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

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.