Author Archives: victorinparis

All Dolled Up at Isla de las Muñecas

I once lived in Mexico City for one year, and even though I explored some of the farthest reaches of the country, there was one place that I never managed to visit, even though it was right in the city I was living in. That place was Isla de las Muñecas, or Island of the […]

Keeping it Weird at the Cathedral of Junk

When I was on the plane heading to Austin, I was flipping through the pages of the in-flight magazine when I stumbled upon a little article about something in Austin known as the “Cathedral of Junk”. This “cathedral” in fact referred to a giant structure made entirely out of discarded rubbish, built by one man […]

Wandering the Ruins of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing

After finishing my master’s degree at HEC Paris this past June, I decided to embark on a two week trip to China. Why China? The timing felt right. About a fifth of my class was Chinese, and I got along well with these students quite well. This also afforded me the opportunity to have a […]

Day of the Dead in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

One of Mexico’s most celebrated holidays is Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Held in the beginning of November, it marks a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The night of November 1st is dedicated to deceased children and infants, especially those passed away in the last […]

Art Overdose: Frieze London

Continuing in the vein of what had been an art-filled two weeks, from ArtVerona in Italy, to the Phillips auction in London, to an evening performance art piece at the Freud Museum, my capacity for art finally climaxed with one of the most important art events in the world, along with the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, and […]

Romeo and Juliet Meet Contemporary Art at ArtVerona

I recently went to Verona to help out my best friend, who works in the arts and curated an exhibition at one of Italy’s most important contemporary art fairs, ArtVerona. ArtVerona allows only Italian galleries to exhibit, galleries that represent both national and international artists. The works on display consist mainly of contemporary art, with […]

Meeting Maximón, Guatemala’s Mischievous Mayan Folk Saint

Lake Atitlán is one of Guatemala’s prime tourist destinations, along with the jungle ruins of Tikal and the volcano-ringed colonial town of Antigua. Atitlán is a large, beautiful lake, recognized as Central America’s deepest with a depth reaching 340 metres. It is surrounded by verdant hills, majestic volcanoes, and picturesque villages inhabited by largely indigenous Mayan people. […]

The World’s Most Romantic Fireworks: The Redentore in Venice

The Festa del Redentore is an annual celebration that takes place on the third weekend of July, which culminates in an unforgettable fireworks show over the iconic St Mark’s Basin. The origins of the Redentore date back to 1577, when the festival began to commemorate the end of a plague which ravaged Venice, killing about […]

Celebrating the Notting Hill Carnival in London

The Notting Hill Carnival is a yearly celebration of Caribbean culture marking the end of summer, held every last Sunday and Monday of August. It was started in the 1960s, back when Notting Hill consisted not of its present stately Victorian townhouses, tree-lined streets, and carefully manicured private parks but of a diverse and colourful […]

Back to The Sixties: Zipolite, Mexico

The time has come to reveal my favourite place in all of Mexico. This is saying something, as I had the opportunity to travel far and wide in that beautiful country, and got to explore many of its memorable sights. However, the best trip I took over the year that I lived there was to […]