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Fondation Louis Vuitton

23 Feb


fondation-entreprise-lvmh-2000x1100I was recently at LACMA and in addition to seeing The Sympathetic Imagination, I also saw the Frank Gehry exhibition which includes an incredible collection of architectural models of Gehry’s life’s work. Included was the model for Fondation Louis Vuitton , one of his most recent creations which opened its doors in Paris in 2014.

The Fondation is a museum dedicated to contemporary art and was funded by the LVHM Group which owns brands such as Celine, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, among others. I can’t wait to visit it the next time I am in Paris!

(First photo by me, second photo by Iwan Baan for Fondation Louis Vuitton.)


Paris Views

3 Nov


When I saw these photos by Gail Albert Halaban, I wanted to see more! I’ve always been fascinated by the ordinary in people’s lives, especially as it pertains to  domestic life. I like to see how people choose to decorate their homes and why they choose the items they do. I also wonder what their lives are  like behind closed doors and who they really are when they’re at home because that’s where our truest selves comes to life.

These photos, though staged by  Halaban and  the subjects in their homes, capture domestic scenes which we are all familiar with. They reminded me of my last visit to Paris and the apartment windows I used to sneak glances into  from across the apartment we stayed in. I wonder if the people across the building from us looked at us, and if they did, what they might’ve  thought we were like. What assumptions, if any, did they make about Nick and me? Could they tell we were Americans who were visiting, or did they think we were also inhabitants of Paris, just like them?

It’s fun to wonder and if you want to see more everyday domestic scenes or purchase the  book,  which includes these and other photos, you can do so here.

(Photos by Gail Albert Halaban via PetaPixel)

The Eiffel Tower’s Birthday!

31 Mar

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The Eiffel Tower turns 125 years old today. Built by engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower has become one of, if not the most iconic landmark in the world. To see all 1, 063 feet of  it in person is extraordinary and no matter if it’s your first time or not, it never seizes to take your breath away, or at least that is the effect it has on me every time! If you’d like, you can see more photos I took of the Eiffel Tower here and some Paris photos here and here from our trip there this past September.

(Photo by me.)

Happy Spring and Macarons Day!

20 Mar



Happy first day of Spring and happy macarons day! In Paris, pastry shops give away free macarons each March 20. It was a tradition started by celebrated French pastry chef Pierre Herme. So, kick-off spring with a colorful and tasty macaron even if you don’t live in Paris!

Literature Inspired Hotels

13 Nov

131112112732-literary-hotels---le-marcel-horizontal-gallery131112112700-literary-hotels---lhotel-horizontal-galleryI finished reading Morrissey’s Autobiography a few weeks ago and  now, more than ever, I feel I need to go to Manchester for a literary and musical pilgrimage of sorts (you can read my review of the book here). So, when I saw these hotels which have either been inspired by literature or have histories tied to writers, I had to make a note to myself to visit and/or stay in them, especially the ones in Paris. L’ Hotel was made famous by Oscar Wilde, who lived and died there. Hotel Le Marcel has the color indigo spread throughout because the owners say it’s a major element of romantic literature. You can see more hotels here. Which one would you stay in?

(Images via CNN)

There’s Always Paris…

22 Oct

b1b2b3b4b5I’ve mentioned before that my happy place  is always Paris. Since I was just there, it’s become an even happier place to “go to” and lately, I find myself looking at photos I took with my phone often.  I look forward to visiting again soon because if there is one city I know I will never get tired of returning to over and over again, it’s Paris! Where do you “escape” to when you need a little mental break?

(Photos from top to bottom: Oscar Wilde’s tomb, a work on view at the Pompidou, Montmartre, St. Michel and Notre Dame Cathedral. All photos by me.)

The Marais District

2 Oct

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While in Paris, we stayed in an apartment we rented through Paris for Rent in the Marais District.Marais is in the Right Bank and is one of the oldest districts in the city, located in parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The Pompidou  is there and we were also walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and other museums and landmarks. Marais also has a lot of art galleries, good restaurants and great places to shop,  in some ways it reminded us of our neighborhood here at home. We simply fell in love with it and vowed that the next time we visit Paris, we will stay there again!

(All photos by me. The first photo is of of our apartment building.)

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