Maghrebi Dreaming – The Grand Mosque of Paris

On May 12,15

I was once told, by a French Algerian friend, of wondrous North African splendours tucked away in the fifth arrondissement of Paris. Rightly so, hidden behind the Jardin des Plantes, the Grande Mosquée de Paris stands tall, it’s cubed bell tower piercing the sky, reminding me of the great minarets of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Islamic Spain.  Continue Reading

Paris Spring Contd. Palais Royal

On April 16,15

There have been various occasions in which I have wandered down the Rue Rivoli from Le Marais to the Louvre and all the while not being fully aware of the Palais Royal and its little garden. Tucked away behind an arcade (as beautiful as all such Parisian structures) is this quiet little safe haven, away from the busy roads, tourist shops and overly priced cafes. My very own Spring fortress and secret garden for the timid. Continue Reading

18eme Curiosities

On March 23,15

The 18th Arrondissement isn’t just about meringue-like church topped mounts, Impressionist painters, windmills and Amélie Poulain, no, there are many faces to the 18eme, one of them being that which you can find hidden behind and below the Sacre Coeur.  Continue Reading

Bright as Sunshine Along the Canal Saint Martin

On March 07,15

The Canal Saint Martin has and always will hold precious memories for me. Walking along its pleasant stretch is the very first thing I did during my initial trip to Paris all those years ago. It is where I’ve spent much time soaking up the sun  on Summer days and regularly served as the starting point of evening adventures. It is just as wonderful during the Autumn as it is in the Summer when the leaves on the trees turn a rusty red, contrasting sharply with the mossy green placid canal water.  Continue Reading

A White Wash Day in Montmartre

On March 01,15

It has been a  beautiful past couple of days in Montmarte. The white wash walls of the buildings appeared to be floating somewhere between a dream and reality on this very white and cloudy weekend. The sheer brightness took me aback, pure and clean, with an essence of innocence in the air, it felt like nothing could go ever go wrong…  Continue Reading

South of the River – the 6eme

On December 11,13

I have never been a south of the river kind of girl. I grew up in north London, I have family in north-eastern Italy and I dream of planning a road trip around Scandinavia. For a girl who regularly visits Paris, I have hardly spent time further south than the Ile de la Cité. Last week I decided to give a little TLC to that which is south of the Seine. I always knew that the south of Paris, the 6eme and surrounding areas, were ‘a little bit posh’ and maybe this is why I prefer to spend my time in areas such as Montmartre, Le Marais and Oberkampf. Continue Reading

An Education in French Queens

On November 07,13

Forgive me, for it’s been over a month since I last blogged. My mind has been engulfed by postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art! Finally, I have 5 minutes (more like half an hour) to myself, which means… Well deserved precious blogging time. Autumn has to be my favourite time of the year for all it’s golden leafy glory (plus it’s birthday season for me) and so I present to you, an autumnal beauty, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.

Jardin Luxembourg
Jardin Luxembourg

 

Marie de Medici
Marie de Medici

Florentine born Marie de Medici, queen of France, true to her Medici blood, she was a major patron of French Arts

Marguerite d'Angouleme
Marguerite d’Angouleme

 

Mathilde
Mathilde

Here’s where nations unite, Mathilde was the consort of William the Conqueror

Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots

Yes, even the Queen of Scots has her French affiliates

Jeanne d'Albret
Jeanne d’Albret

A saintly figure…

Saint Genevieve
Saint Genevieve

And Delacroix!

Delacroix
Delacroix

Oh and if you’re under 4ft tall you can ride on one of these babies

cute
cute

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