1. What makes you happy in this city?

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A picnic or just some quality time in a park with my friends on a weekend or after work. When the weather is nice the park is crowded (especially Buttes Chaumont like in the picture) and the atmosphere is great. You meet people you know and you stay until the sun sets, or rather until the park closes (since the closing hours are earlier every year now).

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The beauty of Paris. After having lived in Paris for a year, I still enjoy the countless beautiful spots of the city like the very first day. Unable to chose one of my favorite buildings, bridges or arrondissements, I chose to picture it from high above, showing a little bit of everything. I took this photograph of a couple of tourists silently and joyfully overlooking Paris from Sacre Coeur in the early morning – pure happiness.

2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

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Paris in the very early morning, like the song from Jacques Dutronc : “Il est 5 heures, Paris s’éveille”. It is a magic moment when the city wakes up, when the streets are still empty and the lights stand low. No clichés, no tourists, just a city scenery like a movie set.

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Architecture and especially its diversity: I am a huge fan of the Haussmannian style and also love the contradictory newer parts like the area of Defense. But sometimes it may also just be a simple bridge (like the one close to Gare du Nord in the picture) that catches my attention. Finding simplicity in a pompous city or sometimes even weaknesses in one of the most perfect cities like Paris makes it complete and exciting.

3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

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Concerts and cinema! There is plenty of both and there is the most beautiful locations like the Grand Rex, the Trianon or the Elysée Montmartre (that was rebuilt after having burnt down).The number of movie theatres and the eclectic program Paris offers is very remarkable, additionally films are played in original version most of the times. Just like for films, there is great choice for concerts of all music styles and I go regularly.

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Culture. It is incredible how many great exhibitions are on the agenda all the time. Grand Palais, Louvre, Pompidou or Musee d’Orsay – I have very rarely been disappointed. I would like to stay younger than 25 forever to go there for free as much as I do now, (The picture shows an information sign at Pompidou in their signature graphic design).

4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

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I love Paris by day and by night. At daytime there is this feel of being in an outdoor museum, the lightness of the sand stone buildings is an amazing reflector and the city brightens up. At night time the street lights take over and give Paris a romantic yet sombre feel. The best way to spent the dark hours in Paris is in typical parisian bars. Most of these beautiful places close the earliest though: It used to be 4 a.m., now they have to shut their doors between 1 and 2 a.m. A huge pity for silent night lovers like myself.

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Although I love skylines (as you can see on my first picture), I am missing something when looking more closely at Paris’: There are thousands of unused chimneys, there are no rooftop balconies, no flowers, no usage whatsoever. New York gains so much space up in the air and I think there should be more going on above the roofs of parisian houses.

5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

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The grey rooftops need a little bit of green touch, a few flowers and maybe also some human presence. To symbolize how wonderful a mix of both would be, I braided two pictures, the one of the skyline from Natalie and a photograph from park Luxembourg.

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The Parisian nightlife is not very eclectic. Only a few discos close very late. The bars close early, although staying out late with great company in relaxed bars would be amazing. Instead these places leave people wondering and looking through the window glass. What I would do better? Some more freedom to the bars and longer nights, so that the scene I drew could happen inside more vividly.