Streetart Paris Cyklops

We have already shared with you the first part of our fun-filled 24 hours in Paris, if you missed the first post we featured on the blog you can catch it (the #WhenInParis Part01 post here). 

Hookedblog were invited by Eurostar to join them in Paris as part of their 'Stories Are Waiting' #WhenInParis campaign. They wanted us to capture our adventures in the city and share our 24-hour Paris story with them and you.

Paris City Visit

In the first part of our adventure, we headed north to Belleville for food and to have a wander around and catch some of the Parisian street art in the area. Our 24 hours in the city also coincided with NuiteBlache, the annual all-night arts festival. We couldn't have planned it better.. Street Art, graffiti, Museums, street beers, street parties, dancing, wine, cocktails, and what seemed like the whole of Paris on the streets all night, we stayed up and made the most of our short time in the city! 

Getting back to the hotel in the very early hours of the morning, a surprised night porter let us back into the hotel long enough to grab a couple of hours of sleep before we were up again making use of the hotels' wifi in an effort to bag ourselves Glastonbury Festival tickets before checking out of the hotel.

With just a few hours before our return to London, we head over to the 13th arrondissement to check out another of our Twitter follower's suggestions, the #TOURPARIS13. 

The project had been curated by the Paris art gallery, Galerie Itinerrance which invited over 100 street artists from around the world to re-decorate a nine-story Paris tower block due to be demolished at the end of the year.

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As we approached the tower it was evident that we weren't the only people interested in seeing the artwork inside the building. A huge line of people snaked around the entire block, all waiting patiently for their turn to enter the tower. We joined the queue in the hope that it would move quickly and we would get the chance to see it before catching our train back to London.

But after a conversation with some of the locals ahead of us in the queue, we soon learned that there was about a seven-hour wait before we could expect to get in and that most people had been turning up at 8am in an effort to beat the long lines of people.




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As the clock was ticking our time in Paris was running out we decided to leave the queue but agreed we would have to return to Paris to revisit the tower again before it's demolition. Before we left we did manage to capture a number of images of the street artwork painted onto the exterior of the building, which we have shared here. 

With our time in Paris up we made our way toward Gare du Nord station to catch our return Eurostar train back to London, and what better way to finish our 24-hour trip to the city that with this huge piece from Paris street artist Invader which we clocked right next to the train station!


You've read our #WhenInParis stories, and now Eurostar wants to hear yours! Head over to the Eurostar website and share your Paris stories with them for the chance to win tickets for two to Paris or Brussels! To enter the competition, share your Paris story on their site here. (Competition is now closed) Good Luck!

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