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Weekly Photo Challenge – Extra Extra

BrideWeekly Photo Challenge – Extra Extra.
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You know that feeling when you read a new Photo Challenge and you know imminently what photo you want post? Well,mine was this one. Two love birds at the front and a pissing guy at the background, but since I’ve used that photo already I didn’t want to use it again. Let’s keep this blog a bit exciting, right?

My second thought was this photo of a lovely couple. Deeply in love, well dressed and looking like a Disney princes. Then you notice all the awkward selfies in the back…it looks like they aren’t celebrating this special day alone. Let’s hope that the photographer can Photoshop them away ;)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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Bonne fête des Mères!

1-DSC_0238Today it was mothers day in the Netherlands and also in many other countries. Time to give your mother some extra attention and breakfast on bed! In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May, except when it’s on the same day as Pentecost. Then they celebrate ‘fête des Mères’ one week later.

Tell me, did you all had a lovely day? 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

birdsDrop your winter coats and put on that fabulous trench coat! Change your wool scarf for a beautiful velvet shawl. Get rid of those thick shoes and grab your ballerinas out of the closet. Spring time in Paris is amazing! 

Spring is such a relax season of the year. After those (too long lasting) cold winter days we’re dying for the first sunbeams. The Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring reminded me of this picture because for me, watching people in Jardin des Tuileries is the best way to celebrate the spring. Fascinating how the flower beds regain color and the leaves on the trees begin to grow again. Parisians and tourists gather again around the fountains and the books and picnic baskets reappear. The windows of the fashion stores at Rue de Rivoli are changing their winter collection for the new summer trends and colors. Paris is getting ready for another great year ♥

Don’t you love the big smile of this man? Pigeons are great, haha. Spring, summer, autumn or winter…that doesn’t matter for me! I always make time to take care of my little friends. Spring means finally, no more cold days for them. Except a few exceptions of course ;)

Talking about birds, did you know you can also follow me on Twitter? 

 

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This guy brings photography to another level.

PhotographerWhat a ninja, I almost tripped over him! Great to see how someone is so absorbed in his work. He had knee protectors, headsets and everything! A bit excessive, but who am I to judge ;) I bet his photo’s look amazing. I had to ask for his business card. Too bad I think about that idea a bit too late. Missed opportunity, better luck next time…

Have some sweet Parisian dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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French etiquette.

Trust me, they aren’t so hard to understand ;) The owner of this scooter knows the first important thing! 

Boobies

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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 ♡

Le Marais, Paris
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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Pack and go, Parisian street life!

SAMSUNGSorry for the bad quality of the photo, I took this one with the camera of my phone. Let me tell you why!

After exploring a part of the 18th district in Paris and photographing lots of tourists and African woman at Tati, I thought it was time to go back to my hotel. The nearest subway station was Barbès-Rochechouart – a pretty big subway station where many things are going on (always watch your bags and belongings) 

My eye caught immediately a large group of street traders. With my gullibility, I thought it was a rug market or a little flee market. Then I thought ”Oh wait… it’s Paris!” Most people here don’t know the word ‘legal’. 

When I looked more closely, I knew it was illegal. It was too well organized and too rushed to be legal. They had 3 people who were on guard and the rest were all busy streets traders. If anyone was interested, the deal was closed within one minute. Everything had to be quick, quick, quick! For me it was really cool to watch. All those shadowy figures looking for cheap stolen goods.

I grabbed my camera and walked towards the fence. Until I was stopped by an African woman. She warned me to stay away from those people. They didn’t liked snoops because they’re afraid of being caught. She knows the area better than me so of course I followed her advice. I quickly grabbed my phone and took a snapshot of the crowd. I looked from a distance, and then I heard one of the guard yelling. People moved, stuff got packed and a whistling kettle was the last deal. Before the police arrived at the fence, everyone had already left.

Parisian street life is a spectacle ;) If you want to photograph something, be quick but most important always be careful. 

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Musée Grévin, Paris

Musee grevinDo you want to meet the Coca-Cola Santa Claus? Or would you rather cuddle with George Clooney? It’s both possible at one of the oldest wax museums in Europe, Musée Grévin. You can compare it a bit with Madame Tussaud, only a bit older and with more famous French names. The museum is located in the 9th district of Paris at Boulevard Montmartre and definitely fun to walk through.

The museum is known for its baroque architecture and a hall of mirrors. No distorting mirrors but a unique sound and light show. It was originally built for the ‘Exposition Universelle’ in 1900 at the Trocadero. Besides the stunning hall of mirrors, Musée Grévin has around 450 characters of all category’s. History of France, modern life, movie starts and international figures as Albert Einstein. More I will not tell… go and discover it for yourself!

Here’s their website for more information about the prices, opening times and the location: http://www.grevin-paris.com/fr

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you more about the passage where the museum is located ;)
Sweet dreams for now or a really good morning ♥

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Happy Valentines Day!

valentineSorry for my lack of posts this week.. I didn’t feel good and was really tired after work. It was a bit chaotic in my head and at my workplace. Too many things and ideas that had to be done and way too little time.

Time for some changing! I cleaned my desk, got rid of all the useless notes, organized everything and baked some pancakes! Now I have a few days off and finally time to think, relax and to write. Next week I’ll make it up to you with new stores, streets and places in Paris!

Hope you all had a lovely valentines day ♥
P.S. Look at those lovebirds in Paris, her hat caught my attention! 

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No comments, just think about it – Paris

No comments, only think about itTo truly love the city, you must understand the city. That’s because Paris isn’t a normal city. It’s romantic, chaotic, mysterious, always surprisingrich but also poor. Paris isn’t a city with only a bright side. Even trough we try to ignore the poor side often, we don’t get away with it. We also must accept the flaws of the city, which isn’t always easy for us to do..

Do not judge by appearances. A rich heart may be under a poor coat –  Scottish Proverd