Fêter
Joyeux Spring Break France!  May is FULL of days off, which is why most of France just takes off two weeks! The bank holidays are as followed: May 1 (Labor Day) May 8 (WWII Victory Day), May 9 (Ascension) and  May 20 (Pentecost Monday). May is the perfect time to re-connect with your Parisian pals (sorry, I love alliteration if you couldn’t tell) and catch-up with a cocktail in hand. And if its raining take your party inside to a cozy bar like the Experimental Cocktail Club. Because of financial reasons and the quality, I only drink wine in France. There’s only few exceptions to this rule….one being this speakeasy bar in the 2nd. Their cocktails are simply amazing. In one sip, you discover three distinctly different flavors. A cocktail lovers heaven.  A Parisian must. 

Experimental Cocktail Club

37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 

Metro: Sentier 

Hours: Everyday at 19h00 (Sundays 20h00)

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Fêter

IMG_7175Joyeux Spring Break France!  May is FULL of days off, which is why most of France just takes off two weeks! The bank holidays are as followed: May 1 (Labor Day) May 8 (WWII Victory Day), May 9 (Ascension) and  May 20 (Pentecost Monday). May is the perfect time to re-connect with your Parisian pals (sorry, I love alliteration if you couldn’t tell) and catch-up with a cocktail in hand. And if its raining take your party inside to a cozy bar like the Experimental Cocktail Club. Because of financial reasons and the quality, I only drink wine in France. There’s only few exceptions to this rule….one being this speakeasy bar in the 2nd. Their cocktails are simply amazing. In one sip, you discover three distinctly different flavors. A cocktail lovers heaven.  A Parisian must. 

Experimental Cocktail Club

37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 

Metro: Sentier 

Hours: Everyday at 19h00 (Sundays 20h00)

Game over. 

photo by: a50lbwardrobe So last week…I permanently scared a group of my students with the game of Twister. I thought this would be an excellent game to reinforce their vocabulary of body parts, color and the difference between left and right while being active and out of their seats. I was very, very wrong. As I got out our makeshift mat that we had made a week before, they had the most terrified look on their faces and started shaking their heads, “non”! Oops… 

L’aéroport 

This is my first time ever that I am happy and care free going to CDG. For 11 years now, I’ve dreaded going to CDG because these trips  are accompanied by heart-ache, tears, anxiety and/or way too much luggage. But this morning, with champagne and fresh buttery crispy warm croissants in tote, I’m making my way to CDG happily.  I love when I get visitors.

Coming to Paris? The RER B is the quickest and cheapest way to get into Paris.  The escalator/stairs are the only difficult part about the journey. 

L’aéroport

photo by: a50lbwardrobeThis is my first time ever that I am happy and care free going to CDG. For 11 years now, I’ve dreaded going to CDG because these trips  are accompanied by heart-ache, tears, anxiety and/or way too much luggage. But this morning, with champagne and fresh buttery crispy warm croissants in tote, I’m making my way to CDG happily.  I love when I get visitors.

Coming to Paris? The RER B is the quickest and cheapest way to get into Paris.  The escalator/stairs are the only difficult part about the journey.

Spring Cleaning

photo by: a50lbwardrobeHere in Paris, we are all extra appreciative of spring. I am loving my big windows open  which lets in the fresh spring air as I’m primping my apartment for a very special spring breaker coming my way! What better way to clean than with a glass of rose bubbly and blasting Madonna (my go-to cleaning music)?

Nail-less Frames. 

photoby: a50lbwardrobe
I think I am the only one who actually prints photos still. No stranger of being somewhat of a vagabond and living out of a suitcase, photos are so amazing for so many reasons. They help you from being homesick when you don’t have internet or have the possibly of calling home, they weigh nothing and they can spruce up your walls! Although hanging them up was always a challenge since I’m always living in places where hammering holes was interdit. Washi (scotch japonaise) is the perfect solution for my situation! Coming in many different patterns and colors, its so easy and amazing to give your walls a makeover! Here is a collection of my favorite “black and white” photos. Get your tape at these super-great locations: 

[1st row: a post-concert photo with my clarinet roommate, 2nd row:a stereotypical Parisian card (what my American friends think of me), a picture of my grandparents after their elopement in 1946—don’t they look like movie stars? and 3rd row: my favorite Paris postcard. ] 

Des fleurs

photoby: a50lbwardrobeIf you haven’t notice, I love flowers. I love getting, buying and giving flowers. Parisians also love flowers. There are many flower shops in Paris (two on within 100 ft of each other on my street) and many apartments have flower pots outside on their window.  Sometimes I think that I’m living in Disneyland or something. As I picked up my weekly fresh flowers, this week, there were many people commenting, “Quelles jolies fleurs!”. I feel very much like a local when carrying my beautiful bouquet for chez moi. 

DIY bijoux

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I love crafts and I love making things. I haven’t done much crafty things because of the lack of supplies that I have in Paris…well that was until I discovered my new favorite place in Paris! This shop has everything you need to make jewelry. Go on a weekday since it gets packed on Saturdays. They have everything that you need to make on-trend or truly unique accessories.    La Perlerie 22 has so many charms: from busts of Napoleon (yes, I got one) to teeny-tiny miniature tea cups and saucers. Plus they have Liberty of London ribbon as well. I’ve been making a lot of gifts. What’s better than getting a little handmade something from Paris?

And just a reminder, Mother’s Day is right around the corner!! 

LA Perlerie 22
22 Rue du Temple 75004
Metro: Hotel de Ville 
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10h30-19h00