Postcards from London | Part 1

I love London. The way I feel about this city makes me feel like I’m cheating on Paris. I just can’t help it. The energy of this city is unlike any other. You’ve got the cosmopolitan buzz of a capital, … Continue reading

Photo Diary | Oxford

One of the many glorious perks of living and studying in Paris is the amount of vacation we have.  They have the work hard-play hard balance down. At the moment, we are on les vacances d’hiver, aka it’s time for our … Continue reading

Saint Tropez Holiday

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Earlier this summer, I had my first visit to Saint Tropez. The seemingly-mythical city is everything they say it is. I absolutely loved it! The water is beautiful, the yachts are huge, and the excitement is palpable. The Englishman and … Continue reading

[GIVEAWAY] Sweet Tayloula | English Sweets & The 21 Year Old Entrepreneur

“I want candy!” That’s all you can think when you walk into Sweet Tayloula, the sweet new addition to Royal Leamington Spa. Co-founders, as well as mother and daughter, Louise & Tayla had been making sweet bouquets and cake pops … Continue reading

It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

Hello darlings!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve seen that my surroundings changed these past few days. I switched Haussmann for the beach and sun!

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I flew to the south of France via England and enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous day there. One of the best times to visit the home of Kate Middleton is when the weather begins to warm up, allowing for evening drinks on pub terraces and jumper-less outings. Summer in the UK means a few things: the return of shorts and summer dresses, outdoor tanning, barbecues, music festivals, Wimbledon, and, of course, Pimm’s.

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Pimm’s, the UK’s favorite summer drink, is delicious. Along with champagne, it is the staple drink at Wimbledon, the Henley Royal Regatta, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as a fixture at polo matches. The gin and fruit-based cocktail drink is a true English tradition.

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If you have the pleasure of visiting England this summer, make sure to enjoy a glass (or pitcher) of Pimm’s!

Cheers!

xx PatriciaParisienne

Habitat Parisien

“Where should I stay in Paris?”

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently. Given everyone’s different tastes, it’s a tricky question to answer.  Some people love ritzy hotels, while others are on a budget and just want a safe, well-connected neighborhood. My suggestions always include the places where I am sure they will get a positive, full Parisian experience.

This includes how Parisians live. For most of us here, that means living in smaller quarters as per American standards and generally in apartments. However, it must be said that while our places may be smaller, they are still beautiful,  comfortable, and very charming. Interested in seeing for yourself?

doortoudicA cool way to do this is via the latest trend in travel: apartment rentals. I am a HUGE fan of this! I feel like it’s the most authentic way to travel and is luxurious in its own way. You get a glimpse into the true way of life in the city.

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Also, these apartments are beautiful! You not only get to live in Paris but also get to belong to the quartier during your stay. That includes daily trips to the boulangerie, cheeky stops in to the cheese shop, and seeing the locals at the downstairs cafe.

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Habitat Parisien offers a variety of apartments situated in prime locations throughout the Paris. The rental company has provided many international visitors with completely equipped, upscale local accommodations, making them feel at home in the City of Lights.druout5 betterstmichel

Not only do they provide short- and long-term rentals, but they also offer a few other services. For example, Habitat Parisien will take care of your second residence, if you’re someone who is lucky enough to own one of those coveted pieces of real estate.  They ensure the apartment is in perfect condition and rent it only during the dates that you determine. Or, if you’re interested in a home exchange, they can help you arrange that.

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Aren’t their apartments stunning? Next time you plan a trip to Paris, make sure to check and see the gorgeous places that Habitat Parisien has to offer!

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xx PatriciaParisienne

Habitat Parisien
17, Rue de Choiseul, 75002 – Paris
+33 9 54 76 13 23
www.habitatparisien.com

Images compliments of Habitat Parisien

Remember to enter our May Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of the book Je T’Aime, Me Neither and a special Paris prize to three lucky readers! The winners will also be featured on the Je T’Aime, Me Neither website. The giveaway runs from May 27 through June 5, 2013.

How to enter to win:

1.) Like Je T’Aime, Me Neither’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

2.) Like PatriciaParisienne’s Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

3.) Tell us your favorite romantic anecdote in the comments section below!

Voilà! 1, 2, 3, done.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

Stratford-upon-Avon

The birthplace of Shakespeare

So, this week’s blog posts are all about England, since I cannot wait to be back in the land of the Spice Girls, Harrod’s, Harry Potter, Kate Middleton, and, of course, my Englishman! We visited the picturesque town of Stratford-upon-Avon after Christmas (hence the decorations in some pictures); I absolutely loved it!

Apart from the town’s obvious claim to fame, there are plenty of things to see. Stratford is small, walkable, and full of sights and monuments to discover, some of which include the pub that has been serving ale since 1594 (!!!), a fabulous Peter Rabbit store, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theater. The theater’s nearby river area looks like a scene in a J.M.W. Turner painting. Being there is a surreal experience, almost as if you were transported back to Olde England. Surrounded by English people and their gorgeous accents with a pint in hand, overlooking the river, and with the best company a girl could ask for, my experience in Stratford was exceptional, to say the least.

Location

Located in Warwickshire county, Stratford-upon-Avon is on the River Avon, 22 miles southeast of Birmingham and 8 miles southwest of Warwick.

How to get here

The train from London to Stratford takes about two hours from either London Marleybone or Euston stations. You can find more details on the UK National Rail website. If you’re planning a trip to the Midlands, make sure to check out Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Warwick Castle, all of which are in the surrounding counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. For more information on Stratford, visit the official city tourist guide.

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre has a fabulous Spring and Summer 2013 season that includes: Hamlet, The Icebook, The Winter’s TaleThe EmpressAs You Like It, A World My Masters, Titus Andronicus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Candide, and Antony and Cleopatra. After the show, head over to the Dirty Duck pub, grab a pint, and mingle with the actors.

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London’s Bounce, the Home of Ping Pong

This place is awesome.

On our last trip to London, we spent a wonderful evening at the ping pong bar Bounce. The Englishman (aka tennis table extraordinaire) read great reviews about it, and it’s true: Bounce is fantastic.

The principle in itself is genius: ping pong + a bar + a restaurant. This is a recipe for a fabulous evening all around. When we went, there was a 30th birthday being celebrated. What a perfect place to host it! You can have a pint with your friends, play some table tennis, and then once everyone has worked up an appetite, head over to the tables for a delicious meal.

Founded by entrepreneurs Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik, this concept has been very successful. Here’s how it works: you can make a reservation for groups of 6+; otherwise, just walk in and write your name on the list. Any of the 16 tables can be reserved for half hour slots at £10 during off peak hours or £13 during peak times. You may even get lucky and have a chance to play on the Olympic 2012 Table and World Championship Table (see below).

For those that are waiting or just enjoying the ambiance, you can get a pint or a cocktail from the bar. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We had such a fun night out there, so I highly recommend Bounce to Londoners and London-goers alike.

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Make sure to check out Bounce next time you’re in London.

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121 Holborn
London
EC1N 2TD

London Bubbleology!

One more week until I turn a quarter century old!

I’ll be celebrating the big day across the Channel, so to go along with my growing excitement, I’ll be writing some England-centered blog posts this week! Today’s post is about a fabulous boba “lab,” Bubbleology, that the handsome Englishman and I stumbled upon while walking from the tube station to the amazing Portobello Road Market.

Notting Hill is one of my favorite London boroughs that I’ve explored. It’s a shabby-chic neighborhood – well, it’s heavier on the chic but with quite a bit of character! Bubbleology fits right in. It’s fun, bright, and quirky. It’s hard to say no to boba, so we enjoyed an apple green tea there before heading off to the market.

Here’s the scoop on how Bubbleology came to be: Founder “Professor A” discovered boba tea during his stay in NYC and completely fell in love with it.  Upon his return to London, he realized that the English capital was lacking boba. He went off to Taiwan to do further research on the subject, found an Australian business partner, and the first Bubbleology cafe, or lab, opened April 2011 in London’s Soho. Today, there are four locations throughout the city.

FYI: Boba = chewy tapioca balls. This Taiwanese invention of the 80s has turned into a worldwide sensation, as you can see, but the principle is quite simple. You put little tapioca balls in with different flavored fruit or “milk” teas, add a big straw so you can slurp up the boba balls, and voilà, your boba, or bubble, tea is ready.  It’s delicious and addictive! 

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Bubbleology London Notting Hill Boba tea singapore

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The view we enjoyed while sipping our Boba Tea

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45 Pembridge Rd
Notting Hill
London
W11 3HG

Gustav Klimt and The Kiss

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is my absolute favorite painting in the world. 

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

How and why do I love it so much? Let me count the ways.*

1. The colors – Look at all of that gold! Painted during Klimt’s “Golden Period,” the beautiful sparks of gold on the painting call out to the viewer, luring you further into the painting and the kiss.

2. The subject matter – Love!

3. The expression – Complete, utter happiness. There is nowhere else in the world that she’d rather be than in his arms.

4. The embrace – The world’s most tender two-dimensional hug

5. The kiss itself – The sweetness of the kiss is what I think I love the most.  It’s a simple kiss on the cheek, and yet there is an incredible amount of love, passion, and happiness that is represented in this simple act.

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Gardens at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria

One of the most thoughtful housewarming gifts that I’ve received was a printed canvas of The Kiss from my favorite Englishman. As I opened the package and saw the beautiful kiss and enraptured look of the lovers, I couldn’t help but sigh and stare. I have The Kiss in my apartment!

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What better way to start off the day than with champagne and Klimt?

You can view “The Kiss” in person at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.

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*Major props if you got my reference to Elizabeth Barrett Brownings poem, “How do I Love Thee?” (Sonnet 43).

Holiday Window Displays (Part 2): Dior & Printemps

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Inaugurated by the marvelous French actress Marion Cotillard, the Dior Parisian-inspired window displays for Printemps are the essence of French glamour.

Watch this incredible video on the creation of the dolls, their clothes, and the window scenes. You can also watch the grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for this year’s window displays at the French department store Printemps, as well as a mini interview with Marion Cotillard.

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Dior window display at Printemps

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Dior dolls – Printemps

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Dior elegance

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Dior dolls at the ball

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Dior Ball

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Inspirations Parisiennes by Dior at Printemps

64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris – France
Tél. : 01 42 82 50 00

Holiday Window Displays (Part 1): Louis Vuitton & Galeries Lafayette

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” croons Andy Williams.

I love December. I love everything about it! The cold, the holiday spirit, the carols, the winter attire, the advent calendars, The Holiday, Love Actually, the mulled wine or Glühwein or vin chaud, or whatever you may call it, the beautiful trees, the bûche de Noël, the Champs-Élysées lights, the marchés de Noël, (now) the mincepies, the Christmas crackers, the posadas, and, of course, the decorations.

If you are in Paris for the holidays, you must add “go see window displays” to your Parisian to-do list.  Let me clarify; these are absolutely NOT your ordinary window displays. When Dior and Louis Vuitton are involved, you don’t just get beauty, you get magic. And if Vogue raves about it, you know it’s good.

In this three-part blog series, PatriciaParisienne will take you on a tour of this year’s vitrines.

 Galeries Lafayette

The department store’s theme “Christmas of the Century” (Noël du Siècle), along with its Disney Princess addition, makes this a fairy tale holiday all month. The gorgeous Louis Vuitton window displays will be available for your sight-seeing pleasure through January 1, 2013.

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Galeries Lafayette Disney Carriage

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Swarovski tree in Galeries Lafayette ~ There are over 5,000 Swarovski crystals on this tree.

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Couples dancing at the ball ~ Galeries Lafayette Homme window display

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Panda dancing in the window

Galeries Lafayette

40, Bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

Blenheim Palace: An English Paradise

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful England.  I fall more in love with this incredible country every time I go. Though, it is impossible not to feel this way, especially if you get a chance to visit to the magnificent Blenheim Palace.

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Blenheim Palace

My handsome Englishman had the brilliant idea of taking a drive over to the palace, and I could not have been happier!  I am a huge Downton Abbey fan, so visiting a palace like my beloved Downton was a dream come true! To be honest, Blenheim Palace is even more beautiful than Highclere Castle, I think…and that’s saying a lot. I will have to visit Highclere this spring in order to confirm, though.

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Blenheim grounds

It was a crisp, gorgeous day; we got so lucky with the weather! The lawns were a bright green that I am convinced can be found only in England.  Walking around the palace and the grounds made me feel like I was in a movie or a dream. It turns out that the house is actually where Sir Winston Churchill was born and where he spent a good part of his life growing up.  There was a fascinating Churchill Exhibition, which I really enjoyed. For those interested in English history, Sir Winston Churchill, and/or World War II, this is definitely a place to visit.

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Queen Pool and Lake

The palace grounds are also the location of the Blenheim Triathlon, which takes place this coming year on June 9 – 10, 2013.  The park and grounds are open year-round for visitors.  It’s a lovely place to walk, run, and take your family  (dogs, too!). There is a little train that kids will love, though the picturesque setting and open fields are more than enough to keep everyone happy and entertained.

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A beautifully decorated Blenheim Palace

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The Gardens at Blenheim Palace

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Water gardens at Blenheim Palace

After a fascinating tour of the castle, take a stroll around the water gardens. Finish the day by treating yourself to a glass of champagne and a delicious mince pie, and enjoy the view.

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A marvelous end to the day at Blenheim Palace

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Woodstock
Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

http://www.blenheimpalace.com/