Dernier Bar: The Geek Bar at the End of the World

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Back in February I spent Valentine’s Day weekend with my boyfriend and parents in Paris, the city of love… and geeks. If you’re a comic book fan, I’m sure you’ve heard of the amazing comics, artists and creators that have came out of France. The city is filled with comic book shops and you may have heard of, Angoulême International Comics Festival, a huge comic con France throws every year. With that being said, it should come to no surprise that in the heart of Paris you’ll find a very geeky (and awesome) bar called, Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde (The Last Bar Before the End of the World).

I heard about Dernier Bar from Geek-Art.net. I follow their site and remembered that they post about a lot of geeky exhibits in Paris. I emailed them asking if they had a gallery or shop in Paris and, although they don’t, Thomas from Geek-Art was nice enough to recommend I visit Dernier Bar while I’m out there. If it weren’t for Thomas I would have never known about the place!

I went to Dernier Bar on a Saturday night and it was packed, which is saying a lot since it has three floors. I kept saying how cool everything was the entire time… I must have been so annoying. Now it’s your turn to say “OMGSOCOOL” as you check out these photos of Dernier Bar. Needless to say, if you’re in Paris you absolutely have to go.

Steampunkish Top Floor

Lovecraft Corner on the Top Floor

The Menu

Apologies for the wrinkles.

Space Ship-Themed Bottom Floor

Bathroom Signs

Science Fiction- Themed Basement Floor

Pirate Ship & Game of Thrones-Themed Basement Floor (the other side)

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The Beautiful Stuttgart Library

Libraries are cool, and the Stuttgart Library in Germany is one of the coolest. Seriously guys, the entire time I was like, “Ohmygodthisissocool!” I bet I was so annoying but I don’t care. When beautiful books are encased by a beautiful building it’s like cool squared (wow that was corny I apologize).

When I stepped inside the library I felt like a kid. I wanted to squeal I was so excited… Or rather squee because it sounds cuter and less pig-like. You know when you’re playing Pokemon and your Pokemon enters a battle and sometimes does a little shake and wiggle because it’s excited to whoop some ass. I wanted to do that kind of shake and wiggle inside the Stuttgart Library.

The building’s dad is a Korean-born, Germany-based architect Eun Young Yi. The design for the the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart was influenced by the ancient pantheon. It was born October 2011.

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The Outside

The Labyrinth-Like Staircase

I kept expecting to see Jareth, the Goblin King and his bulge walking upside-down on these stairs.

The Heart

This was when I questioned if this library was just a front for a museum.

The Inside

Some pictures of books for proof this is an actual library.

Children’s Floor

Vintage Comics from Europe

Superman & Batman Comics I got at a German flea market for 1 euro each. Dates range from 1969-1975.

Superman & Batman Comics I got at a German flea market for 1 euro each. Dates range from 1969-1975.

Since I’m living in Germany for a few months (see: Preludes & Predictions) I’m trying to take advantage of my time here by traveling. So far, I’ve spent a few days in Amsterdam and did a day trip to Strasbourg, France and loved it. While there, I visited comic book shops, geeky hobby stores and flea markets filled with old comics. Of course I bought some, even though I can’t read Dutch or French.

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam never gets old even though this was my fourth time visiting. I actually lived in the Netherlands for a few years when I was young. I got to visit the Van Gogh Museum again which was in that one Doctor Who episode that made everyone cry. There was this awesome geek and gamer store called Popcult which needs to make its way to the states ASAP.

Flevopark & Spuistraat Street Art

Henk Comics & Manga

The one comic book shop I visited in Amsterdam was Henk Comics & Manga which Yelp said was the best. I was expecting some sort of magical foreign comic book experience, it was kind of… normal. Which was still cool. It reminded me of the shops back in the states… Except for those anime boob mouse pads.

Waterlooplein Flea Market

I wandered through the Waterlooplein Flea Market and found a stall that had a bunch of vintage comics. I think I only paid about 5 Euro ($5.75) for 6 comics. SCORE!

 

What I Bought At Waterlooplein Flea Market

Battle of the Planets Gforce In Action (Dutch)

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Fantastic Four Three: Prisoners of the Skrulls (Dutch)

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Fantastic Four Special: Family Reunion (Dutch)

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Fantastic Four Special: Repentance to the Infinite (Dutch)

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France is only 90 minutes from my house in Germany. It’s a cute French city with a lot of Germany history but I didn’t really read about it because I’m a bad tourist. I picked up some old comics and manga at the flea market and a record shop called L’occase De L’oncle Tom. I also bought a brunch of pastries because it felt wrong not to.

Strasbourg Flea Market

There were a lot of flea markets around town filled with comics (and some manga)! Most of them were french comics I had never heard of before. Since I don’t speak French I was just buying the comics I thought looked cool. Many of the comics I saw had a lot of naked women in it and seemed pretty gratuitous.

What I Bought In Strasbourg

Musk (French)

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Musk was the first comic I picked up in Strasbourg. The cover caught my eye because it’s so ’80s! The long, thin legs reminded me of Ai Yazawa’s manga style. The story seems kind of weird, lots of naked women.

Dragon Ball Z (French)

Retropolis (French)

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Star Wars The Dark Empire (French)

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Villain Vacation: My Island Hopping Summer

I’m a military brat, so I moved around. A lot. I was lucky enough to call the beautiful Hawaii my home twice. This summer, I went on vacations with my family and got to visit Hawaii again (and Puerto Rico). I hadn’t been there since the Spice Girls era and when Sailor Moon was on TV! The nostalgia was overwhelming and it was just as beautiful as I remembered.

Of course, In true Girl Gone Geek fashion, I brought along my crocheted Joker, made by Leesasaur, along for a #VillainVacation. He didn’t get in too much trouble, I think…

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More pictures from the Hawaiian islands O’ahu and Kaua’i


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Aloha!

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View from my hotel! The beautiful Waikiki Beach.

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Me and my brother @rabble_rowserIMG_3429

On the North ShoreIMG_3609

Making lei’s at a luau IMG_3537

Rainbows all over the place!IMG_3514

Reading Shade the Changing Man on Waikiki BeachIMG_3482

We went dolphin watching, so much fun!IMG_3449

On the boat, dolphin watching.IMG_3698

Found Star Wars street art in Kaua’iIMG_3696

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In Kaua’i at Waimea CanyonIMG_3679

Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the PacificIMG_3671

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At a luauIMG_3655 IMG_3647 IMG_3638 IMG_3627

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A candid, probably asking my brother is my lei is on straight
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Still not ready for the photo

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I remember playing in this tree when I was little!
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Me and my dad, he’s probably talkin’ mess by the look on my faceIMG_4108

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Liquor lei = best lei ever IMG_3249 IMG_3416

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice is the best on all the islandsIMG_3387

Did some pearl picking and this one had twins!
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Another pink pearl I picked and made into a necklace

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Dole Pineapple Plantation

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The only reason we came to Dole was to get the amazing pineapple soft serve ice cream

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Fresh mango with li hing mui powder. Dried salty plum power really popular in Hawaii.
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Spotted a turtle in the water!IMG_3337

Diamond Head in the background
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Obligatory beach selfie
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Shaved Ice!IMG_3284

Hang Loose

 Oh, and I went to Puerto Rico, too!

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Spotted Finn in the seat in front of me!

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My in-flight reading material IMG_3945_2

Ferngully aka El Yunque RainforestIMG_3934

Hibiscus flower in El Yunque Rainforest
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One of the many waterfalls at El Yunque RainforestIMG_3904_2 IMG_3902_2 IMG_3897_2

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El Morro in Old San Juan
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Me and my bro at El MorroIMG_3986

Cool squid graffiti in El Morro
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Someone came to Old San Juan who loves Harry PotterIMG_4098 IMG_4090

Friendly reminder to watch Breaking Bad at an Old San Juan barIMG_4086 IMG_4084

Spotted more Star Wars street art! IMG_4079

Nerdy CarIMG_4078 IMG_4077 IMG_4063

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Puerto Rico had cool street artIMG_4023