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.