vendredi 5 août 2016

A great night out

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Last evening, I went for a drink with a friend of mine in a very cool place and I absolutely wanted to tell you about it. It's on a barge, at the foot of Pont Louis Philippe (Louis Philippe bridge). Down there, there are actually three barges moored by the quay. All of them are great. 

The Marcounet is the coolest one. It's been here for a while. In the summer, they feature concerts almost every night and it's very pleasant to sip a cocktail with good music, in a lovely atmosphere.

The next barge has opened at the beginning of the summer. It's called Les Maquereaux (mackerel in English).  It's a sea food bar and it's meant to be opened until October. They offer a lot of sea products such as shellfish, fish but they also have more traditional dishes such as salads or charcuterie or cheese plates. 

The last barge belongs to Bateaux de Paris. It's the one I went to yesterday. It's the closest to Pont Louis Philippe, and I never took the chance to try it before. Honestly, I really enjoyed it. There is plenty of space to seat and the tables for two are facing the river, which is just so romantic. We just had a drink but people around us had diner and it looked pretty good to me.

Anyway, whichever barge you choose, you will spent some good time; the spot is great, especially at the sunset.

Between Pont Marie and Pont Louis Philippe - 75004 Paris 
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dimanche 10 juillet 2016

Ile Saint Louis

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It's 31° on this July 19th, 2016. Almost everyone here in Paris is getting ready for tonight's Euro 2016 final, opposing France to Portugal. 

There are a lot of French flags all over the city; on balconies, cars... Drivers are honking all over the city. I am not a fan of football. And I don't really understand why evertyone is getting so excited over the event. But if it can make people happy...

Today, I took little Jude to one of my favorite places in Paris: Ile-Saint-Louis. When Paris gets to hot, it's great to walk there because with its narrow streets and its old buildings, Ile-Saint-Louis remains one of Paris coolest districts. And Jude has a little friend in one of the lovely shops and it's always fun for him to meet him and play around.

If you don't have the chance to come around here too often, here are some pictures.

Love you XX

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Little Jude seeking the shade

mercredi 29 juin 2016

Le jardin municipal

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Today after work, as I was walking little Jude in the Marais, I decided to go and have a drink in the temporary garden set up in the yard of Credit municipal (municipal credit bank). The great thing about this place is that it is located in a quiet yard away from cars. Just what I needed after a busy day at work.

The venue is quite big; a friendly terrace of 300m2 and a cosy indoor lounge of 250m2, in case it's too hot or too cold outside).  There are many trees and plants. It makes the place peaceful and fresh. I just had a drink but it's also possible to eat fresh and organic homemade food. 

I had a great time and will definitely go back during the summer.

Jardin municipal (open until September 25th, 2016)
55 rue des Francs-Bourgeois - 75004 Paris
Monday to Thursday, 10:30am to 00:00
Friday and Saturday : 10:30am to 1am - Sunday: 12am to 00:00


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samedi 28 mai 2016

1936 Front populaire

Le bain de soleil. Belle-Ile-en-Mer, 1937. ©Pierre Jamet

Today, as the weather was disguting again (a terrible storm left 11 injured in Parc Monceau, hit by a thunderbolt), I went to see the latest Hotel de Ville free exhibition. It's about the 1936's strikes and the Popular Front. It couldn't be more topical with France being paralysed by current CGT's strikes.

The exhibition has been organised to celebrate the 80's anniversary of the Popular Front. With more than 400 pieces, the installation is very rich and I found it very interesting. I very much enjoyed the tens of pictures taken by the independant humanist photographers such as Willy Ronis, Fred Stein or David Seymour. 

I very much liked the picutres and films showing workers (men and women) during their sit down strikes and later on, during their first holidays by the sea or at the countryside. I didn't know that even in houses such as Chanel, workers went on strike.

I really enjoyed it.
Until July 23rd, 2016
 Hotel de Ville de Paris - 5 rue Lobeau - 75004 Paris
Monday to Saturday (10am - 6:30pm - Last entrance at 5:30pm) Closed on Sunday and bank holiday.



samedi 21 mai 2016

Coffee shop Shakespeare and Co



Today, as the sun finally decided to come out after days and days of cold and rain, I took little Jude for a walk down to Shakespeare and Co.

They now have a lovely coffee shop with tables outside and large picture windows looking onto Notre-Dame. It's a great place to sip a coffee in the sun, especially in the morning. Americano coffee is just 2,50€ (not bad for the area). They also serve gorgeous organic food and fruit juices. 

It's one of the part of Paris that I prefer. I love walking in the little streets around Notre Dame.

Here are some pictures I took for you.

37 rue de la Bûcherie - 75005 Paris.
Monday to Friday (10am to 6:30pm). Saturday and Sunday (10am to 7:30pm)














lundi 11 avril 2016

Villa Vassilieff

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Today, during my lunch break, I went to see Villa Vassilieff in Montparnasse. This art center, opened last February, is located in the cuttest green and peacefull alley. Villa Vassilieff used to be the workshop of Marie Vassilieff, a Russian artist who created an art academy there. Nowadays, Villa Vassilieff  is like a little Villa Medicis. Worldwide artists and art researchers are invited to stay there for three months, in order to share their experience and views, about the current and past history of Montparnasse. Temporary exhibitions are also presented in this lovely place where it's possible to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea.


21 avenue du Maine – 75015 Paris - Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm. 

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