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Cafe des chats.

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I finally did it! I visited the most charming cafe in Paris and it was more than puurrrfect. Okay, that was bad I’m sorry ;) But, do you still remember my post a long long time ago, when I told you that Paris would have their own cat-cafe?! I won’t blame you if you don’t remember it anymore because that was in 2013… I feel a bit ashamed that it took me so long to visit my little friends in Paris but, it was worth the waiting.

The first thing I saw when I arrived at the cafe were a few little pink noses curled up behind the window. The urge was to big for me to pet them. So I had to go inside as quick as I could go. For the hygiene I had to disinfect my hands before I could take place between the cats.

Their is a ground floor and a basement. The basement looked like an old cave, it was so cozy! It reminded me a bit of Shakespeare and company, an old English bookstore in Paris. Only here it was filled with a lot of cats instead of books, even better if you ask me!

All the food on the menu is organic and home made. You have to try the ‘romeo and julia’ tea, it was delicious. The best part still has to come…*drum-rolls*… it’s forbidden to feed the cats, so you can keep all the food for yourself and you won’t fall for their irresistibly puppy eyes.

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I want to give a big applause to the owner of cafe des chats, Margaux Gandelon. She really made a great home for these little friendly creatures. There were many cozy corners, tunnels, baskets, pillows and of course leather sofas where they can scratch all day! For me it was hard to believe that all these pretty cats where abandoned, found on the streets and adopted from shelters. I still don’t understand why humans can be so mean to leave these cats on their own. Gladly these cats were lucky and found a warm home with the love and attention they deserve, but there are still a lot of cats that wait for a home. So, I hope that everyone who want to buy a cat (or dog) don’t forget about all the lonely animals in the shelters. They are just as great as any other animal and ready to be petted.

If you want to visit cafe des chats, it’s advisable to make a reservation because the cats are really popular. It would be a shame if it’s full when you’re there. Oh, and don’t forget to read the rules about cafe des chats on their website. For example: sleeping cats may not be petted and you can take photo’s but without a flash!

Click here for their website to make a reservation, check out the rules or learn more about the cats.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥
Note: If you like you can share your experience or your thoughts about cafe des chats in the comment section below. 

 

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Aux Merveilleux de Fred.

Aux Merveilleux bannerThe Marais is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris when it comes to food and art. I love to wander around between the charming streets and enjoying the smell of falafels. For the people who don’t know that much about the Marais, let me give you a few key words: art, food, history and shopping. Four things that go very well together. Today I’m going to write about a bakery which fits perfectly in the lifestyle of the Marais. Say hello to Aux Merveilleux de Fred! 

First let me tell you why I think this bakery has all the four key words I told you about:
1. Art – The pastries look like little art works.
2. Food – You’re stupid if you don’t eat them.
3. History – As many iconic bakeries in Paris, also Aux Merveilleux de Fred has an interesting history.
4. Shopping – If you buy these beauties, it counts as shopping!

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The mastermind behind these delicious pastries is Frederic Vaucamps. A french man who opened his first bakery (1982) in Hazebrouck, a small town very close to the Belgium border. Frederic Vaucamps had to work very hard for his success because only 15 years later he achieved great success with the remake of the old recipe of the merveilleux pastry. He turned a forgotten pastry  into a refreshing new concept, meringue surrounded by chocolate whipped cream and chocolate chips. Mmmmm, if I only think about it, I feel the meringue melting on my tongue!

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Today Aux Merveilleux de Fred has many stores all over the world. From our beloved city Paris to the big apple of New York City. The success of this bakery? You tell me! I think it has to do with their way of specialization. One store for one product (Actually two products, they also sell brioche loaf in different flavors). You know the quality has to be good when you put so much love into your pastries. What makes it even more special is that you can see how they create the pastries, they bake them in an open space.

All together, enough reasons to try one at Aux Merveilleux de Fred.
Check out their website for the store locations and more information about their company.

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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 ♥

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

There we are, arrived at reason number 5 of our list. The last reason of the list but absolutely not the last thing I could think of… the variety.

I did some research and noticed that London has 32 different districts while Paris has ”only” 20. Because of the size you would assume that London would offer more variety. It’s a larger area so, more opportunities to create different neighborhoods, shops and buildings. I didn’t noticed it. Everything looked the same to me. It felt like I had walked across the same street for three days long. I have told you that I haven’t seen half as much as I wanted but still, it missed the excitement of discovering new places in such a big city.

Back to the facts. Paris has 20 districts which are also known in French as ‘arrondissements’. Besides the famous quote of Audrey Hepburn is Paris also known by a quote of King François I ”Paris is not a city, it’s a world”. And it’s more that true because, a world consists different countries, each with their own character, charisma and people. That’s why it looks like you’re traveling through Paris through a teleportation machine. Each district brings something new. Here are 5 examples of 5 different districts of Paris. I can’t pick a favorite!

Let’s start with money, power and wealth at the first district of Paris, Louvre.
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Craft shops, art galleries and also known as the Jewish Quarter. That can only be Le Marais in the 4th (and also 3th) district of Paris Hôtel-de-Ville (and Temple).
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Dance cabarets, sex shops and a great nightlife. Yes, you’re in the 9th district called Opéra at Place Pigalle.

4-December Danielle 2013 vervolg8Painters, vineyards, French history and the feeling of a little village on top of the world. It’s on top of Butte-Montmartre in the 18th district of Paris called Montmartre. 

7-My Little Dream2And last but not least is this street called Rue Mouffetard in the 5th district of Paris called Panthéon.
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You see what I mean? I hope you enjoyed my photo’s and my view of London vs. Paris. Now it’s time to leave London behind and focus on Paris again. The good news is that I have already booked a new trip to Paris. Paris Plage here I come :)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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Paper lamps in Paris.

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Paris is full of unique and handicraft shops. It feels like the great influence of the internet has absolutely no impact here. Which is good news otherwise I wouldn’t have known about this shop in the Marais named Photophoros. 

I love it when people make their passion their work. That’s my biggest inspiration in life. The owner of Photophoros is Guilhem Rouillon and he turns paper into great lamps. ”Whether you want an intense or soft lighting, neutral colors or colorful. Whatever shade you want, togheter we create a fixture that suits you”. Personally, I found the pieces in the window more than fun. I’ll definitely remember the address to cheer up my workroom. 

You may be a bit confused by the name of the store, what the heck does it mean?! I was just as curious as you and have looked it up. Unfortunately, the French dictionary didn’t recognize the word but through the English dictionary, I think I’ve found the answer ;) The word didn’t match exactly, but photophores are luminous small organs who appear as glowing spots on different marine organisms, such as fish and squids. Alright, that’s far-fetched but a very nice thought for a lamp store!

Here’s the address and website:
http://www.photophoros.fr/
18, rue de Jouy
Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul

 

 

 

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The history of Paris with a touch of technology today.

Le Marais PeopleLe Marais is a popular district in Paris and definitely worth to see.The Eiffel tower is nice but the hidden treasures of the Marais are much more special. Don’t look for big sights or department stores. But, take a look at the local people and surrounding. You will notice that there are many falafel restaurants, craft shops and Jewish people. Not surprising because Le Marais was previously known as the Jewish Quarter. Characterized by wholesalers and leather goods. The pace of life is slower than average district in Paris. Quiet and peaceful. The old doors, narrow streets and the smell of traditional food, give you a sense of how it has been before. Yes, been before. Times are changing…the expensive brands want to settle here, housing prices are very high and today it’s also a popular district for the gay scene of Paris ;)

Gladly, the history of the Marais returns everyday. So we can still enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing district.
Take a look at the photo and judge for yourself ♡

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Note: have you read my post about the oldest park in Paris yet? Click here to read more about Place des Vosges in the Marais. 

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The gallery for a new generation, The YellowKorner.

yellowkornerQuality photography for a reasonable price.. say hello to The YellowKorner! 

Normally, you pay high prices for photographs of famous photographers like Bert Stern (if you’re not familiar with his work, he took photographs of many celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and Kylie Minogue). At Yellowkorner you pay at least half less! That’s because The YellowKorner has developed a great concept. Instead of offering 10 prints at 5.000,- they publish around 500 prints at 100,-. The photo collection is specially selected for The YellowKorner, which means your purchase is quite unique. All the photographers who participate, have agreed to increase the number of prints from a selection of their works. The prices can vary by the size of the photo.

I visited their store in Le Marais (Paris) and the collection was really impressing. Amazing photo’s with varying themes such as travel, celebrity’s, fashion, landscape and so much more! It’s a friendly company where you can snoop around without pushy salespeople. So, take your time no hurry. You can feel the passion/love for photography they have. They want everyone to enjoy them. I wanted to take a big photo home with me, but the walls in my little room are already full with Paris stuff. Hmm, time to move to a bigger room haha!

To respect the copyright of the photo’s, I only took some pictures standing outside the store. If you want to see the whole collection, check out their website – http://www.yellowkorner.com/ They also have the ability to shop online ;) You can also find a list of participating photographers and store locations. Maybe there is also a YellowKorner in your neighborhood?!