Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Cafe cour

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After two days of rain and strong winds (which I really dislike), the sun is back in Paris. I took little Jude for a long walk around the Marais. We both love going round the shops. Rue des Francs-bourgeois, we went past a new café which looked pretty cool: Café Cour.

It's located in the Crédit municipal  Renaudot coutyard, a historical yard with vestiges from the ancient Philippe Auguste surrounding wall. It's very pleasant, especially when you get the chance to sit in a deck chair. I loved the vine stocks

The plus of the café: it's healthy and at reasonable prices. The products are mostly organic, local or coming from fair trade and the prices are really decent (read the menu). And the staff are nice ;-)

It's only open until September 27th 2015, so if you haven't tried it yet, you have another month to do so.

Café Cour - 55 rue des Francs-Bourgeois - 75004 Paris
Sunday to Wednesday, from 12am to 9pm - Thursday to Saturday, from 12am to 11pm


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The entrance of Café Cour

Friday, 21 August 2015

Disappointed by Maison Plisson

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Last week, as I was walking my little Judy down boulevard Beaumarchais, I noticed a new terrace that looked quite nice; I decided to stopped off for a drink. 

I ordered a homemade limonade and was looking forward to tasting it. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later, I was still waiting for it, even though the place was almost empty. I asked the waitress if she had not forgotten my order; she actually did. First disappointment. My lemonade was brought to me another10 minutes later and second disappointment, it didn't taste at all like a limonade. It was bitter, almost sour. Not nice at all. But it wasn't my last disappointment. After a few minutes, a couple came and sit next to me. As all tables are for four people, you have to sit next (but very close) to people you don't know. The tables are so small, you literally touch your neighbour. Finally, I decided to pay and leave. Unfortunately, there was no-one to bring me the bill. I waited for another 5 minutes and went up to the bar and asked for it.

After this discouraging experience, I decided to discover the other part of the store, a delicatessen. It looked interesting.  There were lots of different food and services (amongst which vegetables, a butcher's with expensive meat, wine and a bakery, but in Paris there are lovely bakeries at every corner). The problem: everything was soooooo expensive !

To sum up, I was very disappointed by the café and I don't think I will come back for the food hall because every thing far too expensive.

93 bd Beaumarchais - 75003 Paris

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Montmartre

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I spend such a great morning today. My son offered  to go and have coffee at Montmartre. I accepted straight away. It's been such a long time since I last went there. As a lot of parisians I have a tendency to live in my district and not to go to the other side of Paris, unless I have an appointment or something.

We parked the car at Anvers and did the ascent on foot. Fortunatle, the weather was cool (not as hot as it's been lately) and it was a real pleasure to walk along the little streets of Montmartre, feeling all the history of this place, when it was a village of its own and when the famous painters started their career there.

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Montmartre Vineyard

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The famous cabaret "Le lapin agile"
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Friday, 7 August 2015

Liberty London Marlborough tote bag

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Christmas is not around the corner yet but I have already chosen one of the items I will put on my list. 

This lovely tote bag from Liberty London. I am not quite sure about the colour but I think I will go for the oxblood one.

What do you think ?

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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Germaine Krull au Jeu de Paume

Germaine Krull — Nus, 1924 - Collection Dietmar Siegert
© Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen





Oh dear ! I realise I forgot to tell you about the exhibition about the photographer Germaine Krull that I saw last month and that I really enjoyed.

Germain Krull (1897-1985) (whose nickname was "mad dog" because she was truly rebellious and independant) is one of the most famous women-photographers. She is mostly known because she participated in the avant-garde mouvement. But the curator of the present exhibition aims at showing a new approach to her work; indeed, Germain Krull was a pioneer of modern photojournalism. She contributed to VU magazine.

It was great seeing the evolution of the work of Germain Krull. My favorite pictures are the portraits.



Germaine Krull, un destin de photographe
Until September 27th, 2015
Jeu de Paume - 1 place de la Concorde - 75008 Paris

étude pour La Folle d’Itteville, 1931
© Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais /Guy Carrard

Monday, 3 August 2015

Paris Nail Bar


Before going on holidays, I have a little routine with my nails. I go to Paris Nail Bar, in the Marais, and I have a gel French manucure done by the beautiful Helena. 

After spending 10 days going to the pool every day, my nails are just as perfect as on the first day. 

So if you are looking for a nail bar, I absolutely recommand this beauty salon.

Paris Nail Bar - 44 rue Saint-Antoine - 75004 Paris



Sunday, 2 August 2015

Parc Montsouris

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I had such a good time, this morning, in parc Montsouris, in the south of Paris. 

The park, created under Napoleon III, is named "Montsouris" because, at the time, the place was crossed by the Bièvre river and it was crowded with rodents (amongst which "souris" (mice). 

The park is quite big (15 hectares). There are around 1400 trees (some are more than 100 years old), many species of birds, ducks, swans, fish...  There are different areas where children can play, there are poneys, a merry-go-round and large lawns where parisians like to enjoy picnics.

Honestly, it's a very pleasant park.

Parc Montsouris - 2 rue Gazan - 75014 Paris


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