Paris in the Fall

Hello gentle reader,

As you may know, I’m lucky to be able to go to Paris quite often. Last spring I posted a few pictures of the City of Light, and since the weather has been gorgeous here in France for the past few weeks, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of Paris in the fall…

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The Eiffel Tower

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Paris Metro – Art Nouveau Entrance

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The Sacré Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris)

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The historic district of Montmartre, where many notable artists lived during the Belle Époque (1872-1914).

(All pictures are mine, please credit me if you repost them)

Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your favourite place? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Paris in the Springtime

Hello gentle reader,

As you may know, I travel a lot, and in April I spent two weekends in Paris, France. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite places in the French capital.

Join me on a stroll through Paris in the springtime…

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Avenue Hoche

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Petit Palais

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Grand Palais

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Pont Alexandre III

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The “love-locks of Paris” on the Pont de l’Archevêché

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Notre Dame de Paris

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Ile de la Cité – Flower Market

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Ile de la Cité – Market

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Ile Saint-Louis – “La Cure Gourmande” sweet shop

(All pictures are mine, please credit me if you repost them)

Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your favourite place? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Back from NYC!

Hello gentle reader,

I’m back!

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As always, I had a wonderful time in New York City.

I went to see Wicked The Musical for the 7th time (!). It was amazing. (If you don’t know about my obsession with Wicked – the book and the musical – check out my Pinterest board).

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And I bought books!

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (signed!)

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

How was your week? Did you buy any books? Did you read anything you’d recommend? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today…

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… and I’m going to New York City for a week! As a result, I won’t be posting on this blog and I won’t be on Twitter much, but I promise to resume all my online activities when I return!

In the meantime, happy reading, and/or happy writing!

Tim Burton Exhibition (Paris)

I was in Paris for the weekend (hey, I did warn you I travel a lot!) and I took this as an opportunity to have a look at the Tim Burton Exhibition held at the Cinémathèque Française. This exhibition was in New York City (USA) in 2010 and now it is in Paris (France) until August 2012. If you don’t mind crowds and if you like Tim Burton’s movies and artworks, this is the exhibition to see.

Here is what the MoMA had to say about the exhibition two years ago:

“Taking inspiration from popular culture, Tim Burton (American, b. 1958) has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering for himself an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics. This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism. The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.”

I was especially thrilled to get to see Edward Scissorhands’ costume, Sweeney Todd’s razor blades and animatronics from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


So, if you happen to be in Paris before the end of August this year and if you are interested in Tim Burton’s work, I would recommend to check out this exhibition!