• Art,  Paris

    The Louvre & it’s Galerie d’Apollon

    The Louvre The highlight of my free day in Paris was a visit to the Louvre. Although I visit Paris around 3 times a year, I considered the Louvre to be a major tourist attraction and kept avoiding it. I didn’t realise that under the beautiful glass pyramid designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the Chinese-American architect that functions as the museum entrance from the courtyard, there is a whole underground shopping mall with outlets ranging from MacDonalds to some very fancy shops. It’s called Carrousel Louvre and connects to the exit at Rue de Rivoli. Having already purchased a ticket online for an allotted time slot, I just had to go through the line up for the security check,…

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    Eating out in Paris

    Dinner This time in Paris I made a dinner reservation at Les Enfants Rouges, a restaurant on the northern edge of Marais ( 9 rue de Beauce). It is a French restaurant run by a Japanese chef and has a cozy casual atmosphere, friendly and efficient service provided by the Japanese staff. Being Japanese myself, it was funny to experience the efficiency in a French restaurant! I chose seafood for both the first and the main course from the menu and it was superb. The variety of tastes were enhanced by the subtle and discreet addition of Japanese ingredients that truly made it special. Visually it was equally pleasing; the combinations of colours and shapes, all delicately composed and presented with utmost care. The dessert…

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    An elegant Airbnb at a special location

    My first experience of an Airbnb in Paris Airbnb is something I have never tried, and here comes my first experience! A friend found several addresses including the apartment  architect’s triplex/ Haut-Marais. The photos of this charming former artist’s atelier spread over 3 floors were too attractive so I had to give it a try. It was only about 13 minutes walk from Gare du Nord, or 5 minutes from Gare du Est which is convenient but I was not charmed by the busy and rather run down area close by the train stations. It was not quite what I had in mind of Haut Marais: upper Marais, this is the 10th arrondissement and in my opinion, too far north to…

  • Art,  Paris

    Le Marais, Paris in February

    Le Marais One of my favourite areas of Paris is the Marais district in the 3rd arrondissement. No matter what time of year it is that I am there, I am always enchanted by the charm of the vibrant streets with mixture of old architecture, modern stores, all sorts of people from around the world, and yet such a typical Parisian atmosphere. After a short walk from the metro stations of either Place de la Bastille ( with the new opera house) or Saint Paul (with the Cathedral), you arrive in one of the oldest areas of Paris. The Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in France dating from 1605-1612 ( formerly called Place Royal, then an aristocratic…