We visited Versailles on the Second Sunday in June, during the Fontaines Musicales event. We entered the Jardins in the early afternoon and walked around all day long, under a 31°C sun. Of course, irish that I am, I crisped up like a sun dried tomato and ended up the same color as my favorite pink skirt (dispite having spent all afternoon longing the hedges, and hiding under trees and large statues for shade, like two suspicious little squirrels looking for nuts and berries).

We picnicked in the garden, enjoying a homemade Quiche Loraine we had whipped up the night before, slightly inhibited from an evening of Italian wine and cheeses, served with French Bread at Little Italy.

We visited the Petit Trianon, and the Domaine de Marie Antoinette, where we hung out with a wide array of farm animals: rabbits, ducks, fish, goats, donkeys, chickens, and cows, each and everyone of them more blazé than ever, in the royalest of little farms in the French Republic.

We crossed adorable bridges, and passed bucolic little houses where Marie Antoinette’s workers would live and work.

We walked along the long pond in the center, and watched people float on the water in lovely wooden boats.

We smelled the enchanting pink roses in the Orangeraie, that just made us want to stay there forever and ever. But we contented ourselves with bottling the aroma in the little glass bottle of our minds, so we could go back to it, every so often.

After a whole afternoon of walking in the sun (and green and white Stan Smiths), we decided we had earned ourselves a nice little serving of frozen fruit sorbet. We took our seats at La Flotille, and ordered three boules de Sorbet (Mango, Cassis and Lemon), with a nice cup café au lait.

 

We visited the Castle around 4:30, and (re)discovered the many rooms the kings and queens lived in, slept in, and ate in. We pathed out way through the luminous Palais des Glaces, before taking the train home.

Quick tips for Versailles Castle:
– Always bring sunscreen (& apply it generously ~ including behind the knees, a secretly sensitive area)
– Leave your extra bags at the Consignes, you’ll kill yourself tugging them around everywhere (there’s one at the entrance and one at the Petit Trianon)
– Arrive early (before 12), if you want to do everything, there’s a lot of walking involved
– Bring sufficient water during the day, and locate all the bathrooms in the Garden (There’s a few fountains in the garden to refill your water bottles)
– La Flotille is a delicious restaurant/café, and serves one of the best cups of coffee ever. It’s a great place to sit down and relax after a day of walking around Versailles.

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Address: 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

This Wednesday, I was walking around Paris, somewhat aimlessly, somewhat purposefully. After going to the American Library in Paris, I ventured down a street that brought me to the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. It was a museum I had heard about ever so vaguely, but I decided to visit since I was there and had a free schedule!

Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine, the museum quai Branly - Jacques Chirac features a global collection of tribal artefacts, from indigenous cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It has a collection of 450,000 objects, which 3,500 are on display at a time.

But it's not just the museum that was noteworthy: there's a beautiful garden in which you can sit and relax in, just to take a little breather on a hot day, or even have a little 4 o'clock picnic, like I did.

Ceremonial House Facade

Split Gong

Spirit Figure

Spirit Figure

Clan Emblem

Tribal Masks

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This AMPM shop is located at 60 Rue Victor Hugo, in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. Venture in this lovely little place, and discover unique home accessories, and versatile furniture that could spruce up the place you call home.

Here are some pictures of my favorite parts of the shop.

Cactuses that don’t spike you: need.

Love these dark green + gold candle holders.

Dream Table.

*Added to WishList*

Coconut planters: why oui, s’il vous plait! I’ll take 150 of them to go please.

Great address!

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