Monday, 7 August 2017

Musée Grevin

I had such a great time today at Musée Grévin, the French wax figures museum.

I hadn't been there for the last 12 years or so and everything has completely changed. Both the sections and the wax figures are new. And it's for the best. The wax figures look so real; it's breath-taking! And I wasn't the only one to be positively surprised. During my visit, I heard several people noticing that the setting had changed since their last visit and that it was much better. 

The 200 true-to-life celebrities  represent both French and international stars. New celebrities have been added along the years (Katy Perry or Lionel Messi for instance). It's fun for young and old alike to pose next to the figures.

I liked everything but my favorite moment was at the very end of the visit, when we were in the Hall of Columns. This Baroque sculptured setting, ornamented in gilt and marble, is just magnificent. The vaulted ceiling is supported by 12 columns with bronze capitals.  Five sculptures of women representing the five continents look down from each bay.

As far as the children are concerned, even though they liked every moment of their visit, they seemed to have preferred the section dedicated to the TV talent show "The Voice". They were thrilled to be able to take part in the show, either singing in a little recording studio, or sitting in the famous judges red chairs.

And by the way, this year, the museum celebrates its 135th anniversary! 

10 boulevard Montmartre - 75009 Paris - Everyday, 9am to 7pm

Monday, 31 July 2017

Maison maison quai du Louvre Paris

When I am off, I really enjoy chilling and sipping a nice cup of coffee by the River. A few metres away from Le Louvre Museum, at the bottom of Pont Neuf, there is a friendly coffee shop which offers a fantastic view over the Seine River,  Ile de la Cité, Ponts des Arts and the Eiffel Tower, and where the staff is helpful and friendly (not too common in Paris). 

The wooden tables and chairs are laid out on a deck outdoor terrace with nice wild plants here and there ; it's just lovely. 

Later on during the day, they serve home-made dishes, cheese and cold cuts boards. Perfect for a drink by the river. 

Down 16 quai du Louvre (at the feet of Pont Neuf) - 75001 Paris
Every day from 10am to 2am.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Whale washed up on banks Seine River

It was quite a shock today when, walking little Jude, I noticed a whale, washed up on the banks of the Seine River, at the bottom of Pont des Tournelles

At first, I honestly thought the cetacean was lying dead. It looked so real! It's only when I got closer to it that I understood it was fake. It actually was a huge 20 meters long sculpture brought there by Belgian artist's collective, Captain Boomer, in order to raise Parisian's environmental awareness. 

It can be a good idea to remind people our fragile and endangered our environment is. The preservation of our planet is a major cause and each and every one of us should be concerned. Last winter I was so sad learning that a whale had been found dead with more than 30 plastic bags in her stomach, in Norway.

Monday, 3 July 2017

L'Atelier crêperie

Today, I was a happy mother. At lunchtime, my son came to pick me up from work and I felt blessed.

I took him to a crêperies which opened a few days ago in the neighbourhood: l'Atelier. I had the opportunity to test it before and I knew we would have a good time. It actually has the three requirements I look for when I eat outside: good food, nice place, and good value for money. In Paris, it's not that easy to find venues which meet that three criteria. 

The food is nice and fresh and the menu offers a large selection of crepes, both salty and sugary. The salty crepes come with a nice green salad and are gluten free. Whether you are vegan or not, there is something for you. And as far as the sugary crepes are concerned, there is choice for every gourmet. Personally, choosing the home chocolate crepe, I keep it simple and efficient. But it's just so yummy.

And icing on the cake, the staff is very nice and helpful. There are two rooms; one on the groundfloor and one downstairs, overlooking the lovely terrace of the next door restaurant; that's the one I prefer.

L'Atelier Mabillon
10 rue Mabillon - 75006 Paris
Everyday, 9am to midnight

Saturday, 17 June 2017

La Mouette Rieuse

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)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Parcours Saint-Germain 2017
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.
Hotel La villa Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Artist: Rémy Briere
Boutique Jérôme Dreyfus - Artist: Ladislas Combeuil
Hôtel des Marronniers - Artist: Marine de Soos
Boutique Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse - Artist: Marie Guerrier
Boutique Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse - Artist: Marie Guerrier
Artist: Pauline Guerrier
Artist: Pauline Guerrier

Monday, 12 June 2017

Vincent Peters at La Hune

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