Paris: Julia Jean-Baptiste
Julia Jean-Baptiste is what we see when we think of Paris. The 28-year-old singer, and almost DJ, as she says, grew up in Lyon, but has been living in Paris for the past 10 years. She lives in a little apartment that she shares with her husband just outside the 19th arrondissement. Every corner is full of souvenirs and gems from her family that originally derived from the Caribbean French Island of Martinique. She tells us the story of her roots, the music and the rhythms. The tones of Bossanova from her vinyl player softly fill the room as she hums along.
Lisbon: Carolina Flores
Carolina Flores, artist and designer, lives in Ajuda, a little village just outside Lisbon’s city centre. Her apartment, which is also her studio, is full of magazines, art books, little sculptures and of course – her paintings. From her studio space, she has a spectacular view over the 25 de Abril Bridge, so it’s easy to see where she gets her inspiration from. Her artworks are abstract, using the vibrant colors you find on all the façades of Lisbon. She spends most of her time in her studio together with her cat Zappa, named after the musician Frank Zappa, who follows her everywhere she goes.
Along the Harbour
We bike along the streets, gazing at the facades that we have seen so many times before on postcards and souvenirs. It is everything we could have imagined, but better.
The Pearl on the Coast
We arrive at the pearl on the coast, the gateway to Scandinavia. Copenhagen is bathed in soft autumn light.
Lost in Paradise
This island has a harsh kind of beauty. The volcanic rock gives a completely different impression at every turn.