Mother’s Day Around the World & Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami!

May is the month of Mothers.

Mexican Mother’s Day is every May 10, the U.S. celebrates it on the second Sunday of May, and France decides to finish the National Month of Days Off with a fête for their mothers.

While Mother’s Day cards and brunches are popular in the U.S. (or at least my neck of the woods, San Diego), France usually celebrates it with a big family dinner. All nationalities celebrate it by giving gifts, big and small, to our wonderful moms! Here are a few gifts that are popular ideas from Paris. FYI, these gifts are not exclusively for Mother’s Day 😉

Bag - Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling - Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard - Lafayette Collection / Candle - Diptyque / Perfume - J'adore by Dior / Cocotte - Le Creuset / Necklace - Agatha

Bag – Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling – Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard – Lafayette Collection / Candle – Diptyque / Perfume – J’adore by Dior / Cocotte – Le Creuset / Necklace – Agatha

In honor of my beautiful mother, here are a few pictures of her favorite part of Paris, Montmartre.

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I’ve also included our family’s favorite rendition of “Las Mañanitas,” or the Mexican “Happy Birthday” song, sung by the legendary Mexican singer and actor, Pedro Infante. The birthday boy or girl in our family would always wake up to this, so Mami:

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
A las muchachas bonitas, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Mami, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.

Feliz Cumpleaños mami patriciaparisienne

My gorgeous mom and sister – Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami! Te quiero mucho.

Once Upon a Time in Saint-Germain: Snapshots in 75006

paris Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés marseillaise paris vous aime paris je t'aime

Hello, darlings! Here are a few snapshots taken over the past few months in one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris, the sixth. xx PatriciaParisienne La Vie en Fruits – 116 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris Patrick Roger – 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris … Continue reading

Museums are FREE this Sunday!

Museums are FREE this Sunday!

This Sunday will be the first Sunday of the month. This means it’s a museum day! The beautiful musées de Paris* are free for everyone on Sundays, one of the many things I love about this city. Art and culture are available … Continue reading

United Buddy Bears in Paris!

Buddy Bear Exhibition ~ Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower)

If you haven’t been able to make it to Berlin, you can come see the famous United Buddy Bears in Paris!  Last Thursday on the Toussaint holiday (loved that surprise day off!), a lovely German friend of mine and I went over to Trocadero to see these gorgeous works of art.

United Buddy Bears Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Peace

Some of the bears at the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower) in Paris

United Buddy Bears Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

United Buddy Bear – Paris 2012 – Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower

Lined up along the Champs de Mars, the Buddy Bears add some most welcome accents of colors to the City of Lights. Each bear represents a different country, and the local artists came up with some brilliant ideas to showcase their country.  All of the bears are visually stunning; some even went beyond the canvas and added unique accents.

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Irish United Buddy Bear

French United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

French United Buddy Bear

Israeli United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Israeli Buddy Bear

Polish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Polish United Buddy Bear

The idea behind the bears is of peace.  The United Buddy Bear website explains, “Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.”

Great Britain United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Great Britain United Buddy Bear

Mexican United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Mexican United Buddy Bear

American United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

American United Buddy Bear

Germany Mexico USA United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Tour Eiffel Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Germany + Mexico/USA

Chinese United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Chinese United Buddy Bear

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Back of the German United Buddy Bear

The bears will be in Paris through November 18, 2012.  If you can’t make it across the pond, check out all of the bears and their artists here.

Germany United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

With the German United Buddy Bear