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
Apologies for the wrinkles.
Space Ship-Themed Bottom Floor
Science Fiction- Themed Basement Floor
Pirate Ship & Game of Thrones-Themed Basement Floor (the other side)
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 Labyrinth-Like Staircase
I kept expecting to see Jareth, the Goblin King and his bulge walking upside-down on these stairs.
This was when I questioned if this library was just a front for a museum.
Some pictures of books for proof this is an actual library.
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)
Four Three: Prisoners of the Skrulls (Dutch)
Fantastic Four Special: Family Reunion (Dutch)
Fantastic Four Special: Repentance to the Infinite (Dutch)
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 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)
Star Wars The Dark Empire (French)
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…
More pictures from the Hawaiian islands O’ahu and Kaua’i
View from my hotel! The beautiful Waikiki Beach.
On the North Shore
Making lei’s at a luau
Rainbows all over the place!
Reading Shade the Changing Man on Waikiki Beach
We went dolphin watching, so much fun!
On the boat, dolphin watching.
Found Star Wars street art in Kaua’i
In Kaua’i at Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific
At a luau
A candid, probably asking my brother is my lei is on straight
Still not ready for the photo
I remember playing in this tree when I was little!
Me and my dad, he’s probably talkin’ mess by the look on my face
Now that’s better. :)
Liquor lei = best lei ever
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice is the best on all the islands
Did some pearl picking and this one had twins!
Another pink pearl I picked and made into a necklace
Dole Pineapple Plantation
The only reason we came to Dole was to get the amazing pineapple soft serve ice cream
Fresh mango with li hing mui powder. Dried salty plum power really popular in Hawaii.
Spotted a turtle in the water!
Diamond Head in the background
Obligatory beach selfie
Oh, and I went to Puerto Rico, too!
Spotted Finn in the seat in front of me!
My in-flight reading material
Ferngully aka El Yunque Rainforest
Hibiscus flower in El Yunque Rainforest
One of the many waterfalls at El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque Rainforest
El Morro in Old San Juan
Me and my bro at El Morro
Cool squid graffiti in El Morro
Someone came to Old San Juan who loves Harry Potter
Friendly reminder to watch Breaking Bad at an Old San Juan bar
Spotted more Star Wars street art!
Ready Player 1- On la playa
Puerto Rico had cool street art