We all know that the most famous ville of the côte d’Azur is Saint Tropez.
A former village of fishermen has become famous because of Brigitte Bardot who bought a villa in the area and of course of the many artists who depicted the village in their works. We visited Saint Tropez in off season when the tourists just started to come and the Sun was very cheap in appearence. As you can see in the photos was kinda of sad.
Other than that we will find in Saint – Trop’ a show off of luxury and rich people.
Saint Tropez was a saint from Italy who came to christianised the region loong time ago and if he will come back to earth to have a café at the Rouge Sénéquier he would have to call Jessus for a miracle in order to pay the 8 euros they demand for the service.
South of France – côte d’azur – is AMAZING! It’s redundant to say how the water is clear blue, the sand changes by the intensity of the sun. It’s simply a poem of colours, senses and energies. Energies because walking on the beach you can go along the coast and you become one with the nature.
We have been there off season, in May, when the wind was still wild on the coast and the sun was very shy , but still laying on a beach under an umbrella was revigorating . We didn’t really sun bath but walking around the coast was as better as swiming in the sea.
As you can see in the photo we had some Sun but was ”payant” 🙂
The nature has been very generous with this region of France and the French, thank God, have this enormous respect and admiration for it. At least at the first look.
Even though, through out the years the French people prefere in summer to go to Portugal or Spain because is more cheaper and the Sun is more generous than here, yet the côte d’azur has remained the perfect way to summer with class.
On Mondays, I always need a push for a positive start of the weeek. Therefore, even though I’ve already written about Etretat, a magnificient ville in Normandie, I would like to share with you some pictures that make me dream and dream with my eyes open.
Even though the beach is rocky, a botle of good cidre will always make it smother.
Take a deep breath, close your eyes and hear the seagulls looking for food, feel the cold air messing your hair and breathe the salty air cleaning your lungs. We don’t need much to make heaven on earth.
Please have a break from everything you are doing and take a look at this Skrek of French pastry called Pièce montée. It’s a kind of cake made out from tons of bad ingredients for special ocasions – so they say.
Basically, you can see there are some Choux à la crème glued together by melted sugar. Mmm, delicious!
Honestly, I feel that this kind of cake is a disgrace to the French pastisserie. Sorry 🙂
And, of course, inside is empty, oups ! Terrible!
One of my first cities I visited since I’ve moved to France is Orléans. I didn’t know anything about the city at that time, because the only thing I wanted was to get to the concert of Andre Rieu who happened to concert for my birthday in the ville of Jeanne d’Arc. So, in the few hours prior to the show I had the chance to visit this incredibile city which is maintained like a jewel in the most finest conditions. I don’t exagerate when I say that it seemed to me one of the most cleaned cities I’ve ever been to.
Orléans meets all the criterias for a perfect city break. You have culture: museum of arts, universities, the amazing Sainte Croix Cathedrale, history: the house of Jeanne d’Arc completely restored because was burn during the war times, shopping : surprinsing stores of artisans and local brands, beautiful parks and bulevards perfect for a lovers promenade.
Furthermore, the city is beautifully charged with historical reminders of the important role that Jeanne d’Arc played in the war of 100 years when she eliberated Orléans from the English domination. Situated, at only 115km from Paris, Orléans is a bijou of the French cities.
At the end of the evening the show of Andre Rieu had sprinkled some good energie and memories for a lifetime.
All in all, it’s useless to add that after this short trip I’ve gone back again to Orléans like three times enjoying every time this carroussel of emotions that the city has to offer.
When it starts raining with cats and dogs and the wind makes you go nuts every time you go out AND you start thinking how and when the year has passed, it is clear that you need new experience to explore. It is a sign that is that time of the year when our thoughts start going wild in our heads with regrets and contents with uncomplished resolutions.
Les grands magasines in Paris have already dressed in Christmas clothes, they not only offer things for you to buy but they propose a veritable shopping experiences: with sellsmen who speak your language and luxurious brands as only in Paris you can find.
As I am financially far far away from a Hermes bag or anything that resemblace to high fashion, I took my chance to experience the luxury of macarons: Pierre Herme Macarons. Trully a blisfull experience. In the past few years, apparently, the macarons have become the number 1 desert of the turists. The two colorful biscuits filled with cream with creative tastes have made people crazy.
At Hermé you don’t just have Chocolate Macarons, you get to choose from Chocolate made from Venezuelan Cacao or Brasilian, the banale Macaron à la Noisette is with Truffes. All these small – big details make a whole new experience of the Macaron.
My favourite surprise was the Macaron with chocolate and foie gras. I would have never imagined this kind of combination and how wonderful it melts in your mouth. Pierre Hermes you are my favourite, but it seems that in the 2016 he was the favourite of many others because he was chosen the Maître–Pâtissier of the year .
Stay chill and have a macarons, à la Herme’s way.
I continue my journey through the arty shops of the Parisian museums with the Petit Boutique of Petit Palais. Think big, that seems to be their motto because you won’t find any small prices in this boutique. From books or jewlery, for the Parisian souvenirs you have to pay big time.
You have imitations of art pieces and jewlery from the 20th century. Cool, if you like imitations. Otherwise, books, postcards and shoe cream. Why? I don’t know.
Next to jewlery and fake golden plates you have shoe cream. Well, maybe the shoe cream was a luxurious thing 🙂 Je ne sais pas.
Shoe your way around here and visit the museum. You will get an instant shiny glow!
I have only one proposal for you this weekend: Petit Palais. The Museum of Beaux Arts of Paris! Magnificent! Starting with the beautiful architecture of the Palace, built at the same time with the Grand Palais and the Alexandre Bridge for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, it is a petit architecture jewlery. No wonder, they needed over 20 years to finish the architectural details and design, because it is really something. Honestly, when I talk about Paris I find it redundent to talk about the extraordinary architectural styles and beauty, because it is priceless…
The first argument that I will bring in convincing you to pay a visit to this wonderful museum is that is FREE of charge. You are free as a bird to get in and you will be care free when will get out.
Beauty in any shape and form is a true balm for the soul 🙂 . Besides sculptures and paintings of the Parisian artists you can find pieces of furniture and even a fully equiped dining salon of the Parisian aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century.
The history of the European culture is impregnated in these pieces of art. Every detail is a symbol of the life and believes of one century ago. I don’t wanna get too philosophical, but being in these kind of historical/arty contexts, I get to put my own life into question. How much time do I spend on creating beauty in my life? In having beautiful conversations with the others, beautiful thoughts for me and the close ones, beautiful love stories that make my life and heart full of joy? In other words, how much do I suround myself with beauty?
Another strong argument in why you should visit Petit Palais is that it has a superbe interior garden, which in the heart of Paris is breathtaking if you want to hear the birds, eat a sandwich or kiss your lover in a very romantic Parisian place. Nothing stops you to bring your thoughts with you in this realm of quietness where the last time I went they exposed some interesting work of a contemporany young artist who really seemed inspired by the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The simplicity and perfection of the two heads are in the same line as the surrealism and minimalism that Brancusi became known more than 50 years ago. A true delight for the mind and soul.
Last but not least of my arguments to go and see Petit Palais is that you always have something new to visit, a new exposition, a new artist, a new someone, something that will make you step back and reconsider eveything you’ve seen before. This time my senses were spoiled by the American artist Kehinde Wiley with his expositions: Lamentation , a new modern interpretation of the christian stained glass. What if Jesus was black?
Cheer up and think pink!
These days I’ve been really busy moving out from my first rented appartment here, in France. It was sad, sometimes overwhelming, nostalgic, but the important is that is done and now I’m looking forward for new blissful experiences.
I couldnt’ believe how empty the place looked like after I packed everything … I was in shock when I saw how many things I gathered in only 8 months !! It’s useless to talk about it. Anyway, the show must go on!
Let the the new good memories begin!
Keep calm and trust the future!