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11th arrondissement of Paris

Some (to me) interesting facts from Wikipedia about the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

The 11th arrondissement of Paris (XIe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as onzième.

The arrondissement, called Popincourt, is situated on the right bank of the River Seine. The arrondissement is one of the most densely populated urban districts of any European city.

In recent years this district has emerged as one of the trendiest regions of Paris.

För the adventurous Wikipedia has a much longer text in French: 11e arrondissement de Paris

Useful links

Guide to the 11th Arrondissement in Paris
The Best Things To See And Do In Paris’ 11th Arrondissement
tripadvisor: 11th Arrondissement
If You Love Food, Heaven Is Paris’s 11th Arrondissement – Eater
WikiTravel: 11th arrondissement of Paris
WikiVoyage: The 11th Arrondissement
A Local’s Guide to Paris Neighborhoods: 11th Arrondissement


At Google Maps Quick Facts: The 11th arrondissement is a hip, diverse district that draws partygoers to lively bars around Rue Oberkampf and its surrounding streets. It’s also home to the Opéra Bastille, the city’s main opera house. Foodies and fashionistas flock to the boutiques and vogue restaurants around Rue de Charonne, part of the evolving shopping and dining scene in the cosmopolitan area between the République and Nation squares.
Map (image)
Paris 11e arrondissement – Quartiers (image)
Metro 11o arrodisement (image)

Einstein in Aarau

Albert Einstein once went to school in Aarau in Switzerland. Nowadays there is a restaurant named EINSTEIN. It is a really nice place with café, bar and restaurant.

There was a big plastic statue of Albert E outside, probably only temporary.

Compare the size with the house behind the statue, his head is at the second floor.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Van Gogh and Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam we went to the Van Gogh Museum. This museum has the world´s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh: more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters as well as van Gogh´s own collection of Japanese prints.

We went there on a Friday, the museum is open longer (until ten) and there is music in the evening. The exhibition is great with many beautiful paintings.

My favourite painting is called “Almond blooms”. It is – to me – different from his other paintings. This one has much more life, joy and energy. People have commented that this painting looks Asian. Probably Van Gogh was influenced by some of his Japanese prints.

There is another website, The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, where you can browse Vincent van Gogh’s works and letters in a complete online catalogue.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Rembrandt and Amsterdam

I have been in Amsterdam and while there we went to Rijksmuseum – National Museum of Art and History. While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum displays the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the Philips Wing. The exhibition is titled “The Masterpieces” and offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.

One of the paintings shown is of course the famous “Night Watch”, a large and beautiful painting (see image). We went to the museum on a Saturday. Word of advice, do like we did and go early. That way you avoid long lines waiting to get in and it is less crowded inside which makes it easier to get a good view of the paintings.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.


Last week I was in Amsterdam for an SAP event. It was the 6th SAP International Utilities Conference 2007, around 1500 attending. The conference was Wednesday to Friday at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Center.

Thursday it was Celebration Night at a place called The Factory. We saw a performance by Blue Man Group (NL), I liked it a lot. It seems the Blue Man Group is a big concept, their live stage shows can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Berlin, Amsterdam.

We stayed over the weekend too. Amsterdam is an interesting city, easy to get around in using their trams. We stayed in Hotel V, a small hotel with only 24 rooms. The hotel is within walking distance from the RAI Conference Center and has three tram lines close by.

We were out for dinner at Restaurant SOLO and Beems Brasserie. I enjoyed both places, great food.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

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