Monday, 7 August 2017

Musée Grevin

I had such a great time today at Musée Grévin, the French wax figures museum.

I hadn't been there for the last 12 years or so and everything has completely changed. Both the sections and the wax figures are new. And it's for the best. The wax figures look so real; it's breath-taking! And I wasn't the only one to be positively surprised. During my visit, I heard several people noticing that the setting had changed since their last visit and that it was much better. 

The 200 true-to-life celebrities  represent both French and international stars. New celebrities have been added along the years (Katy Perry or Lionel Messi for instance). It's fun for young and old alike to pose next to the figures.

I liked everything but my favorite moment was at the very end of the visit, when we were in the Hall of Columns. This Baroque sculptured setting, ornamented in gilt and marble, is just magnificent. The vaulted ceiling is supported by 12 columns with bronze capitals.  Five sculptures of women representing the five continents look down from each bay.

As far as the children are concerned, even though they liked every moment of their visit, they seemed to have preferred the section dedicated to the TV talent show "The Voice". They were thrilled to be able to take part in the show, either singing in a little recording studio, or sitting in the famous judges red chairs.

And by the way, this year, the museum celebrates its 135th anniversary! 

10 boulevard Montmartre - 75009 Paris - Everyday, 9am to 7pm

Monday, 31 July 2017

Maison maison quai du Louvre Paris

When I am off, I really enjoy chilling and sipping a nice cup of coffee by the River. A few metres away from Le Louvre Museum, at the bottom of Pont Neuf, there is a friendly coffee shop which offers a fantastic view over the Seine River,  Ile de la Cité, Ponts des Arts and the Eiffel Tower, and where the staff is helpful and friendly (not too common in Paris). 

The wooden tables and chairs are laid out on a deck outdoor terrace with nice wild plants here and there ; it's just lovely. 

Later on during the day, they serve home-made dishes, cheese and cold cuts boards. Perfect for a drink by the river. 

Down 16 quai du Louvre (at the feet of Pont Neuf) - 75001 Paris
Every day from 10am to 2am.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Whale washed up on banks Seine River

It was quite a shock today when, walking little Jude, I noticed a whale, washed up on the banks of the Seine River, at the bottom of Pont des Tournelles

At first, I honestly thought the cetacean was lying dead. It looked so real! It's only when I got closer to it that I understood it was fake. It actually was a huge 20 meters long sculpture brought there by Belgian artist's collective, Captain Boomer, in order to raise Parisian's environmental awareness. 

It can be a good idea to remind people our fragile and endangered our environment is. The preservation of our planet is a major cause and each and every one of us should be concerned. Last winter I was so sad learning that a whale had been found dead with more than 30 plastic bags in her stomach, in Norway.

Monday, 3 July 2017

L'Atelier crêperie

Today, I was a happy mother. At lunchtime, my son came to pick me up from work and I felt blessed.

I took him to a crêperies which opened a few days ago in the neighbourhood: l'Atelier. I had the opportunity to test it before and I knew we would have a good time. It actually has the three requirements I look for when I eat outside: good food, nice place, and good value for money. In Paris, it's not that easy to find venues which meet that three criteria. 

The food is nice and fresh and the menu offers a large selection of crepes, both salty and sugary. The salty crepes come with a nice green salad and are gluten free. Whether you are vegan or not, there is something for you. And as far as the sugary crepes are concerned, there is choice for every gourmet. Personally, choosing the home chocolate crepe, I keep it simple and efficient. But it's just so yummy.

And icing on the cake, the staff is very nice and helpful. There are two rooms; one on the groundfloor and one downstairs, overlooking the lovely terrace of the next door restaurant; that's the one I prefer.

L'Atelier Mabillon
10 rue Mabillon - 75006 Paris
Everyday, 9am to midnight

Saturday, 17 June 2017

La Mouette Rieuse

Last week, as I was walking little Jude, I noticed that a new store had opened Rue Pavé and, excellent news, it's not another clothing store, but a library with a cute coffee shop!

So today, for our weekly family lunch, I took my dearest daughter to that place in order to taste what they had to offer. I took some vegetarian lasagna and Eva had a nice mixed salad and a lemon tart for desert. The food was very fresh and rather tasty. Eva said her tart was gorgeous. No doubt! All the deserts come from La Patisserie des rêves. The patio is very pleasant. It's overlooking a private yard; it's nice and quiet, away form the traffic. I really liked it and will definitely go back there very soon.

The library in itself is great too. It offers beautiful art and cooking books, travelling guides, coloring books for kids and grown-ups, decorative items... Everything is nicely set up and the floors are very  luminous.  By the way, don't miss the last floor; it's an art gallery. 

La Mouette rieuse
17 rue Pavé - 75004 Paris
Everyday from 10am to 8pm (and until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays)