Sunday lunch at the French country side

After a exhausting week at work we hopped into a train at gare St Lazare and headed to Vernon to visit friends. These friends live in cute small village 70km from Paris where they are renovating their old family home. 

I admire this new generation of people who are leaving the hectic city life and choosing to live more close to nature and learning to do and build things themselves. After a certain number of years living in Paris, spending hours in crowded metro, being careful of pick pockets and raging lunatics a switch to more sustainable lifestyle becomes very appealing. 

At Sunday we had a delicious lunch and we ate a Salade Périgourdine with raspberry vinaigrette. So delicious! 





Onpas mukava viikonloppu takana ystävien luona maalla. Hyppäsimme junaan lauantai iltana mun töiden jälkeen ja pääsimme illalla heidän omin käsin rakentamaansa saunaan saunomaan ja sunnuntaina söimme kiireettömän herkkulounaan pitkän kävelyretken jälkeen. 

Tällainen elämäntyyli kyllä kiehtoo, monien Pariisin vuosien jälkeen. Ihailen tätä uutta sukupolvea, jotka ovat valmiita jättämään kaupunkilaiselämän taakseen ja opettelemaan uusia taitoja nikkaroinnista kasvien kasvatukseen tavoitteena jonkin asteinen omavaraisuus. Mielenkiintoista ja rohkeaa!


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Week end in Rome

I haven’t had any real holidays or weekend breaks since last summer but now, after an intense work period, we are going to Rome in beginning of January!

I’m so happy about this and will share our Rome experience with you. I wish to just change from our day to day routine and get in to Roman vibe for a couple of days so no intense museum or sightseeing tours ahead for us.  

I’ve booked a hotel / b&b in Monti district and booked flights via Easyjet for a nice 90€ return flight fare. Not bad I’d say! 

Cactus love 

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This summer we visited Copenhagen and I fell in love with the way the shops displayed their selection outside on the street. Especially at the Jægersborggade street the flower shops caught my eye. How cute are these cactuses!

Kööpenhaminan reissulla ihastuin totaalisesti Jaegerborggade kadun kukkakauppojen esillepanoon. Kaktukset valloittivat kivijalkakauppojen edustat ja osa kasveista koristi, jopa työmaa telineitä! Voin vaan kuvitella tyylikkäät tanskalaiset kodit, joihin nämä kaktukset tulevat päätymään…

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Kaktus København

Jægersborggade 35,
2200 København N

Palermo Hollywood

Jægersborggade 31,

2200 Copenhagen N

Beach day in Zeeland

When the official summer holidays are over there is nothing better than going to the beach on a hot sunny Sunday and pretend that you’re still on vacation. When we’re in Brussels we often head across the border to Holland. Where as Belgium’s beach side is very crowded and full of concrete buildings in Zeeland you can find more natural environment and relaxed atmosphere.

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Zeeland is about an 1,5 hour drive from Brussels and the best thing is that it is not on the same road than the way to Oostende or even Knokke so you can avoid the worst traffic jams when getting in and out from Brussels.

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In Zeeland there are many towns and beaches but we often go Domburg. I really like the fact that you can get very near to the beach with car, the parking is free, the town itself is very cute and there are good restaurants.

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Of course when in Holland the bikes are everywhere!

Last Sunday we went to Domburg with B and after a week in boiling hot Paris the fresh air from Mer du Nord felt incredible. After sunbathing and swimming we headed to the town for a meal in our favorite restaurant the Brasserie Domburg.

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Kun lomat on ohi ja koko viikon on talsinut töihin yli 30 asteen helteissä, ei ole mitään mukavempaa, kuin suunnistaa kohti rantaa ja kuvitella, että lomat jatkuu edelleen. Klassinen vaihtoehto Brysselistä olisi suunnata kohti Belgian rannikkoa Oostenden, Knokken tms rannoille, mutta suoraan sanottuna kamalat ruuhkat, väen paljous sekä betonirakennusten runsaus ei ole meitä paljoa sykähdyttänyt. Sen sijaan Hollannin puolelta Zeelandista löytyy luontoa ja söpöjä pikku kyliä ja upeaa hiekkarantaa. Domburg on siellä meidän suosikki kohteemme ja aivan täydellinen pienelle päiväretkelle. Brysselistä sinne kestää n. 1,5h ja suurin osa matkaa ilman ruuhkia, auton saa ilmaiseen parkkiin lähelle rantaa ja keskustasta löytyy paljon kivoja putiikkeja ja ruokapaikkoja. Jos etsit hyvää ruokaa ja kivaa terassia suosittelen ehdottomasti  Brasserie Domburg ravintolaa, jossa tekisi mieli kokeille koko lista läpi! Jälkkäriksi söimme jätskit merenrannalla viimeisistä auringon säteistä nauttien ennen kuin suuntasimme takaisin kohti Brysseliä. Täydellinen kesäpäivä sanoisin!

Let’s go to the market!

I love visiting markets and food halls where ever I go. When in Paris I go to the Marché d’Aligre or Bastille, in Brussels my absolute favorite is Marché de Place Flagey and on our recent road trip I found a new favorite in Copenhagen called Torvehallerne.

We found this market by accident (as usual) when parking our car to Israels Plads and there it was, the most beautiful, all new market that has two covered glass and steal halls and an open market place between them. Everything is beautiful, the food, the people the displays and all latest food trends are available just ready to be tried out.

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Torit on mahtavia paikkoja. Kun olen kotona Pariisissa, hyvä aloitus sunnuntaille lähtee Marché d’Aligrélta tai Bastillen torilta ja Brysselissä suosikkini on Place Flageyn tori. Pariisissa torikassi täyttyy vihannesten lisäksi myös tuoreilla croissanteilla ja ehkä viini pullolla ja Place Flageyllä on joskus pakko syödä ranskikset! Viimeisin tori-ihastukseni löytyy Tanskasta, jossa yllättäen tupsahdimme suoraan ruokataivaaseen, kun olimme etsimässa Israels Pladsin parkkihallia. Torin nimi on Torvehallerne ja siihen kuuluu kaksi modernia lasiseinäistä kauppahallia ja niiden välissä oleva torialue. Paikka on moderni ja kaikki mahdolliset ruokatrendit ovat siellä edustettuina Paleo ruoasta puuroravintolaan. Tuonne on päästävä ehdottomasti uudestaan ja paremmalla ajalla kunnolla maistelemaan!

 

Torvehallerne KBH

Frederiksborggade

211360 København K

Back to Paris

Our three week summer holidays are over and I’m back to Paris and work. We drove to Finland and visited Germany, Denmark and Sweden on the way and it really was fun! Now I’m going through all my pictures and videos and being grateful of seeing all those beautiful places and my family and friends in Finland!

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Mid summer night in our summer cottage in Finland

Kolmen viikon kesäloma on nyt loppu ja paluu arkeen on alkanut. Käyn lomakuvia läpi meidän automatkalta Pariisista Kuopioon ja ihmettelen kuinka yhdeltä reissulta voikin jäädä näin paljon hyviä muistoja! Saimme viettää paljon aikaa perheen ja ystävien kanssa Suomessa ja sitten olla turistina Saksassa, Tanskassa ja Ruotsissa. Nyt jo tekisi mieli palata takaisin muutamiin suosikki kohteisiin, mutta toistaiseksi aijomme nauttia vaan lähimatkailusta Pariisi –  Brysseli akselilla! 

WE LOVE GREEN music festival in Paris

Last Sunday B and I went to Bois de Vincennes, where was held the We Love Green music festival. Cool line up, great eco conscious concept and the food..! The day passed very quickly.

When couple of months ago I saw the artists coming to We Love Green, I didn’t think twice. Air and PJ Harvey, both on a same day, and that day was Sunday (my day off). The tickets cost about 40 Euros so not bad at all. Also the whole event was a only a few metro stops away from us so basically we could have even walked over there if we had to.

First thing we did when we got in the festival area we charged a cashless card for ourselves. There were no cash circulating in the festival area (with few exceptions) and it was quite handy. Then we headed to see all the food stands and made a plan for the day. Besides food and drink they also got stands promoting eco friendly lifestyle and panel discussions on various themes. How mind blowing is that for a music festival!?!

The whole event felt very well organized and all the details were thought through. Even the toilets were eco conscious wooden dry toilets and you went in with a cup of wood chips to flush! Very interesting and relevant information about music festival isn’t it…

I made this little video to share our day with you, enjoy!

Wood and roses

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The weather has been really crazy these past days in Paris. Last week I went for a walk in Palais Royal and it was quite nice and summery… until it rained again.

Palais Royal is quite the basic tourist attraction in Paris but since I live here I don’t go there that often. Well I should! It so peaceful and beautiful and now they have two exhibitions going on. One with roses and another with wooden sculptures.

 

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The exhibition L’homme debout of  wooden sculptures were made of recycled materials by a Korean artist Chung Hyun. It’s still going on until the 12th of june.

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The roses are presented in jars and they come from the national park of Saint-Cloud just outside of Paris. It started 19th May and it will end the 5th of June and there are 80 different variety of roses in the garden. So short lasting but beautiful!

Among the exhibitions there are french men playing petanque and older ladies walking their little dogs, this is also a must see if you are a tourist in Paris!

The historical frame is perfect for rough and minimalist sculptures and delicate roses. The Palais Royale itself is so impressive and there are so many shops and cafés to discover under the arcades. Next time!

 

Domaine National du Palais Royale 

8 rue de Montpensier,

Paris

 

Gainsbourg in photographs 

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Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the walls of La Galerie de L’Instant in Marais

Enigmatic, inspiring, fashionable and so very relevant persona in French pop culture, Serge Gainsbourg, is the subject of the photographer Tony Franck. La Galerie de L’Instant is exposing a series of photos of Serge Gainsbourg until June 22nd. This little gallery is not at all standoffish or intimidating but just the opposite very intriguing and welcoming. I would say that anyone looking a very special gift or a souvenir from Paris should have a look because the prices were quite affordable. And for people like me who are putting their money to train and plane tickets they also sell postcards!

La Galerie de L’Instant 

46, Rue De Poitou

Paris 75003

Picasso Museum in Paris

Pablo Picasso. If someone got it, he did! One of my favorite artists and a very interesting persona. After many years of renovation the Paris museum opened again a couple of months ago. I have wanted to go for many times but last this Saturday, during the European Museum Night, I finally got the chance. It’s only 5 minutes with the metro from my house and because it was the museum NIGHT (no excuses about the opening hours and my work hours being not compatible) I got myself together, left the house and went to see if the line wasn’t too long. And it wasn’t!

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The building is just beautiful. I could go just for admiring the architecture. But of course it’s the work of Picasso that we go there. Classics and rare pieces, pictures and videos; it’s a real treat for any Picasso lover. They also host exhibitions and at the moment it’s the Miquel Barcelo ceramic sculptures that they have. It suits perfectly the space (also some pieces are in garden) and I discovered a new artist that I didn’t know!



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Musée Picasso Paris 

5 rue Thorigny 

75003 Paris