Today (July 14th) is a very special day, it is the French National Day…and I so wish I could be there now. But soon, very soon, me and Paris will be together again. Love ;-)
The best memory I have from la Fête Nationale in France is when I was at my friends apartment situated at Île Saint-Louis and I was laying in the sun-bed on the terrace …suddenly I heard the noises of the planes and then I saw the whole aircraft of the Patrouille de France aerobatics team flying above me…….couldn’t have had a better view and it’s definately one of the best memories I have from Paris.
At the same time as the military aircraft is flying in the sky there is a large military parade going through Champs-Élysées in Paris. I’ve never seen it but I guess it must be pretty crowded…But I do recommend to go to Champs de Mars in the evening..just to have a look at the beautiful fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower.
The National Day is also called the Bastille Day because that’s the day when Bastille (a prison in Paris) was destroyed and the king of France overthrown…
Dîner au Mama Shelter à Paris…(=dinner at Mama Shelter in Paris)… “un endroit branché et très sympa“…according to many Parisians..which means a trendy and nice place. And I totally agree since I went there at least once a week when I was living in Paris. As you already know my favourite starter at their restaurant is salmon with avocado and pickled radish…and this time I had mussels for maindish. And I had a “mocktail sans alcool” called Kool And The Gang with fresh mint, elderflower and mineral water….very fresh..and cool ;-)
And yes, that’s me on the photo above..taking another egopic in the mirror in the bathroom at Mama Shelter…together with my favourite leopard-printed scarf…that I forgot to bring with me when I left Paris.
Mama Shelter – 109 Rue de Bagnolet 75020 Paris
Staring on the interior – the first thing I do rather than checking out the new collection…that’s me in a nutshell. This is one of my favourite stores in Paris, All Saints! Love the old Singer sewing machines they have in their shopping windows, the bricks on the walls and the industrial lamps. Besides their interior I love their boots (I have some pairs) and their printed shirts, leather jackets and outerwear…. I would describe the style of their clothes as vintage meets industrial with a warm and soft touch of bohemian.
All Saints – 49 Rue Étienne Marcel 75001 Paris
Café Charlot in Paris is one of my favourite places for having an utterly delicious brunch at. It is a place I discovered when I moved to Paris in January 2010 and ever since I had my first brunch there I fell in love. Love affair deluxe I would call it…
As you can see in the photo above, me and my friends all went for their classic brunch menu: fresh squeezed orange juice, hot chocolate (to die for! Thick and creamy texture….), pain perdu, toast, cherry tomatos and shallots, fresh fruit salad, scrambled organic eggs with smoked salmon and soft chive cream cheese. Can you ask for more? This is THE place to bring your friends for some Sunday chillaxing and gossiping (ofcourse! we all want to know what happened last night at the party if your memory failed on you…) while endulging yourselves with a delicious brunch.
Café Charlot is located in the Marais district and is situated just across the Marché des Enfants Rouges (the oldest food market in Paris). It is a bistro with a retro interior and a very fashionable clientel…oh yes, this is the place were you can see the trendy Parisians almost fighting for a free table inside Café Charlot…..
It’s definately the place to be, either if you want to have a delicious brunch…or just be in the middle of a fashionshow ;-)
p.s. I’m not into burgers BUT Café Charlot‘s actual specialty is the cheese burger...which all my friends gives the thumb up for. So if you share the same passion, Café Charlot is the place!
Café Charlot – 38 rue de Bretagne, Paris
Today its May 1st and it is also the day when French people are waving these beautiful porte-bonheurs (lucky charms) through the air and wishing each other good luck!
La Fête du Muguet (muguet = Lily of the Valley) and La Fête du Travail in France, are a public holiday to celebrate workers right and also an occasion to present the fragrant Spring flower, the lily of the valley to loved ones. When I was living in Saint Germain in Paris I remember that some representatives from Croix-Rouge française (the Red Cross) used to sell this fragrant Spring flower on the street. The photo above is acctually the muguet I bought from them on May 1st in France 2010….
Wish you all a bonne fête du muguet!