My reason for going to Paris (if anyone actually needs a reason besides ‘because it’s there’) was to go to the Rock en Seine music festival, down at Parc de St Cloud at the end of metro line 10.
For a festival with so many headline acts it wasn’t particularly well publicised; nobody I mentioned it to outside of France had heard of it. Maybe the French just wanted to keep it all to themselves.
I’d never been to a French music event before. The whole thing was very chic. Even if you’re standing around in the rain in a muddy field, that is no excuse for slobby dressing. This meant that I didn’t pass for a local. Even before I opened my mouth and subjected anyone to my bad French accent, they started speaking to me in English. I wasn’t fooling anyone.
The festival food here was better than normal, as would be expected of France I suppose. My complaint always, when I go somewhere like this, is that there aren’t enough healthier food options. It’s not that I’m puritanical about what I eat – far from it – but I like to be able to make the choice. The foo was good.
As for the music, on Friday I saw Blondie, The Hives and Arctic Monkeys. Over the course of the weekend there is The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age and La Roux, all of whom I saw a couple of weeks ago at Sziget.