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  • Eye Prefer Paris is an ex-New Yorker's insider's guide to Paris. Richard Nahem writes his blog from his fabulous 18th century apartment in the fashionable Marais district of Paris

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June 09, 2008



A True isrealy shop, not an inch of floor space wastes! Wonderful

I have not subscribed to you as there are so many blogs that I check through that subscribing to them would overwhelm me. I do however check the blogs that are added to the expat directory on a regular basis. This enables me to 1, have some fun reading through them and 2, make sure they are up to date (there is nothing worse than a directory full of old dead blogs).

I will check your regularly as I love architecture. So much is overlooked these days, I always tell my friends to walk around with the heads at 30 degrees and see the wonders that escape most above the eyeline. So many people shop in old cities (Like Maastricht, Venice, London, Manchester, Aachen and so on and only ever look from shop to shop. One of my Favourite places in the world for architecture is Vianden, Luxembourg. Built on the edge of a mountain, you have no option but to bath in the beauty of the place. I haven't been back for nearly 3 years now but still recall with clarity the streets and walkways that run down from the castle to the riverside. If you haven't been there, you should consider a visit.

When I was at college and studied design I used to photograph buildings with shops at the base and cut the shops out of the image. When shown to fellow students, very few could identify where the buildings were but all could state where the shops were. Amazing isn't it. You can try this with friends who think they know Paris, if you enjoy a tipple, it can be turned into a fun drinking game after dinner.

The eye only sees want it wants to see. I have often thought about building a site called above the eye line and getting people to submit images as I described, I think it would be great fun but I think I may be in the minority here, or possibly mad lol.
I will keep in touch, keep up the great work, I look forward to future images.

David Lipkin

Nicole and I have been to Paris many times. Having read the blog we decided to take a tour with Richard. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. It was like coming to Paris the first time all over again. Richard showed us boutiques, architecture, markets and took us to places we had never seen and told us about history that we never knew. He really makes Paris come alive. We look forward to our next visit and tour with him

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