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Thunderstorms over Paris

21 Aug

After many days of sweltering heat, today Paris is bracing itself for heavy thunderstorms predicted for late afternoon / evening.

Have your camera ready and you might see Paris in a light – or rather lightning – in which you have never seen it before.

Last summer, one day at sundown, I was walking along the Seine direction Pont Neuf when suddenly dark clouds started gathering astonishingly fast and the city got hit by massive thunderstorms.

While the sun was setting, countless lightning bolts flooded the city with the most unreal shades of purple, orange, pink and blue.

Everyone stopped and stared and even the Parisians themselves took out their camera phones and photographed the beautiful scenery.

I will never forget the sight when the Eiffel Tower was hit by lightning, it just took your breath away. But no worries, no one got hurt.

If you are in Paris today I will keep my fingers crossed that you may witness a similar spectacle, I promise you will never forget the beauty of it.

Have a nice day wherever you currently are

Rock en Seine

9 Aug

Official Rock en Seine Poster

Rock en Seine – is there a better reason for Parisians to head back to Paris after a long holiday?

Join them for this star-studded music festival held at the beautiful Domaine de Saint-Cloud, a former nature preserve and today a vast park with French Château (of course…), Rock en Seine will entertain the crowds for three days, August 24 – 26, 2012.

The 3-day passes are already sold out, but single-day passes are still available here.

The Black Keys, Placebo, Green Day, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Dandy Warhols will heat up the Summer days and nights even more, supported by the bands responsible for some of the most catchy tunes in the last months: Mark Sheeran, Foster the People, Miike Snow, Yeti Lane and the ethereal, yet deep sound of cult Icelanders Sigur Rós.

Some of our (not really insider anymore) voice crushes are also performing: dEus, Owlle, the Black Seeds (check out “Frostbite”), Bass Drum of Death (name reminds me of Death Cab for Cutie, but they’re definitely good festival material), Kimbra and her magical voice,  and of course Granville, solid, easy-going Summer music.

And, since we’re talking French Robot Mixeurs here, I have to mention: The Bots! Nice name – fun sound.

Find detailed instructions on how to get to the festival / map here.

Now let’s hope for good weather to round up the festival season.

Ps. Did you notice the great retro-style illustrations on the Rock en Seine web page? They’re by graphic designer Thomas Baas and I think they deserve to be highlighted, check out his Portfolio here.