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Musée d'Orsay: a Remarkable Revisit

2.11.2016
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay
Paris Musee d'Orsay

On a rainy Wednesday morning, I had the great pleasure of revisiting the Musée d'OrsayMy last visit was more than 10 years ago, and back then I had completely missed the top floor... so this time, I arrived the moment it opened, raced upstairs and was able to take in the entire space. It was like being alone in the private ateliers of the Impressionist masters... 

No matter how many times you visit a museum, new experiences await and new discoveries are made. It's been said that art is never really about the piece or the artist, but how you see it, how it makes you feel. And so all our lives, with each visit, we can experience something new. This time, there were many pieces I had never really seen before,... my favorite new discovery were Edouard Manet's peonies series, specifically the one above. Stark and beautiful in its simplicity, timeless.

Originally a railway station, the Musée d'Orsay is today one of most visited museums (and one of the most beautiful), housing the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Did you know that the former station was to be demolished in 1970 because of lack of use? Fortunately it was agreed upon to convert it into a museum that would bridge the gap between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art) - and it does that beautifully in both its art and architecture, its size and style. The Musée d'Orsay has a smaller scale grandeur than the Louvre, geometric lines that recall the Pompidou, but it has an intimacy all its own.

When planning to visit, do plan ahead so you don't miss the top floor clock and your favorites. It can be done in a leisurely day, and when you need to take a little break or re-caffeinate, there are two cafés and a restaurant right inside!


Paris Noir & Blanc: On the Move

2.02.2016
Paris black and white
Paris black and white

On this day, I found myself exploring the streets around Blvd des Batignolles


Pause Plage: Le Touquet, France

1.24.2016
Le Touquet Paris Plage
Le Touquet Paris Plage

During the cold winter months, my mind naturally wanders toward the sea... 

Last October, my family spent a few days in Le Touquet, the seaside resort town about three hours north of Paris. It is rich in gastronomy and historical architecture, lined with beautiful villas and protected buildings. But what I found most appealing is its marvelous trifecta of shimmering blue water sandwiched between an endless stretch of soft sand and watercolor washed sky.

Le Touquet Paris Plage
Le Touquet Paris Plage
Le Touquet Paris Plage
Le Touquet Paris Plage
Le Touquet Paris Plage

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Bonne Année | Paris

1.14.2016
Paris street photography
Paris apartment

Seems this little space slept through the new year (hello jet lag!)... and took the cue from sleepy winter mornings in Paris when the sun rises way after coffee and school drop-off, somewhere around 8:45am. It's easy to take it slow during this time when cold and grey abound, but it's also a great time to hunker down and get work done!

So I've spent the daylight hours working on the project I've resolved could use some much needed attention this new year - my little shop, The French Kiosk. Over the holidays, swirls of fresh ideas arose bringing with them renewed enthusiasm and energy.

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Here's to marvelous moments of productivity for all we endeavor to do these coming months, to pursuits both personal and creative :)

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Happy Holidays | Joyeux Noël

12.15.2015
Paris Christmas Winter

Hearing Nat King Cole in Parisian department stores always makes me smile, catapulting me back to childhood Christmases and realizing that wherever we are in the world his liquid smooth voice singing Christmas carols signals the most special time of the year - a time for gathering and celebrating, a time for reflection and gratitude and joy. I'm excited about heading to the States for the holidays to visit my family, see you again in 2016! Until then...

Joyeux Noël et une très bonne année | Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year to you! :)

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