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"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home"

... and other observations by Regina Dubin

Its all about the look

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Photographer in the Pompidou Centre Paris


Happy to be back home after living nomadically for a month. The small suitcase was just big enough - though filled to capacity and contents spilling out into smaller bags and even in the end an extra plastic carry bag (not fussed about maintaining the look of the sophisticated traveller!) I am still waiting for the parcel which I posted back from France (you may like to make a note that for 42 Euros you can send a box weighing up to 7kg to Australia)- very handy.
The main focus in travelling (for me) is looking and seeing (shopping is fun of course but that's a more narrow and reductive process) whereas being in an unfamiliar environment, never knowing what's ahead or around the corner, it's constantly stimulating (sometimes overly so). I loved the visit to the modern art museum in Paris and enjoyed seeing other visitors' reactions and interactions to the artwork.

Now looking forward to getting back to work, starting new projects,…

On a train travelling south

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A poster outside an optomotrists shop


It’s early morning and we are travelling in a ‘couchette’ which means we can stretch out relax and sleep.

Although tempting (a late night seeing a movie and early morning start), I could not possibly sleep away the scenery which begins at the very start of the journey in the station with an intimate view of the many trains with massive engines waiting to head off in all directions, people sitting waiting expressionless while birds pick at crumbs around their feet, others dining on coffee and croissants, or rushing to get the next train, even arguing with an official who had helped us jump the queue at the ticket counter.As the train leaves … a tangle of concrete pillars and walls covered in graffiti, back views of inner city housing with bicycles hanging outside the window (maximising storage space), a ram-shackle cluster ofmake-shift dwellings for the very poor by the tracks … and then the transition toward the countryside through towns and eventua…

A short stay in Paris

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Our current address is 67 Rue Quincampoix in the Marais district .... a friend who lives here says it's one of the oldest streets in Paris. There are some interesting little places such as the Art Brut Bistro opposite which has some great art on the walls.


Before coming to the Marais we spent two nights in another area and stumbled across a wonderful little market selling a range of things - old books, dolls, african masks, household items, fuit and vegetabes, furs and hats!