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Simón Bolívar

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Statues make me curious. What do we see?  A man (perhaps a general) with a defiant attitude and his sword raised, as if he is going to start a battle. It looks dominating and even the horse has a arrogant look in his eyes. Maybe it’s a man of nobility?

This time, we’re talking about Simón Bolívar. He was an South-American freedom fighter. The reason Paris has a statue of him is because Paris was an important source of inspiration for Bolivar. He witnessed in 1804 the coronation of Napoleon as emperor of France. Besides the fact that Simon Bolivar lost his respects to Napoleon because he had betrayed the republican ideas, he still was impressed by the grand ceremony.

Bolivar decided from that moment that he would spend the rest of his life to the liberation of South America (from Spanish domination in South America)

The internet is full of interesting articles about him. I know the average interest in reading long blogposts so to make a long story short. Today Simon Bolivar is still seen as the greatest leader of Latin America’s independence movement :)

For more information you may always contact me or leave a comment below.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♡

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (4/5)

I‘m the type of person that likes details. Details on facades, curbs, road signs, statues, walls and doors. The good news about this is that Paris is full of them. Little details and gorgeous architecture, they characterize the city. Especially the big wooden doors. I can stare at them for hours and then I want to know what’s behind it. A romantic courtyard, a couple of tramps who are playing dice or maybe an expensive gallery. One thing is for sure, the wooden doors dominate the city in a pleasant way. It’s a bit like:
Knock knock
Who’s their?
BAM, FRENCH HISTORY!

The weird thing was that after my visit to London, I noticed that I hadn’t seen one single unique door! That’s why the ”Wooden Doors’ are reason number 4 on the list!

I’m not saying that London has to replace all the doors but there is nothing wrong with a little pimping. I’m not even too lazy to give some beautiful inspiration photo’s of the doors in Paris. Pay attention London, time to take notes ;)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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The history of the macaron

Time for foodies and goodies

Time for foodies and goodies

Sweet, colored and it tastes heavenly. I think we all know what I’m talking about…macarons! I’m crazy about them and I’ve tried them almost everywhere in Paris. It’s so cool to experience all those little artworks at different bakeries or at the famous pastry stores. The Parisians sure know how to make great combinations and how to take care of a big variety. I’ve had lots of crazy flavors. They got olive, lavender, cheese, pistachio, chili, honey…I can go on for hours but I think you got my point ;)

I’ve once wrote a post about Ladurée, a famous pastry store in Paris. They invented the French macaron we eat today. A fun fact is that the beginning of the macaron starts in Italy. Yeah, I was a bit shocked too, but the meringue-based pastry is named after the Italian word for pasta ‘Maccarone’. The Italian monasteries made ​​biscuits ​​from a mixture of ground almonds with sugar and protein, similar to our macaroons. Catherine di Medici (Queen of France from 1547 to 1559) introduced this cake in France. It was mentioned there Maccherone. After many, many years, the French bakery Ladurée in Paris got the idea to combine two macarons with a filling, and that my dear followers, was the beginning of the macaron we know today. 

The macaron is so popular in French that they got their own special day, ‘Le Jour du Macaron’. I haven’t experienced it myself, but it’s on my bucket list. The proceeds of all the macarons go to a good charity. During ‘Le Jour du Macaron’ there are different routes trough Paris to pass unique locations where you can taste some good macarons!

Note: A delicious recipe of my own macarons (and many other fun recipes) can soon be found on the new website www.worldofparis.com. 

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Statue spotting in Paris.

statueParis is full of statues. You got really big ones but also smaller. Did you know that there are even three ‘Statues of Liberty in Paris?’ Just like the one in New York City, but then a bit smaller ;)

I always have a soft spot for statues, I don’t know exactly why but they just interest me. Take the statues of Liberty as an example, why are they there? Why three? But I also have questions about the normal statues of people. Who is so special to get his/her own statue in the most magical city in the world? I just have to figure those things out, to discover if there’s an interesting story behind it. Usually it is, sometimes not.

I´ll give you a short summary of the statue. On the picture above you see Gaspard de Coligny. He was lord of Chatillon, admiral of France and a Protestant leader. He studied literature, but dropped it when he went into the army. After his army lost a battle, he was put in prison. On payment of a ransom of 50.000 crowns he recovered his liberty. He went back to France and became, through the influence of his brother, a Protestant leader. To make a long story short…The bond between Catholics and Protestants were not so close at that time and he had to pay that with his life during the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. I found a really interesting article about this biography, click here if you want to read more about Gaspard de Coligny. Definitely worth it if you love a bit of French history!

For enthusiasts, you can find this beautiful statue at the Temple Protestant de l’Oratoire du Louvre. Get off at subway station ‘Louvre-Rivoli’ and walk towards Rue Saint Honoré, voila you can’t miss it!

Bonne nuit

 

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Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

Today (31/3) it’s a special day, it’s the 125th birthday of the Eiffel Tower! Pff.. 125 years and still pretty ♥ Time flies but not the memories. The Eiffel Tower wasn’t always appreciated but gladly we can still enjoy the uniqueness and the beauty of it. Prepare your vocal cords, it is time to sing a birthday song :) When you’re done…here are 10 facts about the Eiffel Tower!

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Best croissants in Paris – Poilâne

PoilaneLe pain est le tuteur de la vie.
J. Smith, (1667-1745)

Sorry for the delay of my blog post, normally I blog around midnight but something came between. I promised you in my previous post to tell you more about the best croissants in Paris, which can be bought at Poilâne. But I don’t want to stop there. That would be a disgrace for the history, craft and passion of the wonderful bread they sell at Poilâne.

‘The best croissants in Paris’ is a beautiful title but won’t last forever. The bread on the other hand – goes for years. I won’t bore you with the whole history (which is quite interesting to read yourself, click here) of the store but, to quickly make my point clear: in 1932, when monsieur Poilâne opened his first shop , there were 5 bakeries on rue du cherche-midi, today, there is only 1. Doesn’t that say enough about the delicious bread?

When I was photographing the store, I was called by a Parisienne how great the bakery was (she had just bought an apple dumpling for on the way). She told me that she always stops when she is near. ‘Pure craft’ she said, for 3 generations long. Grandfather, father and now the daughter has taken over. Outside the store you can smell the aroma of fresh bread and the finest ingredients. I could’t stay any longer outside! 

The thing I really enjoyed about this little bakery (besides the products) was that they calculated everything with pen and paper. No expensive equipment’s! Very friendly and nice old-fashioned. It seemed like you just went back in time.

Take a look at their website http://www.poilane.com/. It gives you a nice view of their history, products and shops :) Enjoy! 

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What are they called in your country?

XMAS 2The weekend is over and that means… almost time for Christmas! Before we gonna eat way too much food and we can’t see anymore of it. I would like to tell you more about one of my favorite snacks called the Bisou de Mousse”.

At the French Christmas markets, they love to tell you that the ”Bisou de Mousse” is a typical French specialty. Something I certainly won’t deny, but .. the predecessor of the ´Bisou de Mousse´ was created 200 years ago in Denmark, called a flødebolle. They became a huge success and soon they were sold in many northern European countries. Each country made up a different name for the flødebolle.

For example:
“Negerküss” (translation: Negro Kiss) in Germany
”Tête de nègre” (translation: Negro head) in France
”Negerzoenen” (translation: Negro Kisses) in The Netherlands
“Negerinnentet” (translation: Negro tits) in Belgium
”Negro kisses”  in England

In the 19th century the French patisseries created a new ‘Bisou de Mousse’ with a modern twist. This is the one we know today. An airy foaming mixture topped with chocolate. In the 20th century they were sold in bakeries outside France. It wasn’t a mass production, you can compare it with buying a macaroon at LaduréeAfter WWII  they were produced in greater numbers and in boxes for supermarkets. To make it a bit more complicated, this wasn’t in France but in Germany. After Germany the rest of Europe followed. Different variants of the ‘Bisou de Mousse’ can also be found in countries like America and Israel.

Because of the fame in all those counties, several names were perceived as racist or discriminatory. Which is understandable because ”Negro Tits” doesn’t sound very charming.. Between 2005 and 2006 it was announced that the countries had to change their names.

Today, we know our chocolate friends under the following names:
‘Negerküsse’ became ‘Schokoküsse’ (translation: choco kiss)  – Germany
‘Têtes de nègre’ became ‘Bisous de Mousse’ (translation: kiss of foam)– France
‘Negro kisses’ became ‘Angel Kisses’ – England
‘Negerinnentet’ became ‘de Zoenen van Buys’ (translation: the kisses of Buys) in Belgium
‘Negerzoen’ became ‘Zoenen’ (translation: kisses) – Nederland.

Quite an adventure for such a little pastry. Why don’t we call it a ”Bisou de Daniëlle”? I know, too selfish. But, don’t forget to try one at one of the Christmas markets in Paris!