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Cafe Le Quasimodo, Paris

Union soupIf you’re in Paris you have to try the union soup at cafe Le Quasimodo near the Notre Dame, it was soooo good!

The staff is friendly but does have their own will. In Paris, the customer won’t be treated like a king. I like that way of working because respect should come from both sides. You get what you deserve. If you are nice to them, they will be kind to you. A tip from me to you is: always be kind to the waiters working at French restaurants. Try to speak your best French and show them that you appreciate their work. Otherwise you end up at a little table right in front of the door ;)

Here’s the address of cafe Le Quasimodo.
11 Rue d’Arcole
 75004 Paris 

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Brocante des Abbesses, Paris.

Abbesses MarketI’ve been to this lovely market at Place de la Abbesses,  but I couldn’t remember on what day anymore. Forgive me, I’m also getting older ;) Gladly the internet always helps me out. When I searched for ”flea market Abbesses” I couldn’t find a thing. ”Oh, that’s right..I know how it works in Paris”, they don’t like therms as flea markets or jumble sale. It has to be a bit more fancier than that. Then I tried vintage and by that designation, I found the real name of the market: Brocante des Abbesses. 

Such a sweet little market where you can buy secondhand stuff, vintage furniture, broken paintings… I better stop counting because it’s too much too write down. You can better see it by yourself on a Sunday or enjoy the pictures I have for you. 

Do you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Oldest English bookstore in Paris, Galignani.

So many books, so little time…we all have been there. Why don’t we just escape for an evening? A whole evening, enjoying every minute we have. Alone, but not entirely. Just you, thousands of books and a few other books lovers who also left a note on their dinner table with ”don’t look for me, I’m more than fine”.

*Sight*, Galignani. Have you ever been at such a elegant and classy bookstore as this one? Perhaps, but also in Paris? The rolling ladders gave me the feeling as if I had landed in old romantic story. Too bad that didn’t happen, because my mother was standing next to me instead of a handsome man holding my books…(sorry mom). The wooden bookshelves and Christmas decorations created a cozy feeling, but the decorated ceiling made the bookstore complete. What a wonderful place to be. All the books asked for my attention. Pick me, pick me!
Galignani 2Galignani is the oldest English bookstore in Paris. It has been run by six generations of the Galignani family. They say that ”Librairie Galignani is a place where books are not mere products meant to be sold, but rather precious objects of wisdom and aesthetic delight”. Yeah, those are wise words huh?  Are you looking for a particular book or topic? Please do not hesitate to ask because at Galignani only work knowledgeable and very friendly staff.
Galignani

A fun fact about Galignani is that they change their window displays every 15 days. They make sure it’s filled with actual books belonging to cultural events or topics.

You can visit Galignani at: 224, rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris. Or visit their website 

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

 

 

 

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Let’s talk about soap baby!

Did you knew that soap could be this interesting?
Lush Soap

Normally, I’m not a fan of big brands or world famous companies, but Lush is a different story because I truly believe that they deliver something special to the world. They fight against animal testing, they guarantee 100% ethical buying and all products are handmade! It’s a bit awkward to tell you, but I’ve been hanging around on their website and twitter for more than 2 hours.. They have all these interesting videos about their products and charities. I just can’t stop watching and smiling. These people go way beyond marketing.

What I also loved about Lush is their way of thinking. ”We care about animals and fresh products but we also want to make profit”. YES, finally a company that admits it! We (the customers) aren’t crazy. We all know that companies want to make profits because nothing in the world comes for free. Don’t act like you don’t care about making money. For the products of Lush you have to pay a price. It isn’t cheap, but for me is ethical buying worth all the money. I don’t want to use products that are tested on poor animals. Laboratory animals have no choice for the life they suffer, we humans do have a choice. Use your choice wisely and support brands who are fighting for the rights of animals.
lushyOh right, about their soaps…they own your bathtub or shower! When you walk into a Lush store you’ll be surprised by all the colors, smells and different shapes. I left the store with a big bag of soaps called ”French Kisses”, what else could I buy in Paris.
You see the balls on the photo? I didn’t knew they would be that awesome in bath! Take a look:

Lush has stores all over the world, but if you’re in Paris you can stop by at one of these stores: 
30 rue de Buci, 75006 Paris
34 avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris
18 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
3 rue du Renard, 75004 Paris
50 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012 Paris (that’s where I’ve been)
Gare St Lazare – Espace Commercial, 1 cours du Havre, 75008 Paris

One last video to keep it interesting for my female followers ;)

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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Falafel in Paris.

falafelMy mother is a vegetarian so before we go on a trip together, we make sure we know where to buy food like falafel. Like any other big city, Paris has many shoarma restaurants or take away (a emporter) places, which often sell vegan- or falafel dishes.

Pitzman is our favorite place to buy Falafel. The staff is friendly and provides quickly a good meal. For falafel you pay €5.50 (take away) and for a whole dish only €9.50 (also take away). That’s for Parisian prices certainly not expensive. Pitzman is located in the Marais and I’m in love with the look of the restaurant. The chosen colors are so beautiful and match perfectly with the surrounding. From the outside it looks bigger than it actually is inside. Pitzman is one of the few places in Paris where the Jewish community comes together on Sunday to enjoy each others company. It’s such a photogenic restaurant, but remember that it’s a restaurant. Always be respectful for the people and take into account their privacy ;)

Tip for a sunny day: buy some take away falafel and take it with you to the oldest park in Paris, Place des Vosges.

Besides Pitzman there are many more falafel restaurants. To help you (and myself) a bit  I found this great list on the internet with the best falafel in Paris, enjoy it!

Tell me your favorite restaurant in Paris, I’m curious :)

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥