I think music is indispensable, it changes with your state of mind. If you have a happier disposition you prefer to listen to more joyful music whereas sometimes if you're feeling calmer you'll put on some classical music, whatever fits with the way you're feeling at the time. For work it's nice to listen to classical music in the background, things like that.

Which pieces and musicians inspire you?

That's a difficult one to answer. I basically like all types of music, I'm not too fussy in what I listen to, so it would be difficult to just name one artist or type of music.

When you go out to listen to music, where do you go?

I don’t really go out a great deal anymore, but before having my two girls I went out quite a bit. We live in an area that's full of music venues so it was pretty easy. I live in the 18th Arrondissement, there's the Cigalle for example, there's lots of places to go, even little venues, the Divan du Monde who do little concerts now and again and what else is there? There's lots of pub-bistrots, they don't have really well known musicians playing but it's nice to go out and listen to them for a change.

Is there something special about the area of Montmartre for musicians and artists?

Maybe the atmosphere and the style, well there's not just Paris, elsewhere in Europe it's the same. Like in London, each district has its own atmosphere, maybe it's that. You'll have to ask the artists themselves!


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The Napolean Courtyard outside the Louvre Palace is a rare example of harmony between modern and traditional architecture in Paris. Apart from giving the green flag to the colourful Georges Pompidou Centre and the strict lines of La Défense, the introduction of challenging architecture has been kept to a minimum.

In a city where tradition reigns, at least architecturally, the marriage of modernity and heritage in the Louvre Pyramid shines a light on the potential of pursuing a different urban policy in Paris. I.M. Pei’s Louvre Pyramid, opened in 1989, provides the perfect accompaniment to the fine architecture of the surrounding Palace.

Grey metal links glass diamonds to reflect the inky blues and translucent stone of the original buildings that encircle it. This simple construction has drawn up a blueprint for a fruitful future, if Paris chooses to follow in its footsteps.

Just a few steps away the Seine continues to weave its way between the bridges of Paris. Padlocks weigh down crossings where lovers have added their metal contribution to a city characterized by romance. When it all becomes too much, the sheer volume of locks can weigh down the bridges. At this point the council steps in and cuts each and every lock and the cycle starts again.

Some things change in Paris, most continue to weave a familiar path, worn into the heart of an unchanging core.