Sunday walking around Paris, checking out the sights. I had a great time, as Carmen took the time to take me around some of her favourite places – showing me sights of Paris I did not know existed, so thank you! Sunday, however, showed me that Autumn has officially arrived in Paris. It was cold and wet. So cold that I had to wear my winter coat. Now I feel like I’m in England. The weather here has been up and down, it’s so confusing, and exhausting due to all the outfit changes I have to do. Sigh, what a hard life I lead eh?

A floating bubble.

A floating bubble.

A woman stuck in a bubble, hope she got out in the end...

Salvador Dalí says shhh...

Le Chapeau de Clown floating on the Stravinsky Fountain near the Centre Pompidou.

Le Chapeau de Clown floating on the Stravinsky Fountain near the Centre Pompidou.

La Sirène on the Stravinsky Fountain near the Centre Pompidou.

La Sirène on the Stravinsky Fountain near the Centre Pompidou.

The Centre Pompidou.


Surreal tunnels of the Centre Pompidou.

My friend Kate making the capturing the views.

Another friend Jasmine taking in the breathtaking views.



Me inside the Marcel Duchamp exhibition - the photographer finally gets photographed!

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Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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