Did you say cheese? Yes please! 10 best cheese shops in Paris.

Conde Nast Traveller has just published their Top 10 cheese shops in Paris. I was so pleased to see that shop that I frequent when I visit Paris is on the list. I stay in a beautiful apartment very close to Rue Montorgueil. Located here is La Fermette. A beautiful shop with a great range of cheeses, reportedly around 300 different varieties. 403e4c48cce85226fa6a28aa071edac4france-cheese-market

We were introduced to some memorable offerings on our last visit. We can’t wait to return in July!


A taste of Paris in Canberra? Only at the National Gallery of Australia.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892

Feeling like your hit of Paris but can’t get there? Don’t worry, the National Galley of Australia is hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and Moulin Rouge exhibition. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints. Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. For more information visit the NGA  website at www.nga.gov.au

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892


More than fashion. Helmut Newton exhibition @ Grand Palais Paris extended!

The Helmut Newton exhibition at the Grand Palais Paris has been extended until 30 July 2012. Provocative, sometimes shocking, Newton’s work tried to capture the beauty, eroticism, humour – and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interaction within the familiar worlds of fashion, luxury, money and power.

Read more about this amazing exhibition here

This is my favourite Helmut Newton Image. What is yours?

Beautiful Blogger Award. Thanks a bunch.

I have the honour of being nominated by Geoff at Gorgeous Company (www.gorgeouscompany.wordpress.com) for the Beautiful Blogger award. I’d like to thank Geoff for his inspiration, advice and constant words of encouragement. My journey into the world of blogging has been enriched by his guidance.

The nominated recipients are asked to:

  1. Thank and Link-back to your nominator;
  2. Nominate 7, 6, or fewer (or more) other blogs that you enjoy to receive this award as well;
  3. Post a comment on each of your nominees blogs with a link to your page for the details;
  4. Paste the Award image somewhere on your blog, if so desired;

~ And, continue blogging all your beautiful thoughts, suggestions, and musings. More readers are coming!

and my nominees are:

Haven in Paris Blog – Tips and insights on touring, renting and living in Paris

I Heart Paris – food, drink, art, fashion, shopping and events in Paris

Le Best of Paris – Guide to Paris’ best restaurants, gourmet shops, boutiques, events, exhibitions, activities for kids, bars, cafes, museums, and more…

Paris by Mouth – Paris by Mouth is a collaborative website, edited by established food writers, that is changing the way people find and appreciate delicious things in Paris.

David Lebovitz – Living the sweet life in Paris.

The Art of Slow Travel – travels from around the world.

The London Foodie – London and all things food: news, reviews and tasty treats.

How to find a good baguette in Paris. Ask someone who knows.

Everyone knows the bread in France is amazing. Its a national institution. The annual baguette competition in Paris is fiercely competitive. The winner’s bread gets to adorn the table of the President. Prestigious non? David Lebovitz, respected foodie, shares his thoughts on finding a good baguette in Paris. I have made notes! Read more here.

Bread at the markets near Rue Montorgueil. Photo by thetravelcrew.

Why Paris is called the city of light. “Paris: La Ville-Lumière”

Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La VilleLumière” or The City of Light.

Champs Elysees

Le Tour Eiffel

Notre Dame

La Concergerie


  • City lights – There are over 296 illuminated sites in Paris covering hotels, churches, statues, fountains and national buildings and monuments. Furthermore, 33 of Paris’ 37 bridges are illuminated at nightfall.
  • The sparkling Eiffel Tower – It takes 40 km of illuminated garlands made up of 20,000 sparkling light bulbs to light up this famous Paris landmark.
  • Champs-Elysées – The world’s most beautiful and romantic boulevard lights up during the Christmas illuminations. This is truly a sight to behold!  There are over 2.4 km of lights from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, including 450 decorated trees – 330 trees sparkle along the avenue and 120 trees on the pavement.