'Paris vs. London' pt. 2: The Museums

Inspired by the blog (and the book) ‘Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities' I decided to do a set of illustrations on Paris vs. London. Similarities, clichés, differences, etc. As promised, here is part 2:

You probably know by now I'm into contemporary art and museums and all things around it (OK, I love Tate Modern, I admit it!), so that's why I made this illustration. Two amazing buildings, one (Centre Pompidou) built from scratch and opened in 1977, the other one was once a power station (closed in 1981). In 2000, the building was reinvented and adapted by Herzog & de Meuron to what it is today. Or at least, to what it was a few years ago. At the moment they're building a new wing, also designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

Copyright Daphne Ronse

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'Paris vs. London' pt. 1: The Tourists

In two weeks I'm going on a well-deserved (I blame exams) trip to Paris. Although London will always be my #1 (cheesy, I know hihi) I like Paris very much. Definitely during summer and when there are must-see exhibitions like now (Dries Van Noten! Bill Viola! Mapplethorpe!).

Inspired by the blog (and the book) 'Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities' I decided to do a set of illustrations on Paris vs. London. Similarities, clichés, differences, etc. Today I present you the first one:

We all know the typical tourists who buy in every city they visit a t-shirt or a bag from the lowest quality with the most cliché text or print. Think: 'I love NY' or 'Venezia' on a striped shirt.

The Tourists

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My favourite travel guides

 

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To prepare your trip to London, a pocket travel guide may be useful. Of course the world of travel guides about London is endless, so that's why I decided to show you my favourites.

#1

Afbeelding

This one isn't only the best, but also the prettiest. (I love the feeling of the paper.) It's divided in neighbourhoods and gives you the best places to eat, sleep and shop. This isn't a real tourist guide, because it doesn't show the obvious things but it unveils the hidden gems. I bought this book when I was living in London to discover more of this great city.

(Buy it here)

#2

Afbeelding

The 100% travel guides are my favourites for each city (I have Paris, New York, Lisbon, Budapest, etc.) because they give you mapped out walks in the different neighbourhoods. You could do a walk each day, or (what I do most of the time) combine two walks. While you're strolling you'll pass by interesting museums, shops, restaurants, bars and other must-sees. I think this was the first London travel guide I bought, so this is a good one when going for the first time.

(Buy it here)

PS: only in Dutch I'm afraid

#3

Afbeelding

I love this guide because it's a good guide for people who are going to London for the first time, but also for people who have been to London several times. It shows you the obvious must-sees (think St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, etc.), but also the road less taken (think Primrose Hill, Borough Market, etc.) You can also find information about interesting day trips to Brighton, Stonehenge or others.

(Buy it here)

PS: only in Dutch I'm afraid

#4

Afbeelding

This is a great guide for young people. Why do I say young people? Because this one is a more alternative guide made by young people who give you their own favourite spots. You won't find the usual touristic places, but be ready for cool shops, bars, street art, art galleries and others. Excellent for people who are tired of the obvious London and want to discover the real deal!

(Buy it here)

#5

Afbeelding

And to finish, my own personal guide to my beloved London. Full of cards and addresses I collected during the past 6 years. You can find a part of my notebook on this website and I'll add more soon!