My favourite art museum in Paris, hands down, is l'Orangerie. Located next to Place de la Concorde in Jardin Tuileries, l'Orangerie is conveniently located. It's manageable in size and perfect for those wanting to get their art fix without sacrificing too much time. Plus, most importantly, it's the home to the purpose-built rooms highlighting Claude … Continue reading Monet at l’Orangerie
Luxembourg Gardens is dotted with interesting statues, and here are several that I came upon during my most recent trip to Paris. Let's start with this statue of Velléda contemplating the house of Eudore by Hippolyte Maindron. Velléda, if I've got the story correct, was a druid who fell in love with her enemy. The … Continue reading Statues of Luxembourg Gardens
After enjoying a glass of sweet mint tea at Le Grande Mosquée, it was time to head over to the Panthéon. Originally built as a church to honour St. Genevieve, Roman Catholic patron saint of Paris, the building is now home to the remains of many distinguished French citizens. Once past the friendly staff at … Continue reading Panthéon
File this under WTH Did I Just See? Just like this. There I was minding my own business, looking out over the Seine when this coasted by. A boat with an aerobics class going on? In a city where I've only ever seen an handful of joggers, and certainly not a group shaking hot pink … Continue reading Aerobics Cruise?
Confession time. I can only remember having crepes twice in my life. I know, I know. This is beyond shameful. My first time was over 10 years ago in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. It wasn't intentional either. Basically, when I was hungry for lunch after a busy morning of sightseeing I learned the hard way that small town … Continue reading Culture Crêpes
While looking through my countless photos from past trips to Paris, I've found that I've covered several of the "must do" day trips from the city - Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chantilly, Giverny, Reims. I've also visited Normandy, which appears on many online lists - though I personally feel that it's too far to go to and … Continue reading Suggestion Time!
Walking further into the grounds of the Palais Royale, you'll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous roses. Or you will if you're lucky like I was, and unintentionally time your visit with their bloom season. And if you look closely, you'll notice a small cannon installed on one of the lawns between the rows of rose … Continue reading Roses and The Petite Cannon
Another controversial art installation at the Palais Royale is Sphérades, officially known as Les Fontaines de Pol Bury. Installed in 1985 by Belgian artist Pol Bury, each of the two fountains consist of 10 stainless steel spheres that slowly rotate on their axis under the power of the water flowing over them. I thought they … Continue reading Sphérades
I woke early one morning (not difficult to do when suffering through jetlag), ate my breakfast and hurriedly left my hotel. I was headed for the Palais Royale. Or more specifically, to its inner courtyard, Cour d'Honneur. My goal was to arrive before every Instagrammer in the city did because I wanted to take some … Continue reading Les Deux Plateaux
Strolling in Paris at night is one of my favourite things to do in the city. On one of our first nights there, my friends and I decided to head to the Louvre. Not because we wanted to head inside, but because seeing the pyramids and grand palace against the night sky are always a … Continue reading Nightfall at the Louvre