La Maison Deyrolle – a famous taxidermy boutique in Paris, I must confess I had no clue of it’s existence until I saw the movie Midnight In Paris and got curious about some of the places where the scenes took place. And that is the story behind how I discovered Deyrolle, thanks to Woody Allen who chose to shoot one of the scenes for his move Midnight In Paris there :-)
During my last trip to Paris a visit to La Maison Deyrolle was therefore on my list and it was truly an adventure seeing all those wild animals in all different sizes, from small butterflies, to a giant bear, elephant, birds and beautiful swans in a beautiful typical Parisian saloon.
I like taxidermy (as long as I know the animal haven’t been haunted and killed for that purpose) and there were so many animals I wanted to buy and bring with my to my home in Copenhagen. But I had to be realistic, none of them would have fitted in my suitcases…so I was pleased by just wandering around, studying them from close and taking photos to share with you.
The store was established in 1831 by the entomologist Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle and a part from having taxidermy they were famous for their educational posters that were translated into many different languages. Nowadays La Maison Deyrolle is owned by the Prince Louis Albert de Broglie, also called the Prince Jardinier (The Gardener Prince). Unfortunately a larger part of the collection and 90 % of the interior was destroyed during a fire in February 2008. With the help from the French Army, Hèrmes, Christie’s and numerous artists around the world it has been possible to restore some objects and they also recieved taxidermies from different contributors from around the world.
According to their website most of taxidermies in La Maison Deyrolle have died a natural death in circuses and zoological reserves and many of them come from Deyrolle’s vintage collection.
I let the photos speak for themselves and if you are in Paris you should definately stop by and visit the store.
La Maison Deyrolle – 46 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
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Si je ne peut pas être en France…mes belles souvenirs restes proche de mon cœur.
If I cannot be in France…my sweet memories/souvenirs remains close to my heart…literally. On the weekend I went for some digging in the fleamarket here in Copenhagen and found this beautiful stool aged with love. Next to my bed it makes a perfect sideboard table where I’ve put my gilded heart, also from France. The heart is old, dated 1938, with a story of a married couple separated during the war….
The cute bottle is from Denmark, also a treasure I found in the fleamarket. It’s a bottle used for fresh cream and is around 70 years old…now serving as a vase for my rose ;-) Simply love small things with history…
Here are some of the photos I took at Fransk Affære, the French Lifestyle Fair that is held here in Copenhagen. It was great visiting all the exhibitors and get to know the French delicatessens in Copenhagen. Luckily me and my love found out we’re surrounded by great French delicatessens in the area where we live and I can’t wait going there and buy more freshly bread and yummie cheese :-)
Yesterday (Saturday) we went back to the Fransk Affære for a second visit to watch a Corsican band playing live music and to buy some delicacies.
Coq & ko
Yesterday we went to the French Lifestyle Fair, Fransk Affære (French Affair) that is held here in Copenhagen (between Nov 1st- Nov 4th). Prince Henri inaugurated the fair and it was a pleasure to taste and sense the French delicacies from the different exhibitors. French wine, cheese, macarons…you name it, I was in paradise :-)
Here are some of the photos I took during the evening, more to come soon!
Fransk Affære at Docken, Færgehavnsvej 35 – Copenhagen
Pernod – Ricard
The Glyptotek in Copenhagen is like what Louvre in Paris was for me, a place where I get lost in time and space..totally endulged with the beautiful art these museums are filled up with.
The Glyptotek in Copenhagen is a museum with Danish, French and Medierranean art from the 19th century. The founder, Carl Jacobsen, was a collector and wanted to enrich his fellow citizens with art of international stature – a great decision if you ask me. Here are some photos I took from my last visit there. A tips, there is a café in the Winter Garden in the centre of the museum where they serve lunch and cakes…on Sundays its free admission for the museum AND don’t forget to go up to the rooftop terrace to have a magnificent view over Copenhagen ;-)
NY CARLSBERG GLYPTOTEK – Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen
“Death” Elna Borch
Beautiful grave monument by Rudolph Tegner
L’opera Comique – Antonin Mercié
The Winter Garden
Desire, Seduction, Passion, Betrayal and Revenge are the main “ingredients” in this magical and heartbreaking musical – the Phantom of the Opera. I have seen the movie…but this was 1000 times better, pure magic from the beginning to the end. Andrew Lloyd Webber scored it with jaw-droping scenery and breathtaking special effects…unfortunately it was strictly forbidden to take photos so I can’t show any from the actual musical…but I really recommend seeing this tragic love story that is brought to life almost every night at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. When I was there it was the Swedish artist Peter Jöback who played the Phantom…and he did an excellent job – I was amazed.
I was sitting in the Royal Circle, Row E seat nr 17 and had an excellent view..and I recommend to get seats where you have a good view and pay some extra for it…it’s worth it – for the total experience.
The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre – 57 Haymarket London, closest Tube station: Piccadilly Circus
Freshly picked strawberries, blueberries…lots of veggies such as asparagus from Italy as you can see in my photo above…coconuts, cupcakes, pies, different kind of bread…you name it…there was nothing missing in the Fruits, Veggies and food section in the Portobello Market ;-)
Here is the main reason why I chose to live in Notting Hill during my weekend in London in May – The Portobello Road Market!
The Portobello Road was only a 5 minutes walk from where I was living and it starts at Golborne Road and ends at Westbourne Grove, 940 m long…and the market is filled up with EVERYTHING you can imagine…
The Portobello Road Market in London is claimed to be the World’s Largest Antiques Market.…but so is the fleamarket (Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt ) in Paris and even though I’ve been to both of them I can’t say which one is bigger but I love both of them :-)
The market is open every Saturday and that is also the day when it’s supercrowded..as you can see in my photos. The shops are open everyday.
The Portobello Road Market is divided into following sectors: New Goods, Golborne Market, Flea Market, New Goods, Fruit & Veg, New Goods and Antiques. And there is a sign in each sector telling you where you are ;-)
Here is a link to a great site about the Portobello Road Market where you can find more information about the market, the antiques dealers and the shops – Portobello Antiques Dealers Association.
When I was visiting the Portobello Market in London I passed by some Italians who were busy making bruschettas. The line was long and I understood there must be something special about those bruschettas so I joined the line. Imagine toasted ciabatta, the best olive oil from Italy, topped with chopped ripe tomatoes, some garlic and rocket salad...pure love served in Portobello Market!
I left the crowd with my two bruschettas standing in the corner of a junction to Portobello Road having an unforgettable Solli-moment and I guess other people saw how I was caught up in the moment because they snapped some photos of me while I was standing indulging myself with the most delicious bruschetta….
Too hot? Well, cooling down with a freshly mixed fruitsmoothie containing sweet watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, mango and blackberries (no milk and yoghurt) is a VERY good idea if you are at the Portobello Market in London. A guy there had prepared lovely fresh fruit salads in big plastic cups and next to it he was mixing fruit smoothies…