Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Sorbonne

©Esther à Paris
Cour d'honneur

Today, I took a guided tour of the famous Sorbonne, named after Robert de Sorbon. We met our guide at the main entrance of the Sorbonne, rue des Ecoles, just opposite the square where stands the statue of Montaigne.

I was very excited to discover this place, considered worldwide as one of the most prestigious centres of intelligence and culture, of science and arts. I had the chance to have a very interesting guide who gave us plenty of details about this institution. For instance, he told us that at its beginning, in the 13th century, the Sorbonne had only 16 students for 4 teachers and that, at the time, the students studied outside.

Amongst the places I visited is the great amphitheatre (a listed building). It's a venue for many academic and non-academic events (national and international). I was very impressed by the amazing 25 meters long painting of Puvis de Chavannes. 

We also saw the Grand salon, the peristyle which leads to the reception rooms and the galleries of the Grand Amphitheatre, and I just loved it.

Visits are only upon reservation at


©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris


©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris


©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

Friday, 19 June 2015

Espace des Blancs Manteaux


©Esther à Paris
Bijoux "Sweet Sugar"

Si vous passez par le Marais ce week-end, arrêtez-vous à l'espace des Blancs Manteaux. Jusqu'à dimanche soir, 80 créateurs présentent leur produits dans le cadre de l'événement "Take me out". 

J'y suis passé cet après-midi et j'ai fait la rencontre de la délicieuse Chi, une créatrice de bijoux, qu'elle diffuse sous la marque "Sweet Sugar". Ses créations sont toutes des pièces uniques parce que, m'a-t-elle expliqué, "chaque femme est unique et a le droit de porter un bijou unique, qui la représente". Je trouve cette idée vraiment très belle et très généreuse

Ses bijoux sont faits à la main à partir de belles matières : pierres semi-précieuses, perles de culture d'eau douce, dentelle, argent... Et ils sont à des prix tout à fait abordables. J'ai craqué pour un très joli bracelet doré or jaune et or rose avec 4 jolies perles blanches. Il est ravissant et j'adore l'idée d'être la seule à en avoir un comme cela.

Chi vend ses produits sous la marque "Sweet Sugar": isn't that sweet? ;-)

Espace des Blancs Manteaux
48 rue Vieille du Temple - 75003 Paris (du 19 au 21 juin 2015)

©Esther à Paris
©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Original statue liberty paris luxembourg gardens

©Esther à Paris
First statue of Liberty in Luxembourg gardens

Today, I decided to take my lunch break in the Luxembourg gardens. Walking along the alleys, I came across a statue I never paid attention to before. And guess what! It was the first statue of Liberty melted by the sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi in 1889. 

Well, that was what I though. But after looking up on the Internet, I found out that the original "Statue of Liberty Enlighting the World" was given back to the Orsay museum in 2012 after staying in the Luxembourg gardens for 100 years, to prevent it from degradation.

Next to the statue there is a tree planted by some NYFD firemen in 2002, to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The firemen actually brought some ashes from Ground Zero. So moving!


©Esther à Paris
Arbre planté en hommage aux victimes des attentats du 9/11

©Esther à Paris
Bee hives

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris
Insects' hotel

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Port de Paris Arsenal

©Esther à Paris

Today, as the weather was just idyllic, I took little Jude to the Arsenal Port,  near Bastille.

This little marina links Saint-Martin canal to the River Seine. Originally, it was a port of shipment but it became a marina in 1983. It offers 177 moorings. 

On the banks, there are little gardens with playgrounds for the children. And next to the Bastille entrance there is a café, "Le grand bleu", where it can be nice to sit outside and sip a nice glass of sparkling water.

Here are some pictures I took for you today.

Boulevard Bourdon - 75004 Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris
©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ddays 2015 Ecole Bleue

©Esther à Paris

I am very pleased; the sun is shining back in Paris and it's the week of the Ddays (the Designers' days). This year, the Ddays are celebrating their 15th birthday and there are lots of events going on in the city. 

Tonight, I went to see the work of the students from "Ecole Bleue", a design school that teaches designers how to build lightings. It was very interesting to see all these different ideas of lightings.

Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt - 10 rue de Turenne - 75004 Paris. Until Sunday June 7th.

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris

©Esther à Paris