Let’s go back to Versailles, shall we?

Versailles gallery of mirrors

Earlier this week we explored the private apartments of the French Kings and the Royal Opera in Versailles. But these are not the only areas my parents and I visited in this beautiful château: sacred treasures from faraway lands, delightful pastries by Angelina and a run through the Gallery of Mirrors were part of the trip too.


Versailles chapelThe Royal Chapel getting ready for a concert

Upon arriving, we first headed to the temporary exhibition on the treasures of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A few centuries ago, the royal courts of Europe would present this church in Jerusalem with lavish gifts as it contains the place where Christ was crucified and buried. From seeing the objects on display, you’d think the kings were competing on who would come up with the most extravagant and precious presents. A couple of items like the one below contained a piece of the Holy Cross, which was impressive to me.

Versailles Holy Sepulchre Holy Cross

Versailles Holy Sepulchre robes

Versailles Holy Sepulchre

When exiting the exhibition, we found ourselves on the terrace facing the notorious balcony from which Marie-Antoinette bowed to an angry mob.

Versailles building 2


And decisions, decisions… Where to eat? Why, Angelina of course! We were short on time before our commented visit and you have to go through the whole château to get there so we decided to rush through places like the King and Queen’s bedrooms that usually deserve more than a glance. But you can see them in this post.

I still managed to peek at the gardens à la française

Versailles garden 2

…and to discover a new room, as is the case at every visit of this huge palace. This is a gallery dedicated to the battles won by the French army.

Versailles salle des batailles

It was quite a feat to make our way through the crowd in the narrow galleries. So imagine our excitement when we finally came face to face with this.


Ah Angelina, you never disappoint. And you fueled us up for our lovely tour.


Versailles room detail

Versailles window 2

On our way to the Royal Opera, I came across these two women embracing in a desert room. An encounter that made me smile and think of the heated debate about gay marriage in France …

Versailles women embrace

It was really hard for me to choose pictures of the Royal Opera for my previous post. I loved them all! I’m still in awe of the beauty of the place.

Versailles opera view from stage

Versailles opera balconies

And this brings our visit of Versailles to an end for good. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Versailles gate 2

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?