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In December I once again traveled to the   Trans Musicales Festival   in Rennes, France.  This year I was shooting for  Noisey , taking portraits of some of the bands performing at the festival. Not all of the portraits made the article, so I’ll share them here, and a few more from the bands that did make it in. As well as a few live shots. -   Click here for the post on Noisey .   Above:   Sauropod   - Oslo, Norway

In December I once again traveled to the Trans Musicales Festival in Rennes, France.

This year I was shooting for Noisey, taking portraits of some of the bands performing at the festival. Not all of the portraits made the article, so I’ll share them here, and a few more from the bands that did make it in. As well as a few live shots. - Click here for the post on Noisey.

Above: Sauropod - Oslo, Norway

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To step away from some of the band portraits, on the Saturday of the festival in Rennes, I once again went to the second largest market in France - Marche des Lices.

You can get oysters shucked for you on site, there are meats, and cheeses, and wine…so much you don’t know where to look.

Here are a few shots from the afternoon (and one from the view from my hotel of the cinema across the way).

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Only I could find a pop-up craft beer & small plate pairing event 2 blocks from my AirB&B in Paris…these things must just call to me.

Les Dîners Bon was supposed to just run until the 6th of December (which coincidentally was my first night in Paris) at Cave du Miroir in Montmartre, but they ended up getting extended until the 31st. So after my sightseeing was out of the way each day I came back around to try more French beer paired with some amazing dishes. Or it might have had something to do with these guys.

From what I learned, while France has some of the oldest breweries in the world, the craft beer revolution we know so well and take for granted in Vancouver/Canada/USA, isn’t as prevalent. Pairing beer and food just isn’t a thing there…for now [if the team behind Les Dîner Bons has their way].

I tried SO many different beers while hanging out there, both from France and the rest of Europe. I think my favourite one, or at least the most unique, was from Brasserie La Baleine - a sour beer that had squid ink in it! C'est bon!

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There’s no way I can sum up Paris with one post and three photos but I took hundreds and I have to post something, right?

I had a VERY short time in Paris, about 48 hours before I went to London, and after that, only 24 hours before my flight back to Canada but I jammed in as much as I could.

I saw most of the main sights on my first full day, walking as far as my bum knee would take me (I was hit by a car in October, but that’s another story).
The city is beautiful and the weather was great for walking, despite the fact that it was December!

Traveling in winter is odd because you only have so much daylight available to you. Word to the wise, ending your day as the sun sets in a GIANT cemetery (Père Lachaise) is slightly eerie, especially when you get turned around.

I think my favourite spot was the Pont Alexandre III (the bridge above). It was gorgeous and had so many intricate things to photograph on it; not to mention the beautiful gold statues standing out in the winter sun.

I will do another post about my favourite accidental discover in Paris, and maybe one on the pastry situation as well. Come back soon!

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The entire reason I went to France was for the Trans Musicales Festival that took place in Rennes over several days.

The only band I knew going in when I was invited was Vancouver’s own Dralms, but other than them, I had a lot of digging to do.

I found a ton of great new artists and had a quite a time going from stage to stage to photograph as many as I could.

You can find the full recap of Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of the festival on 3am Revelations (the music blog I collaborate with), and see the entire set of photos from the festival on the Facebook page by clicking HERE.