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Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-00Hopping from brewery to brewery to tap room is one of my favorite things to do in Denver. With my brother last Christmas, we did a pretty epic Beer Hop that I published here on the blog.

This past summer when Louis and I headed to Denver we did a lot of brewery hops, and here is one I’d like to share with you today featuring a few smaller breweries.

Brewery-Hop-Denver-#2-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-01We started in one of my favorite Denver neighborhoods, an artsy district in Denver just south of downtown. This hood is the home of the Renegade Brewing Company that had been recommended to me by many friend Denverites.

Like a lot of Denver hotspots, they are built into what used to be garages: big glass pane garage doors that open up to the ceiling revealing the summer sun rays. Renegade kept the industrial look, like a lot of Denver spots, too, with bricks and a stunningly intricate wooden bar. The scattered tables house board games, which I thought was pretty fantastic.

So, with our tasters of 5 O’Clock Afternoon Ale, Elevation IPA and others, we played a few rounds of Backgammon.

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TRVE was suggested to me by my best friend one day, and I knew I had to pop by to experience their totally different style: Metal + Brews. Not only is the brewery on one my favorite streets in the Mile High City, but it really is a different and more rock and punk atmosphere, which I really enjoyed.

Erika, Louis and I enjoyed the full set of their current brews from tasty and hoppy pale ale to a chocolatey coffee stout. I am obsessed with their single huge table with benches as seating… so wonderful and seems like it would be the best place to hang on a Friday night.

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Wit’s End’s tap room is filled with everything you’ll need to learn about some beer. The shelves are packed with books on topics varying from ingredients, to brews to passionate brewers. Little jars are displayed with beer ingredients to take a little sniff to get an idea about the chemistry behind their yummy beers. It definitely was a local feel that was so simple. Almost like a home brewer just opened their garage door and invited us over to taste it.

On their flight we tried all of the beers on tap at the time. The guy working was so kind and came over and really went into detail about each beer and how their brewing process. It was refreshing to have someone passionate really go into detail on the brews. I personally fell for the Kitchen Sink Porter that hot summer afternoon. Louis’s favorite was the Super FL IPA, a black IPA, as Wit’s End calls it, “a bad-ass beer”.

Did I mention they have the most fun names for their beers?

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Photo Tour - Localers - De quelle planète es-tu? 1The first district of Paris is such a lovely place to stroll. You can see cliché Paris views such as Le Louvre, the Tuilerie gardens and views from the Concorde all the way to the Champs Elysées. It’s somewhat the core of Paris, and boy it is fantastic.

I never cease to be amazed by the hugeness of the Louvre. If you walk from Palais Royale Musée du Louvre through the tunnel, you’ll get an intense side view of the Pyramide du Louvre and you’ll just walk straight into it’s hugeness. The contrast is stunning.

Here’s a peek at the stroll on a very very cold and gray winter day with Maëlle & Jackie:

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You can check out the tour here.

Localers

 

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -1This is a part of Paris I had been meaning to go to for a stroll for quite some time.

La Défense is Paris’s business district, on the Western outskirts of the city.

La Défense houses many major companies and is the head of metro Line 1. La Grande Arche, as the French call it, was built in the late 1980’s. Apparently you can take a tour and go to the top of this fantastically unique building for a breathtaking view of Paris and its outskirts.

It’s pretty mind boggling, in my opinion. Have you been?

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -2 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -4When my friend Theo was in town on his way from down under to London, we went for a stroll with my friend Valerie who had just moved to Paris.

The day was foggy and cold. The sky was so gray and constant.

Since we went before lunchtime hit, we had the space to ourselves, with no hustle bustle of the businessmen and women that shuffle to and from lunch around 1pm.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -5 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -6 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -7 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -8I never realized how much art is at La Défense. This red sculpture reminds me of a similar sculpture in Denver, right in front of the Denver Art Museum. Very well could be the same artist, but I’m certainly not a pro at that.

We felt far far away from Paris, in a modern world where the beige 6-story buildings didn’t stick and they were replaced by enormous fancy high rises.

With a little squint, you can see from under the arc of La Défense all the way through the Arc de Triomphe (above) and if the weather permits it, even beyond. This view is certainly the longest in Paris, what they called the Historical Axis, stretching from La Défense through l’Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre. It’s a straight line. If you don’t believe me, check out a map!

Pretty intense if you ask me.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -9 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -10You can read about the giant thumb sculpture here.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -12 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -13 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -15  La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -17 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -18 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -20 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -21 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -22I was surprised so see so many bursts of color surrounding the modern gray high rises. I think when the weather gets nice I’d like to sit under the La Grande Arche with a sandwich and just enjoy the vast view.

You won’t feel like you’re in Paris when you go here. There’s something awkwardly intriguing about it.

Contrast at its finest.

If you’re interested in checking it out, just hop on line 1 and go to the end, the stop titled La Défense. You’ll feel super small in a big big world.

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 1I just love the Passy metro stop.

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 2 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 3 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 4In the winter it really has en eery feeling, and so gray. Something about how symmetrical it is I find to be so interesting. Have you been for a stroll here?

Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 5 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 6 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 7 Passy - De quelle planète es-tu? 8It’s still so chilly here in the city of lights. But these strolls make the cold worth the stroll. And something about those foggy skies I just love.

Hope you’re staying warm.

Paris’s 19th district I feel is sometimes misunderstood. It’s a big district, so this is split into two parts. Part one is the Eastern 19th. (Western 19th will come later on)

The 19th arrondissement is the home of Place des Fêtes, Jourdain, the Quartier d’Amérique and La Villette as well as many other unique- and sometimes forgotten- places. In case you’re a bit unsure of where the 19th is, it spans the northeastern Parisian limits. It is such a charming and different area. I started to fall in love with it while roaming around. It almost feels untouched by the cliché mob of tourism that often takes over Paris.

The whole adventure started with a view looking down on Paris through rue de Belleville from Pyrénées (line 11), where Annie and I met up one cold and rainy Saturday. From there we wandered north on rue de Bellville into the midst of the 19th’s treasures. Once we got up by Télégraphe we went due north on Rue du Docteur Potain to find the Mouzaïa Villas that are hidden up by the périph behind Place des Fêtes. Sure enough, heading eastwards on Rue de Mouzaïa brings you right to the bottom of the most precious streets packed with pastel-coloured duplexes on both sides. It was so incredibly picturesque. Ever so kindly, a man saw us awing over the adorableness of the houses and he chatted about the area and how pleasant it was to live there- and of course full of history. I would love to have a neighbor like him! I have had issues finding information on Le Quartier d’Amérique’s history, but all I can say is is that it has the most interesting yet flawless combination of architecture.

From the villas we looped around between the towers to Place des Fêtes, which that particular Saturday had an antique market/garage sale. It was busy and exciting as everyone was out and about. From here, you’d only be a short walk to Parc Butte Chaumont, which I find to be one of Paris’s best kept secrets. Of course the 19th reaches Paris’s limits at Parc de la Villette as well, which is whole other ballgame of adventures. (You’ll see both of these places in Part 2!)

While roaming this area,  I felt as if I was not in Paris for a short second… but then I realized that maybe people have an incorrect vision or cliché expectation of the city as a whole. Paris is a puzzle of unique and diverse sectors. Each arrondissement has it’s own little twist. Sometimes you’ve got to branch out from the center to experience it all.

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Some random suggestions in the 19th:

Aux Bons Amis – Bar/Restaurant – Belleville

BarOurcq – Bar – Laumière

Butte Chaumont – Park – Laumière

Cabaret Sauvage – Concert Venue – Porte de Pantin

L’heure Bleue – Restaurant – Botzaris

La Faitout – Snack – Belleville

La Géode – Cinéma – Corentin Cariou

La Rotonde – Bar/Venue – Place Stalingrad

Le 104 – Art Center/Venue – Crimée

Les Mère Veilleuses – Bar – Pré Saint Gervais

Les 400 Coups – Restaurant/Bar – Jourdain

Rosa Bonheur – Restaurant/Guinguette – Botzaris

Zoé Bouillon – Restaurant – Butte Chaumont