Protesting and the Museum of Everything

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Over the last couple of months, there has been a lot of debate in France over gay mariage.  Basically the newly elected Francois Hollande promised to legalize gay mariage. The french seemed okay with it but a few months ago the outrage began. There have been loads of protests both for and against, and national kissing days. The anti – mariage want a referendum so they can have their say, but now Hollande has said he is leaving the decision to Mayors of each district to decide although nothing has been decided yet. So anyway today there was a protest for gay mariage, so we decided to go and check it out. It walked from Denfert-Rochereau up to Bastille. The tubes were absolutely rammed, i’ve never seen anything like it, even with the Royal Wedding in London! Eventually I was crammed on and arrived, and there were a lot of people there. According to online articles between 125 000 and 400 000! It was fairly peaceful and mostly young people but a few families. We stayed for a couple of hours and walked along in the crowds but then got on the metro.

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We went to Saint Michel and walked around that area up until Rue de Bac. Along the way I had a salted caramel and butter crepe which was yum!! We walked past a big church and decided to nip in. Paroisse Saint Germain-des-prés which was quite pretty inside, lovely stain glass windows. We also walked past Les Deux Magots (which Anne had told me I must visit) It looked lovely inside, I plan to revisit it soon for a coffee!!

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Then we visited the Museum of Everything. It is basically a travelling museum of undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2009 over 350,000 people have visited their installations in London, Turin and Moscow, including Tate Modern, the Agnelli Museum, Selfridges and Garage Center of Contemporary Culture. Some of the art was just plain weird, but interesting. It was a mix of paintings and sculptures and collages – all sorts. Even this bizarre video called Doll Land about this guy who made loads of dolls creating a whole land of them! Photos were forbidden on pain of death or a fine of €1000 but I managed to sneak a couple when no one was around!

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