London Eats: Chicken Shop in Holborn

This restaurant gets straight to the point. They’re a chicken shop. They sell chicken and four sides. It’s amazing.  Anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by having too many choices in their life will love this restaurant. Your options … Continue reading

London | The Chiltern Firehouse

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“It’s Friday, I’m in love!” Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing to you from our cozy kitchen in England, after spending a few excitement-filled days in London. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, whom you’ll see more of on … 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

Lola’s Cupcakes | London’s Guilty Pleasure

I’ve read about this English sensation for ages. They’ve been around by 2006, when friends Victoria Jossel and Romy Lewis began selling cupcakes from their homes. A smash hit, they moved to a Primrose Hill commercial kitchen, and after a … Continue reading

Merci for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! | 7 Random Facts About PatriciaParisienne

Wow! Thank you so much for this award, A French American Life! Here are the award’s rules: First: Link back to the page that nominates you (Merci, A French American Life!) A lover of words and the world, I started my blog … 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

For those of you interested in freelancing and how to get started, check out this blog post and follow Jean on her freelancing adventures!

Make A Living Doing What You Love

I’m going to assume that my last entry motivated you to quit your 9-5 job and start being the freelance journalist you’ve always dreamed of being.  Here are 7 basic initial steps that I hope can lead to success.   I’ll be using them as I start my self-employed journey, that you can follow on this blog.  Please admire my figurine pen drawings (which I photographed with the BlackBerry I will relinquish to my boss tomorrow).

Without further ado:

1.  Move to a developing country.  I probably shouldn’t have mentioned this rule up top, because I consider this step optional.  But paying cheap rent and living in an area full of rich material will make freelancing a million times easier.  However, you can make it work anywhere so long as you keep your spending under control.   That means no more shopping sprees at Sephora or H&M, and yes…

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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).

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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The way to travel is with Trussardi

Jetsetters have the best travel gear.

It is important to make traveling as simple and glitch-free as possible. For all of you airport fiends, I have found the perfect travel accessory for you, thanks to The Blonde Salad by Chiara Ferragni.

Trussardi’s Document Holder makes any trip easy. With tabbed pockets for tickets, passport, documents, currencies, boarding passes, and even an “other” section, Trussardi covers all of the travel bases. Absolute jetsetting perfection!

I wish I had one for my trip to England next weekend! I’d be sitting pretty, stress-free, at Charles de Gaulle. Another addition to the PatriciaParisienne Christmas Wish List!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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Latest in Paris this week: “Shopping for Mr. Right”

On the Prowl?

Paris is full of exclusive experiences, and I am always on the lookout for unique things to do and see. Well, this one is for the ladies.  French dating site Adopteunmec.com (Adopt-a-guy) opened a store for the week, where women can come in and “shop” for men.  The twist? The men are actually there, in life-sized glass cases!

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Women shopping for Mr. Right

The men switch out every hour, so the store is always in stock.  For those couples that hit it off and would like to continue the enchantment over coffee, there is a cafe downstairs where they can have their first date. There, you can also find a wall of polaroids, so in case you miss your guy when he’s on display, you can catch him (and his number) later.

The boutique on Rue de la Bonheur (Street of Happiness) is the dating site’s new approach to market their services.  Brilliant idea, don’t you think?  This first show will be in Paris for ten days, then will move on to other major French cities, and eventually over to Switzerland.  Only a few days left…get ’em while they’re hot, ladies!

Watch the BBC News’ full video report on the “Adopt a Guy” boutique here.