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I have always enjoyed the illustrations by Vahram Muratyan in the blog Paris vs New York, a tale of two cities.

So, I was pleased to find out that there is now a book featuring Muratyan's collection.

It's also just in time for the holiday making it the perfect gift for anyone who finds the contrast between both cities charming and humorous.

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Paris vs New York by Vahram Muratyan
 
 
I am a true city girl, but I get excited when the peonies arrive in the spring or when I pass by a florist's window to find the most exquisite bouquets in the window. I also enjoy spending the day in a park in the city or in the country...it depends on my mood.

I am seduced by flowers--roses, tulips, sunflowers, daisies. During the fall season, the vibrant colors of red, green, yellow, and pink are replaced with orange, gold, and brown. I love the changing of the leaves, but I am more inspired by a beautiful rose garden or a mesmerizing bouquet of tulips.

This upcoming winter makes me dream of my carefree days in the summer reading in the Rodin museum's sculpture garden or visiting Monet's house in Giverny. So, I do what any girl with a blog would do and post some pics. Monet and Rodin shared my passion for florals. These are my two favorite places--one in the city and one in the country--where the most beautiful blooms can be found.
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Monet's Water Lilies
Unfortunately, Monet's Giverny is closed during the winter months. But, you can visit the Musee de l'Orangerie to see some of the masterpieces that were inspired by his surroundings in Giverny. You can also visit the Musee Marmottan, which is a museum in Paris entirely devoted to Monet's paintings. Then, when spring arrives book a tour to visit the real thing.

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Rodin's sculpture garden in Paris
The rose garden at the Musee Rodin is open daily (closed on Monday) until 5 PM and costs 1 Euro to enter the grounds. The roses may not be currently in bloom, but the grounds are still worth visiting because it has on display many of Rodin's masterpieces. Plan to visit the museum itself, which houses one of the largest collections of Auguste Rodin. There is an extra fee to enter the museum.
 
 
If you walk around the city long enough you will notice that Paris is not just filled with classical art and architecture. Intriguing street art is unexpectedly displayed on pristine buildings and cobblestone streets. Street art can be seen in just about every area of Paris.

Just look at these two painted skeletons that I literally stumbled upon while I was walking in front of Invalides in the 7eme. The artist brings an ugly grate to life with a bit of humor and edge. I wish I knew more about the artist who produced them. I noticed several people taking photos and chatting about the installation. We could have been at the Pompidou.

So, the next time you find yourself walking around the beautiful streets of Paris, look for the unexpected in alleys, high above on buildings, and down below on the concrete streets. You never know what you may find...
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A summer find...Street art in an alley near Saint Michel.