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if I were in Parisif i were στο Παρίσι

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You probably remember my Monday delirium about wishing I were in Paris and following on it I thought of telling you today what I would do if I were in Paris right now!
After all it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow and who of you wouldn’t wish for a ticket from the man of your dreams to the most romantic city on the globe for the day?  Imagine waking up on Friday in the Parisian hotel L’Hotel with your most beloved, having breakfast on your incredible private balcony overlooking the city and then going for a walk around the city of lights!

l'hotel

After starting the day off in such a fabulous way we would take a walk around Montmarte for a coffee and some french croissants at one of its picturesque cafes! Worry not about the calories on those croissants as our beloved likes us the way we are and after all don’t they say that love goes through our stomach? (mantra of the day in Paris to get rid of any possible feelings of remorse!)

montmarte stairs

french croissants

With our bellies full and our eyes filled with beautiful pictures, we would head to the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (let’s not forget we love fashion!) to see the Cartier, “Le Style et l’Histoire” exhibition to find out how the renowed great house of jewellery has played a key role in the history of decorative arts.

cartier exhibition paris

By now our eyes should be going bling-bling after this overdose of rubies, emeralds and diamonds so we quickly head to the Popelini patisserie for some sweet little mouthfuls with creamy centres, the aroma of rosewater and a heart of framboise! I bet they beat cupcakes in taste and don’t you dare tell me “But we’ve just had some croissants and it’s almost lunchtime!” because we make such a trip once in a lifetime and who cares for a few extra pounds?

popelini chou

It should be around 3.30 pm by now, so we would be making our way to one of the Parisian restaurants. Passage 53 would be our choice which is beautifully situated in one of the most charming locations, the eighteenth century glass-covered shopping mall Passage des Panoramas. We enjoy our meal and look at passers-by, chatting about how stylish Parisian girls are.

passage 53 passage des panoramas

And here comes dusk! The moment we’d been waiting for all day long! Best thing to do? We’d climb up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower on foot, get ourselves a hot cup of chocolate from the buffet and stare at the first city lights! When the sun has gone down we would climb down the Tower, sit on a spot facing it and watch magic happening! I promise you will never ever forget this moment!

eiffel tower paris

We would finish off our day by going to the Love Locks bridge to seal our love by taking a lock, locking it on the bridge’s fence and throwing the lock key in the river!

love lock bridge paris france

I guess it’s now time for me to wake up and go check my mail in case there is an envelope with a ticket to Paris from a secret admirer of mine ♥‿♥

love letter
Bye bye Loves and don’t forget: Dream Big!

dream

paris girl

Λογικά θυμάστε το Δευτεριάτικο παραλήρημα μου για το Παρίσι και μιας και εξακολουθώ να το σκέφτομαι είπα να δούμε σήμερα πως θα περνούσα την ημέρα μου στο Παρίσι αν ήμουν εκεί τώρα!
Για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε, αύριο είναι του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου και ποια από εμάς δεν θα ήθελε ένα εισιτήριο για δυο από τον αγαπημένο της με προορισμό την πιο ρομαντική πόλη του κόσμου? Φανταστείτε λοιπόν πως είναι αύριο και ξυπνάτε το πρωί στην αγκαλιά του έρωτα της ζωής σας στο παριζιάνικο ξενοδοχείο L’Hotel, παίρνετε το πρωινό σας στο μπαλκόνι του δωματίου σας με θέα την πόλη και μετά ξεκινάτε για βόλτες στην πόλη του Φωτός!

l'hotel

Μετά από ένα τέτοιο πρωινό, πάμε για βόλτα και χάζεμα στην Montmarte! Πίνουμε το καφεδάκι μας σε ένα από τα πανέμορφα cafe και τρώμε αφράτα μοσχομυριστά κρουασάν γιατί ο καλός μας μας αγαπάει όπως είμαστε και άλλωστε ο έρωτας περνάει από το στομάχι (ξορκίζω τις όποιες τύψεις για όσους δεν το καταλάβατε!)

montmarte stairs

french croissants

Με την κοιλίτσα μας γεμάτη και τα μάτια μας γεμάτα όμορφες εικόνες, συνεχίζουμε πηγαίνοντας σε μια έκθεση τέχνης. Όχι κάτι πολύ βαρύ αλλά κάτι για εμάς που αγαπάμε την μόδα και τα όνειρα, την έκθεση “Cartier, Στυλ & Ιστορία” για να μάθουμε πως ο διάσημος οίκος κοσμημάτων έπαιξε σημαντικό ρόλο στις τέχνες!

cartier exhibition paris

Τα μάτια μας τώρα λογικά λαμπυρίζουν και αισθανόμαστε μια μικρή τάση λιποθυμίας από την υπερβολική δόση ρουμπινιών, διαμαντιών και σμαραγδιών οπότε πάμε πάμε βουρ στο ζαχαροπλαστείο Popelini για να δοκιμάσουμε γλυκές μπουκίτσες με κρεμούλα στην μέση που έχουν το άρωμα του ροδόνερου και μια καρδιά από framboise! Είμαι σίγουρη πως είναι 10 φορές νοστιμότερες από τα cupcakes και μην μου πείτε μα μόλις πριν την έκθεση φάγαμε κρουασάν και είναι ώρα για μεσημεριανό γιατί μια φορά κάνουμε ένα τέτοιο ταξίδι και να πάνε στο διάτανο και οι δίαιτες και όλα!

popelini chou

Τώρα είναι γύρω στις 3.30 το μεσημέρι και κατευθυνόμαστε προς το εστιατόριο  Passage 53 που βρίσκεται σε ένα από τα ομορφότερα εμπορικά κέντρα αυτής της πόλης, το Passage des Panoramas. Κάτω από τον γυάλινο τρούλο του που χτίστηκε τον 18ο αιώνα απολαμβάνουμε το γεύμα μας και χαζεύουμε τους περαστικούς σχολιάζοντας το πόσο στυλ έχουν οι παριζιάνες!

passage 53 passage des panoramas

Και επιτέλους αρχίζει να σουρουπώνει! Η στιγμή που περιμέναμε όλη την ημέρα έφτασε! Ανεβαίνουμε με τα πόδια στον 2ο όροφο του πύργου του Άιφελ, αγοράζουμε μια καυτή σοκολάτα από την καντίνα που βρίσκετε εκεί και χαζεύουμε τα φώτα που αρχίζουν να ανάβουν σιγά σιγά στο Παρίσι!  Μόλις ο ήλιος χαθεί εντελώς από τον ορίζοντα, κατεβαίνουμε, βρίσκουμε ένα όμορφο σημείο το πολύ εκατό μέτρα μακριά που να βλέπει προς τον πύργο του Άιφελ και τότε είναι που όλα τα μαγικά αρχίζουν να συμβαίνουν! Σας υπόσχομαι πως αυτή την στιγμή δεν θα την ξεχάστε ποτέ!

eiffel tower paris

Τελειώνουμε την ημέρα μας με ένα πέρασμα από την γέφυρα Love Locks. Εκεί κλειδώνουμε τον έρωτα μας τοποθετώντας μια κλειδαριά στον φράχτη της και πετώντας το κλειδί της στο ποτάμι!

love lock bridge paris franceΝομίζω πως τώρα είναι ώρα να ξυπνήσω και να τρέξω να τσεκάρω το γραμματοκιβώτιο μου μήπως μου έχει έρθει φάκελος με εισιτήρια για το Παρίσι από κάποιον από τους κρυφούς μου θαυμαστές ♥‿♥

love letterΚαλή σας ημέρα Αγάπες! Και μην ξεχνάτε να κάνετε Μεγάλα Όνειρα!

dream

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If I were in Paris

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If I were in Paris this week, I would visit the Lorna Simpson photography exhibition at Jeu de Paume.
Her works are so powerful you can in no way ignore them.  She manages to create fairytales with a philosophical twist by adding text to her photographs touching the right heartstrings and exuberating political messages on the condition of being a black American woman.
As stated in her biography on her personal site “With the African-American woman as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary multi-racial America.”
Since we can’t be there (at least I can’t) enjoy some of her works which we found at the on line Lorna Simpson Studio.

What do you think of these photos?  Do you feel that photography can be art or are you one of those who think it is not?  Do you ever visit photography exhibitions?

If I were in Paris this week, I would visit the Lorna Simpson photography exhibition at Jeu de Paume.
Her works are so powerful you can in no way ignore them.  She manages to create fairytales with a philosophical twist by adding text to her photographs touching the right heartstrings and exuberating political messages on the condition of being a black American woman.
As stated in her biography on her personal site “With the African-American woman as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary multi-racial America.”
Since we can’t be there (at least I can’t) enjoy some of her works which we found at the on line Lorna Simpson Studio.

What do you think of these photos?  Do you feel that photography can be art or are you one of those who think it is not?  Do you ever visit photography exhibitions?

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if I were, inspirational, yummy roubalita

If I were in London

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Yes, I know that most of you out there wished they were in London for the fashion week that took place in the English capital a few days ago but I think there was and still is a better thing to do in London this week.

photo from Renni B

If I were in London this week I would go buy my ticket for the “Valentino Master of Couture” exhibition that started back in November and is ending this Sunday.

Imagine halls full of over 130 hand-crafted exquisite designs that were worn by some of the most iconic women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few!

As Valentino Garavani himself says “Each of these designs have a beautiful story.  The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen.”

Among the exhibits there are also photographs from Valentino’s personal collection and specially made films giving the visitors a tour of Valentino’s atelier and letting them into the secrets of his art.

The part of the exhibition that seems to have attracted most people’s attention is the Catwalk experience; you walk down a 60-metre runway surrounded by an “audience” dressed in Valentino Couture.

On my browse on the web I found out however that even the most unlucky of us who can’t afford to actually visit the museum can do so.  How?  Valentino’s latest passion is the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum which you can download on your desktop and get the feel of the exhibition.  I spent hours yesterday playing with it and I suggest you do the same!

PS  Years ago, sometime between 1997 & 2003, as I was walking home from work in Myconos island I saw somebody walking down the street.  He was about 300 metres away but the way he was moving made everybody, including myself of course, turn heads.  It was as if he were a king or an emperor and everybody walking behind him were his court.  He was not doing anything except strolling and he was simply dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans.  When he went past me our eyes met and I was left there totally enchanted as I had just realised he was Valentino!  I still can’t forget the moment and no matter how many people I have seen till now nobody has left me with this feeling of awe.  I guess some people were just born to be who they are and there is no way Valentino would not have been the Master of Couture.

Yes, I know that most of you out there wished they were in London for the fashion week that took place in the English capital a few days ago but I think there was and still is a better thing to do in London this week.

photo from Renni B

If I were in London this week I would go buy my ticket for the “Valentino Master of Couture” exhibition that started back in November and is ending this Sunday.

Imagine halls full of over 130 hand-crafted exquisite designs that were worn by some of the most iconic women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few!


As Valentino Garavani himself says “Each of these designs have a beautiful story.  The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen.” 


Among the exhibits there are also photographs from Valentino’s personal collection and specially made films giving the visitors a tour of Valentino’s atelier and letting them into the secrets of his art.


The part of the exhibition that seems to have attracted most people’s attention is the Catwalk experience; you walk down a 60-metre runway surrounded by an “audience” dressed in Valentino Couture.



On my browse on the web I found out however that even the most unlucky of us who can’t afford to actually visit the museum can do so.  How?  Valentino’s latest passion is the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum which you can download on your desktop and get the feel of the exhibition.  I spent hours yesterday playing with it and I suggest you do the same!


PS  Years ago, sometime between 1997 & 2003, as I was walking home from work in Myconos island I saw somebody walking down the street.  He was about 300 metres away but the way he was moving made everybody, including myself of course, turn heads.  It was as if he were a king or an emperor and everybody walking behind him were his court.  He was not doing anything except strolling and he was simply dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans.  When he went past me our eyes met and I was left there totally enchanted as I had just realised he was Valentino!  I still can’t forget the moment and no matter how many people I have seen till now nobody has left me with this feeling of awe.  I guess some people were just born to be who they are and there is no way Valentino would not have been the Master of Couture.

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