Monday, 31 July 2017

Maison Maison by the river

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