In my last post, I took my lovely Steemit friends around in Paris' most famous spots. Today I'm not that lucky to have another sunny day, but I think Paris is a city that is beautiful both on a sunny or cloudy day. Today I take you to discover a bit more of the city, let's take a walk in Rue de Rivoli, La Louvre, Le Marais and Jardin du Luxembourg.
I stay in an AirBnB in the 13th district in Paris. On my way to the center, this modern Marguerite Durand library close to the Olympiades metro stop caught my eyes. Later I looked some information for it and found that it's a specialized public library with a large collection of materials on feminism, including biographies, manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, letters,..., and more than 25,000 books dating back to the 17th century plus 4,000 pieces of correspondence written by prominent women. It's an obligatory stop for anyone interested in the women's cause and feminism.
这次我选了一家位于13区的AirBnB. 去中心的路上，我在Olympiades地铁站附近发现了一个很摩登的图书馆，看上去很有意思。后来我回去搜索，发现这个Marguerite Durand图书馆是一个挺特别的图书馆。这里收藏了非常多的关于女权主义和女权运动的资料，包括了摄影作品，文献，信件，等等，总计收藏有超过25000，追溯到17世纪的书籍，和女性写的超过4000封信件，真是非常重要的史料。如果你对女权运动感兴趣，来巴黎的时候不要错过这里。
Rue de Rivoli looks like another shopping street in a big city like Paris. Yes, to some extent it is, you can find all the fast fashion brands here. But Rivoli 59 isn't one of them.
Formerly an notorious illegal squat, 59 Rivoli is a colorful art studio and gallery and free to the public now. It reopened in 2009 with studios for over 30 artists who pay minimal rent. I find this place super interesting. It has 6 floors with the circular stairs for 30 emerging artistic studios, of which some are amazing, some aren't, but the vibe is unique and they create a magical art experience for me. It's a cool place to go if you come to Paris again or you want do something besides the obvious and most famous places.
I walked from Rivoli street to La Louvre. Paris city is full of amazing architectures along the way.
I've been to La Louvre before. There were many tourists queuing to enter the museum as usual even on a bad day.. I sat down taking a rest, some Chinese tourists were curious about my T-shirts. They were asking me about Steemit. I tried my best to explain to them. It was fun experience.
Le Marais is my second favorite area in Paris, next to Pigalle. I loved how 'lived in" this area felt, it's artsy, hip, clean. Le Marais is one of the oldest parts of Paris. There are wonderful shops and little restaurants and art galleries to be found in its narrow streets, which makes for a wonderful way to fill an afternoon or morning.
I ended the day in my favorite park in Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg. It contains palace that remains true to classical 17th century French architecture, and various statues, including a replica of the Statue of Liberty, it took a while to spot it among so many statues in the park. Many locals like to come here to sit in chairs around the palace, talking for hours. It's such a tranquil place right in the heart of Paris.
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