L’artisanat Monastique

Literally stumbled upon a unique boutique that sells handmade, authentic gifts and goods from monasteries in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse. A 68 bis, av; Denfert-Rochereau 75014 it is not immediately visible but it is a treasure trove of beautiful products ranging from handmade candles and soaps to embroidered kitchen and living…

Paris à la seconde (app)

Just discovered an application that provides real time updates on news and events related to Paris. Free and compatible with iPhone and Android, it offers news on cultural events, directions to places of interest and important news (including métro and RER delays). SO far it seems to be living up to its name of giving…

Cire Trudon

It is not everyday that one gets to say that they purchased candles from the same candle maker that served the courts of Louis IX and Napoleon I and the same supplier of candles for the Versailles Palace, yet this is exaclty what I did today. The house of Trudon has built a formidable reputation…

Saint-Joseph des Nations,11ème

Religion has had an evident qand significant impact upon the geography of Paris. The several church buildings that mark the city’s skyline attest to tis. This makes it an interesting place to discover the several and diverse workes of religious architecture in each of the arrondissements. More often than not, the unique stories that lie…

new restaurant in the 11ème

Just heard about “Septime”, a new restaurant in the 11th at 80, rue du Charonne. The concept behind the establishment is interesting, ingredients are sourced locally and significant effort seems to have gone into creating an inviting space. It definitely seems to be worth a visit, especially given its lack of pretentiousness.

Free Bach Concert: 25 March

Just entered into the diary…. JS Bach “Inventions et Sinfonies” BWV 772 – 801 with Marie-Ange Leurent, Eric Lebrun on organ Sunday 25 March 2012 Eglise Notre Dame de Lorette 18 bis, rue de Châteudin, Paris 9eme Free Entrance 16h00

Eglise Notre Dame de Lorette

Visited the church ‘Notre dame de Lorette’ for the first time. What an interesting history and background she she holds. Designed by Louis-Hippolyte Lebas, an architect who trained under Percier and Fontaine (Napoleon’s preferred architects), Notre dame de Lorette is an interesting homage to neoclassical architecture. The austere attention to form and structure of its…

Panning for Summer in Paris

Just discovered a website to plan for the summer, with Paris as a either a base to travel or as a summer destination itself. Cick here

The influence of Paris on Music – Expo

The city of Paris has been a faithful muse to several musicians. Indeed, things that do not usuqlly inspire song have helped shape music in the case of Paris – its urban planning, architecture, the indentities that are attached to buildings, the character of neighbourhoods and different episodes in the city’s history. In acknowledgement of…

Justification to visit Disneyland Paris?

I have been trying to come up with an excuse to visit Disneyland Paris as an adult in my 20s. My niece seems to feel too old to go at about 12 years old, and lives in Normandy. So, I may need to import some young family members from other parts of the world who…

Paris Green Spaces

(above: images from 3 parks and gardens visited today) It is not quite as famous as Copenhagen or Stockholm for its green credentials, but Paris holds its own as one of the greenest among the large cities of Europe. Siemen’s “Green City Index’ which ranks cities according to a range of indicators including levels of…

The real Salade Niçoise, apparently…

The sun is out and while it is premature to do so, it is difd it also stimulates the temptation to put together summer-y, French salad for dinner. One of my favourites has always been ‘Salade Niçoise’. Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe that is supposed to be one for ‘le vraie salade niçoise’. I’ll…