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Le sapin de Noël des Galeries Lafayette 2014

Lafayette Noël 2014Le sapin de Noël des Galeries Lafayette 2014 (Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas Tree)

Very rarely I visit Galeries Lafayette  (cannot stand the masses of tourists) but once a year I do sneak in for a minute or two for having a look on their Christmas Tree. This year they decided to go all in for their Monster theme and turned upside down on their Christmas Tree. 25 metres tall with a cool light and sound show..under the Lafayette Coupole, pretty fascinating to see how they built it. If you’re in Paris, don’t forget to stop by, it will be hanging there until the end of December ;-)

Galeries Lafayette – 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Lafayette Noël 2014Lafayette Noël 2014

In the process of making….

healthy-greensNothing beats a lovely heartwarming soup that nourish your soul :-) Earlier today I went to the organic market in Paris and got home with these two bags filled with delicious healthy greens! Now I’m in the process of making a broccoli soup with kale, spinach, ginger, coconut milk and spiced with lots of love.

A dear friend of mine from Singapore is on her way to visit me in Paris, she’s just been in Vancouver and Iceland…and I’ve seen her freezing photos, so I thought it would be nice to welcome her to Paris with a nice organic soup filled with all the benefits these healthy greens comes with :-)

For those of you who wonders, the chair is a Panton chair..Danish design in my Parisian home <3

Happy Birthday to me

Marie-Antoinette Buchette Ladurée
Today I turned 33 years…young. Best part of turning older ? Getting to eat cakes and pastries..as if I didn’t do that on a daily basis ;-) Shhh…..

Pale pink roses and a pretty Marie-Antoinette buchette for me earlier this morning. My mom always used to bring me a “prinsesstårta” (Swedish for Princesscake”) always with a pink rose on top in the morning of my birthdays. Traditions should be kept…but I found it tricky to find a yummie prinsesstårta in Paris? I could have baked my own…but to save time..I found a substitute instead..a very pretty one !

Marie-Antoinette was a lover of sweets, just like me, and Ladurée have acctually named one of their creations after her. Back in the days when I was working at Ladurée in Paris I remember how I fell in love with their Marie-Antoinette cake the very first time I tried it and promised myself to have it for my birthday one day…It’s not in their regular collection, but they do have it in the Spring or Summer…and luckily, now for Christmas they a Christmas edition, Marie-Antinette Rose Yule Log…perfect for my birthday!

Decorated with a snowflake and a fresh raspberry, covered by pink almondpaste… The “Marie-Antoinette” consists of a soft rose macaron base, delightful rose petals creme, raspbery jam, fresh raspberries and lychees…simply delightful and a perfect sweet beginning of my birthday :-)

Photos taken with my Nikon D5100 35mm

Marie-Antoinette Buchette LaduréeMarie-Antoinette – a pink dream!

Marie-Antoinette Buchette LaduréeAlmost too pretty to eat….

Marie-Antoinette Buchette LaduréeDelicious

Garry Winogrand in Paris

Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand in Paris

As my French teacher knows I’m passionated about photography, on our last lesson for this year, she had collected some articles about the current photography exhibitions in Paris. After all, Paris Photo 2014, was held at Grand Palais three weeks ago so there are plenty of exhibitions to visit all over in Paris for the moment.

However, the photographer who caught my interest was the American photographer Garry Winogrand, so I decided to see his exhibition, held at the art center, Jeu de Paume, hosting Garry Winogrands first retrospective. Luckily, on Tuesday evenings, they are open until 21h, perfect for me who works until LATE…BUT just around the corner, Place de Madeleine.

I love street photography, it documents real life..not everybody have the ability to capture the true moments and I admire those who can, among them Winogrand which is considered to be in the same leage as the American photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and the French photographers Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis, just to mention a few.

He died at a young age, only 56 and left behind over 6 500 rolls of film, 250 000 images that he had never seen and many of them you can now see in this exhibition together with some of his iconic photos.

This is an exhibition worth seeing and you’ve got until February 8th 2015 ;-)

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume – 1, Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf
Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf
Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf

Below you’ll find a selection of my favourite photos taken by Garry Winogrand:

“The world isn’t tidy; it’s a mess. I don’t try to make it neat” – Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand

New York World’s Fair 1964 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Photo : Don Ross

“When I’m photographing I see life. That’s what I deal with,”

Garry Winogrand

Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

“I look at the pictures I have done up to now, and they make me feel that who we are and what we feel and what is to become of us just doesn’t matter. Our aspirations and successes have become cheap and petty. I read the newspapers, the columnists, some books, I look at the magazines (our press). They all deal in illusions and fantasies. I can only conclude that we have lost ourselves, and that the bomb may finish the job permanently, and it just doesn’t matter, we have not loved life. I cannot accept my conclusions, and so I must continue this photographic investigation further and deeper.

Garry Winogrand

Metropolitan Opera, New York – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand

New York 1962 – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)

Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)

Together with Carol I went to the opening soirée of Jean-Paul Hévin‘s Chocolate Bar(re) in the end of last week. Located on in the heart of Marais, just next doors to the mythic Marché des Enfants Rouge you’ll find his very chic designed, by Jean Oddes and Imma Polito, bar of 25 sqm. Here you can enjoy a cup of Jean-Paul Hévin‘s famous hot chocolate, endulge yourself with his exquisite chocolates, macarons…this is chocolate heaven !

On this evening we were spoiled with different types of chocolate and their latest macaron, Pablino. Crunchy biscuit with almonds and dark chocolate filled with an extraordinary smooth ganache with pure coca from Peru with a touch of fruity and spicy notes…it was so divine I couldn’t hold myself after only one.

The highlight of this evening was not only to meet the chocolate master himself, Jean-Paul Hévin, but also to try his famous hot chocolate that I’ve heard so much about. They were preparing it right in front of us and we were proposed a cup each to have with our macarons :-)  The hot chocolate was poured into stylish rippled black paper cups…and was simply delicate ! Not sugary or heavy, very pure in its taste..and I promise, no sugarcoma effect afterwards. Hot chocolate at its best, pure and tasty.

Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re) – 41 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Jean-Paul Hévin himself, high-end chocolatier with several chocolate boutiques in Paris and worldwide
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Chocolate Bar(re)
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Champagne was served to enjoy with the chocolate and macarons
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Pastries were hiding behind the displays…Carol told me the one with framboise (raspberry) also under the name Chocolat Framboise, was a classic one…still beeing in their menu means I better try it, after all, chocolate and raspberries are always a great combo.
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Jean-Paul Hévins hot chocolate was beeing prepared right in front of us….
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Me and Carol had a cup..together with their chocolate macarons…
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Jean-Paul Hévin, a man not only with a sense for chocolate but also humor !
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)Bûches Noël…
Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Bar(re)I would like to try their Omelette Norwegien…

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