My weekend in Paris

Opera Garnier Empty seats

Maman Ritournelle came to visit me in Paris last weekend. I owe my passion for art, dining and fine things to her so these 2 days were a succession of delights in her company.

We started by lunch at Angelina. As I could see on my Instagram comments, people have a truly affectionate relationship with this place. It takes you back in time with its refinement, and how delicious is the food!

Angelina Hot chocolate Mont-Blanc

My truffle ravioli was exquisite and the big finish was even better. The legendary hot chocolate with whipped cream and the mont-blanc are hard to top as desserts. I must confess I was completely stuffed afterwards and a stroll through the Tuileries Gardens was much needed.

We headed to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for Fashioning Fashion {ongoing until April 14th}. The exhibition presented the evolution of fashion in Europe from 1700 to 1915. It was fascinating to witness the preciousness of the 18th century outfits, the outrageously large skirts of the past and fashion evolving according to history and social changes.

Fashioning Fashion

After dinner we spent our evening at Opéra Garnier. As I waited for the ballet to start, my eyes wandered on the colorful ceiling painted by Chagall. Never before had I noticed that it represented scenes of the most famous ballets and operas such as Swan Lake and Giselle.

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As for the ballet itself, Kaguyahime is a contemporary choreography inspired from the traditional Japanese tale of the Moon Princess and her adventures on Earth. The whole affair was entrancing: a mix of sensuality and athleticism danced on traditional Japanese music with loud drums, as you can see on this Youtube video. {ongoing until February 17th}

On Sunday, we headed to the Grand Palais to see the Edward Hopper exhibition on its very last day. Luckily our membership allowed us to skip the hours of wait outside the building due to the huge success of the show. Blog post to follow!

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After lunch at Mini Palais, we ended the weekend at the Théâtre de L’Odéon with Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. {ongoing until February 10th} I’m not sure I’d recommend this play if you’re in a bad mood but the actors’ performance and the dry humor were worth it.

Théâtre de l'Odéon

And now a new week has begun with its daily routine but my mind is filled with whiffs of hot chocolate, visions of precious antique dresses and dance.  Now tell me, what events does your ideal weekend include?

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17 responses to “My weekend in Paris

  1. Your previous post certainly evoked a certain nostalgic feeling and took me back to the time when we rented an apartment at Canal St Martin for a week. It must be a wonderful sense of discovery seeing the city with a new set of eyes.

    • It is very strange to rediscover a city where you lived for years with new eyes after a long absence. I remember coming back from New York City in April for vacation and feeling like a tourist and somehow I still feel like a stranger. I don’t mean to be negative but now I understand why foreigners complain about Parisians so much ;-)

  2. cv

    My ideal weekend would be a bit less running around, and a bit more pampering and relaxation with nature.

  3. Lyn

    I will arrive in Paris for my first visit on 16 March for 1 week. Thank you for that lovely blog, I may be able to do some of the things you wrote about.

    • Let me know if you need any tips for your trip to Paris :)

      • Lyn

        Thank you so much for your kind offer. I have purchased a 4-day Paris Museum pass and read many blogs and websites and feel that I need much longer than a week. Many people suggest doing something different like a cooking class or wine tasting but I thought I would like to maybe have a beauty treatment – like a facial or massage – do you think this would be a good idea? ;)

        • There are some pretty good places for beauty treatments in Paris. I would recommend you try the Guerlain spa on the Champs-Elysées: it’s a gorgeous place and I loved my experience there (you can see my review in my archives). Let me know if you’re looking for another kind of experience though.

          • Lyn

            Thanks once again, I will be staying in an apartment in rue de Canettes in the 6th, I think we are close to, and will be able to walk to a lot of fabulous places.

  4. Actually museums, good food, sitting in cafes and going to the theatre pretty much sounds like an ideal weekend to me. And Mama’s company, of course :). I might add some (more) walking around and might not chose Beckett for relaxation… Don’t know, I like him somehow… but it’s more like (a pleasant) work or studying to me. I’m glad you had a good time!:) x

    • Looking back Beckett was not the best choice and our weekend ended on a weird note with that play :-D I liked the book when I read it as a student and the play had great reviews so I was curious about it.

  5. Anne, your posts are always such a feast for the eyes, it is a joy to see more of Paris from your perspective now. My ideal weekend would be taking in the opera and a Hopper exhibit with you and your mom. Angelina would be icing on the cake. ;-) And, yes, Caudalie spa is a haven, truly magical and blissful. Thank you for alerting me to it for i would have missed it otherwise.

    • Thank you Kellina! I had a hard time keeping up with the blog during a period of transition but now that I’ve moved to Paris I love to share all the beautiful things the city has to offer :)

  6. Busy ladies- maman Ritournelle sounds like the perfect cultural companion. I can not wait to see you in April!! Thank you so very much for all the ideas and your thoughtful emails Anne, made my week. Shame I’ll miss this Fashioning Fashion exhibit, though I’m sure Mike will be happy it has closed!! I was, however, lucky enough to catch the Hopper exhibit while it was at the Boston MFA, one of my favourite painters.

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