Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny

As I told you a few weeks ago, I made a day trip to the charming village of Giverny over Bastille Day weekend. I was looking forward to visiting Claude Monet’s estate again as it impressed me by its beauty and peacefulness on my first visit a few years ago (blog post). I thought the…

Where is spring in Paris?

Where is spring in Paris? I am asking this as cold rain is pouring on the first day of May. The weather of the past few days makes you hesitant to shed your winter coat. It even snowed in France last week. So how can we make sure spring is present in our everyday lives…

NY diary: art at the MOMA and dining at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Before leaving me all alone in New York, Papa and Maman Ritournelle had a day full of the best in art and fine dining the city has to offer. As you may recall from this post, we had planned to visit the MOMA earlier in their trip but ended up eating at the museum’s amazing…

Bright flowers and water lilies: Claude Monet’s Giverny garden

Have you ever read Roald Dahl’s My Uncle Oswald? It’s the hilarious story of Oswald and Yasmin who travel the world armed with the most powerful aphrodisiac to collect the semen of great men. Einstein, Picasso, Freud, they all fall victim to the plot, along with many others. One day, Oswald and Yasmin decide to…