It took me a long time to find the title of this article, I knew I wanted to talk about this particular month of the year but I had a hard time defining it, unlike for example I love December!
February is a month that always forces me to question myself, after the good energy of the new year (reread Happy New Year 2021), there are always events that shake my schedule and make me reconsider my decisions and even my whole life!
Strangely, a lot of my actions took place during this period, not because of an overflowing creativity, but because the universe is pushing me each time, leading me out of my comfort zone and bringing out the fighter that is within me, the warrior who never gives up on my dreams ...
"The worst brings out the best in me ..." L.
Here I am, several days after the sudden and dramatic announcement of the breakup by my ex-fiancé and the cancellation of our wedding, I choose to marry myself in Santorini.
As I sell my apartment, get rid of all my furniture, and carefully pack my wedding dress in my hand luggage, I prepare to leave Australia, the country that was my home for 7 wonderful years.
I'm not quite sure what I'm doing right now, overwhelmed by pain and fear of the future, yet I'm sure my Solo Wedding is the right decision.
First failure in the process of freezing my eggs, I was then in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
I'm in a store when my doctor calls me to tell me the bad news, always upbeat and positive, I'm not prepared for it, a stab in my heart, another disappointment and the fear of never succeeding that inhabits me now...
This is the moment I’ve chosen to launch Blog About L. with the first article on Valentine's Day to honour love: My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
Like a spell that I cast to bring positive vibes into my life.
Some financial issue befell me while I’m in Crete, writing my first book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
No way to give up now, I just can't accept that.
And a second magazine cover that confirms my project, a sign from the universe.
After a round trip to Athens at the Australian Embassy, the support of my parents and the precious help of one of my friends, I can breathe again, I can finish what I started…
I plan to spend time with my best friend in Paris, then go back to Greece, I stop for a few days at my sister's in Reims on the way, but the lockdown is announced, I stay in France (and I haven’t taken the plane since…).
Several months you’re asking for videos, I start then, and once again post my first video on YouTube and Instagram on Valentine's Day.
I must admit that I was very nervous at this idea, yet today I take great pleasure in sharing these moments with you, you’re always helping me to grow ...
And making videos in public spaces is even more intimidating, but I'm doing pretty well I guess😊 ...
Then again, not everything was as pink as in my last article Pink my Love Colour, but this time I refused to see the negative side, what must happen, happens, and every disappointment is an open door to a greater possibility.
Yes, I was expecting a lot from this collaboration with a famous agent from New York, who believed in my project, one option that evaporates in nature, but how many more that appear without knowing it?
Like a gardener, I plant seeds, but I can't see yet what is germinating.
Having faith and keeping my inner peace is what matters most to me now. Hence, a lot of coaching, mentoring to develop myself on a personal and spiritual level.
Constantly growing in order to flourish ...
So yes, happy February because despite hardships, I stretched the limits of my consciousness to better see the infinite possibilities of happiness. I found peace.
A blog which has become a website with videos and excerpts from my book (not yet published).
An adventure that never ceases to take me to unknown and exciting territories.
My joy of life that I share daily on my social media.
And this interaction that I have with you, which carries me and makes me want to give you more.
Three years that I share with you my life, my dreams, my inspiration ...
Happy February, Happy Blog Anniversary!
"Chasing your dreams is the biggest fight of your life. "L
And Happy Birthday to all Pisces, including my mum!
Have a good week,
Love & Joy,
For many people love and passion are associated with the colour red, but for me, pink is my big love story ...
By the way, as a child, the first doll that made me dream, Barbie Dream Glow with a beautiful pink crinoline dress of course, I’ve talked about her in my article Barbie Exhibition.
This is also the colour I chose for my Solo Wedding in Santorini:
In French, roses, the flowers gave the name to the colour “rose”, because they are the most common.
In English however, we say "pink" nothing to do with roses, but here too its origin comes from the name of a flower: the garden pink or wild pink.
And for information, when you offer pink roses, you declare a tender and romantic love, and darker is the pink, the more it refers to gratitude and sensuality ...
A colour I also use in my photos, I like to see “la vie en rose” (life in pink):
Colour I’ve decided to adopt for this Valentine's Day! And also for work lol, just love it hahaha!
No date, and to be honest I don't even remember my last Valentine's date. By the way, that's what I say in this video, but not only, I'm talking mostly about self-love:
Whatever you’re doing today, choose to celebrate yourself and accept all the love you have for yourself and for others.
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand
Read my previous articles:
Happy Valentine’s day!
Love & Joy,
After talking about Madrid and Sydney, two cities I like a lot, back to nature.
And for that, nothing better than Australia of course.
I lived in this wonderful country for 7 years, before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, which gave me lots of opportunities to visit amazing places.
With its 7.692 million km², I still have a lot to visit, for example I’ve never been to the west coast. It gives me even more reasons to want to go back someday.
In the meantime, I'm taking you today to another famous island in Queensland: Moreton Island!
A precious memory that the discovery of this island for a whole weekend and that for several reasons.
First, I did it with my younger sister in February 2016, just 5 years ago. She came to live a year with me and this excursion was her last, and what an adventure!
Pick up in Brisbane by our driver and guide with a 4X4, to board a ferry; at only 40km (25mi), the crossing takes about an hour and a half. Which is long enough for my sister to be seasick...
Third largest sand island in the world, only 4X4 vehicles are allowed on this island classified as a national park.
By the way, for information, the 4 largest sand islands in the world are in Queensland
Like the visit of North Stradbroke island, I’ve told you about already, the discovery of Moreton is also adventurous…
Apart from the white sand beaches as far as the eye can see, which I personally never tire of, you can discover the sand dunes in the desert.
As impressive as those in Dubai (reread the article Desert) and perfect for tobogganing with a wooden board.
First time for my sister & I, was fantastic; no photos or videos unfortunately, I was too busy having fun!
The 4X4 also provides easy access to the heights of the island to Cape Moreton Lighthouse, the first lighthouse built in Queensland in 1857.
One of the buildings has been transformed into an information centre with a presentation of the island and its history.
Remember that Moreton Bay including Brisbane, and Australia in general, was initially a penitentiary centre for British convicts.
When the weather is clear, you can easily see whales, sharks, turtles, dolphins, rays and dugongs.
The vegetation is very astonishing here and offers a surprising spectacle, perfect for photography.
Let’s stop at the Blue Lagoon, a lake in the middle of the island, with a sandy bottom formed by the natural collection of rainwater over thousands of years. Its cool water infused with the natural tea tree oils that surround it, makes it a popular spot.
For fish & snorkelling lovers, let’s head to the beach to enjoy the 15 ships that were deliberately sunk there in 1963 to create a breakwater. Coral and wildlife have taken over the place and the atmosphere is quite unique.
Again, no photos, I was head underwater admiring fishes, but beautiful images in the video at the end of the article ...
You know me well enough now to guess that I picked the hotel instead of the campsite.
However, the Tangalooma Island Resort is not like any hotel.
Originally the place was a whaling fishing station that operated between 1952 and 1962. The island is in the way of the whale migration route from June to November.
Today, an Eco Centre installed within the hotel, protects and informs about the environment and the island’s wildlife. Lots of activities are organised around it, interesting for both adults and children.
A whole ecosystem coexists here, which makes it a surprising and magical place ...
I've saved the best for last, if you've read my article My Favourite Animals, I talked about it briefly: dolphins!
Every evening, about ten wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shores of the hotel.
You have the option of being able to feed one of them by hand. The research team take the opportunity to check the health of the dolphins and to count them.
They are only fed 10-20% of their daily requirement to keep them wild.
The experience is incredible and truly extraordinary, the dolphins are curious and playful, and being able to approach them so closely is a great chance.
To leave this little paradise, we had to take the ferry again, much to the despair of my sister who would have preferred the helicopter!
Reread my Previous Articles:
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
I was in Madrid 4 years ago, to freeze my eggs, a new city for me that I discovered with pleasure and great curiosity.
Another milestone in my life, after My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
Freezing my eggs was a thoughtful decision, however the process was longer and more emotionally painful than I’d have thought ...
But I’ve already told you all this in detail:
Faith is what has helped me, the one I have in God, in the Universe but also faith in myself and in my choices, the way I react to hardships, and how I constantly challenge myself to become a better me day after day.
Without wanting to, this article is timely because this week I’ve been greatly tested on that side, staying on course towards your dreams while the path seems to be giving way beneath your feet…
To be silent and to learn to listen to oneself, this is the main principle of meditation but also of prayer.
And in fact, in 2018, I was going to the sumptuous Almudena Cathedral every day to calm my mind...
After the grandiose and opulent Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral located just opposite can’t be missed.
Built in the heart of the city, near the Plaza Mayor, its neoclassical style and multiple huge entrances make it one of the main attractions.
Its baroque dome and its columns inevitably recall the Pantheon in Paris which I talked about during my Honeymoon 2.
Begun in 1883, it wasn’t completed until 110 years later, for lack of money, and of political and religious wars.
Finally, in 1993 Pope John Paul II consecrated it, and a statue in effigy adorns one of the main entrances ...
It’s equally majestic in the evening, bringing out other details of its incredible architecture ...
102m (335ft) long and 82m (269ft) high, this cathedral is very impressive with its 4,800 m2 (52,000 sq ft).
But its originality lies in the duality of its architectural style: neoclassical on the outside (like the Royal Palace), but Gothic on the inside with modern and contemporary artworks.
Very different to the Reims Cathedral (France), that I’ve showed you already.
The wedding of King Felipe VI and Letizia Ortiz was celebrated in this cathedral in 2004.
This cathedral is a true incarnation of several eras dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena who sits in its centre.
And many people flock every day to approach the statue erected on a magnificent platform.
The Virgin of Almudena is the patron saint of Madrid, she’d have appeared several times in the past, near a wall built when the city was an ancient Muslim medina called Almudena.
Celebrated on November 9 with many processions, religious services, the entrance is completely covered with flowers, it’s a very important day for Madrid inhabitants. I had the chance to attend once and it’s fascinating.
Besides, I strongly encourage you to visit the Cathedral Museum, which exhibits the Virgin's ceremonial outfits and accessories, and also tells the story of the Diocese of Madrid (unfortunately no photos allowed).
Especially, the entrance to the museum will give you access to the Dome of the cathedral at 70m (230ft) high, surrounded by the 12 apostles.
And to admire the city, you don't need a helicopter like in my last article In the Air 3, the view from the roof is breathtaking!
The absolutely sumptuous neo-Romanesque crypt opened to the public in 1911 ...
Madrid is a city I like a lot, with its rich history, architecture, culture, there’s a lot to discover in this city.
Read my previous articles about Madrid:
Have a lovely week everyone!
Love & Joy,
After my article last week on My Solo Wedding Fireworks in Santorini, I decided to keep my head in the sky.
I’ve shown you in the past how much I love spending time in the air:
Today I'm taking you to the other side of the planet, to visit an incomparable place from the sky: Sydney!
An Australian city discovered by James Cook in 1770 - who to get there largely used the navigation instruments mentioned in my article The Greenwich Meridian, moreover certain objects and documents of the navigator are exposed in the museum of the Royal Observatory of Greenwich - Sydney is a unique city in many ways and it can be visited by land, sea and air…
The helicopter is a great way to discover its architecture and landscape from a different and grandiose perspective, as it covers 12,300 km2 (4,750 sq. miles)!! In comparison, London covers 1,572km2 ...
Thus, we can easily admire its magnificent opera house, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Anzac Bridge, the Olympic facilities, but also its numerous beaches ...
I’ll tell you more about this city in a future article.
Re-read my articles about Australia:
For brave people, you can also climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge, after 1,332 steps you reach a height of 49m (161ft.), 3 hours of journey in total.
Quite honestly, I’m not brave enough to do it but I have no doubt that it’s an incredible experience to live ...
However, I’ve been to the top of the Sydney Tower at 260 metres (853ft) high to admire the city at dusk.
Everything becomes magical with the lights ...
Sydney by helicopter is one of my fondest memories, I’m happy to have shared it with you and I hope I’ve made you travel in the air ...
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
Since in my last article Happy New Year 2021, I’ve talked about fireworks, I thought it was time to tell you about mine ...
It was one of the things planned initially with my fiancé and, in my grief, it had become something that I was looking forward to, no way to cancel it for my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
It’s one of the highlights of my wedding, I wouldn't have missed it for anything in the world. How happy I am to have lived this moment, forever etched on my memory.
Even in a dark sky, you can see colours, don’t give up on the stars and the sparks.
Self-love is the paintbrush and you are the painter.
I created a masterpiece from the most dramatic event of my life, don’t let anyone destroy your light, you’re precious to this world…
Obviously, I say a lot about it in my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini (not yet published) but for you, here’s a new excerpt:
"The fireworks were launched below the terrace, along the cliff, which made the rockets explode almost before our eyes, it was just magical and so private. It is like going to a concert in a very small venue. We are so close to the stage that we could touch the artist. Three minutes of pure happiness accompanied by a song that I love.
More excerpts on the page dedicated to my book: here.
But I give you the list of all my articles with an extract from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini (you can click on it to access them directly):
I’m never tired of talking and re-talking about my Solo Wedding in Santorini!
In my last video, I mentioned how proud I was of what I had accomplished over the past 20 years. Obviously, my marriage is my greatest pride.
Keep shining and enjoy life!!
Have an amazing week everyone!
Love & Joy,
Youhouhhhh!! Finally, here it is 2021, a new decade begins, with new expectations, hopes, dreams and interaction to come ...
I wish you all a magical, bright & wonderful year!!
I hope you had a great holiday season.
I spent NYE with my parents, and last time was in 2015. They came to see me in Australia, and we were outside the Sydney Opera House for the gigantic fireworks. An absolutely unforgettable memory. I put the full video of this year's Sydney fireworks at the end of the article 😊
What a year 2020! We’ve been through a lot, definitely a very interesting and demanding period. It drove us into a corner and pushed us to question ourselves about the meaning of our lives.
In my articles Happy New Year 2020 and 2019 to 2020, I said, among other things:
My resolutions for 2020: to sustain my momentum, not to plan anything and to live driven by opportunities, new people, and of course to continue to realise old dreams and create new ones.
I definitely had a good intuition by not planning anything, I was unable to travel abroad in 2020, but I took you with me on my previous adventures:
However, in 2020, I had a wonderful Honeymoon 2 in the most beautiful city in the world:
And I still have a lot to tell you ...
In 2020, I talked a lot about myself again lol:
My quarantine articles obviously:
I hope you’ll keep some good habits like dancing every day!!
I did my best to inspire you more this year:
I couldn't attend any new ballet, but I did watch some on the internet!
This period definitely made me more interested in the options available online, then I met incredible people and attended some amazing world conferences ...
My Resolutions for 2021:
Recently a friend told me why stop something that is working?
So, let's continue: the blog, the videos, my social media...
And if there’s anything you want me to talk about or improve, please tell me: here.
Obviously, publishing my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, or How It Saved My Life is still relevant today, but I'm also working on the next one:
After… My Solo Wedding in Santorini, or How My Healing Became A Mission…
I promise to tell you more soon ...
However, this year, I intend to travel, find where to put my bags for good and may be even find love ... 😊
“I was born to inspire people to be themselves! "L.
And thank you again for your support & unconditional love, I wouldn't have so much fun creating and writing without you!
No article next week, I'll be busy writing my greetings cards & meditating to charge my energy for the New Year.
Take the opportunity to catch up with the articles you haven't read 😉
And don't worry, I’ll stay active on social media:
Happy New Year again, I believe in you and your magic, and as I said on my photo at the beginning: leave sparkles wherever you go ...
Be confident, be yourself and shine like a thousand fireworks!
Love & Joy,
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, I thought about you and even told you in my last video! (I'll add it at the very end of this article)
This year, no crazy New Year’s Eve party, we are all in the same boat, no matter where we are in the world, so I decided to share with you my favourite musicals, to have something to do…
Yes, after the Disney Princesses and Ballet, this is another of my passions.
By the way, I've already talked a bit about it last year: Happy New Year 2020.
Let’s be precise, I’m talking about the musicals I’ve watched in theatres.
I’d like to take advantage of this article, to pay tribute to all the entertainment people who unfortunately were unable to produce their art this year, and many of whom found themselves in precarious and difficult situations.
Making people dream is a wonderful talent. Let’s be grateful for all these artists and technicians, and for their incredible magic!
What's the musical that comes to your mind spontaneously? Maybe even your favourite, you can reply in the comments below 😉
I start here with classics, some of which I love the cinema versions, and relevant during the festive season:
Another musical from composers Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein.
I obviously give you a legendary passage:
Here, musicals have been adapted long after cinema.
The first was premiered in 1951 with the incredible music of George & Ira Gershwin!! Then, in theatre from 2015.
Video to watch absolutely!!
You know I love her, I wrote about her in my Article Thank You.
Not easy to create the magic of this character without special effects, and yet nothing is impossible for Mary Poppins, including flying above the audience...
I still have goose bumps!
Two other musicals that are dear to my heart and I saw in the fabulous Théâtre Mogador in Paris:
A musical I found great & extremely funny: The Addams Family.
I'm a fan and for 1h30 I really thought I was in Morticia and Gomez's house, a bit more time and I invited myself to dinner, I think I had a thing for Cousin Itt ...
This musical was created in 2005 and adapted for the cinema in 2012, it uses the iconic songs from the 80s, you just sing and dance all along ...
And then so many others, all so extraordinary. Well, I admit that depending on the country, some casts are better than others, but the magic is always there.
There’s something intimate and wonderful about theatre you can’t have in cinema.
Almost as if we knew the actors:
Cabaret, Grease, West Side Story, Wicked, A Chorus line, Dirty dancing, Jersey Boys, Spiderman, Billy Elliot…
There are still a lot of musicals I’d like to see and fill my basket of dreams 😊
Maybe one day My Solo Wedding in Santorini will be told in music!!
And it's not strictly a musical, but the Rockettes performance at the Radio City Hall in New York is a must-see once in a lifetime!
Christmas in New York
If you are bored during these holidays, you can always re-read my previous articles, full of fun & magic:
I received pictures of beautiful Xmas trees again this week, thank you all!
As for me, on New Year's Eve, I’ll spend it with my parents, in my pyjamas, eating foie gras, oysters and cakes. Very good program in perspective: D
At the end of the article, I put more videos
+ the musical I absolutely want to see, hopefully in 2021!!!
Of course: Frozen! Chills guaranteed!!
See you next year, happy New Year's Eve!
Remember to be happy, you can do it!!
Love & Joy,
Last week I took you to Dubai, the perfect place where luxury meets adventure.
And like in a Thousand and One Nights tale, if there's one important thing it's the princess!
I have no problem playing divas and queens, my Solo Wedding in Santorini is the perfect example.
However, if there’s one time of the year when this aspect of my personality stands out most, it's Christmas!!
And yes, in some photos I have navy blue hair (reread Navy Hair), and often a glass in my hand, which it's explained in my article Champagne ...
So today, I’ve chosen to take you to a universe that everyone knows, which continues to make me dream even adult, and which even drives my 36-year-old little sister completely crazy: Disney Princesses!
Stories have evolved a lot since 1923, when the Walt Disney Company was founded ...
The first Disney princess was Snow White in 1937, followed by Cinderella in 1950 then Sleeping Beauty in 1959.
But Snow White remains my favourite, I discovered her when I was 4 years old, at the same time as I went to the cinema for the first time, a very small one where I grew up in a ski resort in the French Alps (read Childhood)…
Well, I admit that now I rather prefer the evil Queen of the American series Once Upon a Time, a series that lasted 7 seasons, and which masterfully takes up all the fairy tales in a fantastic scenario with incredible details, costumes and actors.
But let’s check the Princesses who inspire me today:
The adventurous princess who rescues her island!
Story that takes place in Polynesia, where I’ve never been, but where some of my friends lived and whom I think about a lot during this period of the year!
The warrior princess posing as a man!
The Princess who doesn’t want to get married ...
Disney constantly makes us travel, thanks to the diversity of countries and cultures picked, which makes me think of:
If you watched the second movie, well she has two lovers! So modern!! hahaha
This reminds me of my articles:
I’m a fan of this song and find it more relevant than ever:
And then, the one that surpasses them all, obviously Queen Elsa, you know I'm a fan!!
Queen, no man (well in the first film) and a magical superpower… We look so similar: D
I will spare you here the ultra-famous song from this movie, but I give you a song from Frozen 2.
Please tell me who your favourite princess is in the comments below!
Reread my previous articles:
And during this holiday season, regardless of our age, we all become children again, little elves, princes and princesses.
Whether you are with your parents, children, grandparents, uncles and aunts or friends. We all are someone's precious little thing.
Many of you will not be able to celebrate it as usual; create your own moment, invent a new tradition for yourself. Don't let the current situation take away the magic of Christmas.
I’ve lived abroad for over 10 years without being able to celebrate it with my family, no matter where I was, I’ve always had a lot of joy and wonderful times, alone or with friends. And when we were reunited with my family, we took the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and birthdays, all in once, whether in March or July...
This year has shown us more than ever that we don't know what tomorrow will bring, so live the moment! This is the tip in my last video:
And for this reason, every year I ask your photos of trees and decorations, to have you with me and always in my heart!!
Thanks again to everyone for sending me your photos, they are beautiful, you rock!
If there's one Disney movie that I recommend for the whole family, young and old people: Ralph breaks the internet.
Released in 2018, it’s completely topical, covering the internet, social media and it's full of winks!
A very beautiful film, funny and with a very good moral.
And since it's the Christmas holidays, I add more videos from movies at the end of this article.
I wish you all a Wonderful & Merry Christmas!
Love & Joy,
After my article Louboutin last week, let's stay in luxury and creativity, I promised you an article on Dubai, here it is, and at Christmas of course!
Change of scenery guaranteed and even more decadent than in my previous articles:
I know you’re already dreaming!
The beach and the skyscrapers probably remind you of Christmas in Brisbane with South Bank Beach in the middle of the city. I love it!
And for those wondering, yes, we wear bikinis at the beach, Dubai is a very cosmopolitan city that is home to many nationalities and cultures.
It’s quite confusing at first, but you quickly get used to the mix and it’s quite fun & inspiring.
You’ll surely recognise the Burj Al Arab hotel, the highest in the world and 7 Stars please, with among others a heliport and a restaurant at 200m above sea level (Video at the end of the article).
A real aesthetic and technical feat, built on stilts (250 pillars of 1.50m in diameter!) And able to withstand storms and frequent earthquakes in the region.
I couldn't visit it, but it made a perfect background for my selfie!
And yes, my hair was a bit longer at that time, read or reread my article Titanium Heart to know everything about my haircuts ...
In my article Desert, mentioning the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, I said that everything was possible in this city, the proof again here with the different activities that you can find in the gigantic shopping centres out of sand: luxury shops, art, cinemas, aquariums, and even an ice rink and ski slopes, this is Christmas anyway!
No chance to be bored in Dubai ...
And cuz it’s Christmas, window displays and decorations are in the spotlight.
Oh Louboutin, did you read my last article?
However, I strongly advise to wear sneakers to visit these immense galleries, I sprained my ankle walking these endless alleys ...
Of course, we think of luxury and extravagance, I won't lie, I’ve experienced them a lot: caviar buffet, champagne, luxury shopping, restaurants, bars ...
It reminds me my Solo Wedding in Santorini somehow.
I also took the opportunity to wear my jewellery and designer dresses:
Outfit 1 – Dress Anne Fontaine, Bracelet Tiffany & Co, Ring Chanel, Earrings Swarovski, Chanel beauty, Shoes Stuart Weitzman, cigarillos Romeo y Julieta
Outfit 2 – Dress Zimmerman, Earrings Coach, Chanel beauty
You think I'm exaggerating, so what are you going to think of the air-conditioned bus stops and police driving Ferraris ...
Let's continue in the spectacular with the fountains ballet like in Las Vegas, with the famous Burj Khalifa tower illuminated in the background.
With a height of 828 metres (2,717 ft), 163 floors, it’s the tallest tower in the world since 2009. However, the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia is expected to overtake it by 2024 by reaching 1000m (3,281 ft).
The Burj Khalifa tower is nonetheless an incredible construction, like many others in Dubai.
And just another building that many have seen before, the 5 Star Atlantis hotel. Huge complex with 1,539 rooms including 2 underwater suites, a water park, an aquarium, 17 restaurants and bars ...
There’s even a skytrain to access it.
The Atlantis was recently (October 2020) the backdrop for the new largest fountain in the world called The Palm Fountain, because located on the Palm Jumeirah island (Video at the end of the article).
Dubai can also be visited by sea, by yacht to blend in perfectly with the scenery, although mine was almost invisible compared to the size of the others ...
Sea Trip Outfit - Dress Hermès, Sunglasses Prada, Belt Salvatore Ferragamo
But by air it's even better, by seaplane please. You know I like flying (read the article In the Air).
We then realise the immensity of the work that has been required, and all the construction in progress.
Let’s not forget that it was only in the early 90s that it all started ...
Have fun recognising the buildings and places mentioned above 😉
There’s a photo, however, that must have seemed strange to you ...
And yes, the old town is not so far with its traditional boats still in use, but also the spice market and especially the gold market!
I've never seen anything like it, and yet you know I've travelled a lot in my life.
I also highly recommend visiting The Dubai Museum, it’s absolutely beautiful, housed in the old Al Fahidi Fort.
Rich in number of artefacts from the region but also from around the world, thanks to trade, it also exhibits local life before the oil era.
Besides, do you know what was Dubai's main wealth?
They were mainly pearl fishermen; actually Paris was the pearl capital of the world at the end of the 19th century and had strong trade links with the countries of the Persian Gulf.
Dubai is the perfect embodiment of the past and the future, perfect at the end of the year when we reflect on what we have accomplished while setting new goals ...
To keep you busy while waiting for Santa, several videos at the end of the article that highlight what I told you in this article.
Don't forget to send me your photos of Christmas decorations, they’ll be published in my next article:
Have great Christmas preparations!!
Love & Joy,
Last week I told you about Gratitude and how it’s a great exercise to be happy, this week I want to be grateful for the month of December because this is my favourite & for shoes!!
For those who follow me for a long time, you know how addicted I am to luxury shoes, with more than 130 pairs in my closet, you can also re-read my previous articles full of photos:
You also know that my shoes for My Solo Wedding in Santorini were Louboutins!
During my 2nd Honeymoon in Paris, I had the chance to visit his exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée: L’Exhibition [niste].
It’ll be accessible again from December 15, 2020 to January 3, 2021, online reservation is of course mandatory: LINK.
All the following photos of the exhibition are mine, as always in each of my articles :D
Follow me to discover 30 years of creation and inspiration ...
A designer is above all an artist, and Christian Louboutin has his own universe. From the 80s, in his tiny room, he explored genres, whimsical and funny, made of waste material and a lot of DIY ... Some meetings were decisive like with Roger Vivier, and in 1991, he created his own brand.
The stained glass windows were designed by the designer and made by the Maison du Vitrail in Paris, they refer to the world of Christian Louboutin such as travel, theatre, couture, art, craft, Parisian women, innovation and sexuality.
Obviously, when we think of Louboutin we think of luxury and magic. Precious materials, original, timeless and inimitable designs ...
My favourites, the fuchsia obviously in crepe de chine, satin and cock feathers!
Exceptional and meticulous work, some models have Swarovski crystals which are placed one by one by hand...
To respect the model's arch, each shoe size has its own heel height to maintain the same silhouette.
There’s also a workshop for "special orders", custom-made, and many personalities use it: Mika, Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Dita Von Teese ...
And celebrities who loved his creations from his debut such as Madonna, Princess Caroline, or Anna Wintour who published an article in Vogue at the very beginning.
More recently, we can’t forget Beyoncé for the 2018 Super Bowl or Blake Lively, stunning on the red carpet of the 2018 MET ball, alongside Christian Louboutin who had made for her an exclusive model for the occasion!
But these stars also inspire him since some models are called: Mika, Dita ...
Obviously dance and music have always been great sources of inspiration for him.
My favourites are the fringed boots inspired by Tina Turner called For Evertina, and the So Baker, for Josephine Baker (remember, she’s mentioned in my article Proud to be a woman).
Louboutin, it’s also an erotic and fetishistic universe, dear to the creator.
The invention of nude in 2009, a revolution ... Designed to adapt to any type of skin tone, it’s about further lengthening the silhouette by making the shoe disappear.
Today there are 8 shades of nude.
His inspiration is endless and comes from multiple worlds, which he was kind enough to share in this exhibition.
You will no doubt recognise Andy Warhol's painting Flowers (rediscover my article Andy Warhol), which inspired Louboutin's very identifiable Pensée model.
His calling happened when he was a child, because of a sign that prohibited heels to preserve the mosaic floor of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, everything starts with a drawing and any drawing is the source of a creation ...
As a kid from the neighbourhood, he often came here, this is the reason why he chose to exhibit in this building.
Thank you very much Mr. Christian Louboutin for inviting us into your world, your life, your creation ...
But the Louboutin brand is also perfume, lipstick and nail polish, I even got some as a gift for My Solo Wedding in Santorini!
Every day until Christmas, I put in my stories on Instagram, dreamy things to give you gift ideas, also take the opportunity to reread my article from last year Letter to Santa.
(Photo Credit: Alexander Hadji)
In the meantime, I’ll do as Jennifer Lopez in the song at the end of the article, I’ll throw on my Louboutins and write to Santa!
By the way, the Palais de la Porte Dorée is absolutely magnificent, an Art Deco building built in 1931 (but I'll talk more about it another time, don't worry).
My favourite period, I'm sure I lived at that time in another life: I drink whiskey, smoke cigars, love parties, art and short hair, I dance Argentine tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and I love pearls!
Pearls that will be in the spotlight on December 9 and 10 at the School of Jewelry Art (Van Cleef and Arpels), during their free online conference "Pearl merchants: the forgotten history of a trade between the Gulf and France ”.
I highly recommend you to register, it only lasts an hour and it’s always absolutely fascinating!! Link
Till then, I’ll do as Jennifer Lopez in the song at the end of the article, I’ll throw on my Louboutins and write to Santa!
Have a great week!!
Love & Joy,
I’ve talked many times about gratitude on this blog and in my videos, for me it’s the ultimate tool in the pursuit of happiness.
So today, I'm going to dwell on it and tell you how it works for me!
First, this is an exercise I do twice a day. And yes, I say exercise, because it’s by practicing it regularly that it becomes a habit. By the way, remember in my article Be Positive, I taught you the 21-day method, time to form a new habit, and after 90 days we even talk about lifestyle!
But do it at your own pace, once a week, on weekends for example, then once a day, at the end of the day remember 3 things that you were grateful for. It’ll become automatic and without realising it you’ll naturally do it several times a day.
For my part, I do it in the morning just after my first meditation, it helps me charge my positive energies and put me in a good mood, like getting a shield to protect myself from the bad vibes that will hit throughout the day (like the news on TV for example!).
Then I do it again in my bed just before to fall asleep, this time to release the pressure of the day, congratulate myself on what I’ve accomplished and just to feel happy.
And if there’s one thing that I’m very grateful for today, this is the internet! I couldn't share my experience without it. It was actually my video on social media last week:
There are 2 methods that work for me. If I feel perfectly balanced, well connected with my inner self, I just say things out loud, but it's important to express it clearly & audibly to increase the frequency of our vibrations and to be heard by the universe.
On the other hand, if I’m feeling a little confused, frustrated, sad, or depressed, I write all the things I'm grateful for on a piece of paper, and read it several times a day.
Start by looking around and jotting down the obvious, simple things like electricity, tap water, a roof over your head, clean clothes, food in the fridge. Lots of other things will naturally come to your mind and you’ll eventually mention more important topics like love from your children, support from your friends, nature ...
And I add here my first video on gratitude:
A video summarising this article will be on social media in a few days:
This year, I’m grateful for being confined, it allowed me to participate in world events I couldn’t have been to otherwise, like seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama live!
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean being disconnected from the world, quite the opposite ...
And you, what are you grateful for this year? Take a few minutes to answer it.
And of course, in my life, I am extremely grateful for My Solo Wedding in Santorini, it opened the doors to infinite possibilities and made me discover my tremendous self-love.
Obviously, I was going to forget, especially be grateful for what you are, this is how I begin my exercise of gratitude.
Listing your qualities to enhance yourself is essential, we too often forget how strong and full of potential we are. It's good to remember that.
Express yourself, unleash your true you, and shine gold like Paloma in the song at the end of the article!
Read or reread my previous articles:
Have a great week !
Christmas is coming…
Love & Joy,
"The whole world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.” St Thomas Aquina
And as we can’t travel anymore, I’ll continue to show you virtually the wonders of our world.
I realised that I regularly talk about the sea and the ocean, but not that much about the desert which nevertheless occupies nearly 20% of our beautiful planet.
Certainly, I’ve already told you about Las Vegas which is located in the middle of the Nevada desert, but this doesn’t count.
I'm not going to lie to you, the reason that brought me to visit this desert, well it's a spa!
You know it's one of my passions after reading my article Spas Around the World.
And I'm not talking about a mirage, but a magnificent establishment nestled in the sand.
Today I’m taking you somewhere where the word impossible doesn’t exist, in the desert of Dubai ...
When it comes to Dubai, you think of luxury, and for sure the 5-star Al Maha resort and spa is no exception.
In the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, just 45 minutes from the city, this is the perfect place to regain your energy in contact with nature, and to forget the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lounges filled with traditional furniture and local antiques immediately transport you to another world.
Relaxing here is nothing difficult especially when you see a gazelle by the pool.
And when you have lunch with a view of the desert, it’s a truly unique and magical experience.
Without forgetting that the 42 suites of this luxury hotel are hidden in the dunes and the vegetation, notice the small white tents…
Another reason why I’ve been there is for the animals.
I admit none of them is mentioned in My Favourite Animals, but yet I’ve always wanted to see oryxes, gazelles and antelopes in the wild.
Follow me, a guide takes us in a 4x4 to visit the reserve ...
Thanks to conservation efforts since 2004, the reserve now has more than 70 plant species, 140 bird species and 44 mammal and reptile species.
It has received numerous awards for the protection of nature and local wildlife.
All the activities and excursions organised within the reserve respect its ecosystem.
With its 225 km2, representing 5% of the emirate of Dubai, it’s the largest area protected by the government of the United Arab Emirates.
I’m delighted to have discovered this reserve of Dubai, totally magical and unreal, with its dunes as far as the eye can see, drawn by the wind, a soothing and timeless silence.
And sometimes a landscape that reminds me of Mars (reread In the Air 2) ...
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article. It’s a wonderful memory for me.
And don’t worry an article about Dubai is coming very soon ...
Have a wonderful week!
Love & Joy,
As I said in my article last week Greenwich Meridian, many of us are confined again.
Besides, I’d very much like to use time travel if it existed, to be able to relive some of my trips, and why not even redo My Solo Wedding in Santorini!!
At that time in 2018, I was in Crete writing my first book, an extraordinary and very emotional journey, I was realising a childhood dream while healing my love wounds.
I've shared a lot about this beautiful Greek island:
Then, in 2019, I was in London, I was working on the English version of my Book, and I took the opportunity to show you around this city that I particularly love:
No idea where I’ll be in 2021, but who knows today with the uncertainty around us.
Nevertheless, I posted a video on my social media last week, to keep our physical and mental health!
When the news broke of a new lockdown, many of you confided in me, expressing your worry and anxiety.
The idea is that moving your body with music is a great benefit to your health (body and mind), so I ask everyone to choose a song every day and to dance on it, anytime during the day.
It’s simple, easy and I promise it makes you smile every time!!
And on my Instagram, every day I remind people to dance, those who wish can even make a little video, tag me and I'll repost it.
Many people have embraced this idea and are spreading it around them in addition to practicing it, which makes me extremely proud and happy.
Happiness comes from small things and I keep telling you it on this blog:
And in my videos:
All videos: here
However, this time and unlike the first Quarantine, I intend to continue to follow my Healthy Routine!
If you need to occupy yourself, don't hesitate to sign up for the free webinars of the School of Jewelry Arts (Van Cleef & Arpels), I've already mentioned this school in my article Bird Paradise.
These live talks (in French & English) hosted by specialists and teachers from the School are extremely interesting and last only an hour and a half.
Coming up :
New York Architecture & Art Deco Jewelry - November 18 & 19, 2020
Flora in Jewelry Arts - November 24 & 25, 2020
From the Gulf to France, the Forgotten History of Pearl Merchants- December 9 & 10, 2020
Register online for details: Link.
Have a lovely week everyone and don't forget to dance!!
Love & Joy,
You know how much I love travelling, just re-read all my travel articles, especially the latest one about Palm Cove in Australia.
We also experienced Time Travel together in one of my previous articles, and that’s what we’re going to do again today.
Several countries have changed the clocks and I thought that travelling back in the past to understand time and space was welcome.
So I'm taking you to the Royal Observatory of Greenwich near London!
GMT, does that mean anything to you? Greenwich Mean Time, and yes, the mean solar time at the Greenwich Meridian has long been used as a world standard for time, based on Earth's rotation.
And if you remember my article Pantheon in Paris, there was a huge clock on the floor that operated with the movement of the Earth.
But you wonder why Greenwich in England?
This is quite arbitrary, because while latitude is measured by the equator and separates north from south, longitude, on the other hand, has no benchmark to separate west and east.
In the 19th century, many countries used their own meridian based on their national observatories.
However, in 1884, at a conference in Washington DC (USA), Greenwich was recognised as the Prime Meridian (O° of longitude) as an international standard, because the majority of shipping companies and the American rail system were already using the British system.
In addition, they took the opportunity to adopt a world time based on this same meridian.
Thus, the Greenwich Meridian, which crosses the Observatory, was the world's benchmark measurement of time and space. However, France didn’t adopt it until 1911, preferring to use the Paris meridian of course.
However, since 1972, GMT has been replaced by UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), a more precise calculation method. That’s the reason why you sometimes see Paris UTC + 1 or Los Angeles UTC-8.
The Greenwich meridian or prime meridian crosses England, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and the Antarctic.
You’ll observe in the photos, the names of the cities, their longitude in degrees and a letter (W for west and E for east), and of course Greenwich is on both sides of the line.
Here I am, I stand above the Meridian of Time and Space, between West and East!
In the observatory you can admire the telescope invented and used by George Biddell Airy (7th Royal Astronomer), to calculate the prime meridian.
You’ll notice the system to open the roof ...
But how did it all start?
Located in east London not far from the Thames Barrier, which I described to you in my article Technical Feat, the Royal Observatory was established in 1675 by Charles II of England.
At that time, the sailors and their precious cargo encountered a major problem, they knew how to calculate their north-south position (latitude) but had no way of knowing their longitude (west-east).
Many were lost at sea and perished.
John Flamsteed was the first Astronomer Royal, responsible for improving star maps to aid mariners.
Royal astronomers over time have thus created more precise tools and methods using various instruments, some invented at their request, several are on display at the observatory including a telescope from the Victorian era (1893), which is still in use today!
Moreover, the red ball on the roof of the house (installed in 1833), goes up shortly before 1 p.m. (in summer, noon in winter) and at the exact time falls, this allowed the boats which were on the Thames to reset their instruments before going to sea.
I’m speaking in the present tense because the ball is still used today.
Another major discovery was the invention of the marine timekeeper for boats. It was essential to consider the rolling, the temperature changes and the salt which rusted the pieces. After 45 years of work and research, and 4 versions of the clock, John Harrison invented the H4 in 1760 and revolutionised watchmaking.
The measurement of time was an essential discovery, the observatory has a large collection of sundials, clocks and watches.
It’s interesting to see this evolution until the wristwatches that we know today, these were initially created for ladies, men preferring the pocket watch, however during the WW1, they lost them in the trenches and decided to strap it to their wrists… Today the wristwatch is adopted by everyone.
The bronze planetarium was installed in 2007 on the property which makes this place a place full of enrichment and discovery.
The Observatory and the Greenwich Park where the building is, offer incredible panoramic views over Greenwich and the City of London.
The splendid building that extends below was a royal residence including the Royal Navy Hospital, now it’s the National Maritime Museum.
A very pleasant and relaxing environment, inspiring to daydream and new inventions ...
I admit, this article was a lot of reading, but as we are confined again, I figured this would pass the time for you.
Don't hesitate to re-read the articles about my Solo Wedding in Santorini if you’re looking for a bit of hope and courage.
You can also review my articles on London, and then, at the end of the article, a video on the best attractions in the city!
Have a fantastic week everyone!
Love & Science,
Happy Halloween everyone!!
We must admit that this year we don’t really need to scare ourselves, Covid 19 is largely taking care of it.
In addition, many cities and countries around the world don’t allow house tours to celebrate Halloween properly, such as in France where we are confined again since yesterday!
But don't let that prevent you from eating sweets or watching horror movies, or even disguising yourself while keeping your slippers on ...
You can also read my previous Halloween articles:
Or re-read my article from last week Respect with excerpts from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
In short, as I repeat on this blog and in my videos, there are always many ways to smile and to be happy, you just have to be creative and keep an open mind, moreover, I put one of my videos below:
I lived in Australia for 7 years, I can tell you that nature makes you shiver every day, and if you ever find yourself lacking in thrills you can always go to the beach!
And today, I'm going to tell you about one of my favourite spots, Palm Cove.
Located on the east coast, in the north Queensland, not far from Cairns, this adorable little town of 2,000 inhabitants owes its name "Palm Cove" from the row of trees along its white sandy beach.
I love palm trees; it reminds me of my article Las Palmas on Gran Canaria Island.
Dreamy beaches ...
You don't understand why it’s scary, yet I've covered it before in:
And yes! Among jellyfishes, crocodiles and hydrocution, you must choose hahaha.
Don't worry, you can swim in the large nets set up by lifeguards.
It’s strange the first time, but you quickly forget about the net and feel perfectly safe.
And on unsupervised beaches, there are bottles of vinegar available, for your information it's to relieve jellyfish burns, not to season your salad!
In addition, Palm Cove is very popular with anglers looking for mackerels, giant trevallies and sharks ...
Along the beach there’s a lovely promenade with shops, restaurants and cafés, which makes it a very pleasant place to wander and relax.
For those who don't like the ocean & its inhabitants, they can always choose a nice residence to stay in, like mine which had several beautiful swimming pools.
In addition, Palm Cove is located near the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, 2 natural sites not to be missed if you visit Australia.
Have a great week!
Love & Thrill,
I’ve meditated a lot last week to find today's topic, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the benefits of my article Meditation.
Today, I’d like to share with you new excerpts from my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" (not yet published), these extracts are from a very important chapter for me: Men’s opinion.
I have to admit that when I started sharing my story in February 2018 on my blog, I thought I was primarily speaking to women, but surprisingly, men showed me the most support and affection. It was obvious to me then that I talk about them in my book, this chapter was written in November 2018, at the very beginning of writing.
I’m also extremely proud to say that I reach perfect parity between my female & male readers!
"Courage is when we are afraid, but we go anyway". Unknown author
Excerpt from “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”:
“I am myself and proud, I live my life and make my own decisions accordingly, without worrying about what people can think. Yet this does not mean that critics do not affect me, I am human like everyone else. We learn to accept, to listen to them when the remarks are constructive and to let them go when they are unpleasant. Of course, some people do not understand what I did, especially those who only read the articles in newspapers or online. When you meet me, many more things make sense, my personality and my smile can lift mountains, and convince the most refractory person.
Discover or rediscover my articles on the respect I have for myself:
Just 2 years ago, on October 23, 2018, my story and my testimony were broadcast on the largest Greek television channel (see TV Interview).
Another important step in my healing and reconstruction, and above all the acceptance of my new mission on Earth: to inspire you to be happy!
Excerpt “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”:
“I have surpassed fears that many would like to overcome. Especially, I have shown the way. It cannot be so scary now; I hope others will follow my example to keep on hoping and being happy. I do not necessarily mean a solo wedding, everyone can create their own beneficial event, something that speaks to them and has a symbolic meaning. The respect I have for myself has determined my courage many times in my life. To love, respect, listen, accept who you are and pursue your dreams is for me the combination of courage. I did something extraordinary in an ordinary world to cope with a universal drama. All this in a magical place.” L.
Being yourself is the greatest form of respect you can give yourself, so don't be afraid, follow your heart and listen to your soul.
More excerpts from my book: here.
"Step outside of the box and you’ll find love, hope, wisdom and happiness ..." L.
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
“If people are suffering, then they must look within themselves…
Last time I took you to the top of the Eiffel Tower, for my 2nd Honeymoon, today we’re going to stay calm at home.
For those who follow me regularly, you know that your well-being is very important to me and I widely share my experience and my tips for being happy and positive on a daily basis, whether in my videos or on the blog:
And above all, reread my Healthy Routine where I gave you all the keys to my well-being and my foolproof mind, meditation being an essential element in my life.
The word meditation comes from the Latin meditari which means to think, to reflect, to contemplate. It has been translated from the Sanskrit dhyana, a method used in Eastern spiritual practices, such as Hinduism or Buddhism.
Thus, meditation exists since 1,500 years B.C.
Today, I’ll put aside the religious and spiritual aspect, to talk about meditation as a technique for achieving a calm and peaceful emotional state.
This practice usually involves focusing on an object, thought, or activity.
It’s a very effective way to relax, but not only. Meditation can reduce blood pressure, stress, anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, and pain. It would also help to increase our grey matter, our memory and our spatial vision.
In short, it improves our concentration and in general our health and well-being. Yet too few people practice it regularly in Western countries, although nowadays it’s introduced in companies and schools (and yes, children can perfectly practice meditation).
I started practicing hatha yoga at the age of 14. Well, at the time I was an alien, no one knew what yoga was, and my group of yogis (name for people who practice yoga) who accompanied me were only elderly people, who could no longer practice sports ...
I was just 20 years ahead of the trend and when you love you just keep going. In addition, I had the chance to be trained by the Indian master Sri Mahesh Ghatradyal who introduced yoga in France in the 1950s. , he had begun his apprenticeship at the age of 5 in an Indian monastery.
Once a month, I was practicing yoga nidra, a meditation based on breathing, visualisation and concentration on different parts of the body, with the use of a sankalpa, a positive self-affirmation. These sessions provided deep relaxation and great self-confidence.
It certainly helped me develop my love for myself (although I didn't know it yet) to be prepared for My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
“Be a lamp for yourself. Be your own confidence.
Today, I practice up to 3 meditations per day, of varying duration, mostly guided, which means that a person gives certain instructions regarding concentration, breathing, images to visualise and / or the emotions to be felt.
My morning meditation is different from the evening one, and depending on my mental or physiological needs, I’ll focus on one meditation rather than another such as boosting my energy, strengthening my self-confidence or being more grateful.
Most of the time I prefer to recline with my legs and hands apart, like in yoga nidra, a posture called shavasana, but I also do it sometimes while sitting, standing or walking!
The more you meditate, the more you’ll learn to discover the posture that is best for you, but for beginners I recommend sitting or lying down.
Lots of videos, audios and apps are available for free on the internet, try several and see what works for you. If you're just starting out, once a week is a good start, and ideally you should do it every day...
If you have any questions, please contact me: here.
My favourite method is the 6-phase meditation by Vishen Lakhiani. It lasts between 15 and 20 minutes and explores compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, future, perfect day and blessing.
Many athletes and personalities use this guided meditation.
It’s accessible to all (adults), simple, clear and reinforced by binaural music that intensifies relaxation and its effects.
And if you’re interested, here’s the link to learn all about this method with Vishen himself (completely free and a great program): link.
I’m a huge fan of Marisa Peer, although I mainly use her talents for hypnotherapy, as I mentioned in my article Quarantine, she also offers free guided meditations, you’ll find them on YouTube and if you want to find out more, visit her website, there are several free audios and courses available: https://marisapeer.com/
In search of more spirituality, every day I practice a meditation of Michael Beckwith, in particular the "Life Visioning". But I recommend it for people who are already used to meditation. He regularly offers courses, retreats and seminars, see his website for more information: https://michaelbeckwith.com
Besides, do not miss the Global Oneness Summit "The Power of Love", from October 17 to 24, it's online and free, register here: link.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be present, as well as many personalities such as Michael Beckwith and Marianne Williamson.
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
Back to France this week, I hope you enjoyed our getaway last week with Rainy Day in London.
In Honeymoon 2 I told you about all the amazing things I did during my stay in Paris and I started to give you details of my visits:
Today the Eiffel Tower, admittedly this is not the first time I mention our pretty iron lady:
But this time I take you to the top for the sunset!
1st floor at 190 ft high ...
2nd floor at 380 ft ...
The first elevator reaches the first 2 floors, then you must take a very small elevator to reach the last level.
The ascent only takes a minute and a half, but you quickly gain height, reaching 905 ft high!
We thus arrive on a sheltered and fully glazed floor, then a metal staircase brings us to the external platform located at 915 ft and protected only by wire mesh.
The view is breathtaking, Paris below us, luminous and majestic ...
And for those who know this city, have fun spotting the Sacré-Cœur, the Pantheon, the Montparnasse Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, the Grand Palais, etc.
Gustave Eiffel its creator had installed an office on this floor, it’s certain that with such a view, one can’t lack inspiration ...
As a reminder, it was built in 2 years and inaugurated in 1889 for the World Fair.
It is 1,063 ft high, the base of its pillars forms a 410 ft square and its metal frame weighs 7,300 tons.
It’s served by 5 elevators, already present in 1889, a real technical feat for the time, and 2 of them are still in use today. If you want to know more about how they work, click on the link below:
A magnificent park has been built under the tower with a few ponds, which makes it even more romantic and peaceful.
With the restrictions related to Covid, you must take your tickets online on a specific day and time, so there’s no longer a line, a huge advantage.
And here is the sun setting ...
The night ends up enveloping us, the Eiffel Tower shines with a thousand lights and nourishes us with its gentle and quiet strength ...
Paris is truly magical and captivating, I keep discovering it on each of my visits.
Read previous articles:
By the way for those who love jewellery and gems, I strongly recommend that you register for the Diamond, Art and Science seminar: link.
It's organised by the Ecole des Arts Joailliers with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels.
October 14, & 15 free and online.
I've been making my dreams come true since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and I feel so proud and fulfilled every time I realise one. Just pure happiness.
Try! It’s really worth it ...
Have a great week!!
Love & Joy,
After a rainy week secluded in my cave as I like to call my sanctuary where I write and work, inevitably I started to think of London!
First, because last year at this time I was living there, second, for those who follow me on Instagram, I’ve widely shared my stories about the rainy days in London.
In fact, I also talked about it in one of my videos, I put it at the end of the article.
I needed the perfect outfit to be able to go out there and my favourite store: Burberry on Regent Street. The building is period, built in 1820 for the Prince Regent (hence Regent Street), later King George IV.
I've discovered this place in 2017, during my hen's trip, one month before my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
The building was completely restored by the brand and its then Creative Director, Christopher Bailey. It took 2 years of renovation before it opened in 2012, this is the brand's largest store with 44,000 sq. ft of space, no less than 8 elevators and 26 stairs! This magnificent boutique is worth a visit on its own, especially if you like architecture.
Well, I admit the welcome is so charming and personalised that I took up residence lol, and depending on the time of day, I am offered a coffee, a tea or champagne… One tip from me, leave before emptying your entire bank account, everything is so beautiful here ...
Well covered up, I’m not afraid to explore the city on foot, even in the greyness there’s a lot to discover in the streets of London ...
Just in time for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace!
Another very touristy place, the Tower of London. The place is already quite austere in normal times (medieval style dictates), but on a rainy day we can perfectly imagine Anne Boleyn locked in the dungeon several weeks before her execution… You know, the 2nd wife of King Henry VIII; accused of adultery and high treason, she was beheaded.
Fortunately, at the Tower of London, there are also the crown jewels to admire (unfortunately photos prohibited), and then we understand better why Anne loved being queen so much ...
By the way, thanks to The Tudors series, I don't think I’d have remembered British history so much without watching Henry Cavill in panthoses, it was surely a good practice for him before Superman!
And the animal statues are there to remind us that in the past this fortress housed a menagerie (on the other hand the crow is real).
Nothing better than to take refuge in the many museums of the city for shelter like the British Museum my favourite, you can also go to see a musical or a ballet: reread Happy New Year 2020.
All these visits make me hungry: scones or cupcakes, so hard to choose (Read Article I love December).
But it’s already 6 p.m., dinner time here, if we opted for a specialty:
It was a good day, for those who really don't like the rain, there’s always the option to watch it fall and the squirrels pass by, or to wait for spring to return to go back to the magnificent parks and gardens of the city, like in my Article my Birthday in London.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Love & Joy,
Autumn is here, the rain and the cold with it, I’m back in Europe for 3 years since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and I still have a lot of trouble getting used to the seasons here. I loved to be in flip-flops and wearing a summer dress most of the year ...
In Australia, however, it’s spring!
Although I had a fantastic month in Paris for my Honeymoon 2, I admit that I miss the Pacific Ocean, so this week I take you with me to Australia, to discover a wild island full of treasures ...
North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) called Straddie by locals, is an island located in Queensland, not far from Brisbane.
The only way to get there is by boat or ferry.
This island is 38km (23.6mi) long, 11 (6.8mil) wide, with 2,000 inhabitants for 275 km2 (106 sq mi).
This little haven of peace offers an exotic getaway and a great way to reconnect with nature. Moreover, only one hotel for the whole island, camping is privileged.
Only the north of the island is inhabited, the south is totally wild and I find it very interesting to visit it by catamaran.
Otherwise, nothing better than a 4x4 to get around the island and the beaches, of course you need a special licence, which is valid for one year. Be careful with the tides, however.
Nature is truly incredible here, no matter the point of view, the forests, the endless white sand beaches, & BBQ on the beach, my favourite!
All beaches are magical, and sunbathing from beach to beach is my favourite sport 😊
But beware some places can be populated by jellyfishes and sharks, below a sign that we often see in Australia ...
I’ve already discussed this in my previous articles:
If you're afraid of the ocean, you can always go swimming in the many lakes of Straddie:
the two main ones are Blue Lake and Brown Lake, its name is due to the colour of the waters, which comes from the tannin of the surrounding plants. In fact, depending on the light, the water is even red!
It’s very surprising and very funny to bathe in it, especially as it’d have beneficial properties for the skin.
Another activity that I love, spotting koalas in the trees, it's not always easy to see them (check the photo below to demonstrate your talent), and I admit that sometimes I feel a bit like a voyeur lol but they’re so cute!!
This is a great opportunity to observe nature, all the animals and birds we find on this beautiful island, and it’s even better when we have a chance to see turtles, dolphins or whales!
Straddie has some great vantage points and the Gorge Walk (little path along the cliffs) is really perfect.
In addition, walking is excellent for your health ...
And when you see this type of sign, totally normal for Australians but completely unbelievable for us Europeans!
I love Australia ...
Travelling to the other side of the planet is not for now as far as I'm concerned, but I’ll take comfort in reading again my article Spas around the world and applying my own advice from the Happy Summer video ( at the end of the article).
Have a great week everyone!
Love & Joy,
I couldn't wait any longer to unveil this wonderful palace to you, because in fact I was so amazed that I absolutely wanted to share this discovery.
And for those who have visited it before, I hope you will enjoy seeing it again from all angles.
You are familiar with my interest in architecture and art, just remember some of my previous articles:
As I told you in my last article Honeymoon 2, visiting the Garnier Opera house was one of my dreams.
I’ve already visited magnificent opera houses such as Sydney, Madrid, or the Royal Opera House in London, which I told you about in my article Happy New Year 2020, but the Palais Garnier opens the doors to Parisian splendour and French elegance ...
Have you deciphered the words hidden on the ceiling medallion (photo above)?
“JEAN LOUIS CHARLES GARNIER ARCHITECT 1861-1875”.
And yes, he’s the one who gave his name to this building.
It was completed in 1875 following a competition organised by Napoleon III, after the old opera house Le Peletier was destroyed in a fire.
Garnier Palace is one of the emblematic monuments of Paris.
After passing the Rotonde des abonnés and the Bassin de la Pythie, let us be enchanted by the grandiose and luxurious atmosphere of the Grand staircase.
With a little imagination, we can easily imagine ourselves in a ceremonial outfit, we’re transported to the 19th century ...
An eclectic architecture that combines modern techniques and classic decoration. The whole structure, frames and beams are in metal, which is camouflaged with a lot of stucco, plaster, stone, paintings, gilding, onyx, copper, and marble! No less than 3 different marbles for this majestic staircase.
So many corridors, we don't always know where they lead to, but we gladly wander, and we often stop to admire the little details ...
Meeting with the other spectators before the performance, in the Avant-foyer, enhanced with multiple ceramics and gilded chandeliers.
Then, we finally find our loge, and we discover the auditorium located in the very heart of the palace.
Admittedly, this is no longer the original ceiling painted by Lenepveu, Napoleon III's favourite painter, but a creation by Marc Chagall designed in 1964 at the request of André Malraux, Minister of Cultural Affairs at the time. It represents the history of the arts of opera and dance.
The first painting, however, is safely stored underneath.
The chandelier is 16 feet high with a diameter of 13ft and weighs 6.5 tons. It reminds me of the magnificent chandelier in the Radio City Hall in New York.
An impressive room 102 feet wide, 105 ft deep and 66ft high to accommodate nearly 2,000 seats.
We cannot remain indifferent to such a creation ...
But this is the intermission, let's stop for a few moments to say hello to our friends in the splendid Grand foyer and its adjoining salons, it feels like being in Versailles, surrounded by gold and mirrors ...
Let's get my glass of champagne in the Rotonde du Glacier before the show restarts, does anyone want something else: coffee, orangeade, pastries?
It's hard to imagine that above this magnificent painted ceiling hides a dance studio, and yet...
Let's finish with the palace library and museum, 600,000 preserved documents, scores, photos, sketches, letters and no less than 100,000 books. But also 8,500 objects including paintings, set models and stage jewels...
From inside to out, Charles Garnier meticulously designed and planned everything.
He chose all the craftsmen himself: painters, mosaicists, and sculptors. An eclectic and very rich decoration for an opulent but nevertheless elegant result.
If you use the multimedia guide for the visit, he'll explain himself all the mysteries of his work.
This interactive tablet is really complete, you sometimes seem weird pointing your tablet at the ceiling, but it's definitely worth a look.
You'll thus discover certain places that are not accessible to the public, such as the dance studio above the Rotonde du Glacier, the Foyer de la Danse which is behind the stage, or the costume room where the tutus are stored !
I didn’t buy anything at the gift shop even though several dancers wanted to be adopted ... So cute!
Next time I’ll go to see the magnificent Paris Opera Ballet, there’s no doubt I’ll feel the presence of the architect all around me!
“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. " Salvador Dali
Love & Joy,
As I told you in the previous episode Honeymoon in Santorini, I chose to spend some time in Paris this year, after my birthday.
Alone, or with my friends, I had decided to make some of my dreams come true, you know how much this is part of my personality, read again:
A special year for me, my 40th birthday, which I couldn’t celebrate as I imagined it & my 3 years of marriage. And yes, My solo wedding in Santorini was in 2017 ...
So, what a better idea than to spend a second Honeymoon in the most romantic city in the world.
A magnificent gift to myself that will remain etched in my memory.
Although I often go to Paris, I never get tired of this city, there’s so much to discover here.
You’ve already followed me in my articles:
I must admit that even in July, I had never seen Paris so deserted, that's what encouraged me to stay and visit places normally crowded with tourists ...
I'm a dreamer, and what I love most of all is creating new dreams over and over again. This is probably what drives me to achieve them.
I don't just make a wish list and leave it in a drawer, they're in my head all the time, and I was going to dust off one that had been waiting for over 20 years ...
The last time I visited this famous museum, I stood in line for hours, and I couldn't get a photo with the star of the place. So, it was my dream to be able to come back and this time I really immortalised the moment!
Of course I’m talking about the Louvre, but in addition to having had my photo alone with Mona Lisa, I was able to admire from all sides the Venus de Milo, to take photos of the painting "Liberty leading the people" by Eugene Delacroix, or "the Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault.
Strolling all day in this sumptuous building with sometimes no one in the same room, was a huge privilege.
Let's continue with one of the most visited attractions in France, after the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
I’ve visited it several times in my life, I talked about it in my article Christmas in Paris, but I had never been able to go to the top, to the 3rd level.
Obviously, for my Honeymoon 2, I couldn't say no to myself, and even more extraordinary to be there for the sunset, this wonderful dream came true with exaltation.
Imagine I was the only Asian!! I'm not even sure this ever happened in story’s Eiffel Tower…
You know my passion for dance and ballet, remember in my article Happy New Year 2020, I wondered which company I was going to see this year.
Well, in the meantime, I went to visit a place that has been on my list for a very, very long time: the Garnier Palace.
Again, only a few visitors, I was able to admire this beautiful construction from all angles and be inspired by its luxury and prestige.
To tell the truth the building and its history are simply fascinating, and I’m very happy to have made this dream come true, especially as the architect Charles Garnier himself played the guide ...
There are always great exhibitions in Paris, and this one was on my list:
L'Exhibition[niste] by Christian Louboutin, the famous shoemaker that I’m not presenting anymore, I’ve already talked about him with my wedding shoes, in Shoes Forever.
This incredible exhibition takes place until January 3, 2021 at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, it tells the story and the journey of Christian Louboutin, obviously with countless pairs of shoes on display.
I encourage you to visit it if you like art and shoes.
Don't worry, I’ll come back in detail on this incredible exhibition and the magnificent monuments mentioned above.
You can review my previous articles in the meantime:
Obviously, you are now used to my culinary escapades, especially if you follow my Stories on Instagram, so yes, I also took the opportunity to treat myself during my stay.
No pastry like in Christmas in Paris, I try to follow my Healthy Routine, but that didn't stop me from going to Ladurée for a very elegant avocado toast.
Okay, I sometimes fell for a few desserts ... But it's so good!!
Add a coffee on the terrace, a drink on the quays, and you get the perfect cocktail for a second honeymoon full of wonderful memories…
I was going to forget, Paris by night is just as exceptional and enchanting ...
I still have so much to tell you about this beautiful city, stay tuned ...
Next Article September 12!
Love & Joy,
This is something journalists asked me, if I’ve had a honeymoon.
This is common practice after a wedding, so the question was legitimate even for my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
To tell the truth I hadn't thought about it and so hadn't planned anything, however, I stayed in Santorini for several months after the wedding, so I admitted it was my honeymoon. And frankly I couldn't have asked for better.
Especially since the strict definition is:
the 29 days following the wedding, the lunar month, hence the "moon"; “honey” because apparently this is the sweetest moment for a couple ...
The term was used already in the 16th century, however the practice spreads in the 19th century in Europe.
Honeymoon refers also to the vacation taken by newlyweds.
So, Santorini was my honeymoon for sure.
“Go where you feel the most alive.” Unknown author
"I spent time discovering, taking pictures, eating and sleeping"
Discovering enchanting places, hidden locations, beaches, sunsets ...
Pictures that you discover on the blog and on my social media, photos that have been finalists in art competitions on several occasions ...
Eating, I never forget to photograph all the good things I taste.
Sleeping including naps at the beach, nothing more relaxing than the sound of the waves as background music.
Drinking too lol but responsibly as much as possible (well I try hahaha).
Another question asked during my TV interview with Eleonora Meleti (reread article), if it hadn't been too hard to be alone.
I'm used to doing things and travelling on my own for a long time, so it wasn't new or difficult for me.
I've already talked about it in my article Single.
In addition, I befriended several people upon my arrival, and they introduced me to other friends, I was never alone. The Greeks are incredibly generous and welcoming. I feel so connected to them that I feel at home everywhere in Greece…
That’s the reason why I couldn’t write my book anywhere else but in this adopted country.
And as that wasn’t enough, I treated myself to a second honeymoon this year, to celebrate my 3 years of marriage but also my 40!
Article coming soon ...
The song that ended my wedding ceremony at the end of this article.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Love & Joy,
Back in Paris in July to celebrate my birthday, what you certainly haven't missed if you follow me on Instagram.
It reminded me of last year (Article My Bday in Paris), then made me think back to 2018 and 2017, I take you with me on a little trip through time and space!
The year of my rebirth, the new me, I was already happy and fulfilled before, but certainly not as much connected to myself as I am since my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
My birthdays are always memorable, I’m surrounded by amazing people, I hadn’t celebrated my birthday in France for more than 10 years, and my sister surprised me this time.
We were going for a weekend somewhere, that's all I knew, it was a surprise ...
Departure from Reims station (France).
For an unknown destination because I wasn't allowed to look at the signs and I had headphones on my ears ...
I might as well tell you that everything was possible in my head, and I was leaning towards Holland or Ireland.
It was finally my favourite city, Paris, and I don't say that because I'm French, it's unique and romantic, the atmosphere is magical and inspiring in all weathers. But it wasn’t yet my surprise ...
Direction the Parisian metro, exit "Bercy" then with my amazed eyes I discover: Celine Dion concert!
Returned to my magical island I missed terribly after 6 months of absence. And my heart filled with joy as the ferry approaches Santorini’s cliffs.
My friend Emanouela oversees the festivities, I’ll be staying at Ampelonas Hotel again, the one of my Solo Wedding.
Black sand beach, drinks with friends and restaurants, I don’t have time to be bored during my short stay, as for my birthday, it’ll remain etched in my memory.
Breakfast prepared by my friend, overlooking the caldera, dinner with girls at my favourite restaurant, Rosemary at Pyrgos. Greek specialties of course as for my Wedding Menu.
For this unique occasion, I’m wearing an incredible dress by designer Adolfo Dominguez, a dress that I bought myself a few weeks before in Madrid, after the freezing of my eggs.
Then a bar with a DJ, surrounded by my many Greek friends, to dance and blow out my candles. Please note the cake is very special, it's my wedding cake!
Finally, I couldn't end the night without going dancing in the Greek club of the island, where each time I find myself being the only foreigner, which amuses me a lot and makes me feel half Greek ...
I've told you a lot about it last year:
Other friends, and even more madness: unusual places like the bar on the roof of the Moulin Rouge or the famous Magic Mike Live London show.
And obviously walks, restaurants and lots of cocktails, always in excellent company!
I never stop being ecstatic and rejoicing in front of so many new things and discoveries, the world is fascinating ...
To tell the truth, since it was my 40th birthday (reread my special article), I was planning to celebrate it with decadence in Cuba, with a hundred guests invited, luckily my intuition made me give up this fiesta in 2019, long before the Covid appears, I warmly thank my guardian angel!
Everything was organised at the last minute, according to desires / ideas and available people.
So, I started the party the night before, in Reims, with girlfriends, in a secret bar run by a friend, contact me here if you want to know the address 😉
A very nice place on the roof of a hotel, with a breathtaking view of the city and especially the Cathedral!
You know that I love Rooftop bars, I made you discover a few already: Paris, London, Athens ...
Then at midnight, I was officially celebrating my birthday with candles, champagne and macaroons, accompanied by one of my Wedding songs: The Best by Tina Turner (video at the end of the article).
A few days later, I walked through the gates of an indomitable Gallic village, Parc Asterix!
I like celebrating my birthday in a Theme Park, I’ve done it in the past, especially in Australia, and anyway you know how much I love that:
And finally, Paris with my best friends. Bistro and bar on the terrace in the purest Parisian tradition ...
And now I’ve finally decided to extend my stay in Paris to make other dreams come true, a 2nd honeymoon, 3 years after my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I’ll tell you everything in detail, I promise!
All of my birthdays are unforgettable, and I make more of my dreams come true each time, not to mention I create new ones right away.
Stay tuned to find out how I'll celebrate it next year ...
And thank you to everyone who participated and wished me my birthday this year, lots of bisous!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Next Post: August 15.
Love & Joy,