3 Jul 2015

Where to cool off in Paris: swimming on the Seine river? yes! at the Josephine Baker swimming pool

La Piscine Josephine Baker is an incredible floating swimming pool located on the bank of the River Seine
Port de la Gare, Quai Francois Mauriac - Metro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

17 Jun 2015

Jardin Catherine Labouré: an enchanting and unknown garden in a enchanting part of Paris, rue de Babylone in the 7th

The garden is named after a young 19th-century nun to whom the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared as she tended the kitchen garden. These days the garden’s visitors are far less spiritual – mainly Parisians wanting to relax in the 7,000-m² expanse of lawns and greenery. The garden’s fruit trees, vine-covered pergola and vegetable garden have survived the passage of time. It is an attractive spot in summer for an outing with friends or family, to sunbathe on the lawns or to walk along the cross-shaped outline showing where the convent once stood.
29 rue de Babylone - 75007 Paris - Metro: Sèvres Babylone

1 Jun 2015

A vegetable garden in the heart of the Marais? yes!!! the community garden called Potager des Oiseaux

Not easy to find tiny alley (impasse des Oiseaux) which leads you to the opened gate of a bucolic garden on one side which, through another interior gate leads to an intimate community garden, the Potager des Oiseaux.
Metro: Temple or Filles du Calvaire

Spring in Paris: lovely parisian balcony this morning


17 May 2015

Lovely tearoom with sale of beautiful teapots in Bastille: Plaisir d'équi'thé

What a good surprise it has been to discover by chance Nathalie and her exquisite collection of teapots. I bought two of them (very cheap). I did not have the time to sit down to enjoy her wide variety of teas and pastries but for sure I will come back shortly in this lovely tearoom.
Plaisir d'équi'thé: 12 boulevard Beaumarchais - 75011. Metro: Bastille

13 May 2015

Hidden courtyard near Bastille: Cour Damoye

What I like about Paris is that they are plenty of treasures to discover every day  if you take the time to watch around you.  This small XVIIIth century paved courtyard is only opened during the day. Do not miss it
Cour Damoye : 12 rue Damoye - 75011. Metro: Bastille

24 Apr 2015

Direct train now from Paris to Giverny in one hour now every week-end during Summer: Le train de l'Impressionisme

Giverny is a small village in the west of Paris, which was made famous by the painter Claude Monet. In 1883, Monet fell in love with this place, he discovered through a train window. He bought a house there, moved in with his girlfriend, his two son and six children, and remained there until his death in 1926. Monet painted the first campaign in 1890 when he bought the house where he lived, he started his famous water lily paintings. He had built a pool of water turning the local river to get a visual effect. Not far from the former home of Monet, Impressionism Museum (Museum of Impressionism) dedicated to the different forms of Impressionist painting.
Every saturday and Sunday until end of September
Departure: 11h05 from St Lazare to  Vernon Giverny
Return from Vernon Giverny at 18h49