Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Paris on bike

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I had such a goog time today !

As I had a day off, I decided to visit Paris on a bike. Even though I know the city pretty well, I love taking guided tours; there is always plenty to learn. There are several compagnies that offer to visit Paris on a bike. I chose the Blue Bike Tours because they rate number 1 on Tripadvisor. It actually was an excellent choice. The tour was very interesting and our friendly guide, Kevin, very pro. Each time we stopped by a monument, he gave us lot's of details and anecdotes.  It was just great.

We did the "Paris Landmark tour" and I really loved it. We saw the main landmarks (Notre-Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Eiffel tower...) and all the way, our guide gave us plenty of details about the monuments and their history.

My point of view: the tour was very interesting. Everything is well organised and safe. The bikes are very easy to ride. Children are aslo welcomed. They will be given smal bicycles.


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Can you see the name of my bike on the label ? Coco Chanel !!! I loved that.
 
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Most anciant clock in Paris


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Jardin Rosiers Joseph Migneret


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I had such a great fun today. As it was nice and warm, I decided to go and rest in the garden "Jardin Rosiers-Joseph-Migneret", in the Marais.

The lovely garden is located between Hôtel de Coulanges, where Mme de Sévigné stayed, and Hôtel d'Albre. The park pays tribute to Joseph Migneret (1888-1949). who used to be headteacher of the nearby "Hospitalières Saint-Gervais" school. Thanks to his bravery, Mr. Migneret, Righteous Among the Nations, saved tens of jewish children from deportation during the Second World War.

With its little orchard, vegetable plot, fig tree, chestnut tree this garden and the vestige of one of the 77 towers from Philippe Auguste surrounding wall  is different from the other parks. It's very pleasant to sit on a bench or on the grass with a falafael bought a few meters away at the famous "As du Fallafel".

Entrance: either 10 rue des Rosiers or 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Thé à la menthe

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This morning, there was a big blue sky over Paris and I felt like going away. I decided to head off to "Grande Mosquée de Paris" (buit in the 1920's) and it's lovely terrace to sip a mint tea in the sun. It was really nice and I did felt just as if I had flown down to Sevilla. 

Together with the mint tea (2€), you can ask for syrupy North African pastries (2€ each). It's yummy, yummy. 

If you go on a Sunday, I woud advise to go in the morning, because later on, it gets crowded.

39 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire - 75005 Paris - Open every day from 9am until midnight 

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Friday, 17 April 2015

La Belle Juliette - Terrasse

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Spring is back and we all want to enjoy the most of it. A nice way to do so is to go to Hotel la Belle Juliette, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

From 4pm until midinight, the beautiful little 4 stars hotel opens it's lovely terrace and it's a sheer happiness. It's very pretty and peaceful. All of a sudden you feel like you're out of town, in a calm little place where the noise you can hear is the singing and chirping of birds. How pleasant. 

If you come in the afternoon, it's a great place to sip a cup of tea with a nice piece of cake. In the evening, it's cool to come and have a cocktail. There is a lovely selection.

Nb: until May 31st, 2015, some gorgeous pictures from the photographer Juliette Bates are hung inside the hotel.

92 rue du Cherche midi - 75006 Paris

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Photos : Jéroôme d'Almeida & Sonia Kalicky

Photos : Jéroôme d'Almeida & Sonia Kalicky

Friday, 10 April 2015

Les arènes de Lutèce

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Yesterday, I took little Jude and headed off to the "Amphitheatre of Lutèce" (Lutece is the former name of Paris), in the Latin quarter. Believe it or not, before last week, I totally ignored that there were an amphitheatre in Paris.

The place is just amazing. It's been classified as a listed building.The amphitheatre was built between the 1st and the 2nd centuries and could fit 15.000 people. Nowadays, people play football or pétanque. Very different from the gallo roman games isn't it ?

The access is free and it's open every day. 


Arènes de Lutèces
49 rue Monge - 75005 Paris

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cour Damoye

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Today, as I passed Bastille, I came accross a lovely private street I never noticed before. 

It's called "Cour Damoye". It was laid out in 1780, by Antoine Pierre Damoye, an ironmonger. At the time, there were a lot of workshops in the courtyard. Nowadays, it's mostly communication agencies but there is also one of the most ancient coffee roasting plant of Paris which is still in business.

It's absolutely charming and I was surprised how quiet it was because Bastille is rather noisy. Here are some pictures I took for you.

Entrance : 12 place de la Bastille - 75011 Paris

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