Saturday, 17 June 2017

La Mouette Rieuse

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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)










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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Parcours Saint-Germain 2017

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Boutique Jérôme Dreyfus - Artist: Ladislas Combeuil

Today, I spent a glorious afternoon in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the occasion of the annual event Parcours Saint-Germain.

The idea is to present modern art pieces, in various venues of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The event is both the opportunity to see nice pieces of art (sculptures, paintings...) and to discover new places. Indeed, the concept of presenting art in places as different as cafés, boutiques, hotels... is just amazing. It gives a different perspective to the artworks. I have been attending this event for many years now, and I must admit that I have always had a good time. 

For instance, this year, in the chocolate boutique of Alain Ducasse, the objects of art fit so well in the setting that they seem to be part of it. I actually found out, talking to the shop assistant, that the pieces of art had been elaborated in close collaboration with Alain Ducasse. The two sculptures in the entrance for instance, are made out of metal and chocolate. It's so well done that at first sight, I honestly thought that the chocolate part were made of wood. The result is absolutely stunning! I loved it. 

Altogether, it was fun and instructive. If you are in the area I would advise not to miss it. It's on until June 18th, 2017.

A map is available at the information center
located place Saint-Germain-des-Prés in front of the church.



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Hotel La villa Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Artist: Rémy Briere


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Boutique Jérôme Dreyfus - Artist: Ladislas Combeuil

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Hôtel des Marronniers - Artist: Marine de Soos

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Boutique Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse - Artist: Marie Guerrier

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Boutique Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse - Artist: Marie Guerrier

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Artist: Pauline Guerrier 
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Artist: Pauline Guerrier




Monday, 12 June 2017

Vincent Peters at La Hune


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Today, during my lunch break, I headed to the famous La Hune bookshop/gallery, place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to see their latest photo installation, dedicated to German photographer, Vincent Peters

The gallery is on the first floor of the mythic bookshop. Looking onto Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church and Café de Flore, it's a fantastic venue.  For the record, the bookshop was created in 1949 but since 2015, it's been fully dedicated to photography. 

Altogether, the exhibition presents around twenty gorgeous black and white portraits of women. Some are as famous as Charlize Theron, Monica Bellucci or Latitia Casta and some others are young unknown ladies. But all of them are just fabulous. Their beauty is magnified by Vincent Peters, thanks to the way he plays with the light.

Honestly, this artist is a genius. I would love to work with him. 

16-18 Rue de l’Abbaye, 75006 Paris
Monday to Thursday, 10:30am to 7:30pm - Friday and Saturday, 10:30am to 9pm
Sunday, 11:30am to  7:30pm


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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Mademoiselle Jeanne



Today, I would like to tell you about a very Parisian boutique in the Marais, which I really like: Mademoiselle Jeanne.

I got to know this cute little shop, with a lovely glass roof,  thanks to one of my best friends because she buys most of her clothes there. And I must admit that the selection of Mademoiselle Jeanne is really nice. They sell everything from trousers, dresses, skirts, tops... to shoes. But they also have nice pieces of  jewellery and clutches and bags.

The clothes are perfect for leisure but can be great for business too if accessorized with some nice heels and a jacket for instance. As you can see from the pictures, they have lovely colorful stuff. And, icing on the cake, the prices are very reasonable, which is not the case in many of the surrounding boutiques.

45 rue des Archives - 75004 Paris
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm to 7pm.








Saturday, 27 May 2017

A coffee by the river

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With 32° this afternoon, spring has definitely arrived in Paris. It's the best time of the year and I try to make the most of it. 

And this means enjoying a nice cup of coffee in my favorite spots: Peniche Marcounet, opposite Ile Saint-Louis. Not only is it gorgeous there, but most of the time, there is a band playing some cool and relaxing music.  

I just love this place, especially in the morning before everyone arrives. 


Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville - 75004 Paris
Down Pont Marie (Marie Bridge)

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Best baguette in Paris 2017


Each year, the city of Paris organises a competition to nominate the best Baguette in Paris. 

The winner wins a prize of 4,000 euros and becomes the official supplier for the Elysée Palace, the residence of the French President, for one year. In 2017, the winner of the contest was the bakery Brun, 193 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris.

If you stay in the Center of Paris and you don't want to go down to the 13th arrondissement to taste a good Baguette, I would recommend my favorite bakery, in the Marais: Boulangerie Saint-Antoine, located 29 rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris.

Their Baguette named "Craquante" is just yummy and irresistible. The crumb is so good. And as it's a best seller, they bake them several times a day. So if you are lucky, you will get a hot Craquante just out of the even. A real treat! 

Nb: when ordering your bread, do ask for a "Craquante" and not for a Baguette.
Nb2: there are several boulangeries rue Saint-Antoine. Be careful to go the one at number 29.

Boulangerie Saint-Antoine
29 rue Saint-Antoine - 75004 Paris
Thursday to Tuesday, 7am to 8pm (closed on Wednesday)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Artists studios in Belleville

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Parc de Belleville

Today, after a good workout at the gym, I went to Belleville, in the East side of Paris, to visit the studios of the artists of the neighbourhood.

Indeed, every year since 1990, in May, more than 200 artists open their studios to the public during four days. It's a unique opportunity to discover their art and the amazing settings where they work. I really liked talking to the artists.

I was particularly pleased to meet an amazing who does fantastic drawings: Sarah Navasse-Miller. This young lady who grew up in a family of master glassmakers, took the time to explain how she works, how she finds inspiration. It's hard to imagine that a beautiful drawings are only made with pencils and rubbers.

The best way to enjoy the visit is to go 1 rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Pairs, and grab a map of all studios.


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Drawing from Sarah Navasse-Miller


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