Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton conversation with Jean-Louis Cohen
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A Rare Moment in Paris with Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton conversation with Jean-Louis CohenFrank Gehry had just left the auditorium at the programmed event “Around the Charlotte Perriand exhibition–A conversation between Frank Gehry and Jean-Louis Cohen” at the Fondation Louis-Vuitton.

After listening to his architectural journey as it relates to the “free and independent” architect Charlotte Perriand from the second row, I walked up to him in the hallway. I thanked him for sharing his thoughts and for his unique design of this Fondation Louis Vuitton museum shaped like a boat, which is the symbol of Paris. He touched my arm and asked if I had seen the Charlotte Perriand exhibit, which had opened the day before. Mr. Gehry had been so impressed by the displays and awakened by Ms. Perriand’s “synthesis with the arts”, he highly recommended that I visit the exhibition.

After listening to him and the correlation of his journey and Perriand’s through art, experimentation, the warmth of wood, and Japanese influence in construction and materials and his story of using curves in architecture, I touched his arm and told him I would be back soon to view the Perriand exhibit. He had inspired me. It was a rare moment in time with Frank Gehry.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!