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BIRTHDAY WEEKEND IN PARIS

26 July 2016

We went to Paris for my birthday this May, hopping on a Eurostar after work on the Friday to arrive in time for a late dinner.  I had the perfect birthday weekend eating Michelin-starred food, drinking copious amounts of Champagne, visiting an art gallery, doing a bit of shopping, brasserie-hopping for apéro time and staying at a beautiful hotel in one of my favourite cities.

Birthday weekend: champagne and breton stripes - Paris travel & lifestyle blog


Beautiful laburnum in Parc Monceau - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Bistro Le Valois - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

I love the modern art gallery Jeu de Paume (I've featured the excellent Erwin Blumenfeld exhibition and Garry Winogrand exhibition there before) so we dropped in for the final day of the François Kollar retrospective.  Showcasing 130 vintage prints by the Hungarian photographer, the expo includes studio self-portraits at the beginning of his career, luxury advertising campaigns, Harper's Bazaar shoots, a state-commissioned set of French West Africa in the 1950s, fashion portraits including Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Pierre Balmain and a huge series about the world of work in the 1930s covering all areas: industry, agriculture, aviation, crafts, automotive, water and railways.  Whilst we were there we also went round the Helena Almeida exhibition featuring the Portuguese artist's mix of black and white photography painted with strokes of cobalt blue paint.

Digitalis purpurea in Jardin des Tuileries - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

François Kollar exhibition at Jeu de Paume - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Dinner at Le Chateaubriand - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Emma Louise Layla at Hotel de Nell - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Foxgloves in Jardin des Tuileries - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

We had a gastronomic dinner at the historic Drouant by Antoine Westermann one evening, excellent bistro food at La Régalade at Hôtel de Nell another evening and visited the ever-popular Le Chateaubriand for the delicious tasting menu.  For lunch we had simple crepes in St Germain one day and visited the typical 19th century brasserie Le Valois opposite Parc Monceau.  After lunch we walked through the park watching little kids ride ponies, couples sat on benches in the sun and young families picnicking and playing in the long grass whilst I wandered around taking photos of dozens of flowers (my favourite pastime).  After a quick stop at Galeries Lafayette we went up to the pretty Square des Batignolles in the 17th for more of the same.  Parfait!  Merci pour le beau week-end, Paris - à bientôt.


Galeries Lafayette - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Hausmann architecture - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Helena Almeida Jeu de Paume exhibition - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Park Monceau flowers - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Le Chateaubriand - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Park Monceau in Spring - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Macon-Villages wine - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Spring sunshine - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Pink flowering bush in spring - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Ponies in Parc Monceau - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Square des Batignolles - Paris travel & lifestyle blog

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