{simple pleasures} palais de tokyo: modern + contemporary art

What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?
— Toni Morrison

palais de tokyo: the artists i've seen on exhibit at palais de tokyo are truly conjuring new worlds of their own + presenting them through all mediums here. some people admire modern art at arm's length, but i wholeheartedly embrace it. this paris museum houses modern + contemporary art, along with some of the best reading nooks in town for book worms like yours truly {bright, bean bag seating upstairs; comfy couches in a quieter milieu downstairs}. le smack is their vibrant in-house cafe, and the outdoor seating area is the place for a great view of the city {effeil tower included} + pups are allowed on the patio. the great minds behind palais de tokyo are now bringing us a bookstore + a new restaurant. open every day except tuesday from noon until midnight. are you ready to explore these brave new worlds?

check it out!

{simple pleasures} le recyclerie: guerrilla gardening in paris

I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. in such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.
— Masanobu Fukuoka

the art of farming: another happy discovery in paris. a dusty train station turned dynamic cafe, bar + organic farm. this new venue {from the makers of comptoir general cafe} is full of sunlight + good food; upcycled decor + passionate gardeners. this is where ingredients are picked fresh from an onsite garden/farm + the service can't be beat. vegan pizza on the menu.

craving more veg goodness? here's a list of 14 plant-powered cafes in paris read more about japanese farmer + philosopher, masanobu fukuoka, author of one-straw revolution, a spiritual memoir + natural farming manifesto. his journey towards a life dedicated to farming that used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers is clear-sighted + galvanizing. this is how a green revolution gets started.

from fukuoka, the father of guerilla gardening: 

"the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."