A darling cousin of mine told me that past her fifties, when waking up in the morning, all her body ached… which was a fantastic sign: It meant she was alive!
From Paris ,
I wish you a year filled with magic, dreams and some sweet folies.
A hefty dose of health and the same amount of laughter.
But above all, to new exquisite adventures, Happy New Year !
Going to the zoo is the closest thing to getting into a time capsule and being a kid again. Loved both the San Fransisco and Toronto Zoos where animals looked well taken care of.
The Zoo de Vincennes is 15 minutes away from the heart of the city. When rebuilding the zoo, their aim was to have the animals live in natural enclosures that look like their wild habitats. I think they achieved that. The place reopened its doors in 2014.
The Rock at the zoo reminded me of a movie … I’m sure you remember which. Loved my visit. Continue reading →
At the boutique Epicerie du Monde-Izreal (“Spice Shop of the World”), in the Marais, every savoury, spicy, salty, or indescribable flavour that has ever hit your tastebuds hangs out here.
Just step inside and close your eyes. It’s a culinary pilgrimage. In a few minutes, you’ll be traveling through Tehran, Marrakech, Bombay, Istanbul, Dakar, Cairo, Hebron, Beirut, Rome, Athens or many other fantastic places ! Continue reading →
The site of the venue is on the Left Bank of the Seine, almost across from The Orsay Museum.
I was welcomed by two lovely Parisian smiles.
The ephemeral exhibit is about the art of strolling. Indeed, strolling is the Parisian’s second nature. Everything in Paris invites to stroll. Streets, buildings, shops, store fronts and cafés are conceived to encourage this oh-so-French-custom, not to waste time but on the contrary, to rediscover time. Continue reading →
A gigantic photo exhibition now covers the walls along the banks of the Seine in Paris.
The 370-metre long panorama includes photos representing humanity and diversity as well as seven key words translated into languages from all around the world: respect, peace, solidarity, friendship, dignity, hospitality and hope.
Initiated in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, President of Cartier International at the time, on a suggestion by the artist César, and directed by Hervé Chandès, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France.
Since moving to Paris in 1994, the Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light that was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. In this unique setting, exhibitions, conferences and artistic productions come to life.
At once a creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Continue reading →
I had mentioned that I studied architecture at the Beaux Arts , during President Francois Mitterrand’s first term from 1981 to 1988. He was then re-elected for a second presidential term and held office until 1995. Ok, now is the time when you wonder and ask what does it have to do with me ?Regardless of his political aspirations, Mitterrand had an architectural vision. The Grands Projets was an architectural program to provide modern monuments in Paris, the city of monuments, symbolizing France’s role in art, politics, and economy at the end of the 20th century. Mitterrand viewed the civic building projects, estimated at the time to cost the Government of France 15.7 billion francs, both as a revitalisation of the city, as well as contemporary architecture compatible with Socialist Party politics. The scale of the project and its ambitious nature was compared to the major building schemes of Louis XIV. Continue reading →
Paris has been ruling the high seas of fashion for more than three centuries. Having said that, there are three things which are always certain: Death, Taxes and people complaining about the price, coverage and sometimes the very existence of Fashion.Paris, a city known for its sizable population of bobo (bourgeois-bohème) fashionistas, abounds with vintage boutiques however the festival of vintage-finds takes place once a year at the Carreau du Temple. Continue reading →
Art is at every street corner in Paris and often, these street corners happen to be prestigious sites. It is the case of this outdoor exhibit:” Le Parfum dans tous les sens”.
Created by the Cardinal Richelieu in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens, just a short walk from the Louvre, housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. Prestigious and peaceful, the gardens are surrounded by a superb futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury.
The Colonnes de Buren were designed by artist Daniel Duren and are situated in the courtyard, near the garden and Ministry of Culture. The 260 black and white striped octagonal columns are definitely worth a visit and are one of the symbols of Paris. Continue reading →
I fell in love with Rome the moment I set foot on its grounds some 40 years ago. The sunlight, the soft salty breeze, the ochre colour of the soil, the cacophony of sounds and the smell of flour floating in the air were enough elements to convince all my senses subito pronto! Rome talks directly to your senses before engaging your brain. So without further delay, let me take you along on a little spring stroll in the street of Rome Sweet Rome.
Romulus and Remus, founders of the city of Rome.
Between myth and reality, the Parisian Chic continues to seduce. Parisian style radiates an air of self-assuredness, that indefinable je ne sais quoi that initially seems so elusive, and yet at the same time almost appears simple, uncontrived, perhaps effortless.
The DNA of the Parisian chic can be summarized in these few items:
A vintage Chanel chain, a striped jersey, a perfect Rouge, Repetto’s flats, a trench and a little black handbag.
Amélie-Audrey is perhaps a good example and so is
Jean Seberg who adopted France as her second country. Continue reading →
I decided to head towards the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris . Ever since the Middle Ages the University of Paris has always welcomed students from all over the world in what they used to call the “College of Nations”. When the international university campus in Paris was created in 1925 it continued this tradition of the Paris universities: a tradition of welcome.
Perfect day for a picnic Continue reading →
When speaking of Magnum, for some, this is what comes to mind:
For a younger crowd, a Magnum is …
Un pêcher mignon.
Or, Tom Selleck, Magnum, P. I – cute detective series my mom loved to watch in the eighties.
I somehow relate to all three images above. But today, let’s focus on photography. Photography, as a passion and hobby, was revealed to me recently. I always had a very acute sensibility for images without ever considering looking thru the lens. One of the major reasons being the lack of time. As a single mother, I had my hands full with my beautiful and gorgeous children (that’s how an unbiased mother sounds like). I am a passionate mother, which often drives my children crazy but this is another chapter …). Today, things are different. I think I achieved a percept I always stood by: “Give your children roots of responsibility and wings of independence”. In other words, I am left with TIME. That precious element which often lacks in our lives. Continue reading →
If there is one spot in Paris that translates Exquisite Elegance, it would be the area shaped as a triangle; the Pont Alexandre III at a corner, the Petit Palais on one side and the Grand Palais on the other side of this upside down isosceles triangle.
Le Petit Palais is a masterpiece of beautiful classic and balanced proportions.
If Paris and Madrid were to be compared to two women, I’d choose respectively Catherine Deneuve and Rossy de Palma.
While Catherine Deneuve represents elegance, sophistication and class,
In light of the world’s events that jolt us on a daily basis, this post might seem redundant. Just in the past few weeks, we had to deal with an insane number of tragedies: Charlie, the Baga massacre by Boko Haram, ongoing debates on islamophobia and antisemitism then Shaima al-Sabbagh, a 32-year-old mother-of-one, who is shot in the head by police in Cairo on Saturday and Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger who’s punishment of 1,000 lashes is an outrage. Senator John McCain who eulogized King Abdullah as “a vocal advocate for peace, speaking out against violence in the Middle East”. John Kerry describing the late monarch as “a brave partner in fighting violent extremism” and “a proponent of peace”. Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden released a statement mourning Abdullah and announced that he would be personally leading a presidential delegation to offer condolences on his passing…. just to name a few of the appalling episodes that fill our everyday life , so yes, my posting might come as superfluous to some, none the less, I need to immerse myself in positivity in order to move on, to believe in good rather than evil and to trust.
To quote Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and director of the renowned UK charity Kids Company, “Continuous exposure of violence actually changes the structure of a child’s brain”. Perhaps, not only a child’s but also adults’.
A first clue as where we’ll go strolling in this post.
Having lived in North America for the past 20 years, I had forgotten how much one walks in Paris! Perhaps this is also the secret of Parisians being so slim and fit.
Paris is, of course, a walker’s city. But which direction to take? And to what destinations? Does it really matter? Hold on to le file d’Ariane and let me show you a few fun things and sights … Continue reading →
Revelation of the week
Since I have moved to Paris, every week, if not every day, I come across a novelty. This city has an astronomical heritage while in constant evolution. This week, I discovered a museum I had never heard of before: Le Palais de La Porte Dorée.
Albert Laprade designed a synthesis of contemperary Art Deco style of the French classical architecture, and loosely inspired elements of arts from the “colonies” (A group of emigrants or their descendants who settle in a distant territory but remain subject to or closely associated with the parent country). Continue reading →
Frank Owen Gehry (February 28, 1929) is a Canadian (Toronto, Ontario s’il vous plait!) Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect based in Los Angeles.
Last October, The Louis Vuitton foundation opened its doors in Paris. The building was commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the chairman and C.E.O. of the luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton.
Le Bois de Boulogne was the designated site. More precisely: 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi. Poor Gandhi, he’d be dancing the foxtrot in his grave knowing the project cost: $143 million! Continue reading →
Every household in Paris has a “poussette de marché”. This essential utensil can make or break a family!
I am all geared up for my expedition. But first, i have to extend my New Year wishes to our dear concierge Mme Gomes who decorated the hall with great taste. La conciège is an emblematic figure in our daily life when living in Paris. I suspect ours is the one who inspired the french novelist Muriel Barbery when writing The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
My destination: La Rue Daguerre
This boulangerie is a piece of art. Continue reading →
Although I am aware I planned to dedicate this blog to Paris however if you have read the “About me” section, you’d understand how I am consumed with wanderlust.
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Detail- Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul
But most importantly, I am not keen on mandatory celebrations and festivities. I shy away form them. I’d rather celebrate any given day and make it a special day. Therefore I chose I fly away from Paris-la- Belle and spend Christmas in Istanbul … not Constantinople!
I had vague memories of traveling there as a child. My fascination with Istanbul came to me in my early twenties, after reading “La nuit du Serail” de Michel de Grèce and then ” De la part de la Princesse Morte” de Kenizé Mourad. These historical novels had all the right components to enhance my already sharp ability of dreaming! Continue reading →
Mother’s Day is celebrated in various countries around the world though in each country the date on which it is celebrated may vary.
Most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
The early history of Mother’s Day dates back to Persians, Greeks, and Romans. Celebrating love in general and expressing love and respect towards mother in Persian Culture trace back to pre-Zoroastrian era, long before Zoroaster’s time. Continue reading →
On my way to The Petit Palais
Detail of the Palais