The one thing that I never expected from Paris is the chance of meeting so many amazing souls who have flown in from all ends of the world, each with their inspiring stories, dreams and endeavours. As much as I love having my time alone strolling through the streets of this beautiful city, I also get thrills from being around the happy vibes brought by the people I meet.
I'd like to apologize again for the umpteenth time for being slack with posting in this space but for the past two weeks, I have been meeting up with different people every day comprising of friends I need to catch up with and new friends whom I found through the blogging network. It helped that the weather in Paris had been ridiculously fantastic for the most part of the past weeks. It makes "socialising" that much more fun and enjoyable even for an introvert that is me.
Taking strolls in Paris also got better as you could wear less layers and everything feels lighter.
On a really sunny day, I caught up with M from 33 Avenue who was in town for the weekend. As always we had a lovely time catching up and as usual, she'd find me lusting over her beautiful accessories.
It's been a while since I caught up with Faye from Farfelue who I just discovered to be a health junkie. I was induced by the thought of another pastry date but alas, she dragged me to a juice bar. To be fair, the detox juice I had tasted not so great but it placed me in a good mood because I thought one tiny cup of detox juice would do magic for me. Ha!
Birthday picnic by the Seine
When there's a birthday and Paris is acting like it's a summer girl, one must celebrate accordingly. The 'gang' aka Milsters, Carin, Edna, Diane and I, had the loveliest picnic along the Seine to mark C of Sugared n Spice special day. Aside from delighting ourselves with delicious home-baked goodies (courtesy of Diane and C), the evening was laced with the glorious sunset and girl talk on dreams and endeavours. It was one of those fantastic delightful nights that I just wished would never end.
Exploring Pigalle and Montmartre
I've also recently explored more of this part of town on different occasions starting with Kooka Boora Café where I had the pleasure of meeting Jacalyn of Après New York for the first time. Both of us had been talking back and forth over travel tips from Rome to Iceland and I figured it was about time we meet. Jacalyn is such a fabulous woman who exudes fun and vibrant energy. I had such a lovely time with her and we spent a good two hours chatting over everything.
Just for your information, the coffee here is awesome!
Sugar Daze Cupcakes
Having heard sooo much good things about the cupcakes at Sugar Daze, I was so glad to have finally tasted this raspberry number with some super fun company that are Lauren of Folies du Bonheur, Meg of De Quelle Planète Es-Tu? and Olivia of Oh La La Livia. The fabulous trio lead fantastic lives in Paris which are reflected in their blogs in which Sugar Daze is regularly featured as their hang out place. I'm looking forward to spend more time with this trio and get to know more about them!
And whilst exploring bits of Montmartre, I discovered another pretty indoor passage and this particular one is called Passage Verdeau.
An evening in the Marais
So the reason I was venturing in Montmartre for the third time this week was caused by this fantastic house-warming party thrown by Milsters. The theme was Quentin Tarantino and I chose to dress up as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl assassin from the movie Kill Bill. Apparently my red bow tie and ballchain (courtesy of the costume shops in Montmartre) plus a pair of white canvas shoes made do.
Above is collage I took from Diane's post of the party and here is a link to see the rest of the fantastic photographs.
Lemon meringue tart from Eric Kayser
A good guest must bring edible gifts and this one got demolished within minutes so I was really happy that everyone loved it. Speaking of, I'm a huge lemon meringue tart lover. My two best choices of Paris' lemon meringue tart would be from Eric Kayser and Un Dimanche à Paris.
Dinner des 3 Découvertes at Atelier Vivanda
I took part in Dinner des 3 Découvertes hosted by Milsters which is essentially an event which allows the participants to meet new people. Click here for a more thorough description of the event which I highly encourage you to take part should you be in Paris. They say the company made for wonderful nights and so I must thank Milsters, Shauravi, Amel and Melanie from Feed Your Awesome Machine for the lovely evening. I also wanted to note that the restaurant itself served great food but service could be better. I know dining experience in Paris is rumoured to be infamously bad which is not always true but in this restaurant, it's spot on. No one in France should be denied the right to a second glass of wine. No one.
Place des Vosges
Brunch at Les Bonnes Soeurs
I have been wanting to meet up with Christine from 8 Rue Caffarelli for the longest time but both our schedules have been so messed up and was really glad we finally found a date that worked. I follow Christine's blog because I love her photographs and travel recounts and of course, the way she writes. I adore the fact that she is even more lovelier in real life. Some people just gives off amazing positive vibe and I can't help but say that for the rest of the day after meeting her, I feel really happy. It must've been her infectious laugh
Foie Gras at Fontaine de Mars
Special cause for a celebration for Jackie from RBJello who will soon embark on a fabulous project. We went for dinner at Fontaine de Mars and ordered her top two favourite dishes including the seared foiegras above and finished the evening off with a trip to Martine Lambert for the ice cream macarons.
I'm sure you get by now that I LOVE icecream so it shouldn't be too suprising if I said to you that I got one of each flavour of these ice cream macarons. If you ever go, my favourites are passionfruit, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. One of these days I might also give the icecream cake (pictured above right), it looks way too pretty to be left untried.
Of course we had a little stroll along Rue Cler in vain hope to walk off that sinful dinner.
And enjoyed the macarons from Jackie's apartment's balcony overlooking Les Invalides. Sigh..
After so much indulgence, it's so obvious that I needed to take super long walks and seeing the greeneries and the flower blooms just make the walks so much easier.
Children playing in the sand box underneath the cherry blossoms tree beside Notre Dame Cathedral.
Just too pretty for words.
Instagram collage for the last few days
You know I will always try my best to post here but during those times when it takes me longer to whip something up, you are most welcome to have a peek of my daily doings through my Facebook or Instagram feed.
Le Mur des "Je t'aime"
Let me finish this "la belle vie" post with my favourite photograph of April. Whilst at Montmartre walking my cupcakes off, I searched for Le Mur des "Je t'aime" which translates to wall of "I Love You". It just so happened that this sweet couple was sitting right by the wall and they make the most romantic sight. Love makes the world so beautiful when you share it all around. I'm always all too happy to share this life that I have with you so thank you for reading and making it this far. See you soon xxx