The Cafe at the métro stop

Paris – le cafe, metro St. Mich image from easyart.fr It is an institution of social life for many people in Paris – the corner café, right at the entrance of the metro station. For this blogger, there are a few unique things that make the corner cafe an enriching component of Parisian sociality: 1….

Bois de Vincennes: Sanctuary, Invigoration, Enchantment

At this time of year, just before autumn, a walk through the Bois de Vincennes is a revelatory experience. There are a few dimensions of a walk in the woods to be appreciated by an otherwise computer bound student: 1. I am grateful that Vincennes is a dramatic break from the urbanised surrounding region. It…

Stillness and depth: River Thames (emotive geographies 12)

The old adage asserts that still waters run deep. The river Thames communicates this point poignantly. It always reminds this blogger to “keep calm and….” study, persist, explore, live fully, experience life, and so forth. If the Seine inspires movement, the Thames brings a sense of emotional balance. Calm. Poise. Stillness. An unruffled state of…

Drive and Desire: London (emotive geographies 6)

If Paris is a pleasure inducing sight in the early hours of the morning, London (for me)  is less overpowering but rather more enticing. The phrase ‘London is calling’ captures the feeling of seeing London take shape and come to life in the early hours of the morning: I often take a morning run or…

‘Emotive geography’ (4): Musée Jean Jacques Henner, Paris

Trying to map out Paris and London on the basis of the feelings that certain spaces evoke gives an entirely new way of relating to each of these two cities. And perhaps it even transforms one’s broader view of what enhances the human experience – Paris and London are becoming active agents in facilitating my…