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Apartments in Paris

hausmannien-1It’s quite amusing reading the ads of apartments and studios in Paris. Let me guide you through some terms you would definately stumble upon while looking for your dreamhome in Paris.

sans ascenseur – (no elevator) those stairs will keep you fit, read free workout for legs and butt ! BUT count with one month of backpain after moving in/moving out.

refait à neuf – means renovated, but be careful. Many landlords abuse this term, painting away defects, moisture damages is NOT what I would call renovation……watch out!!

meublée – (furnished) lit canapé (sofa bed) replaces a real bed (at least in 99% of the cases), Canapé lit is a nightmare for the back..and is only to be considered to sleep on for a short time of period, as a couple of days and not years. I also find it funny how some landlords put cheap folding chairs instead of real chairs etc.

cuisine équippée – (equipped kitchen) still doesn’t means you will have an oven. In 99% of the cases means you will be left with a microwave…which I have not used for at least a century at home…

Quartier vivante / animé -  (lively area) warning for lots of noise.

lumineux – at least for me, it’s important having a bright apartment. Download a compass app in your phone and use it when you visit the apartment. The sun rises in east and sets in west/south depending on period of the year. Try to avoid studios/apartments that only have windows facing north.

ravalement – last but not least – ask when they last did cleaning of the facade. It’s obligatory every 10th year in Paris. Believe me, you do not want to live in an apartment while they are cleaning your facade. It’s a TRUE nightmare. I will write more about this in another blogpost.

To be continued!

Dinner at Café Varenne in Paris

Café Varenne
Café Varenne, my favourite bistro in Paris, a true gem, far away from the hustle and bustle yet very centrally located in Paris most beautiful area, the 7th arrondissement. When I last year moved to Rue de Varenne in Paris, this bistro in the corner quick became THE place where I often had dinners in the evenings and lunch on the weekends. As I’ve mentioned before, I love their food, made with fresh ingredients, always fait maison, their desserts that are always homemade and ofcourse the most important, their adorable staff!

Last Monday me and my friend Anne went there for dinner. I was quite surprised all the tables were empty as this is never the case at Café Varenne in the evening (alway crowded and reserved tables) BUT France was playing in the WorldCup, so no wonder ;-)

The plate I had the first time eating at Café Varenne last year was the salmon tartar (bio) so guess how happy I got when I saw they’ve put it back into the menu again :-) Scottish salmon tartar on a bed with haricots vertes, chopped tomatoes topped with parsley and slices of lemon. So simple, fresh and yet so delicous! And very healthy ;-)

The dessert is always the highlight of the dinner, and when you are two the bonus is you can enjoy two different desserts! Anne went for the Tropezienne from Gérard Mulot while I ordered the Charlotte fait maison (homemade) that we split and shared. Double joy at its best! I love Tropezienne and I must admit I’ve often been dissapointed when I’ve tried different pastry shops versions. This one, delivered from Gérard Mulot‘s pâtisserie in St Germain was heavenly! The most delicious Tropezienne I’ve ever had. Lèger (light) pastry cream as filling in a soft brioche sprinkled with pearl sugar…. The Charlotte was exquisite..ladyfingers around a lemon and red berry mousse topped with fresh strawberries and redcurrants….

Café Varenne – 36 Rue De Varenne 75007 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Café VarenneScottish salmon tartar on a bed with haricots vertes, chopped tomatoes, topped with parsley
Café VarenneHaving dinner at Café Varenne
Café VarenneExquisite Charlotte
Café VarenneTropezienne from Gérard Mulot
Café VarenneCharlotte fait maison at Café de Varenne

Picnic in Versailles

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesLast Sunday me and my friend went for a picnic in the Gardens of Versailles. The weather was wonderful, clearblue sky and lots of sun, could not have chosen a better day to escape the stress and all the tourists in Paris for a whole day .

Luckily the trip to Versailles does not take more than 20 minutes from Paris (depending on from where you take the train) and on weekend the journey is free for those who got a Navigo Pass ;-)
The day before I had been at the organic market (where I get ruined every weekend) and bought delicious French and Italian cheese, salt biscuits, veggies fruits etc We sat next to the Grand Canal were we enjoyed the delicacies and finished with a tartelette aux fraises.  Afterwards we were ready for a pleasant boat ride on the Grand Canal and ended up having loads of fun for 1 1/2 hours rowing around while exploring the beautiful canal (that was built by Louis XIV and is the biggest artificial lake that has been created just for the pleasure of one person). As you can see on my photo above the view over the Château de Versaille is just spectacular from the Grand Canal ;-)

Rowing is so relaxing (even though its hardwork for your upper body) and amusing, we had quite a lot of fun…and I guess people around the river were amused by watching us, especially when my friends hat blew off into the water and we had to catch it. A well-deserved Italian gelato after the boat tour gave us some extra energy to walk all the way to the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, a village consisting of 12 rustic and very charming houses with thatched roofs. It was my first time visiting this area and I totally fell in love. Unfortunately my camera went out of batteries so these are the only photos I’ve got..hopefully I will be going there soon again and bring you on a tour! Until then, a few photos on me, totally infatuated by the village and the houses I would be ready to move into….

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesMe on our rowing boat, having a break while improving my tan

Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesPicnic by the Grand Canal in Versailles
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesRowing – the best way of having an upper body exercise while improving the tan. For those of you who wonders, my nailpolish is from Chanel, name of colour: Pirate ;-)
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesThe Grand Canal in Versailles
Grand Canal, Château de VersaillesWell deserved Italian gelato!
domaine-marie-antoinette-4Wandering around in the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
domaine-de-marie-antoinette-3Queens Hamlet , Marie-Antoinettes was a lucky Queen! My dream home….
domaine-marie-antoinette-1When can I move in?
domaine-de-marie-antoinette-1Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
domaine-marie-antoinetteInhaling the wonderful scent of the roses..
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteDomaine de Marie-Antoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteGetting my dose of the perfume of roses
domaine-de-marie-antoinetteDomaine de Marie-Antoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteDomaine de Marie-Anoinette
Domaine de Marie AntoinetteThese cool goats are chilling in the shadow..

All photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s (photos on me taken by my friend Vanessa)

#AngelCandy Fauchon x Thierry Mugler

AngelCandy by Fauchon x Thierry Mugler
#Angelcandy as an éclair, was delivered to my door yesterday. How SWEET! (literally) To celebrate the limited edition fragrance Angel Eau Sucrée, Thierry Mugler have together with Fauchon created this delightful éclair!

My first encounter with Thierry Mugler‘s Angel, (the first fragrance he created, with seducing, sweet and angelic notes) was when I was working part-time at a perfume boutique when I was studying, 10 years ago. During my years there I must have filled hundreds of refillable star bottles…with that nostalgic memory of Angel I could not resist to say no to this special delivery, tempted to know how this éclair with an #Angelcandy twist would taste like……

Sweet, yet light and not to heavy….its blue color, white stars and vanilla scent reminded me very much of the perfume. Filled with almond and bitter chocolate praline and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cream topped with lemon and caramel, a babyblue white chocolate covering the éclair decorated with stars…tasted angelicious!
AngelCandy by Fauchon x Thierry MuglerIrresistable angelcandy!
AngelCandy by Fauchon x Thierry MuglerBabyblue white chocolate covering the éclair sprinkled with white stars…
AngelCandy by Fauchon x Thierry Mugleréclair filled with chocolate praline and madagascar bourboun vanilla cream…yummie…
AngelCandy by Fauchon x Thierry MuglerAngelicious experience, thanks for this sweet treat Fauchon and Thierry Mugler!

Discover the great works of Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou

Henri Cartier-Bresson, is one of our times greatest photographer and many of is photos can now be seen in the exhibition named after him at Centre Pompidou here in Paris. Since I adore is work I visited the exhibition already a few days after its opening in February. But now it’s getting to is final days so if you are in Paris and love photography this exhibition is a must :-)

Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at Centre Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

(exhibition period February 12th – June 9th 2014)

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Henri Cartier-Bresson“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”

Quotes : Henri Cartier-Bresson

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