Tag Archives: Paris

Where did the summer go?

19 Sep

Where did the summer go?

We didn’t even have time to make the most out of empty Paris in August. And now it’s grey and rainy already. Where’s that indian summer they were talking about? I want the sun back!! Boo!


Seeing green – and yellow – in the kitchen

3 Feb

I might have spoken too soon when I said we were having a pseudo winter 4 posts back. It’s -8 degrees in Paris today. If that’s not winter, I don’t know what is. I’ve been going out all bundled up and I can still feel the cold. I am sooooo looking forward to our March holiday just to get some sun.

Anyway, to forget that it’s in the negatives outside,  I like to go into the kitchen and look at the husband’s plants. The green vine thing makes washing the dishes a bit hard. The leaves are all over the place. But I actually appreciate it. It makes the kitchen more “homely” and an almost relaxing place to work in.

I was also surprised to see that the daffodils we bought last year that we thought have died started growing again. The husband made make-shift pots with old cabinet drawers that I painted white and put the small pots in them and put them in the kitchen.

So now, even though it’s still winter outside, I feel like it’s already spring time in my kitchen.

And as Martha Stewart says, “It’s a good thing!”

Avenue Q comes to Paris

29 Jan

Mais que voila….?

The Broadway musical Avenue Q is coming to Paris.  A couple of years ago, when I first asked what Avenue Q was, I was told that it was sort of like Sesame Street but for adults. I love it!

I wonder though if they will be showing it in french or will it have subtitles like the Sound of Music. It would suck though if they translate it in french.

— Okay, I just saw their Facebook page and it’s in french. Hmmm…now I’m not sure if I’m gonna go see it or not. How am I going to sing along if it’s in french?

The show will be in Bobino. I’ve been there and it’s a good theater. Prices vary from 27 to 80 euros. But during their promo run you can get 40% off on all categories.

Promo run is from the 7th to the 16th of February.

More information on their Facebook page, Bobino, and the Avenue Q France page.

Musee de l’Orangerie

14 Jun

First stop of our Nuit des Musees trip. Remember it’s the night when the museums all over France and Europe are free? Well that night was a bit chilly and we weren’t really in the mood to wait in line in the cold outside for hours. Last year we waited for an hour outside the Petit Palais only to be told that the museum was closing and they weren’t letting anyone enter anymore.


We didn’t want that to happen again so this year our target were near and not too popular museums. So, we went to the Musee de l’Orangerie.  This was the first stop because it’s just outside the metro Concorde and is a direct stop on our metro line.


It’s located in the Jardin de Tuilleries opposite the Jeu de Paume. The Musee de l’Orangerie is a gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist works. Claude Monet’s Nympheas is one of the most impressive and well known works in this museum.


There were 3 whole galeries with the water lily paintings sort of wrapped along the walls. Very beautiful.


See more pictures after the jump

La Nuit des Musees 2011

13 May

One nice thing about living in Paris is there’s something cultural happening every once in a while – or always. And tomorrow night it’s the night of the museums. La Nuit des Musees.

Most, if not all, national museums in Paris will be open the whole night. It’s a very good chance to see the Louvre at midnight! Or the get a night view of the Seine from the clock at the Musee d’Orsay.  Personally I still do not know which museum we’ll go to tomorrow night as there are tons of choices. We’ll have to take a look at the program tonight.

You too can have a look at what will be free and open as well as the opening times over here: http://nuitdesmusees.culture.fr. You can even download an App onto your iPhone to guide you through the night.

If you’re in another European city, then don’t fret. This even is actually observed all throughout Europe – which makes this La Nuit Europeenne des Musees.

La Nuit Europeen des Musees

Saturday May 14 2011

My husband’s gardony

7 May

That’s right, I invented a new word, sweet! It’s a mix between a garden and a balcony. Harhar so funny. But we do have one – a gardony. Well, at least we are trying to have one.

When I was growing up, I’ve had my share of gardens – we even had a make-shift tree house on a mango tree behind our house. But the husband never had that pleasure. He’s only had sandboxes in city parks and the beach – not bad at all, in my point of view. And so, he’s always excited when he sees plants and dirt. I guess not having those while growing up really got into him.

Now his ultimate dream is to have a tropical jungle at home.

There’s just one problem – we live in Paris.

Having a real garden in Paris is a mega challenge. We are just lucky to have a long balcony that goes all around our flat. Although it’s not too wide, the length absolutely makes up for the lack of space.

But apparently that’s all the space he needs (for now) to start his mini jungle.

So one day, with our trusty caddy, we hauled our lazy asses off to Truffaut near Bercy  and got us some plants. Well, the husband already had a few on the balcony but he wanted to buy food plants so we’d have a supply of cherry tomatoes, aubergines and peppers all through summer. Asa pa. But no harm in trying.

He created a sort of base using old palettes picked up on the street. We just needed to buy the soil and the plants and voila, instant vegetable garden.

cherry tomatoes, aubergines, cayenne peppers, and green peppers

here’s hoping they survive and bear sweet vegetables for summer salads and fare

But that’s not even 1/4 of the balcony. I alloted him 1/3 of the balcony to set up his mini gardony. The rest (of the 1/3) is for various plants he has planted, re-planted and collected over the years.

These are just a few of the plants we have. Before we left on holidays in March we had twice as much plants. But due to the fact that there was no one in the flat most of the time (the in-laws were here every other week I think) and it was unusually hot and sunny in France that time, most of them died – including our christmas tree that we have used for the past 3 years – RIP.

But that did not let the husband down. The small pots above are full of seed of who knows what kind of plants and they are actually growing. I bet he’ll be replanting those in bigger pots soon enough.

But his real pride and joy is his palm tree. He got that for his birthday last year and it withstands -10 degree weather.  Amazing. And that other tree is sooo weird. I have no idea what it is but he bought that in Britanny a few months back.

mr. palmier ped and weird cat tail tree

I’m actually proud of him that he was able to get this garden thing going. He really does have a green thumb. I have yet to show you the wild plants in our flat.

It’s actually nice to have some greenery around the house. It feels so alive. And now that summer is fast approaching, we are looking forward to eating breakfast and dinner on the balcony and being surrounded by nice plants will sure make that very interesting.

Why don’t you try your own garden sometime? Apparently it’s very stress relieving (according to the husband of course).

Musee Rodin

3 May

I didn’t really know of Rodin’s works. I know he’s a very famous sculptor but that’s about it.

So on the first Sunday of February, the husband decided to knock some culture into me took me to go see the Musee Rodin in the 7th arrondissement. A couple of national museums in Paris can be accessed for free on the first Sunday of every month – sweet!

What greeted me was a fabulous hotel particulier with pretty modern sculptures in front and a huge and I mean Huge garden at the back with views of both the Eiffel tower and gold dome of Les Invalides.

To the right of the entrance was of course the most popular sculpture – The Thinker, or Le Penseur in french.

Le Penseur – The Thinker

On the left were The Gates of Hell (I think I saw this at the Musee d’Orsay a few years back) and Les Bourgeois de Calais.

The Gates of Hell

Les Bourgeois de Calais

Inside there were more amazing sculptures. Finished and unfinished works by the master. It was very interesting. They even explain the steps on how Rodin’s sculptures were created. From the first clay model to the finished product.

It was definitely an eye opener. I appreciated this little wonder than the Musee d’Orsay with its thousands of sculptures. It’s amazing that you can be in a building and garden like this and still be in Paris – with its tiny apartments and pockets of parks.

If you are planning to visit Paris and are thinking of other museums to see – this should definitely be on your list. If you’re not into the sculptures then just go and have a walk in the gardens.

Entrance at night

Les Invalides, Eiffel tower, Le Penseur – there’s only one place where you can see all three at the same time.

Musee Rodin

79 Rue de Varennes 75007 Paris

Metro: Varenne or Invalides