Adventures in the South of France | Hotel Les Flots Bleus

I now understand why everyone vacations in the South of France. It’s stunning. The weather is gorgeous, the people are tan, and the views are incredible.  Earlier this summer, DM and I stayed at the Hotel Les Flots Bleus on … Continue reading

A Day at the Centre Pompidou | Roy Lichtenstein Exhibit

Roy Lichtenstein’s work is so cool. After a stint in the US, then a few months in London at the Tate Modern, the Roy Lichtenstein pop art pieces finally made their way to Paris. The exhibit is a comprehensive display … Continue reading

I Spy With My Big Eyes…

…two beautiful quartiers! Here are some photos I took as I walked through the 13th and the 5th arrondissements. Welcome to a real Parisian summer! Enjoy your weekend! xx PatriciaParisienne

100TH POST: A Bubbly Day | Exploring the Champagne Region of France

I am all about celebrations, and for the blog’s first major milestone, the 100th post, I decided to celebrate with champagne! It’s been so much fun to share all of these experiences, pictures, and thoughts with you. Thank you all … Continue reading

July’s Love List

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There are so many wonderful things come with the month of July! So I decided to make a list of things that I am currently loving. 1. THE ROYAL BABY AND HIS NAME! Those of you that have followed the blog … Continue reading

Fontainebleau’s je ne sais quoi

In celebration of the Royal Baby Boy’s birth (Congratulations, Kate and Will!), today’s post is about the gorgeous royal castle of Fontainebleau. After the boat ride on the Seine, we drove over to Fontainebleau to visit the town and castle. … Continue reading

Swimming in the Seine | A Day of Boating in the River

I never thought I’d say that I swam in the Seine.

But it is possible! This past weekend, the Englishman and I spent a day of exploring a little bit of the Île de France with the lovely Sonia and Yannick. After a quick 25 minute train ride, we arrived to Melun, a charming town near Fontainebleau. Armed with plenty of baguettes, we set out for our picnic on the Seine.

Yannick comes from a family where boating and water sports are a passion, and he was kind enough to take us out on his boat. We got in the boat and sped off toward a little river-side spot with shade to have our picnic. Sonia’s cucumber, watermelon and feta salad was the perfect appetizer for the hot day, and Yannick’s zucchini and chèvre tart was delicious. We had cheese and yogurt for dessert, with rosé to accompany the meal. Yum!

Then came the high speed part of the trip! We took off down the river, enjoying the incredibly gorgeous homes that line it. Tell you what, those houses make you dream! They were all different styles of architecture, from gothic to Germanic to fairy-tale-castle-esque (you know what I mean). Yannick showed us his favorite house, which has a bridge and arch connecting the two sides of the house. I’m not gonna lie; it totally made me think of Hogwarts.

We found a nice spot a bit further up, anchored the boat, and jumped into the water. It was so unbelievably refreshing! I am not used to 90 degree (F)/30 degree (C) weather, so these last few days have been a learning experience as to how to beat the heat. We shouldn’t complain because we had an eternal winter where we all wished for a ray of sunshine – and now we have it! In full force.

The river current was strong so we had a bit of a workout trying to not stray too far from the boat, but wow! The swim was amazing. I lovelovelove being near and/or in the water, so it was such a treat to be able to do that so close to Paris. I highly recommend taking a day trip down to the area. It’s beautiful and provides a nice and natural change of scenery from the city.

Merci beaucoup, Sonia et Yannick !

xx PatriciaParisienne

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2 Hours in the Life of a Supermodel

Has anyone else ever wondered what it is exactly that supermodels do? I always figured it went a little bit like this: they show up in amazing cars at fancy studios, get their makeup done by a world-renowned name, sit … Continue reading

Wearable Art | Kasia Dietz & Sugar Daze

I had wanted to do a bag painting workshop with Kasia Dietz for months! As soon as I saw her announce the dates for the next workshops, I quickly booked my spot. Not knowing what exactly to expect but excited … Continue reading

My Experience in the Recipe Incubator | La Cuisine Paris

Baking by the Seine

The talented Melanie from Feed Your Awesome Machine invited me to attend a recipe tasting session, so this past Monday I happily metro-ed over to the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville to La Cuisine Paris, ready to whip up some delicious goodies.

The amazing Mardi Michels from the blog eat. live. travel. write. led the recipe testing. We made madeleines with milk and dark chocolate, as well as langue de chat. I had a such a good time baking with Louise from Australia and Melanie – go Team Milk Chocolate! We got to take home the goodies afterward, which made the experience all the sweeter.

Thank you to Melanie, Mardi, and co-owner of the beautiful La Cuisine Paris, Jane Bertch for the lovely afternoon!

xx PatriciaParisienne

With Mardi Michels from the blog Eat. Live. Travel. Write.

With Mardi Michels from the blog eat. live. travel. write.

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The beautiful dining room adjacent to the kitchen

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Louise creaming the butter and sugar

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Melanie “langue de chat”-ing away!

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The gorgeous view of the Seine from the kitchen! I could get used to this…

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Team Milk Chocolate!

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Le 14 juillet|How Bastille Day is Celebrated in France

Picnics on the banks of the Seine, lounging in parks, drinks on the terrace, fireworks by the Eiffel Tower. I would say Bastille Day le quatorze juillet is similar to a 4th of July celebration….but with a very French twist. For one, … Continue reading

The Countdown to The Ashes Ends: Cricket & England

To celebrate the start of The Ashes, today’s blog post is about the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 England versus Australia match that the Englishman and I attended. My first and only cricket match thus far, the experience was quite a … Continue reading

The Perfect English Wedding

It’s officially wedding season! The Englishman and I had the absolute pleasure of attending the nuptials of the gorgeous Philippa and dashing James. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, I was told it would be a very traditional … Continue reading

Exploring the 12th: Le Berbère

A visit to the Marché d’Aligre is becoming a Sunday morning tradition. The quartier is full of “sympa” restaurants and shops, many of which have excellent reviews. A lover of food and restaurant discovering, I couldn’t wait to start trying them out! The first to get checked off the list was the Moroccan eatery Le Berbère.

We all ordered different couscous dishes, including the mixed grill, merguez, and meatballs. The variety of vegetables in the side dish was fantastic, and the broth was bursting with flavor. I’m a huge fan of merguez, and this one was bomb-dot-com good! Add a little harissa, and voila, our meal was complete.

Both the food and service at Le Berbère were top notch, and we had a great afternoon there. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area – and have a big appetite!

xx PatriciaParisienne

Le Berbère
62 rue Crozatier
75012

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A Gorgeous Gray Day in Les Jardins du Luxembourg

Paris is full of surprises, especially when it comes to the weather.

Monday this week was phenomenally beautiful and sunny. It finally felt like summer was here! Then came Tuesday. It was warm but the day was completely masked in gray. Luckily, Haussmann created buildings from beautiful stone that look stunning in any weather, and there are places like the Jardin du Luxembourg in the city.

My “wee [Scottish] sis” came to visit from Edinburgh, which was so much fun. That afternoon, we decided to explore the 5th arrondissement. After walking around the grounds, we discovered the tennis courts and children’s pools and play areas, as well as the museum where the Chagall exhibit is going on. There are so many gorgeous spaces within the garden!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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PatriciaParisienne Presents: Clotilde Dusoulier of ChocolateandZucchini.com

It is such an honor to have the French queen of the kitchen ChocolateAndZucchini.com food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier on PatriciaParisienne! Having started a career as a software engineer in California, Clotilde returned to Paris in 2003 and began her blog about … Continue reading

#MerciaimeParis: Paris versus New York

What an incredible night!

Last week, I was invited to the opening of merci’s latest installation, “merci aime Paris,” based on Vahram Muratyan’s incredibly successful blog and book Paris versus New York. The crowd was beautiful, fun, and international, and guests enjoyed delicious hors d’œuvres, cocktails, and wine while browsing around the store.

I loved the colorful arrows pointing down toward the center floor decal with the words “Paris” and “Merci” printed on them. One of the intentions of Muratyan, who worked with merci to create this exposition, was to show that we were in Paris at the bookstore and to have the floor logo serve as the Seine, a crucial reference point in Paris. With his yellow and orange “whirlwind of kisses” with the installation’s name inside, his idea of using uplifting colors is a success. You can’t help but feel happy in this space!

The graphic designer also focused on showing the world’s love for Paris. As a result, the chic concept store is oozing Eiffel Towers and all sorts of declarations of love for the capital. It’s an exhibit after my own heart in one of my favorite places in the city. Absolute perfection. This must-see installation is open through August 25, so I encourage you to stop by to enjoy a coffee and the views.

It was so much fun to catch up with some of my fellow Paris bloggers, Melissa of Prete-Moi Paris, Kasia of Love in the City of Lights and Kasia Dietz Handbags, and to meet the fabulous Lisa aka Ella Coquine that evening. What an amazing group of ladies!

Many thanks to The Parisienne, Vahram Muratyan, and merci for a wonderful soirée.

xx PatriciaParisienne

Merci
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

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With the stunning Nathalie of The Parisienne

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Kasia, Lisa, Melissa, and I – Please note our gorgeous Kasia Dietz handbags!

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Paris bloggers with Paris versus New York author Vahram Muratyan

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If you look closely, you can see merci’s classic red Fiat.

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