There is something you should not miss if you are interested in Art and stay in Paris at this time of the year . Every year at the end of summer, a group of artists working in the Menilmontant neighbourhood organizes three days of "portes ouvertes" (open doors) with visitors welcomed in the ateliers, to see the works , the places , and chat with the artists . The event is very well planned, with massive printing of a detailed map of the neighbourhood with exact locations of the studios . The event takes place in the vicinity of Menilmontant street , in the 20th arrondissenent, a district wich still retains today its popular parisian touch and was immortalized through famous photographers works like the ones by Willy Ronis . Even today, when you walk across this part of Paris , you can often feel the ghosts of this bygone era, wich most of us know only through the photographs .
I love these "portes ouvertes" because you can not only speak with artists, but also visualize living and working spaces in the back alleys of this old Paris neighbourhood that you can't even imagine when you walk in the street . And it is quite refreshing to look at the decors and the details in the different studios ( the view on the right was taken in another studio a few blocks away ).
By the way , this area in Paris is where you can see very interesting pochoirs and murals . Here is a link to some of them .