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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.


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!


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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New beginnings

Ines de la Fressange agenda

It’s been a little over 3 months since I’ve moved back to France. My 2-year contract in New York City ended in October and since I was missing the OId World, I decided to look for a new job in Europe. With no real lead in sight, I did the JFK-Charles de Gaulle trip one last time, was chauffeured by Papa Ritournelle to our home in Normandy, opened my inbox and – surprise, surprise – a valued contact from my now-old job was requesting an interview. Long story short, I was very fortunate to find a new position – and a new Parisian life – in a matter of weeks.

Tour Eiffel

So here it is, a new beginning. According to my new boss, my numerology number (5) means that I am in constant need of change and can easily break myself from old situations to start anew. So far, this has proven to be true. I am excited to begin this new adventure – especially in the city of Ladurée.


So what have I been up to? Santa (aka Papa Ritournelle) delivered a new toy (aka the iPhone) for Christmas and it is safe to say I am addicted to Instagram to document my finds. On top of discovering inspiring fun images every day, I love to share all the little things I come across in my new hometown of Paris. You can see the whole collection on my account Ritournelleblog; here is a little peek.

1. Hunting for an apartment in Paris and exploring the city while doing so

Sacré Coeur

Hôtel de Ville Paris

2. Gorging in France’s culinary delights

Macarons Ladurée

Eclair de géniePictures taken at Ladurée and L’Eclair de Génie

(Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?)

 3. Fueling my newborn passion for ballet

Opera BastilleWaiting for Don Quichotte to start at Opéra Bastille

Opera GarnierHeading to a live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet at a cinema near the Opéra Garnier

After catching the Paris Opera Ballet on tour in New York City, I have become obsessed quite interested in this art and waste spend a lot of time watching ballets on Youtube. I’m very excited I’ll head to Opéra Garnier for good later this year, among other things to see a new choreography for which Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is designing the costumes.

4. Getting my fix of art in general

Musée d'OrsayMusée d’Orsay

Monet Orangerie

Monet’s Water Lilies at the Musée de L’Orangerie – so breathtaking in person

5. Getting my Hermès on

Hermès bracelet KellyA Christmas gift from Maman Ritournelle, who generously replaced the one the TSA at JFK Airport stole from my luggage (I’m still angry.) You may recall it was the topic of my very first blog post.

 Hermès carré Pégase

6. Freezing in a Parisian winter wonderland …

Paris neige Alexandre III

… and warming myself up in a cozy cashmere scarf

Louis Vuitton écharpe

7. Meeting with dear friends from abroad

Plaza Athénée

Tea at the Plaza Athénée with Milla (click here to read her fabulous post on our new tradition)

Sarah Louvre

Meeting my British New-York friend Sarah from Style on the Couch and her talented boyfriend William Williams

Notre Dame de Paris

Catching up with Hannah-Rose from Capture the Castle on a sunny afternoon and hearing all about her amazing trip

(For the record, I don’t hang out with bloggers exclusively.)

I hope 2013 has started well for you too and look forward to sending you blog posts from Paris. I promise I’ll try to be more regular ;-) Bisous!


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