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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.

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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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