C’est délicieux!

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photoI have been recommended to Grizzli Café in Rue Saint-Martin at 4eme arrondissement.  Went there for a dinner with my two favourite girls, Ching & Lam last month.   It was delightful and everything was to our expectations.  The food was good, no complaints for their service, and yes, they speak English, and reasonable price.  Tried the French traditional Confit de Carnard, Antipasti Salade, and apple crumble dessert.  C’est délicieux!

Well do drop by this intimate little café with a warm and relaxing atmosphere to wind down after a long day.  The café can be easily reached by Metro Châtelet or Hôtel de Ville.

Bon appétite.

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A Saturday Afternoon

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A  Saturday afternoon escaping from the hustling and bustling Paris to Sceaux.  It is a village in the southern suburbs of Paris, takes only 35 mins train from Gare du Nord.  This lovely village is famous for the Chateau de Sceaux and Parc de Sceaux designed by André Le Nôtre who is the Supreme Architect of Versailles.  The scale of Parc de Sceaux is not as huge but equally beautiful.  A picnic there would be perfect.  C’est trés trés agréable.  Then take a walk along the small streets in the village where there is a good restaurant for seafood, fresh vegetables, small boutiques, and we found the best baguettes there.  You can easily spend a day in this petite village, and I can assure you, it would be an amazing one!

Musée d’Orsay

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Paris has loads of museums, and if you have already gone to Louvre before, you must try to spare some time to visit other museums.  They are not so huge as Louvre yet equally amusing.  One of my favourites  is the Musée d’Orsay situated on the left bank of the Seine, 7eme arrondissement.  It is formerly a railway station built between 1898-1900.  The museum is user friendly to walk around, with perfect audio guides.  It’s very airy and nicely arranged.  It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world like Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat and Van Gogh.  As my favourite is impressionism, je suis trés contente de m’être promenée de Musée d’Orsay.

Don’t lock me up please!

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I once passed by one of the tourist “must go” Love-Locks bridge which is on the Pont de, crosses from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Left Bank of the Seine.  Love-locks started appearing in European cities in the early 2000s, and the original Paris spot was the Pont de Arts, but a year ago, those love-locks disappeared overnight, without explanation.   Apparently it’s not that welcoming to the Paris Town Hall.  Lovers from around the world continue to show their indignation by building-up collections once more on Pont de l’Archevêché.  They come with their initials engraved on the padlocks, fastening it to the railings, and tossing the keys into the Seine in a declaration of undying love.

For me, one can never lock up love.   Love is overflowing; and needs to be moved around.  Once love is being locked, it is lifeless.  L’amour est vivant.

The beauty of nature

 

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This is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen in my life.  I was just speechless at that very moment.  Holmes is so right when he describes the beauty of the clouds and the power of the Nature.

“See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.  Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the cloud-bank.  It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I.  How small we feel with our pretty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!” Sherlock Holmes.

It’s only the Power of Nature can create such beauty and contentment to human beings.  Grâce à Dieu!

La concert à Sainte Chapelle

 

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Summer is a quiet time for performances in Paris.  If you are longing for concerts of any kind, ballets, operas etc., you will be a bit disappointed.  Like us, musicians and artists have summer vacation too.  However, this is Paris, so there must be some good things here.  So glad that we have attended this lovely violin ensemble in Sainte Chapelle located near to Palais de la Cité.

La Sainte-Chapelle ~ is considered to be the “jewel” of  Gothic art,  built between 1242~1248 by King Louis IX.   It is perhaps the high point of the full tide of Gothic architecture, called rayonnante.  C’est jolie!

Antonio Vivaldi Les Quatre Saisons came to live in the hands of David Braccini.  He is such an amazing violinist, vivant et sensation émotionnelle.  

I and my friend had an fantastic evening, brought with us all the good memories home.

jardin du luxembourg

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It has been such an emotional moment for me and my friend Celia when we arrived Luxembourg Garden last Sunday morning.  After struggling with the heat wave for the past week, the weather suddenly appeared to be so much cooler that morning.  We wandered along, watching children playing, people reading, suntanning,  just relaxing and enjoying the lovely weather.  It was indeed a very emotional moment for both of us.  And this marked my friend’s last day in Paris with joy and fulfilment.

Nous aimons jardin du luxembourg.  

C’est romantique!

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For me, a place that is romantic does not necessarily only meant for lovers.  The place, the view, the architecture, the history itself speaks a lot of the romantic elements.  So even though you are on your own, sitting by the river Seine, enjoying the surrounding historical architecture, watching people passing by, it’s romantique.  And it is always vivid and true to me whenever I come across this beauty – La Tour Eiffel.  My eyes would never miss every glance of it.  It amazes me every time I encounter it.  The joy, the surprise, and I can feel my heart beating so vividly.  C’est romantique!