Monday, 10 April 2017

Koti at Institut Finlandais

Today, as I walked past Institut Finlandais, in the Latin Quarter, I had the surprise to see that their café was replaced by a small village of 6 timber cabins.

This special living art installation, named "KOTI" (which means "home" in Finnish),  has been set up to celebrate the centenary of the Finnish independence. The event started in January and it will last until May 6th, 2017. During these 100 nights, Institut Finlandais hosts sleepovers who have previously booked their stay on Airbnb. Guests can chose from 6 different cottages (single, double or family). Every night, KOTI can host up to 12 people. 

The cabins, designed by Linda Bergroth, might be a bit small (with a bed and a bedside table) but they are just so cute! Everything is decorated with soft and sweet colours; it makes the atmosphere very peaceful. For guests who wish to learn more about Finland, they will find an in-cabin entertainment package, containing headphones and showing short films, documentaries, animations and Finnish travel guides by Visit Finland

In the middle of the "village", there is a large table facing the bay window, on which Finnish breakfast is served in the morning. 

Isn't it a great idea!

Until May 6th, 2017
60 rue des Écoles - 75005 Paris - Tel:
Rates: 90/180/280€ (+ Airbnb fees)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Pret à manger

Pret à Manger, welcome to central Paris. I have been waiting for you for years! OK. You are not in my favorite districts (the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Près) yet. But you are coming closer and I am sooooo grateful for that. 

For people like me who live on salads and soups, it's a relief to know that we can find fresh meals at a reasonable price, in a clean and peaceful place.

So thank you!





Sunday, 2 April 2017

Les Nautes

Today, as I was strolling along the Seine with a good friend of mine, we decided to stop for coffe in a cute little tea room overlooking the Seine river, at the end of Ile-Saint-Louis. Les Nautes.

I knew the bar downstairs but I didn't know they had a tearoom upstairs.

Honestly, it's just so pretty (the decoration of the room, the view) and the cakes are just so yummy ! I tasted the lemon cake. It was perfect. To tell the truth, one of the best I have eaten so far! The reason; the cakes are freshly baked everyday. 

As the weather was fantastic, what we did, is buy the cakes and coffee and took it away to enjoy it downstairs by the river. What a kiff.

1 quai des Célestins - 75004 Paris
The tearoom is open Thursday to Sunday, from 2pm to 6:30pm

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mairie du 1er

The Mayor of the 1st district of Paris has invited French artist Christian Lapie to install 3 groups of sculptures in front of his city hall, place du Louvre, 75001 Paris.

Here are a few pictures I took for you.

They can be seen until April 24th, 2017.





Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hauteville House in Guernsey

Le look out © Arch-R Sarl – Riccardo Giordano architect

Place des Vosges, there is a cute little museum: Victor Hugo's House dedicated to writer and politician, Victor Hugo. The great man lived there during 16 years, from 1832, and wrote there many of his literary pieces of work. 
But did you know that Victor Hugo also lived and found inspiration in a gorgeous mansion, Hauteville House, located in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands? The great man and his familly found shelter in Hauteville House for almost 15 years, as they were in exile. The listed building is very much unique. It's precisely from this gorgeous place that Victor Hugo wrote some his masterpieces, standing in front of the sea. What a beautiful setting!  

Over the years, the singulary of the decoration designed by Victor Hugo himself for Hauteville House has been preserved. Nevertheless, it now needs to be renovated, especially the two storey greenhouse and the look out roof. And the idea is to restore the place faithfully.
The works are going to cost around 2 million euros and Paris Musées have decided to launch a participative sponsorship in order to associate the general public to this operation. The idea is to raise 100.000€ for the renovation of the look out, the conservatory and the vibrant reception room, "salon rouge".
It's a unique opportunity to become an actor and participate in this major project. If you wish to donate, all the information is available online:

For more information about the history and the secrets of Hauteville House, check the blog:

Nb: even though it's outside the French national territory, Hauteville House belongs to Ville de Paris (Paris city hall) and is administered by Paris Musées.

The winter garden © Visit Guernsey

  Facade on the garden © Odile Blanchette - Maisons de Victor Hugo

The look out © Jean-Baptiste Hugo

The workshop © Maisons de Victor Hugo
Le Salon rouge© Graham Jackson

Victor Hugo et Hennett de Kesler dans le jardin d’hiver à Hauteville House, 1862. Epreuve sur papier albuminé. Photographie attribuée à Auzou et Leballeur. Paris, © Maisons de Victor Hugo.