Paris March 3

Mars in pictures

Paris

As March {Mars in French} is coming to an end, here is a little roundup of the month that was in Instagram pictures. (You can find me over at @Ritournelleblog )

The main event in Paris, the one had everyone abuzz, was the arrival of spring. The city had been through a tough time at the beginning of the year, and this new season felt like a fresh start with a newfound optimism. Capturing Paris basked in sunshine from one of my favorite viewpoints, the terrace of the Printemps, was particularly uplifting.

Paris March 2

Going to work with the Vélib was almost therapeutic in a way. I forced myself to get up extra early in the morning so I could finish my day when it was still light outside, seeing how this affected my mood so positively. Every day I feel lucky to come across these beautiful monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Alexandre III bridge, place de la Concorde, the Louvre, the banks of the Seine… It never gets old.

Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, our Iron Lady celebrated her 126th birthday today! Joyeux anniversaire to her.

Paris March 3

Culture-wise, I witnessed the magic of Swan Lake for the first time (twice). The Paris Opera Ballet production, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, is a masterpiece and particularly moving. I was lucky to see two stunning ballerinas in the dual role of Odette / Odile, Ludmila Pagliero and Héloïse Bourdon, and one of my favorite dancers in the company, Laura Hecquet, was promoted to the top rank of Etoile in this part last week.

I also visited the exhibition on Roman art in the XVIIth century at the Petit Palais. Not the most mind-blowing show but it’s always a pleasure to chill in the delightful garden of the museum. In a completely other genre, I saw the exhibition on David Bowie at the Philharmonie over the weekend: quite cleverly done and you’ll love it if you’re a fan.

Lastly, I wrote my first blog post in months and explained why Versailles is so dear to my heart as a tribute to my late father.

Now fingers crossed spring is here to stay, and wishing you a great April!

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