Christmas Afternoon tea at L’Hôtel

With the holidays fast approaching, it is the perfect moment of the year to meet up with friends. Free time abounds after hectic weeks at work, the atmosphere is festive and I feel the need to catch up with my loved ones before we meet again after the New Year. What better occasion to celebrate…

Life in Paris between Autumn and Christmas

There’s a peculiar timing between autumn and Christmastime. We are just leaving a season with golden feisty hues, only to realize that winter has crept in with icy temperatures and desolate bare branches. At the same time, cheery Christmas lights are being hung up in the streets and shops, announcing merry holidays to come. My…

La barre aquatique, the new ballet-based workout in Paris

I have been passionate about ballet for a few years now and am a regular at Paris Opera Ballet shows. Just like you can love music without knowing how to play an instrument, I had never taken a ballet class in my life, until I had the chance to attend one given by a Paris…

Octobre on Instagram

October was decidedly a month of transition, with autumn settling in Paris and many changes for me at work. Thankfully I managed to put in some fun in the midst of it all, as you could see on my Instagram @ritournelle__ The first Sunday of the month I spent at Musée d’Orsay. The free entrance…