In my opinion, going out 3 different nights in Paris I found it to be very similar to Los Angeles. You have 2 extremes and no middle ground in choices when you go out. First of all there is not a big club scene in Paris. The clubs that do exist either cater to tourists and the others are extremely posh and hard to get into. I got to experience both sides. One night at Le Baron and the other night a pub crawl among tourists. As well as a night walking along the Seine river and “Lover’s Bridge" where all the youth sit alongside in collective groups and drink bottles of cheap champagane or wine.
When your in the posh clubs (again, if you get in) the scence looks like a collection of models, hip & trendy wealthy patrons that (would smoke chain cigarettes if it were allowed) showcase their fashion, ( which may I add, looks great on them and French women barely wear any make up) gossip, and be closed off to inviting new conversation with new guests. It was sooooo “L.A” in there.
Then you have London.
London is like Vegas! Not only does London have a huge nightclub scene but is also internationally known to have some of the best clubs. Check out DJ mag for their Top 100 Clubs and London is listed multiple times in the top 20. Not only is there well known house clubs but also great clubs playing open format. Clubs like ChinaWhite, Boujis and Movida.
Then there is the people. Equal playing field here. Everyone is out to have a good time. Sociable, open, and thoroughly intoxicated is how I could describe the crowds and that is why Vegas is very comparable.
So, who wins? I’m not one to answer…after-all I have the best of both worlds - L.A as my home and Vegas every weekend. I think that similar situation would suffice for me in this situation too. Live in Paris and go out in London every weekend.
Yesterday in Amsterdam at the Old Church - Heather and I got to see the World Press Photo exhibit for 2010. I absolutely loved this because of photography opening up windows for us to see, really SEE what is going on in the world. From nature, politics, social issues, personal stories and even the world of sports & entertainment.
I plan on attending this exhibit every year from now on.
How do you want to spend the next oh…let’s say 3 hours right now?
any chance you want to run a continuous 13.1 miles with me?!?
Well, that is what I will be doing this Sunday in sunny San Diego, CA. for the Rock N’ Roll marathon that is taking place here. This will be my 1st marathon and I would be a little more excited if I were….a little more prepared. YIKES
Upon signing up for the marathon at the end of February with my best friend, I was confident that training would come at a great pace and I had plenty of time to build up to this. I was completely right - until April came.
April = Asia
May = Europe
Travel + dinners + drinking + travel + dim sum + late nights + chocolate covered strawberries in Belgium + dinners + drinking + travel ….
= no miles. more meals. ( frequent flier miles don’t count)
So that leaves me here, alone in my cool-ass room at the Hard Rock Hotel- San Diego psyching myself up that I can do this! It’s only my first one too.
Running is a personal best sport. You challenge yourself, you push, you zone in, and you make your best time. Then, next marathon you aim to beat your personal best.
I like the sound of that.
So I am going the distance! And really, I am down for the experiece of it all.
It’s one of my goals and it will feel great to accomplish this with 20,000 other people alongside me….