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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
After the heavy Easter brunch at Mama Shelter I felt a long walk would be appropriate given the fact I was filled up as a balloon. It has been quite a long time since I went to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont so the choice of park was given. It’s location on rocky hill is quite amazing, here you can find a waterfall, lake and also a beautiful Sybille temple you definately should visit for taking a break and enjoying the breathtaking view over Sacre Coeur, totally worth climbing up the hill ;-)

It was Napoleon III that decided to have this amazing park created in Paris. In fact he demanded the baron Haussmann (that is behind the architecture of all the haussmannien buildings I love in Paris) that together with the landscape architect Adolphe Alphand designed this park that opened in 1867.

Perfect place for having a stroll or a picnic away from the buzzy streets of Paris…This is also where you find Rosa Bonheur, charming guinguette that I’ve yet not visited but have seen long lines of people waiting to get a chance to get in. A good sign, should try to go there next time ;-)

Parc des Buttes Chaumont – 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Parc des Buttes ChaumontCan you spot the Sybille temple ?
Parc des Buttes ChaumontSuspension bridge made of oak
Parc des Buttes ChaumontThe romantic sybille on the top of the hill…
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Parc des Buttes ChaumontOne of the two bridges
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The waterfall

Easter brunch at Mama Shelter

Brunch at Mama Shelter in Paris

Yesterday we enjoyed yet another amazing brunch at Mama Shelter. Must say that this time was even better than last time we were there, a giant Easter egg was waiting with lots of chocolate and a cute Easter bunny hiding Easter eggs since it was Easter…and also a yummie chocolate fountain with bowls around filled with tagada candies (my favourite bon bon in France), strawberries, giant marshmallows, sliced pineapples etc ready to be dipped in the chocolate. Knowing all that was waiting + the dessert table buffet I did not eat much of the cold or warm buffet. But on my first plate I took some salmon, endive salad, fresh potato salad, peasoup with fresh cheese, mozzarelle, tomatoes with pesto and lentilles salad.

To drink I had a cup of hot chocolate, their own homemade with lots of chocolate and not a simple powder cocoa hot chocolate (which can be the case at other places) and fresh grapefruit juice. And for dessert I guess the photos below will speak by themselves ;-)

Our waiter was, as they usually are at Mama Shelter, very service minded, always came by our table to remove our finished plates, filled up our glasses with the drinks we had chosen as soon as they were empty etc

After four hours of eating this delicious brunch it was time to leave but I must say I can’t wait to have their brucnh very soon again ;-)

Brunch at Mama Shelter109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisSalmon, endive salad, peasoup with fresh cheese..
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisSalade de lentilles, potato salad, mozzarelle cheese with tomatoes and pesto
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisMy favourite corner with the chocolate fountain..and the bow filled with tagade candies :-)
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisYummie hot chocolate
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisThe giant Easter egg in chocolate
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisLemon merengue pie and a caramel pie
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisMillefeuille with red fruits
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisParis brest with pineapple
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisGiant marshmallows dipped in chocolate..
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisMama Shelter in Paris
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisMama Shelter in Paris
Brunch at Mama Shelter in ParisMama Shelter in Paris

Instant Crush

Parc de Belleville

This photo can’t even measure itself with what I saw in reality, the magical sunset view I had over Paris from the top of Parc de Belleville yesterday. Had one of those pinch-me-in-the-arm moment while soaking up this view. The shifting colors in the sky…fluffy clouds in motion…perfect backdrop to the parks green tree’s, bushes and lawn of the Parc de Belleville.

Parc de Belleville – 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris

Père Lachaise

Père LachaiseOne of the world’s largest cemetery’s is Père Lachaise located in eastern Paris. Since I went there for the first time a few weeks ago I have been going there quiet often. It’s difficult to describe, but the calm, peaceful and even mysterious atmosphere is what brings me there over and over. When I’m there I try to walk on the paths where there are not many famous graves (that way I avoid the crowds of people with maps in their hands hunting for the celebrity graves), that way I’m all alone…apart from the birds singing in the trees.

Père Lachaise Cemetery – 16 Rue du Repos, Paris 75020

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise
Père Lachaise

Guided tour in the secret rooms of Versailles

Château de Versailles

Last Saturday I visited the Château de Versailles, one of the largest palace’s in the world where kings and queens of France were housing until the French revolution. I had been offered a VIP guided tour of the secret rooms of Versailles by My Parisian Tour and even though I’ve visited the Château de Versailles several times before I had never been on a guided tour so I was very much excided to soak up some history about this beautiful palace.

Château de Versailles
We were only three in my group including me, which I found to be perfect for this type of tour. Our guide Hervé met us up outside Château de Versailles, next to the statue of Louis XIV (see photo above). He introduced himself and informed us briefly about the plan for this tour. First we were going to visit the private rooms before entering the public spaces of the palace and round up by watching the Fountains Show in the garden.

Château de Versailles
I loved the intimate atmosphere and all the details in each and every room and the stories Hervé told us about the different kings and queens (not to forget about all the mistresses) that had lived in the château. He shared history and funny anecdotes that gave even more character to the rooms.

Château de Versailles
Hervé was very professional and fun, had a in-depth knowledge of the palace and it’s history and it was easy to tell he was passionate about  it since he shared it’s history with great enthusiasm. It was quite fun and interesting listening to him since he had a friendly approach and was more of an “alive guide” rather than those who repeats memorized information and facts. Further he was able to answer all my questions that popped up every here and there. When the tour was over (time passed by very fast!) I wanted to stay longer in the gardens so he gave me a map and spotted out a few places I should visit before leaving.

Château de Versailles
The tour was very well organized, professional and of perfect length (4 hours in total). Since the round-trip transport was included we met up at Invalides in Paris were we took the RER together to Versailles. Important to note is that we skipped all the lines at the Palace of Versailles so we got to use every minute on the very informative guiding instead of standing in line to enter ;-) (have in mind that sometimes waiting time can be between 1-2 hours) Also we were given audio-headsets in case of if we would be entering a crowded room, which never happened in the private rooms, but I used i when we entered the public areas.

If you are planning to go to Versailles I would actually recommend to visit the private rooms too and not only the public areas and I can highly recommend My Parisian Tour since I had a great experience from them.

More photos from this tour to be followed very soon!

VIP guided tour of the secret rooms of Versailles – offered by  My Parisian Tour

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles

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