Brussels + Beijing = Paris

When Nikki and I met a few years ago, and after starting to dig through Paris’s secrets and discovering what’s going on outside the périphérique, we soon started a blog, which we called “Brussels Beijing Paris”, after the cities we were from and the one we met and live in. We wanted to relate our “great adventures in the beautiful Paris region”.

Somehow, without us knowing, this blog set the base for the birth of TheWaysBeyond.

We were just talking about our lives and our picks, the places we went and the people we met. The tone was quite laid-back and we didn’t have any specific objective with that blog. We had no idea whether anyone was reading it or not, and somewhat, we didn’t care – most important: we were having fun.

Screen Print of the blog "Brussels Beijing Paris"

Screen Print of the blog “Brussels Beijing Paris”

Little by little, we started to grow the idea that we could actually do something with our knowledge and acquaintances in and around Paris, as more and more friends, and friends of friends, were asking us for advice to better know the city and the region. And then, you know the rest of the story.

Today, with this blog page on our website, we would like to reopen these years of the youth of our relationship, and just share with you some bits of our lives, but also some content as we like to do it on our Instagram account.

We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

Frederic


Auvers-Sur-Oise, Sightseeing With Van Gogh

Auvers-Sur-Oise, Sightseeing With Van Gogh

Which are the most beautiful villages in Ile de France? We would say that there is no right or wrong answer since there are so many pretty towns around Paris. Although many people would agree that Auvers-sur-Oise is on their top list. Vincent Van Gogh described Auvers-sur-Oise as ‘Seriously beautiful’ in his correspondance with his […]

Street Art at the Top (of Ménilmontant)

Street Art at the Top (of Ménilmontant)

Do you know that 20ème arrondissement is a very important arrondissement in Paris in terms of street art ? Different from the 13eme arrondissement where the richness of the street art is driven by a local political strategy, the street art scene in the 20ème is purely created by local artists and it has been […]

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Peace Haven along the Champs-Élysées

Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, a Hidden Peace Haven along the Champs-Élysées

Although you may pass it by many times without noticing it, we warmly invite you to have look when you’re around at this little peace haven, perfectly hidden and discrete behind the Grand Palais. Located on the edge of Cours la Reine, the Jardin de la Nouvelle France was created in the 17th century by […]

Private Choice 2020

Private Choice 2020

October in Paris always rhymes with art fairs, much to our pleasure! And while we are patiently waiting for the new edition of Asia Now next weekend, we had the chance to attend the private opening of Private Choice, the most magical art fair “at human size”! Every year, Private Choice means the assurance of […]

Emergences 2020, a Design Biennale

Emergences 2020, a Design Biennale

Last weekend, the Design Biennale Emergence had the good taste to take place at the Centre National de la Danse, in Pantin – a majestic brutalist building by Jacques Kalisz, initally built as an administrative centre and today turned into a contemporary dance venue. This session of the biennale was focusing on “Ressources” and was the […]

Belleville Opens the Doors of its Artists’ Studios

Belleville Opens the Doors of its Artists’ Studios

Last weekend was also the occasion for us to have a cultural stroll around our neighbourhood. The association Les Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville organised an open door weekend of about 85 different artists’ studios! For a lack of time, we decided to only visit the ones around our home. Still, that meant already a bit […]

Nuit Blanche 2020

Nuit Blanche 2020

The Nuit Blanche 2020 finally took place last night, despite the fear it may be canceled due to new restrictions. During this night the entire city is charged with all kinds of art installations and artistic performances, museums are open and the city becomes a big open air art center! The Nuit Blanche 2020 was […]

Around Ménilmontant – Tips & Treats

Around Ménilmontant – Tips & Treats

As mentioned in my previous post, the idea of this new blog is a.o. to share with you some bits of our lives, but also information about Paris and some advice based on our experience of the city. But when it comes to advising, what could we better talk about than our own neighbourhood? 😉 […]

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