Oct 31, 2010

Admiring the miniatures in a huge parc, 5 hectares.I imagined how difficult to make beautiful miniatures like in the France Miniature. The France miniature is located in Boulevard André Malraux,78990 Elancourt- Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines.The parc represents two hundred witnesses of the genius builders who understand to transcribe in 1/30 of the amazing architectures in France.

Mont Saint Michel miniature

Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune miniature

Port de Saint-Tropez miniature

If you go to Paris, don't forget to see these amazing miniatures!

Sep 30, 2010

When I was a little girl, I liked to read Asterix. I liked to see the pictures of Asterix and Obelisk. They were cute. When I was in Paris, I went to Parc Asterix, 35 km north of Paris. It is designed after the famous Asterix French comic books by Goscinni and Uderzo. They are two Gauls resisting the powerful Roman army.

The Parc Asterix is an amusement park that's a lot of fun to young children.The Tonnerre de Zeus, a magnificent and unique wooden roller coaster, takes you 30 meters off the ground over the treetops. It's a frantic 1200 meter race with top speeds of 80 km/h and breathtaking twists and turns.

Station RER: Roissy Charles de Gaulle

Sep 27, 2010

I was buying the disney ticket at FNAC stores, I met my friends. So we went together to Paris Disneyland by RER line A4 towards Marne La Vallée. Got off at the Marne La Vallée station, we walked about 100 m to go to Paris Disneyland entrance.

Disneyland Paris is divided into five themed areas inside the park : Fantasy land, adventure land, discovery land, mainstreet usa,frontier land. I was surprised at how crowded it was. It was weekday, we had to queue about 45 minutes. We saw a performance of the Lion King that is similar to the Broadway show. We also saw the parade which celebrates Disneyland Paris’ 15th anniversary this year. I would recommend seeing the parade and if the park is crowded, make sure to find a viewing spot early. It was fun, we tried mostly the attractions.

Station RER: Marne La Vallée

Sep 22, 2010

Parc de Belleville is in the 20 th arrondissement. The Parc de Belleville’s on a hill that gives beautiful views over paris. A lot of leafy alleys that’s great for strolling. I saw many fountains and water that refreshed me specially in summer. Also there’s amazing play area.

Station on Paris metro: Belleville

Sep 20, 2010

Still in the Parc de la Vilette, Le Trabendo holds up to 700 people, that we are guaranteed to be close to the stage. Le Trabendo has played host to acts such as Friendly Fires, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian and Richard Ashcroft,etc

Station on Paris metro: Porte de pantin

Sep 7, 2010

Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie, the Paris science and technology museum in the Parc de la Vilette

Interior of Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie

Still in Parc de la Vilette, there's Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (the City of Sciences and Industries) created by architect Alain Fainsilber, an amazing educational museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions concerning everything about science. It's a favorite of families and kids.

Station on paris metro: Porte de Pantin

The Geode

I was exciting to go to Parc de la Vilette. Located at 211, avenue Jean Jaurès, 19 th arrondissement. Designed by architect Bernard Tschumi. It’s a huge modern park in Paris, 55 hectares. Among the 35 hectares of "green space" are 7 hectares of lawn.Parc de la Villette receives more than 10 million visitors per year.

At the main entrance to Parc de la Villette is the Fontaine aux Lions that was created in 1811. It sits in front of the old tallow melting warehouse, built in 1867, what is now the Maison de la Villette, an Exposition Hall covering 1,130 square meters. There is an area of several carousels providing a very festive atmosphere on the opposite end of the Maison de la Villette from the Fountain of Lions.

The Geode

Enjoying The Geode, it’s very amazing modern idea. Designed by Adrien Fainsilber and Gérard Chamayou. The dome is 36m in diameter and is composed of nearly 6,500 reflective stainless steel triangles. None of the triangles touches its neighbor, which allows for expansion of the metal due to solar heating. The dome houses an IMAX theater, a hemispherical movie screen of 1,000 square meters and shows films of nature and science specifically made for such a screen.

Cité de la Musique

Cité de la Musique (the City of Music), created by architect Christian de Portzamparc. It’s a museum of music includes an auditorium, a resource center and a media library of music and dance.

Walking to Zenith which also in the Parc de la Vilette. It’s a nightclub offering musical concerts. It was designed by Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel

The Zenith

There are many garden with different themes in the Parc de la Vilette. It contains 10 theme gardens including Le Jardin des Miroirs (Garden of Mirrors), contains 28 standing mirrors set among woodland pines and maple trees. Le Jardin des Dunes (Garden of Dunes) offers a rolling landscape, pedal windmills and air-cushioned areas for children to expend lots of energy. It’s energizing garden. Le Jardin de la Treille (Garden of Trellises) that has 8 terraces of climbing vines with 90 bubbling fountains among them. I saw 7 bronze sculptures that was created by Jean-Maw Albert. Le Jardin des Bambous (Garden of Bamboo) has 6 meters below the rest of the Parc de la Villette. There are several walkways that I found different views into this forest of bamboo, as well as a trail that winds through the garden below. I heard the sound of falling water from a vertical, cylindrical water fountain that was created by Bernhard Leitner. Le Jardin des Voltiges(Garden of Movement) is a play-area with different kinds of moving apparatus. Le Jardin des Isles (Garden of Islands), has a black and white marbled path which winds through oak trees, conifers and pines.

Le Jardin des Dunes

Le Jardin des Frayeurs Enfantines( Garden of Childhood Fears) has a walkway broadcasting eerie music as one crosses a forest of blue spruce and silver birch trees. Le Jardin des Equilibres (Garden of Balance) has metallic kites hovering like giant birds within the vegetation. Le Jardin du Dragon (Garden of the Dragon) is a giant, 80 meter long climbing apparatus in the shape of a dragon with a long slide extending from its mouth. Le Jardin des Ombres (Garden of Shadows), is an array of black and white tileshe park is divided by the Orucq canal. Boat rides on the canal are available. One of the more unusual features in this park is the Argonaut, a submarine, open to the public. The Argonaut has been around the world 10 times. In 1989, it made its last voyage up the Orucq canal and anchored its 400 tons in the Parc de la Villette

Canal de l'Orucq

What a huge and amazing parc in Europe!

Station on Paris metro: Porte de la Vilette, Porte de Pantin

Sep 1, 2010

Imagine this picture. There’s a park view like this in Paris, Parc de Buttes Chaumont in 19 th arrondissement. On top of this peak, Gabriel Davioud built the "Temple of Sibylle", inspired by that of Tivoli. It evokes a sense of mythology. A lake of 2 hectares (5 acres) was dug, surrounding a 35 meter high rocky peak.

The Temple of Sybille was accessed by two bridges. Built by Gustave Eiffel, the suspension bridge of 63.86 meters in length and 8 meters above ground, is no longer used. The other bridge is 30 meters above ground, an arched stone and mortar bridge named the "Bridge of Suicides". This is the only access to the Temple now. One of two man-made streams which supply the lake with water from the Villette basin cascades in a 32 meter waterfall, falling into a large cave of 20 meters in height with artificial stalactites.

Station on Paris Metro: Buttes Chaumont, Botzaris

Aug 28, 2010

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is a famous flea market in Paris. Known as Les Puces. It is located 18th arrondissement. Where the Puces are located, is in a poorer part of Paris and the market gets very crowded. The Puces covers 7 hectares and is the largest antiques market in the world, receiving between 120,000 to 180,000 visitors each weekend.

From Station metro Porte de Clignancourt, walking follow the crowds towards the large concrete overpass. First , I saw the clothing, African objects and household goods on streets along the way. The market and neighborhood is very colorful and you will love the diversity of personalities, stall keepers. Please be careful to hide your wallets and purses in this area. My friends wanted to buy some antique furniture, so we didn’t waste time to see the clothing, we walked fastly.

I was in rue des Rosiers, it is the main street. Walking down to go into the separate markets. Along Rue des Rosiers, there are several interesting shops, selling Art Deco furniture, fireplaces, mirrors and interesting decorative furniture. My friend have bought mirrors and some furniture at the second mirror dealer on the right. Further down on the left, before Serpette, is a shop that sells interesting decorative pieces, paintings, garden pieces etc. Good taste and worth a stop.

Marché Vernaison, at 99 rue des Rosiers is on my right. It is a winding market where I found anything from furniture to beads, to missing parts from antique commodes, textiles, paintings, antique toys, etc.
Marché Antica, at 99 rue des Rosiers, has a few dealers, a good Art Deco stand, several stands selling paintings and porcelain and a larger one that sells Chinese furniture in a good taste.
Marché Biron, 85 rue des Rosiers , I found hundreds of nice pieces of wood furniture, most in a country style. They are not always the cheapest stalls. Many furniture in Louis XV and Louis XVI, Empire-style furniture in the right side of Biron.
Looking for the sign after Marche Biron, we found Marché Cambo, at 75 rue des Rosiers, is a market with approximately 20 dealers.
Marché Malassis, 142 rue des Rosiers, selling furniture and objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as silver, Asian and archeological pieces. There are beautiful objects here.
Marché Dauphine, 140 rue des Rosiers, is on my left, it is the newest market and large . It isn't as easy to classify as many others. Here, I found everything from rare antiques, to decorative furniture pieces, to books, prints, funky art and vintage clothing, to rugs, to garden pots.
Marché Serpette, 110 rue des Rosiers and Marché Paul Bert, 96 rue des Rosiers and 18 rue Paul Bert. There are many selection of furniture, prints, paintings, mirrors, antique luggage, vintage clothing, hardware, art deco furniture and hardware, kitchen goods, etc etc.
Marché Jules Vallée, 7-9 rue Jules Vallée, is located behind Paul Bert and Marché Serpette and sells antiques, small items, records, religious art.

Discovering the market is the interesting idea, but needs a lot of times to see and choose the antiques. Try to go there in the morning. It’s not too crowded.

Station on Paris metro: Porte Clignancourt

Aug 23, 2010

Le Moulin Rouge.... I remembered when my final exam of haute couture class. The fashion show of ESMOD student was held here. In that morning, we had been there to prepare our last collections.
Le Moulin Rouge is located at 82, Boulevard de Clichy, 18 th arrondissement. This time I went with my husband to have dinner and enjoy the spectacular show of Moulin Rouge. I always admire their costumes, so eye-catching and beautiful. If you go to paris, don’t forget to go to Le Moulin Rouge.

Station on Paris metro: Blanche

A short walk from the Place du Tertre, I saw L’Espace Dali at 11 rue Poulbot, 18 th arrondissement. It’s a museum dedicated to the works of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, who spent part of his life in Paris.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers

Aug 20, 2010

Following the paths to the left of the Sacré Coeur. I saw a square called Place du Tertre. I felt in love with this Place du Tertre. There are many artists in the square. There were some artists painting the tourists, some were bargaining the price. I chose an old man to paint my face. While he was painting my face, I was enjoying the ambiance of the Place du Tertre. Especially when the dark comes, the view is more beautiful. There are many cafés and restaurant with the life music perfomance.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers

The long stairs to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Funiculaire de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

From Station metro Anvers, I walked up to the Hill of Montmartre. It’s a nice path, but I used to be carefull when I was walking up the hill.
Many pickpockets were in this area. I remembered my friend lost her money when someone crashed her.

There’s a funicular or funiculaire de montmartre which runs every minutes to go to the top of the hill. But I chose the long stairs to go up and enjoying the view of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur from the stairs. It's a beautiful view. The Basilique du Sacré Coeur is located at Parvis du Sacré Coeur, 18 th arrondissement.

As you walk towards the main entrance you can see a statue of Christ above you, and on either side there are statues of horses being ridden by Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc, a French peasant woman who led a rebellion against the English) and King Louis the Blessed. This church Romano-Byzantine style has one of the worlds largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. The main dome is the second highest point in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower). The bell tower contains the ``Savoyarde''. Cast in Annecy in 1895, it’s the one of the worlds heaviest at 19 tons. From the top of the Dome, there is a panoramic view in all directions extending over 30 kilometers.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers, Châteaux Rouge

Aug 11, 2010

Place de Clichy

Batignolles neighbourhood in the 17 th arrondissement, is a working-class area with the ethnic population. From Place de Clichy, an intersection of Times Square, it’s busy traffic. I went up to the Avenue de Clichy where many artists of the Ecole des Batignolles used to live such as Renoir, Degas, etc.

When I was in rue des Batignolles, I saw the Mairie Building of 17 th arrondissement. It’s a modern building among the twenty mairie in the Paris. Also there’s Sainte Marie des Batignolles church where is in the center of a courtyard with stylish café and boutiques. Behind me, it’s Square des Batignolles. Square des Batignolles is a romantic garden especially in the spring. There are playgrounds, duck pond, and rolling path for strolling.

Square des batignolles

Station on Paris metro: Place de Clichy, La Fourche, Brochant

Aug 9, 2010

The southwestern part of 17 th arrondissement is the upper-class area such as around Avenue des Ternes.Where the Marché Poncel is located, is more Haussmannian style. Marché Poncelet is located in rue Poncelet, 17 th arrondissement. The marché was like a small village. It is near des Champs Elysées. I could buy many fruits and vegetables in this market. Many tourists are in this market to see and feeling the ambiance of the small french market.

Station on Paris metro: Ternes

Aug 6, 2010

Night Christmas in Avenue Ternes

17 th arrondissement in Paris..... I remember when it was my first year in Paris. From the Station metro Argentine, I went down to rue des Acasias, then turned the second left to rue du Colonel Moll, 17 th arrondissement. It was a charming apartment with the beautiful bath tub, a big dining room, two charming bedroom. Exploring the neighbouhood was exciting. I used to go to Avenue Ternes. From rue du Colonel Moll, I went up to rue Saint Ferdinand then turned right to Avenue Ternes. Many shops in Avenue Ternes. Certainly I had to “faire du shopping” such as food (many restaurants), cds and books that I bought in FNAC, supermarket Monoprix and also GAP for my daily need . There were no major sights to see, museums to go to, just amazing Haussmannian architecture, real French people, and that atmosphere of the quintessential Paris.

Station on Paris metro: Argentine, Ternes

Can you find the original parfum?

Can you differentiate the product?

Exiting the Park Bois de Boulogne at Porte Dauphine, I went up to the rue de la Faisanderie. At the 16, rue de la Faisanderie, 16 th arrondissement, there is Musée de la Contrefaçon. It’s a museum of counterfeiting. Established in 1951 by Union des Fabricants (Organization of manufacturers). It exhibits more than 350 items, pairing each counterfeit with its authentic original. Many variety of items are displayed, including toys, pens, clothes, tools, toiletries, luxury goods, etc.

Station on Paris metro: Porte Dauphine

Aug 4, 2010

Neo renaissance style of Musée Galliera

The collections

One of accessories collections

Seeing the grands couturiers’s collections and the details of the creations in musée Galliera. It’s a museum of fashion. It’s neo renaissance palace. Located at 10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 16 th arrondissement, built in the end of 19 th century for the Duchesse de Galliera. It collects and displays creations of historical and contemporary fashion. Each year presents two exhibitions on a specific theme. It’s an interesting experience to learn and see the grands couturiers’s collections.

Station on Paris metro: Trocadero

Jul 30, 2010

Walking to the Jardin Shakespeare in the Bois de Boulogne and enjoying its five miniature gardens. There are Macbeth, Hamlet, The Tempest, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each named after work by Stratford. The Jardin Shakespeare houses an open air theatre festival every year. Plays by Bard, which performed in English and French. It’s a charming entertainment.

Station on Paris Metro: Sablons, Porte Maillot

Jul 28, 2010

Joconde in Musée National des Arts et Taditions Populaires

Musée National des Arts et Taditions Populaires is located at 6, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 16 th arrondissement. It’s a museum displays several objects and implements in their everyday setting. Looking at the collections such as medicine, furniture, painting, photography, technology, textile, archeology, decorative arts, ethnography, jewellery, and literature giving me a vivid image of the techniques, beliefs, customs of French over the last thousand years. Also, there are temporary exhibitions.

Station on Paris metro: Sablons

Jul 27, 2010

Château de Bagatelle is a neoclassical château in the Bois de Boulogne, 16 th arrondissement. The garden spaces surrounding the château, which was linked to its dependencies by underground tunnels, was expanded with a surrounding park in the naturalistic English landscape style by the Thomas Blaikie Scottish garden designer.

Station on Paris metro: Porte maillot

Jul 26, 2010

Hop onto the little multicoloured train at Porte Maillot, 16 th arrondissement. In the Jardin d'acclimatation, I was whisked right into the middle of a world of attractions and activities: the Enchanted River, the Dragon, the Little Horses, Merry-go-round village, distorting Mirrors and a variety of playgrounds… there’s something for everyone. Nature lovers can head for the big Birdhouse, the farm animals, deer and a family of bears, lama or admire the kitchen garden overflowing with seasonal vegetables and fruit.

Station on Paris metro: Porte maillot