Monday, October 11, 2004

Art, perfumes and life...........

Here is a little about me....

My love for contemporary art is a passion but I did not realize how much of a passion I had with regards to wanting to represent artists. Media law was my first love because I can identify with the artistic souls. So here I am with a dozen artists to work with. I am planning to host shows in Paris and London representing these artists in the future depending on how their works sell on the internet. The website will be launched in March 2005.

So all in all I can now work to achieve what I believe I am quite good at - negotiating and selling for other people.

My other interest is one that deals with perfumes and I organize tours in Paris. These are visits to exclusive boutiques that I can only see people who seriously love perfumes would want to do. Check out www.perfumepaths.com

Sunday, October 10, 2004

11 wedding Anniversary - celebration in Paris!

Yesterday my husband and I had a wonderful wedding anniversary where we did a few things we enjoy the most - walk and enjoy some great food in Paris and shop a little at the same time.
We set out from our apartment near Places des Ternes and we walked down rue Faubourg St. Honore - browsed several antique stores, then we decided we needed to stop for lunch. Breakfast had consisted of butter criossants and almond croissant from our favourite boulangerie - Fleurs d'Oranger on rue Lebon in the 17th. They make some of the best croissants and sacristans and walnut bread.....
We stopped at Olsen a Danish fish cafe on 6 rue du Commandant Riviere, 8e Tel: 0145614310 - where we had their taster platter as starters - it was delicious with some good Pouilly Fume and then we both ate warm smoked salmon, cabbage and boiled potato - must admit this may sound simple but was mouthwateringly delicous! The quality of all the fish - smoked or otherwise was superior to a lot of smoked salmon you find in Paris. You can take away some delicious slices of smoked fish from there. www.olsen.fr


We then strolled on to Dalloyou (www.dalloyau.com) located at 101 Faubourg St. Honore in 8e tel. 01-42-99-90-00; Métro: St-Philippe du Roule - the very very very famous patisserie where we bought LOTS of pastries and chocolate (my other real favourite tea room especially for their macaroons is LaDuree Ladurée Royale, 16 rue Royale, 8e (tel. 01-42-60-21-79; Métro: Concorde or Madeleine (www.laduree.com)

Armed with sweets for a week we headed to Caron the famous perfume boutique. My favourite boutique in not the one on Avenue Montaigne but this one on Faubourg St. Honore. We tried a few of our favourite fragrances - then we went on to the Hermes flagship boutique on 24 Faubourg St. Honore - my favourite store for many things in Paris. After spending a great deal of time on choosing a silk scarf (I happen to collect them whenever I get the opportunity and wear them very often), we went onto Place de la Concorde from where we the Metro line 1 to Etoile and returned home.

It was not the best day weather wise but we sure had a super time and perhaps even gained a few pounds but hey don't we only live once and all that? ;D

Saturday, October 02, 2004

First weekend in October 2004

We had a glorious day - went to eat in Thai Siam on Avenue Wagram - such a non-touristy little restaurant that we always only appear to hear French spoken. The food is great and the service rather lukewarm. We then went to the Champs to see "The Terminal" which was enjoyable and even Catherine acted rather well. We than walked down to Grand Optical where my husband needed a pair of new glasses - we were served by a yound guy who wore glasses from the 22nd Century - very interesting!! Then we strolled down Ave Wagram again - picked up some wine and Pineau des Charantes and headed home which is close to Place des Ternes.

The reluctant parisienne

Paris is beautiful anytime of the year but I seem to enjoy it the best in Spring and Autumn.
The city starts heaving again and Parisians are back in droves from their annual vacations and life continues with their methods of madness - traffic noises are thousands of decibels louder than during the peaceful month of August. Also the hoards of tourists somhow get lost and I feel I am back in real Paris again.

My husband and I moved here a year ago after living here for two years in the late 1990s. We now "commute" as necessary between Paris and London. London is what I considered home till very recently when I fell in love with Paris again - Paris is kinder to the soul - I can only put it down to the beauty of the city - the love for living a great life, wonderful food, shops, easily walkable and I guess I felt frustrated by the things I was so used to in London. However - we go to London often enough to enjoy the theatre which I miss. We are too busy here to go to concerts/operas during the week so we try and cram as much as whatever we can during the weekends.


More as we go.......

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