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Martin's Journal: Paris
23rd July 2012
Paris is packed full of busy backstreets, bustling markets and lots of Parisians. Unless you’re willing to beat the crowds up the Eiffel Tower, it’s very rare to find a spot where you can look down on it all.
Last weekend I was given a private tour of an old department store on the banks of the River Seine. The building is a rich mix of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. I was taken up to the viewing gallery where you get a 360 degree look at the whole of Paris. On the old balustrade running around the roof there’s a beautiful ceramic plaque drawing out the view. Painted in 1925, you can see Paris’s new builds and the city’s changing skyline alongside the historic landmarks.
It is a time capsule of a building that shows you the sprawling rooftops of Paris through the eyes of the 1920’s. Jazz, flappers and Marcel Duchamp.