Saturday, 27 May 2017

A coffee by the river

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)

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
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.
Drawing from Sarah Navasse-Miller

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Great pizzeria

Today, as the sun and the heat were back in Paris, the kids and I decided to go and have lunch by the river in order to make the most of our day. And now that the banks have been redesigned, there are large tables on the edge of the Seine. It's just perfect to sit with family and friends. 

In such cases, what we love to do, is to go and buy delicious pizzas at the nearby La Cerise sur la Pizza and take them away to the banks of the Seine. This tiny pizzeria makes lovely pizzas out of  high quality fresh ingredients. There is a large selection of toppings and everything is just yummy. 

And for young kids, the pizzaölo makes pizzas in the shape of a Mikey. It's so fun.

32 rue Saint-Paul - 75004 Paris
Monday to Sunday, 12pm 10:30pm
For the kids

Friday, 5 May 2017

Balenciaga Musée Bourdelle

Today, during my lunch break, I headed off to musée Bourdelle, behind Montparnasse, to see the new exhibition devoted to Balenciaga. I hoped I would spend a fantastic moment and that's exactly what happened. Few years ago, I had the chance to see an exhibition about Madame Grès, in this very museum, and I really enjoyed it.

Today was no exception. The pieces from Balenciaga were all stunning and Bourdelle Museum is the perfect case to show such beauties, alongside plater casts. The installation, named L'oeuvre au noir (working in black) is all about black pieces from the Spanish Couturiers' couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) but they are all so different and interesting. 

From the beginning of the visit to the end, it's just: whoa! The different silhouettes are all perfect. The cuts are pur, efficient and so elegant. Most of the pieces are from the mid-twentieth century. Yet they are so modern! And the fabrics Balenciga used are so noble: I particularly liked the dresses with lace and tulle. 

I would definitely recommend this exhibition to anyone who likes arts in general and fashion in particular. It's the assurance to spend a great moment. And don't miss the cute little garden.

Until July 16th, 2017
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle - 75015 Paris (behind Montparnasse)
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm (closed on Monday and on 25/5, 4/6 and 14/7)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Today, I went to see the exhibition dedicated to the elder of the Impressionist group, Camille Pissaro, at Musée du Luxembourg. 

Being a huge fan of  Impressionist painting, I really had a great time. The exhibition shows more than 100 pieces of works of Pissaro (paintings, drawings and engravings), some of them being shown in France for the first time ever. The installation concentrates on the final two decades of Pissaro's life, when he settled with his family, in the village of Eragny-sur-Epte, in the suburbs of Paris. 

The exhibition presents moving landscapes and a multitude of personalities featuring the pastoral surroundings of Eragny.

According to me, it's one of the best exhibitions of the season. 

PS: if you stop for a cup of coffee or a cup of tea at the nearby tearoom Angelina, don't miss their exclusive creation named "Camille". It looks like an apple picked from the painter's garden. The outside is made of white chocolate and the inside is a applesauce and a mousse.

Until July 9th, 2017
19 rue de Vaugirard - 75006 Paris
Monday to Sunday (10:30am to 6pm and until 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)