December 13, 2018

A blast from the past...

Being half-British I grew up learning how to read with Ladybird books. The words "Peter and Jane" take me back to a warm, fuzzy, nostalgic place in my memory. I use to love the stories about Peter and Jane and their terribly British household. Back in the 60s and 70s these books represented stereotyped models of British family life. 

Imagine my surprise when I saw a Ladybird book about Brexit at my local bookstore! It seems this delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them!

Being in the European Union is terribly complicated. Leaving it is terribly complicated too. Luckily the choice on the ballot paper didn’t look very complicated at all. It was something about the freedom of bananas. Confused about currency? Baffled by borders? Perturbed about passports?

Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text this is a true flashback and had me giggle all day!

2018 Edition

The first books issued in 1964

I could only dream of a sweetie store like this in Switzerland where I grew up.
This was my favourite page in the book!!!

December 9, 2018

Michael Jackson in Paris

Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais... is there any better way to lure your teenager to visit a museum? Expat daughter was made an offer she could not refuse; an evening guided tour through one of Paris' iconic buildings and my absolute favourite venue.

To mark the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, the Grand Palais put on a major exhibition that examines the contribution of the world’s most famous pop singer to the creative arts over the past 30 years.

My 15-year old daughter who belongs to a complete different generation enjoyed retracing the evolution of the music and physique of the child star who went on to become a legend. Through "Michael Jackson, naissance d’une icône" we got to admire works on loan by a number of artists fascinated by Michael Jackson such as Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Paul McCarthy, Dexter Dalwood, Mark Flood, Isa Genzken, David Hammons and many more.

Her absolute favourite was one work, filling a whole room, focusing not on Jackson but on his fans. South African artist Candice Breitz filmed 16 German-speaking Jackson fans of myriad ages and races, singing "Thriller" and other songs of his. It's was an engaging and moving work that showed just how much Jackson means to those who love his matter what age!

Grand Palais here we come!

Kehinde Wiley - who has also painted Barack Obama's official portrait - depicts Jackson in armor on horseback, in a painting modeled on Peter Paul Rubens' portrait of King Philip II of Spain. The portrait was the last one Jackson commissioned, and was completed after his death.

An intense looking Michael

 A little creativity goes a long way

The small print are the lyrics to the record.

Andy Warhol's interpretation

Keith Haring's image

Who owned this LP?

Those were the days...

The exhibition included works that reflect on what Jackson meant to his fans, his place in African-American culture, the way he manipulated fame - and the way fame manipulated him.

I actually remember that issue of Rolling Stone... 
a magazine that was not available in Switzerland in those days!

Which mike would you like to be?

Todd Gray's reinterpretation of "Man in the mirror"?

A picture of Elizabeth Taylor's night table


Gary Hume: One of my personal favourite!

Anything goes.

Ebony Magazine from 2008

Scottish artist Donald Urquhart, who created an illustrated Michael Jackson alphabet for the exhibition, thinks Jackson's "manipulation of fame" has inspired many artists. 

Unmistakably LaChapelle

December 7, 2018

The pretty things this week...

Happiness is... 

A walk under the Eiffel Tower

Lunch in an Italian trattoria 

Chasing reflections in the rain

Happy Hour in the sun 

Curing my sweet tooth at Pierre Hermé

Colouring my life with pink

Choosing a Christmas tree

Shopping under the Grand Epicerie's dome

Sharing a moment with La Grande Dame

December 3, 2018

A stroll down Rue Saint Dominique

The 7th arrondissement is the perfect mix of chic elegance, traditional culture and casual cool, not to mention home of the ultimate Parisian icon – the Eiffel Tower! Walking Paris remains the best way to see it. 

We know how awesome the neighbouring Rue Cler is for food and shopping, but now it’s time to discover why Rue Saint Dominique is worth exploring too! As I took myself off down the road I noticed the street is ALSO full of food. Bakeries, coffee shops, wine stores, all laid out beautifully in polished storefronts. It is a feast for the eyes.

Rue Saint Dominique, frequented by fashion people and food bloggers alike, there’s a marvellous array of flower shops, boutiques, bakeries, cafés and restaurants.

Spoiled for choice when looking for somewhere to eat.

Nothing like a homemade French crèpe!

The trendy Malabar serves fantastic breakfasts, colourful salads and delicious twists on French classics.

Charming hotel tucked away!

Love the colour combination.

Plus français tu meurs!

Decor and design are key!

Your regular Parisian bistro.

Irish pub known for its fish & chips.

Friendly neighbourhood chat

Always up for a hearty laugh.

Comme une lettre à la poste!

Time for a coffee break

For 8.- Euros I might was well have breakfast! 

I'll be back for the oysters.

Parisians love their bread and croissants, so it’s no surprise that there are a total of 8 bakeries within a 4 block radius.

Getting ready for lunch.

The iconic Cafe Constant... I wonder what the Queen would think of this?!?

No Parisian road would be complete without a tourist shop.

I wish our entrance would look like this!
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