Le parfum at the Palais Royal


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.


Colonnes de Buren

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 →

Rome Sweet Rome


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.

IMG_6382 IMG_6369 IMG_6295Stunning view of the Spanish Steps from via Condotti. Too bad a Longchamps add covers the facade of the Trinita dei Monti Church. Continue reading →

L’Enfant terrible of fashion and the striped jersey


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

092512_ib_jean_seberg_02Jean Seberg who adopted France as her second country. Continue reading →

A Sunny Sunday at the Campus


What a lovely day. Lady Spring is definitely showing her graceful face and aura.IMG_4859

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.

IMG_4854The Campus has a lush park open, obviously, to students but also to the general public. 

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Nice, la Belle.


Nice, Promenade des Anglais. Vincent Lindenau

What comes to mind when visiting Nice? Let’s see…. La Promenade des Anglais, 

b794b29c1e9f9275763246e633af35c6La Salade Niçoise,


Le Negresco

But also that “coolitude” ( cool+ attitude) depicted by the nonchalance life style of rich and beautiful people.

George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue magazine Juillet 1930

George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue magazine Juillet 1930

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