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…

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner: a gem near Parc Monceau

Have you ever heard of the French painter Jean-Jacques Henner? I have to confess I had not until the museum dedicated to his work reopened in May. Located in his beautiful mansion a short walk away from Parc Monceau, it invites us to step back into 19th-century Paris in an intimate way, as if we…

The Louvre – A few tips on how to visit the museum

It’s Bastille Day in France and the entrance to the Louvre is exceptionally free to celebrate. Today also marks the reopening of the Islamic Art gallery after this spring’s floods. The Louvre is the subject of popular posts on my blog: the Napoleon III rooms and the Ancient Egypt mummies still figure among my most-read…