(This is one of the belated summer posts)
Another travel to Paris this year, for friends’ party, getting my electric violin back, Japan expo, etc.
The 4-days Japan expo got me started to planning on this. But in the end, I only went one day… life is full of surprise, isn’t it! I was very happy with the one day though: remembering the pass two years time, seeing crazy cosplays, observing multimedia and cultural market, adding new multi-lingual anime DVDs to my collection, etc. But I decided to just spent one day there because it’s very similar to the previous two years: well, guests changed, hot-topics changed, trends changed a little bit, but the exhibition model stayed the same… The novelty value is not as impressive as before (the tickets price, on the other hand, is still pricy). Maybe the organisers intentionally made it the same for the veterans; maybe it is because I’m getting more numb at sensing the changing details; anyhow, I went on to some other adventures in the next few days.
One new place I went to is the Rodin museum. The garden, statues, arts, buildings are all very calming and evoking. A little touristy, but it’s not hard to find a place of peace. I was sobbing over the fact that I couldn’t get free tickets anymore though. Time is flying too fast…
Also thanks to my OPS friends, I got the chance to get into a concert at radio France. It’s been a year since the last time. We switched to a better seat during intermission this time. Completely different acoustics before on the second floor and after on the ground floor. And it was quite unusual to see a double-bass concerto. The orchestra and the conductor did not bad at all! It was a very relaxing evening! (except the part that my phone went out of battery…)
Of course there has to be food in Paris. But my friend and I just went quite randomly to a Japanese Okonomiyaki place. I quite liked it! (well, I do have no good sense on food though…)
And then it’s the summer sales time in Paris! In addition to the usual clothing stores, I also feel obligated to take a look at Rue du Rome. No not really, it’s always been quite fun going there! They have a good collection of instrument stores and music book stores. And of course the book stores are my favourite!
In summary, it was a good trip meeting old friends (even did some improvisation!), meeting new friends at old friends’ party, wandering, reading, thinking, seeing, buying, etc. I think I will go back next year as well! (ISMIR will be there too!)