Our “Live Like A Local” post series continues with this tale from Programs Coordinator and Academic Liaison Adrien Fropos on one of his own very interesting adventures in Paris.
For many people, the idea of Paris conjures up images of Amélie skipping stones on the Canal St Martin, high-speed chases as seen in “The Da Vinci Code” movie, or famous kisses immortalized by photographs like Robert Doisneau’s “Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville.” At the mention of “Paris,” people will think of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night and the Mona Lisa on display at the Musée du Louvre. They will think about the last time they sat watching Parisians on the terrace of a café on a sunny day. Yes, Paris is indeed all of that, but to us native Parisians who have been in the city for so long and tend to not always recognize its beauty, the city we seek beckons constant reinvention in order to keep us from becoming what we “Frenchies” are so notorious for being: blasé.
Consequently, I often like to look for odd and unusual museums, shows, and restaurants. One of my latest discoveries was “The Paris Mansion,” or, “Le Manoir de Paris,” a show that brings to life the darkest legends of this enchanted city. As I walked through the impressive gothic gates of a building located in the 10th arrondissement, I found myself immersed in a completely different world. Throughout the performance, famous Parisian myths, like the Phantom of the Opera, the Man in the Iron Mask and the Ghost of the Tuileries Gardens, to name a few, were brought to life by over 30 professional actors. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to go back with more friends!
To top off my very engaging afternoon of theatrical entertainment, I continued on in my exploration of the lesser-seen landmarks of Paris. With some luck, I thought I might travel across galaxies to a faraway planet, but since I didn’t have the keys to Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, I decided to take the métro. The scene was set during the bumpy ride that made it feel like I was powering through an asteroid belt near the Tatooine planet. I landed in a strange place called “The Odyssey,” a Star Wars-themed restaurant. No Aric tongue, Crispic, or Danaru were available for consumption there, but rather delicious crêpes (I was still in France, after all) served in a place where the decor seems to have been imported directly from the set of Star Wars. The crêpes had names inspired by the Star Wars mythology and were served by Monsieur Gregory, a die-hard fan of the saga. He even had the menu translated in Aurebes, the written language of the Star Wars universe! Regretfully, I didn’t see any stormtroopers in the kitchen, and the Force wasn’t strong enough within me to persuade the waiter to let me go without paying the check.
As you can see, Paris is full of hidden treasures – some of them are quite traditional, and others much less so!
Que la Force soit avec vous, or, “May the Force be with you!”
~Adrien Fropos, ACCENT Paris