Last time I took you to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, to Fiji.
On this Ascension long weekend, it seemed appropriate to show you another jewel of Christian architecture, and what is an unrecognised basilica and yet highly prestigious in many ways.
You know how much I love to share with you my interest in architecture, art, and history ...
The Basilica of Sainte Clotilde of Reims, bears the name of Queen Clotilde, Queen of the Franks and wife of King Clovis, whom she converted to Christianity.
Clovis, remember that is the name of the champagne at my Solo Wedding in Santorini (reread the article).
This magnificent basilica, in Greek cross shape, surmounted by a dome, was built between 1896 and 1905, by Alphonse Gosset, architect from Reims, with a national and even international reputation since he participated in competitions abroad (like one for New York in particular).
Neo-Byzantine in style, he was inspired in particular by the model of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople (Istanbul-Turkey) that I had the chance to visit.
This very fashionable style in the 19th century, also reached its peak with the construction of the incredible Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
Much more modest in size than St Remi Basilica or Reims Cathedral, and of course Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, it’s no less majestic from floor to ceiling.
Whether it’s the tiling with fleur-de-lys and doves, or the stained-glass windows depicting Joan of Arc and the baptism of Clovis.
Or the incredible ceiling under the dome which symbolises the celestial vault.
You will not remain indifferent ...
What I love most about this basilica is its baptistery.
Isolated next to the entrance, circular in shape and carefully decorated, it was used for baptism.
Moreover, the Basilica of St. Clotilde was originally erected to celebrate the 1,400 years of the baptism of Clovis, a baptism which took place at the Basilica of St Remi, remember my article.
But what makes all the richness of this basilica are the relics kept in its crypt!
It represents 1,600 Saints of France with 403 reliquaries and 2,100 relics.
Photos weren't allowed, but the video at the end of the article gives you a guided tour (but it's in French, anyway images speak for themselves).
My previous articles on Reims and its region:
Here again my video with the Cathedral of Reims in the background!
Have a luminous week everyone!
Love & Joy,
I should have been in Paris this month, unfortunately with the confinement I changed my plans but that doesn’t prevent me from showing you more of this magnificent French capital which is full of countless treasures.
I’ve chosen for this week one of the gems of France, which I had time to appreciate during my Honeymoon 2, last year.
Let's be honest, the Louvre Museum is huge, spread over nearly 250,000m2, of which 70,000m2 are devoted to exhibition, with 403 rooms, and 35,000 artworks out of the 500,000 preserved.
It’s also the largest museum in the world (in terms of exhibition area), in addition to being the most visited in the world.
So, I won't be able to show you everything at once, but today I'm going to talk about some legendary pieces of art.
First of all, the Louvre surprises with its architecture.
From one room to another, atmospheres are different, we travel in time and space, we discover all the styles of decoration, but also the history of France, and the history of its different owners of Philippe II to Napoleon III, via Henri IV or Louis XIV, but also more recently the French Presidents.
No less than 800 years of construction, transformation, and renovation ...
After my articles on the Palace of Versailles, the Garnier Palace, the Pantheon, the Louvre is a magnificent palace to discover.
It became a museum in 1793, the majority of the artworks coming from the Royal Collection, which became national property during the French Revolution.
It survived the changes of power and the 2 world wars, and continues to this day to acquire and protect artistic treasures.
Even without the artworks, I’d spend hours admiring and exploring every nook and cranny from floor to ceiling!
As you know, the Louvre is full of sculptures and paintings from all eras, and I’ll show you many of them in different articles.
But this time, I present to you my favourite sculpture: the Venus de Milo.
Magnificent marble sculpture dating from 120 BC, it’d represent Aphrodite the goddess of love and beauty (Venus for the Romans).
Obviously, you know my attachment to Greece since My Solo Wedding in Santorini, and this masterpiece of Greek sculpture adds to the wonderful creations I’ve shown you previously:
Discovered in 1820, by a Greek peasant on the island of Milo, island of the Cyclades, it was acquired by a French ambassador who offered it to Louis XVIII, and the latter donated it to the Louvre in 1821.
She was hidden at the Château de Valençay during the 2nd World War.
Today, she stands almost alone in the Galerie des Antiques, surrounded by red marble from the time of Napoleon I.
As I already explained in my article Honeymoon 2, I had never been able to have a picture taken with her before, for the good reason that there were always too many people.
This time, I had all the time and the opportunity to have a tête-à-tête with Mona Lisa, a moment of pure happiness and emotion.
In 1518, Francis I bought the painting from Leonardo da Vinci, and joined the collection of the Louvre during the Revolution.
She was moved too during World War II, like almost the entire Louvre collection, but her hiding place, the Château de Chambord.
In 2005, she was placed in the centre of the museum's largest room, protected in an air-conditioned display case due to its fragility, as it’s an oil painting on a poplar wood panel.
I'm going to show you something you don’t necessarily think of with the Louvre Museum and yet, the Crown Jewels!
It’s true that we got rid of Kingship a long time ago, and we’ve forgotten that incredible pieces of goldsmith's work, crockery, furniture and jewellery were created in the past and represent an incredible richness of craftmanship and luxury.
And to present them with dignity, nothing better than the Galerie d'Apollon created at the request of Louis XIV. Rich in gilding, painting and sculpture, it easily recalls the splendour of the Palace of Versailles, no wonder since the same artists took care of the Hall of Mirrors. Above all, this is the room that for the first time, Louis XIV associated his power with the symbol of the sun.
Today, among other things, we discover the Regent diamond of 140 carats, bought in 1717 by Philippe d´Orléans, Regent of France, and which Louis XIV had refused in the past because it was too expensive.
Along with Louis XIV's Blue Diamond, they were stolen during the Revolution, a burglary at the Hôtel du Garde-Meubles where they were stored.
The Regent was found a year later, however the blue diamond was lost and transformed to become the famous Hope Diamond (exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington USA).
If the Mona Lisa is the most visited work of art in the world, the Hope diamond is in second place, our Kings of France certainly had great taste.
By the way, these magnificent jewels remind me of my article Kensington Palace in London.
And if you’d like to know the full history of these jewels, don't miss the fabulous discussion at the Ecole School of Jewelry Art - Van Cleef & Arpels, which will take place on May 5 & 6: Link for registration (free event).
I described this wonderful school in my article:
I never tire of learning and discovering with them the incredible history of stones, metals and jewellery and I encourage you to visit their website: link.
Check my Previous articles about Paris:
And I invite you to watch the little video at the end of the article, which shows the successive constructions of the Louvre Palace, it's fascinating ...
Have a fantastic week everyone!
Love & Joy,
And yes, it's Easter weekend, and while some of us thought of celebrating it with our family (me for example!), France is re-confined just before the school holidays ...
But let’s not lose our enthusiasm nor our faith in a better future, and that’s why I’m taking you today to visit the Basilica of St Remi in Reims.
After my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I’ve spent a lot of time in this beautiful region of Champagne-Ardennes, which includes the city of Reims, and I’ve already introduced you to some great attractions:
St Remi Basilica is almost as tall as Reims Cathedral, 413ft long (126m), like Notre-Dame de Paris and 190ft wide (58m).
It was built in the 11th century, but more construction occurred for several centuries until the 19th century, but its golden age dates from the 12th century.
It was largely destroyed during the 1st World War, and 40 years were necessary for its reconstruction (20 for the Cathedral of Reims).
Roman and Gothic in style, its volumes are very impressive and make the place very solemn.
Many items of furniture and decoration were destroyed and ransacked during the French Revolution.
However, some sumptuous elements are still present and distinguish it from other religious buildings such as:
Let's admire now the classic stained-glass windows that have withstood ages and wars, accompanied today by contemporary stained glass windows created between 1950 and 1980.
But what makes this basilica unique is that it keeps the relics of Bishop Saint Remi, the very one who baptised Clovis, the first King of France. This is the reason why it was originally built.
His tomb is majestic and beautifully displayed, although this is only a 19th century replica, the original being looted and vandalised during the revolution.
Moreover, the basilica is decorated with many chapels including the chapel of the Virgin of the Vow, and an ambulatory to accommodate the many pilgrims.
A video to watch at the end, unfortunately it's in French, but you can still enjoy the beautiful images...
Don't hesitate to re-read my articles from previous years:
No article next week but you can continue to follow me on my social media ...
Next Post: April 17, 2021
Love & Joy,
As we close this month of March, which is also a celebration of women's history #womenshistorymonth, I’d like to pay tribute to Elsa Peretti who left for another realm on March 18 at the age of 80.
Famous jewellery designer and designer, she was born in Florence (Italy) in 1940, and grew up in Rome and Switzerland.
After studying interior design in Rome, she became a model in Barcelona (Spain) before moving to New York to work for the famous American fashion designer Halston, followed by many others…
She rubbed shoulders with the biggest celebrities, Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Cher, but also the greatest photographers.
In 1975, she was even immortalised by Helmut Newton!
In 1974, she became a designer for Tiffany & Co. and revolutionised the jewellery industry by making silver chic and precious.
Tiffany & Co, an American company founded in New York in 1837 and you know I love this city very much (reread Spring in NYC).
No less than 30 timeless and modern collections with among the most famous: Open heart, Bean, Bone cuff, Lacquer bangle ...
She who loved to travel (alone) was inspired by know-how and techniques from around the world.
She also created many accessories and objects for the home ...
"Style is to be yourself." Elsa Peretti
Her creations for this house belongs to history, several of them are part of the permanent collections of the largest museums:
You can find her collections for Tiffany & Co by clicking here: LINK.
Elsa Peretti was also a philanthropist, in 2000 she created the Nando Peretti Foundation (NPF), a foundation in honour of her father.
Countless projects have emerged in favour of the environment, education, women's rights ...
An artist with a big heart.
The first time she liked one of my Instagram posts, I felt so blessed.
To tell the truth, I don't know if it was her or someone from her team who saw my photos, and yet it's like somehow we were connected.
She's the kind of woman I wish I had in my life. I’d have loved to meet her. Maybe in another incarnation.
This woman will be my inspiration forever ...
I'm lucky enough to own one of these famous Bone cuffs, I only wear it on very special occasions, and I wore it during my interview for the late night show in Athens.
The embodiment of strength and femininity, this cuff represents to me the modern elegance of an independent and visionary woman.
And to tell my Solo Wedding in Santorini on the biggest Greek TV channel, this jewel was essential for me, like a kind of talisman, a protection.
Check the Article: TV Interview - Behind the Scenes
I also wore it in Paris for the beautiful wedding of gay friends (reread Superwomen 3).
It was written in the 2016 Tiffany catalog:
Bold and powerful yet feminine and unpretentious, just like the women it was created for, the Bone cuff has become a mainstay in the world of fashion and design.
An incredible woman who has crossed ages, and has never stopped building / rebuilding herself, always staying true to who she was.
A great example of how creativity, art, can transcend a human being and vice versa.
Keep shining Elsa, you are now a star among the stars!
Reread my Series Superwomen:
Have a wonderful 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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
We’ve just celebrated Bastille Day, National Day in France, unfortunately this year with the Covid restrictions, the fireworks of the Eiffel Tower took place but without spectators.
You can celebrate anyway watching the replay at the end of the article, or by reading again my article from last year:
My Bday in Paris
Or the one from 2018:
And yes, again in Paris in July to celebrate my birthday among other things.
I’m very grateful to be in Paris, some people dream of it all their life as in the film The Extraordinary journey of the Fakir, mentioned in my article Summary (in which besides I reminded you of my articles on incredible constructions.)
The atmosphere of this magical city inspired my last video:
However, on this very special day for the French, I wanted to tell you about a monument that honours our patriotism, and all the people who have contributed to it: The Pantheon in Paris.
But before that, it was a Christian basilica, built in 507 by King Clovis. It became the Church of Sainte-Geneviève, named after the patron saint of Paris, because she had protected the city and its inhabitants from the barbarians with Attila at its head.
A large mural depicts the life of Saint Geneviève, as well as her apotheosis under the dome. These are the oldest paintings dating from the First Empire.
In 1755, Louis XV commissioned Jacques-Germain Soufflot to build a prestigious basilica in honour of Sainte-Geneviève, to whom the King credits his recovery from a serious illness.
The architecture is Greek and Gothic, the dome is inspired by Saint Paul's Cathedral in London and the Invalides in Paris, the monumental peristyle is inspired by the Pantheon of Agrippa in Rome.
Soufflot wanted to compete with Saint-Pierre de Rome, he died before the end, his building was completed in 1790 by his collaborator Rondelet.
At its centre, there’s also the Foucault pendulum invented in 1851, in order to prove the rotation of Earth.
Finally, in 1791, the basilica was converted into the National Pantheon, however it changed twice into a religious building during the 19th century.
From 1874, paintings were added to the monument recounting the key moments of the Christian and monarchical origins of France, Clovis, Joan of Arc, Saint-Louis, Charlemagne are notably represented.
Obviously, we can’t miss the masterful representation of the French Revolution "The National Convention" embodying Marianne surrounded by soldiers and revolutionary deputies.
The original text of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen as well as the Constitution of the 5th Republic can be found in the Pantheon.
There are also many statues and inscriptions to pay homage to various personalities.
I can’t speak of the Pantheon without mentioning the crypt of course, many illustrious personalities who contributed to the glory of this country are buried there: Voltaire, Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Jean Monnet, Pierre & Marie Curie, Simone Veil to name a few ...
We emerge humble and moved by this beautiful monument, not to mention that we remember a part of the history of France.
A visit that I highly recommend if you’ve never been before.
Follow me on Instagram (@blogaboutl) to see more of my adventures!
Next Post: Saturday August 1st.
Love & Freedom,
We’re going to celebrate Mother’s Day in France tomorrow, which made me think of pottery, because let's be honest who never offered one for Mother’s Day, or even made one at school?
To tell the truth, I already thought of writing this article previously, but it had been replaced by Single and Superwomen 4.
Especially on this Saturday June 6, I celebrate something very special to my heart: the freezing of my eggs in Madrid! I’ve mentioned it last week in my article Happy Anniversary.
Maybe one day I will have the chance to have a pottery too...
But for the moment, let's go back to Crete, great place of this craft, still very popular today.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum (one of the most important in Greece) is a great place for pottery, from the Neolithic period to the Roman period, and obviously from the Minoan period too.
At first, pottery was ornamental, representing human forms, and sometimes animals or objects. They were used for rituals, magic, or as amulets or toys.
Then, widely developed as funerary objects, they filled the graves and tombs of the deceased, before finally becoming utensils for everyday life.
You will notice the colours, shapes and patterns which are sometimes very elaborate. Cretan pottery is one of the most beautiful pottery I’ve ever seen.
As a reminder, the pottery is made from terracotta.
These objects were found in various places of the island, in the tombs and the ruins of the palaces, including Knossos, remember I’ve talked about it in my article Crete Episode 1.
They cover more than 5,500 years of history!
I’ve rarely seen a collection so rich and so well preserved; this museum opened in 1883.
Also, the tiny Archaeological Museum of Chania (city that we visited in my article Crete Episode 4) displays a small but very nice collection.
Above all, some artefacts date from the Roman period, or they're from workshops in Corinth and Athens (I’ll tell you more about it in a future post).
We can see toys, perfume bottles and very pretty figurines too…
And for those who love history and artefacts, my previous articles:
Obviously, I went to visit a pottery and ceramic workshop, on the Lassithi plateau (place mentioned in Crete episode 3), to see what it looks like. They still use a potter's wheel and all the objects are painted by hand.
I’m sure you won’t see pottery the same way now…
And at the end of the article, the trailer of an animated film highlighting a Super mum!
Have a great week everyone!
Love & Joy,
I love this city and I’ve already talked about it a lot, in my article Christmas in New York.
There’s so much to discover, and this time without all the Christmas lights, but under a spring sun.
Last week, I explained 2 incredible constructions, the Thames Barrier in London & the Channel Tunnel.
To tell the truth, I’m also very interested in architecture, and New York is pretty incredible for that, then today, I’m going to present you The Rockefeller Center.
The construction of the Rockefeller Center is an idea of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the same one who sponsored the reconstruction of the framework of the Reims Cathedral, in reinforced concrete (read Article).
This huge 7 million square feet complex, includes 1.5 million square feet of shops and dining, 19 commercial buildings, including 14 built during the Mr. Rockefeller era, which represents more than 40,000 people employed during the Great Depression.
Some buildings are as impressive inside as outside. Art is at the heart of them, Art Deco obviously, since construction started in 1931 and ended in 1939.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. considered art as an act of good citizenship.
As an aside, his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, was also fond of art, she created in 1929 with two of her friends, the very famous MoMa (Museum of Modern Art).
Sculptures, paintings, mosaic, each artwork is explained in detail on the Rockefeller Center website: link.
For example, ATLAS (1937) by Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan.
You can enter the buildings and admire all of these beautiful artworks for free, but guided tours are also organised, and if you're lucky like I was, you may come across a member of the Rockefeller family.
After so much culture, let's take a walk outside, in The Channel Gardens, a path that separates 2 twin towers, the Maison Française on one side and the British Empire Building on the other.
In the surroundings, we find:
• The NBC studios, you should see some celebrities, in my case: Sofia Vergara, from the Modern Family series, so beautiful.
• But also, Magnolia Bakery for a delicious cupcake.
• Or Christies, auction mood today?
• And of course, Radio City Hall! But if you remember, we visited it in my article Christmas in New York, before the Show of the Rockettes.
Besides, during the Covid-19 confinement, it’s important to exercise, I’ve mentioned it already before:
Personally, I’ve decided to follow the free Rockettes lessons on Instagram: Link.
You have the choice between the workout program or a dance choreography from the famous Christmas show.
I saved the best for last, the Top of the Rock observatory, in the heart of the Rockefeller Center.
Located on the 70th floor, with 3 interior and exterior levels to enjoy a 360-degree panorama.
The view is breathtaking as soon as you go up ...
A video at the end of the article with original footage of the construction of the Rockefeller Center.
Have a wonderful week!
Love & Construction,
How not to speak of this woman who created my obsession for this word: empire!
A few years ago, when I was developing a personal business project, it was Helena's journey that inspired me and made me want more. The executive summary of my business started with this introduction:
Helena Rubinstein moved from Poland to Australia in 1896, with no money and little English.
Today, thanks to the magnificent exhibition "The Adventure of Beauty" which took place in Paris in 2019 at the MAJH, I’ll make you discover her story and why she's a great source of inspiration for me.
Believe me Helena Rubinstein is a woman to know…
A complex and determined woman, she’s undoubtedly one of the pioneers of feminism.
Born Chaja Rubinstein in Cracow (Poland) in 1872 in a modest Jewish family, she refused an arranged marriage and the life they wanted to impose on her. In 1896, at the age of 24, she took the boat alone for Australia.
In 1902, she created her first Valaze face cream, and a year later opened her first beauty salon in Melbourne (Australia).
Passionate about fashion, she dressed in Chanel, Poiret, Worth, Dior, Balanciaga, Rodriguez, essential according to her as an ambassador of a beauty brand.
Collecting art from 1908, she was friends with the greatest artists: Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Marcoussis…
An exhibition with her collection of African art is currently in Paris at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac till June 28, 2020. I put a video at the end of the article for you (sorry it's in French but you can enjoy the images).
She also contributed to many museums and was also the model of many works of art.
In 1914, she left Europe to open her first beauty salon in New York. She therefore collaborated with the greatest architects, interior designers and artists.
All her life, art was an important part of her creativity.
Famous names were in charge of her salons, shops, adverts but also of her residences.
With great attention to detail and innovative, she never stopped inventing, among other things, she’s responsible for the classification of skin (dry, normal and oily), sunscreen, mascara in a tube and beauty salons...
Between 1915 and 1918, her business expanded in the United States with the opening of a factory and the first school of beauticians.
In 1939, thanks to the collaboration with the inventor of the first waterproof mascara, Helena created the event by organising a nautical ballet to introduce the product. Huge success.
A year later, this is the opening of a male beauty salon in New York!
For Helena, beauty was a weapon in the fight to make women equal to men. By feeling beautiful in her body, a woman gains self-confidence, she feels bold and becomes emancipated.
"Beauty is nothing without taking care of the body." Helena Rubinstein
Taking care of the body, so obvious for her, not only facials, but also massages, dietetics, breathing and physical exercise. She even created her own gym class “Rubinstein Rhythmics”.
Science serving beauty, essential to innovate, be credible and listened to, she visited her factories in white coat.
Above all, she understood how to use the image in the service of business: marketing!
But Helena was also a philanthropist, in addition to Art, in 1953, she created a foundation for the education of disadvantaged girls.
She loved beautiful things, fashion, jewellery, art and science.
She travelled a lot, set up her salons and left her legacy in Melbourne, Sydney, Vienna, Paris, New York, London, Tel Aviv ... A citizen of the world, a superwoman.
Married, mother of two, divorced and remarried to a man 23 years younger, she didn’t forget to be a woman behind the business woman. She died in New York at the age of 93.
The Helena Rubinstein brand was officially created in 1920. 100 years old this year!
Had the young Chaja ever imagined such an adventure and such a heritage?
We can only respect her audacity, her decadence and her perseverance!
Read again my other articles from the Superwomen Series.
I don't have an empire yet, but I'm working on it more than ever, and My Solo Wedding in Santorini will certainly leave my mark in the memory of many people.
Good week everyone, take care of yourself!
Love & Beauty,
Last week in the article Happy New Year 2020, I told you that I’ll continue to tell you about my adventures of 2019 as well as my new dreams ...
I spent half the year 2019 in Greece and more particularly in Crete, you know how attached I am to this country, I largely shared my discoveries with you:
Crete, Episode 1 to 4, and a new episode coming soon.
Rainy Day in Athens
First TV interview: Behind the Scenes
Not to mention that I’m always happy to give you more details about my solo wedding:
Wine in Santorini
2 Years Anniversary
My Wedding Dress
Once upon a time
Why a book
In May 2019, I celebrated my 2nd Wedding Anniversary while my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini was just finished.
May 27, 2017, Santorini, Aegean island (Greece). I am about to go down the magnificent stone stairs holding my father's arm, to participate in the wedding I have been waiting for, and preparing for a year and a half. The guests are seated. The weather is capricious. However, this ceremony is special, the groom is not here. He left the marital ship three months before, and I took the decision to marry without him, to marry myself! L.
Hopefully 2020 will see the publication of this book 😊
In February 2019, I went to see my favourite Greek singer in concert, believe me that I was really looking forward to this. His name: Nikos Vertis.
He’s a very popular singer in Greece, he was born in the Netherlands and grew up between there and Greece.
He sings in Greek (mostly love songs) accompanied by some traditional instruments.
Thank you to my friends who made this dream come true!! I love you! And Nikos too!!
In 2020, I plan to continue to learn Greek language, by the way I often work in music with Nikos. On my bedside table: my wife, my boyfriend and my husband hahaha!!
If I celebrated my Birthday in Paris in 2019 with my friends, I also dreamed of seeing the fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower, it was done on July 14, 2019 during the national day. A great moment of excitement and happiness.
But I celebrated my Birthday a second time in London, I told you a lot about this city in my previous articles and all the great things I’ve experienced:
My Birthday in London
The Royal Mews
I love December
The Design Museum
I visited friends I hadn't seen in 2 years, and I made incredible new friends!
I also introduced you to new destinations in 2019:
Montreal & the Barbie Museum
In the air
Jean-Paul Gaultier and Balmain
My lifestyle and my interests:
My Favourite Animals
And I’d like to highlight, my articles on positive psychology:
More than 40 blog posts in 2019, and 2020 will see videos on YouTube and Instagram.
Thank you for all your messages and comments on the blog and social media, having you in my life is the most beautiful thing I could imagine.
Don't worry, in 2020, I’ll continue to give you the keys to open your mind, to help you reach happiness and to have the courage to be who you are!!
New Year’s fireworks around the world at the end of the article :)
Have a good week and continue to believe in your dreams!
Love & 2020,
I wish you all a wonderful year 2020! May it bring you joy, love (and self-love), happiness, health, self-discovery, personal development, inner peace, and above all the realisation of your dreams!!
I hope your holiday season went well, that you enjoyed your family, your friends and yourself ...
In my article Single, I mentioned the many things that I do alone, certainly, 2019 was not as busy as 2018 (read article Happy New Year 2019) but I’m still proud, and I continued to chase my dreams, some of which I’ve been waiting for since my childhood!!
And to start this new year, I’d like to pursue with the London Series, a city which has been a truly enchanting place and conducive to many achievements:
Fame, 30 years I was waiting for this! Some dreams take time to come true, which makes them even more magical and unforgettable. Film created in 1980 then adapted to the screen with a series that I followed assiduously, then the musical in 1988. This is the story of young artists who wish to live from their art and become famous, thus they enter the prestigious New York Art School. School created in 1936, renamed in 1984 Fiorello H. Lagardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (named after its founder) and which has seen many talents, Al Pacino and Nicky Minaj for example.
For those who haven't seen it, it's still possible in London until January 10, 2020 at the Wembley Park Theatre, and it’ll be at the Casino de Paris from January 10 to February 2.
Certainly, this show made me want people to Remember my name (famous song of this show).
Still in the world of entertainment and glitter, I’ve had the immense pleasure of seeing the Royal Ballet of London, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, in its production Manon choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
The original theatre was built in 1732, and the first ballet was performed in 1734. The building has been rebuilt several times after fires. The facade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but the rest of the building was extensively renovated in the 1990s.
The Royal Ballet was created in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, and only took permanent residence at the Royal Opera House in 1946. Today Kevin O’hare has been its Director since 2012.
For the record, the films the 5th Element and Billy Elliot filmed in this theatre.
I keep adding ballet companies to my list: the Queensland Ballet, the Australian Ballet, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Bolshoi ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Cuban National Ballet, the National Ballet of China, the Hamburg Ballet.
I hope 2020 will add another one! Paris? Marseille? The English National Ballet?
And for those who love ballet, a video at the end of the article – Extract of Sleeping Beauty by the Royal Ballet.
I'm not sure since when I wanted to have a Paddington bear; you know him by the famous books written by Michael Bond since 1958, but also by the adaptation in cartoons and movies. I'm a fan, and I remain childlike by collecting teddy bears, so obviously this one was essential to my little family and to be even more symbolic and emotional, I bought it in Paddington in London! Because it was in this train station that this little bear was adopted by the Brown human family, with whom he continued to grow (and to do silly things!).
This bear is so emblematic that in 1994, the British tunnellers chose to pass through this soft toy, when they joined the French during the construction of the Channel Tunnel.
You know I’m passionate about Ancient Egypt, you liked my article Tutankhamun very much, so it's not surprising that I dreamed of visiting one of the most famous museums in the world for its collection of Egyptian artefacts: the British Museum!
This museum is the very first national public museum in the world, and it’s free!!
It was opened in 1759 and has more than 8 million objects from around the world over many periods of history, which 6 million people visit every year.
Above all, we find in this museum the Rosetta Stone, taken from the French after their defeat against the British during Napoleon's campaign in Egypt. It has been exhibited in this museum since 1802.
The Egyptian collection covers 3 millennia, with objects of all kinds…
I’ll tell you more about this fantastic museum and its other collections from around the world in another article.
My resolutions for 2020: sustain my momentum, do not program anything and live driven by opportunities, new people, and obviously continue to realise old dreams and create new ones.
My Solo Wedding in Santorini - which was in magazines in February and May 2019 (see Media) - continues to inspire people and I never could have imagined how much my story could help.
Many people in 2019 told me that my experience has profoundly changed their lives, this is my greatest reward.
Next week, I'll continue to reveal the dreams that came true in 2019 and those to come ...
Feel free to tell me what your dreams are 😊.
Great week everyone and happy new year again!
Love & Dreams,
After my scary article last week Halloween, let's stay in this mysterious atmosphere to discover one of the most famous Pharaohs in the history of Ancient Egypt: Tutankhamun.
Remember, I already mentioned the wonderful exhibition The Treasure of the Pharaoh in my article My Birthday in Paris.
This is the most visited exhibition in France with no less than 1.4 million visitors!
Today, let's see more, put on an archaeologist’s hat, without dust here ...
Tutankhamun, born in 1345 BC, son of Pharaoh Akhenaton, ascends the throne at a very young age (8 years old) but dies prematurely at the age of 19 of malaria.
His reign was short, 10 years over millennia, and yet everyone knows his name, thanks to Howard Carter.
Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, convinced that the tomb of this Pharaoh was hidden in the Valley of the Kings, spent 7 years looking for it with the financial support of Lord Carnarvon.
The first world war interrupted some time the searches but in 1922, he discovered the biggest treasure of Egypt.
As you can see in the previous photo, Tutankhamun's tomb was composed of four separate rooms filled with objects of all kinds: furniture, art, statues, jewellery, fabrics, as well as sarcophagi and his mummy.
The Egyptians believed in the afterlife, so they were buried with everything necessary or a representation of it, to have a comfortable next life.
It will take Howard Carter 10 years to fully excavate the grave and list the 5,398 objects, representing 1.5 tons of gold, an invaluable treasure.
All these magnificent creations shows the exceptional mastery of the arts and crafts of this period.
For this world tour, 150 objects presented exclusively, 50 of which left Egypt for the first time.
An area of 2,000 square metres, for a set insured for a billion dollars.
All these objects will then return to Egypt in a new museum, the Grand Egyptian Museum, near the pyramids, which should open in 2021.
For those who missed this magnificent exhibition, it’s currently in London until May 3, 2020 at the Saatchi Gallery.
Another European city that I make you discover over time: click here London.
Besides, I’m preparing a new article on the British Museum, where a large space is devoted to Ancient Egypt.
A video at the end of the article if you want to know more about Tutankhamun and this wonderful exhibition.
Have a wonderful week!
Love & Discovery,
This blog was created in February 2018, a year after my ex-fiancé left me during our wedding’s preparation.
My name is Laëtitia, that's why the blog is called "Blog About L.".
I am French mixed Vietnamese, but I lived in many countries abroad, for the past two years I travel in search of my new homeland, and almost all the photos of the blog are mine.
To discover or rediscover why I created this blog, click here.
With nearly 70 posts in a year and a half - I usually publish a new article every Saturday - and new readers every week, I thought a little guide to explain more would be useful.
At the top right, you have access to the different pages: home, blog, media, about me, contact and French.
This is the page you are currently on.
All posts are saved here, in chronological order from most recent to oldest.
In the Archives on the right you can also search by monthly publication, category or keyword.
At the end of each article, you can like on Facebook and Twitter, and leave a comment, just click on comment and a form appears.
A collection of TV and press interviews from around the world. Yes, my story went viral everywhere ...
About Me page
Find out who I am ...
You can send me a message, ask me questions, leave me comments, everything you think about!
I answer in a few days, but I always reply.
This is the access to the blog in French, I write all posts in French and English myself.
Here, you have the last article posted online, just click on the Read More button and you are automatically redirected to the blog page.
You then find a search box that allows you to seek by keyword.
My Solo Wedding
All the details of my wedding are explained, from the dress to the shoes, through the ceremony and the dinner, or the wines.
Beauty (and fashion)
When, how and why I want to be beautiful?
But also, the designers and brands that inspire me.
My lifestyle and the ones of others because open-mindedness leads to more tolerance ...
All my adventures on our beautiful planet!
The World of Art and Design of yesterday and today.
My favourite articles
1st Anniversary: my first wedding anniversary.
Gift from Science: and how in June 2018, 10 of my oocytes were frozen in Madrid.
1st TV Interview – Behind the scenes: it's been just a year since I participated in my first TV show in Greece.
Then comes the form for the Newsletter, and for those who have not subscribed yet, go for it! I send you an email for each new post.
Don’t forget to follow me on social media, links at the bottom of every page.
As a reminder I’ve also created some series that I’ll continue to complete:
Here the Articles with extracts from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini (not yet published):
Once upon a time
My Wedding Gown
Some of your favourite posts:
In the air
Many thanks to all the people who accompany me in this adventure, your support is immensely valuable.
Have a nice weekend and happy Halloween!
Love & Blog,
Let's continue this series on London after:
My Birthday in London
The Design Museum
Today, I make you discover one of the most beautiful stables still in activity and especially the magnificent carriages and coaches that the British royal family still largely uses during official ceremonies.
With the hoods that open or close, it was the favourite of Queen Victoria who liked the fresh air.
Irish State Coach
Purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1853.
In 1876, a frieze is added to the top to honour the Empress of India.
Queen Alexandra's State Coach
Built in 1865 but converted with windows in 1893, it was used by Queen Alexandra until 1925.
Since then, it is often used to carry the royal crown.
It was used by Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding as her mother for hers, and many others ...
Scottish State Coach
A transparent roof that brings lots of light inside.
On the top is a model of the crown of Scotland.
Gold State Coach
Delivered in 1762 for King George III, this carriage is the most impressive of all.
7.3m long, 2.5m high and 3.9m wide.
It was obviously used for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Diamond Jubilee State Coach
Although it looks like the previous coaches, this one is perfectly modern and was created in Australia for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
It weighs nearly 3 tons and is equipped with 6 hydraulic stabilisers to avoid swaying.
However, craftsmanship is still very present with, for example, lamps handmade by Edinburgh crystal, or door handles encrusted with diamonds and sapphires.
A collection of various carriages is also open to the public, including a sleigh offered by Canada to Queen Victoria or a mini carriage for children.
Obviously, all this wouldn’t work without horses and all men associated with it.
Much less glamorous but nevertheless indispensable, the royal family also travels by car.
I too had a nice car for my Solo Wedding in Santorini, a black Mercedes ...
Have a good week!
Love & Coach,
Let’s continue with my adventures in London,
my previous articles:
My Birthday in London
Access to the permanent collection of this museum is free, only temporary exhibitions are not.
Today a new museum that will make you travel through time!!
But first we talk a lot about plastic waste these days, and many of us are aware of the importance of reducing it daily. I fly more often than I take the bus, this campaign presented by PriestmanGoode "Reduce, Reuse, Rethink" (Reduce, reuse, rethink) made me think.
Aircraft cabin waste accounted for 5.7 million tonnes in 2017, 33% was plastic. Only 17.3% are made of recyclable materials.
Designers are looking for solutions, whether in materials, or organisation ...
Inventions and fabrications endlessly.
Whether in the field of medicine, everyday life, architecture or fashion, a creativity that changes our lives ...
The syringe for example was invented at the end of the 19th century and its design has remained almost unchanged since then. We use no fewer than 35 billion a year.
Or the fitted kitchen created by a woman in 1926, Margarete Shütte-Lihotzky (Austrian) to make it practical and logical.
Objects that constantly evolve over time: phone, radio, television, computer, camera, calculator, the game consoles and so on.
As far as I am concerned, the Minitel – a French invention developed by the French Post Office before internet appeared - is what marked my childhood! And no, I won’t tell you my age hahaha!
For some it’ll bring back memories, and for the youngest, ask your parents or grandparents for more information!!
And which object are you most grateful for? Answer in the comments below!
I admit that the umbrella and the raincoat are convenient, especially in London!
If you want to discover more, a video at the end of the article.
Have a nice weekend!
Love & Design,
In my previous article, Once Upon a Time, I told you that I was in London for a while, so nothing more normal than sharing my adventures and discoveries here.
A very different world today but I obviously couldn’t miss this world-famous museum.
There are several around the world: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Blackpool, Istanbul, Las Vegas, New York, Washington, Hollywood, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and of course London, the first one!
It was initially opened in 1836 on Baker Street in London, and yes, the same street where lived Sherlock Holmes (Article Birthday in London), but was transferred on Marylebone Road, very close, in 1884.
But do you know that Madame Tussauds was ... French!!
Born in Strasbourg in 1761, she made her first figures (Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin) from 1777. Then in 1802, she left for England where she stayed and died in 1850, aged 88.
Queen Victoria, I talked at lot in my article Kensington Palace, was aware of the popularity of the museum, and had her wax figure as well ...
With the impressive number of visitors to this wax figures temple, believe me if I tell you that taking photos was an impossible mission, but I did my best to share a part of this incredible work.
You’ll undoubtedly recognise these celebrities.
Or these influential people:
But also characters, including Sherlock Holmes of course.
What would we do without Superheroes?
My favourite part of the museum.
Star Wars with a video at the end of the article on the realisation of the characters, don’t miss it!!
But also, a little ride to discover London's history in a London cab…
Many things to discover at Madame Tussauds; I couldn't unfortunately share everything with you. Feel free to visit its incredible museums.
Have a great week!
Love & Discovery,
For those who follow me on Instagram, you know I was back in London, so an article on one of their beautiful monuments.
Last year I went to the Palace of Versailles and shared with you its opulence and grandeur. This time this English residence is its opposite, no gilding profusion or extravagance, its royal occupants wanted it warm, big enough but not huge, and through the ages this palace has been improved.
This castle has been inhabited since 1689, it is now separated into two parts, one where the Princes William and Harry reside with their families, and the other open to the public.
A video of the Royal homes at the end of this article.
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was born, raised and lived in this residence until her coronation in 1838.
But this is also where she met her beloved Albert (Prince Albert of Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha) whom she cherished all her life.
And for fans of romantic stories, I recommend the Victoria series with Jenna Coleman in the role of the queen.
Click At the age of 18 she became Queen, a heavy role for her frail shoulders and yet she was going to demonstrate to the world that she was destined to reign for a long time (63 years, 7 months and 2 days).
She then moved to Buckingham Palace and became the first sovereign to reside there.here to edit.
Royalty means jewels of course, it reminds me my Solo Wedding in Santorini. By the way, I hope you liked my last article Birds Paradise, magnificent exhibition of brooches.
The ones Victoria wore were second to none, including the 105,602 carats Koh-i Nor Diamond (displayed at the Tower of London), a symbol of British power in India, because we must not forget that Queen Victoria was also Empress of India.
In this respect, she had a real attachment to this country, from which she learned the language and the culture. She even befriended Abdul Karim, an Indian servant. Friendship that cinema has brought to the screen in the film Victoria and Abdul (with Dame Judith Olivia Dench).
The family was very important to Victoria, she shared her reign with her role as mother and grandmother. She will never recover from the death of her husband and mourned the rest of her life by adopting black as colour. She even kept the room in which he died and came often to reflect.
20,000 new laws under 24 different governments.
Her era saw the invention of the steam train, steamboat, bicycle, car, telegraph and telephone.
At her Diamond Jubilee, 3 million people came to see her.
Without a doubt a Queen that everybody will remember ...
It is hard to talk about Kensington Palace without thinking of Lady Di where she lived, even after her divorce until her tragic death in 1997.
A gallery is dedicated to the outfits created by David Sassoon, her favourite fashion designer.
You will notice on some sketches the annotations of the princess.
Next article next Saturday.
Have a good week!
Love & History,
Let's keep dreaming, after my article last week on Madagascar, today a topic that will delight lovers of art and beautiful things.
I mentioned this wonderful exhibition in my article My Birthday in Paris, here is today an article which is entirely devoted to it.
You know my taste for luxury and especially jewellery, my Solo Wedding in Santorini is the proof, either by my Wedding Dress or my Wedding Ring, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to nourish my soul and my spirit.
Coming from two private collections and some of the Van Cleef & Arpels' heritage funds, "Paradis D'oiseaux" (Bird Paradise) is an exhibition celebrating the art of jeweller’s craft through bird brooches created between 1850 and 1960.
Everything begins with inspiration, with art for example and especially painting but also the work of naturalists, and documents of all kinds that awaken the creativity of the jeweller who first creates sketches ...
The majestic and exotic peacock is one of the most represented birds in the art, so it’s not surprising that we find it in this exhibition.
Exceptional materials to make these unique pieces: diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, feather, shell, onyx, coral, enamel, turquoise, pearl, amethyst, topaz, aquamarine, garnet, gold, platinum ...
Birds of all kinds including the swan. And if you remember, I was wearing a tiara with two swans for my Solo Wedding in Santorini!
After the exhibition, I’ve visited the Ecole des Arts Joailliers (School of Jewelry Arts), supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, a sublime space with several workshops and salons to learn but also to discover the history of Van Cleef & Arpels.
This school is accessible to all, it doesn’t provide a qualification but makes the public discover (including children and teenagers) the art of jewellery with its 10 crafts: draftsman, model maker, gems expert, jeweller, foundry, setting, lapidary, engraver / sculptor and case.
I invite you to discover their courses for yourself or to offer, an original experience that will take you to the heart of one of the finest French craft: the haute-joaillerie.
For those who would like to learn more, at the end of this article a video about feathers and jewels.
No article next week because I have my new passport and I'll be travelling, I'm so happy!!
Follow me on Instagram @blogaboutl to know more ;)
Next article: 21st of September.
Good week to you all!
Love & Jewellery,
This is another year, time flies, not so long ago I was just a little girl looking for fun and discovery ... In fact, I haven’t changed!
Last year I happily celebrated my birthday in Santorini and talked about the stressful journey I had just experienced to freeze my eggs (Read again Article Gift of Science).
I am a July’s baby, so summer and the beach are necessarily my elements.
However, this year I chose two European capitals to blow my candles with dignity: Paris and London!
Why twice? And why not?? Who said that it was necessary to stick to a single party, I celebrate my birthday as many times as my friends wish to celebrate, and I have lots of amazing friends!!
So, for this new unforgettable evening, my friends have chosen a fancy place, beautiful and terribly romantic: the Bubble Bar with its terrace on the roof of the famous Moulin Rouge!
By the way, remember I already told you about it in my article Christmas in Paris.
Ambiance guaranteed, the perfect place to quench your thirst and dream in good company.
Well, the day after a party is usually painful, and in these conditions I need comfort and my favourite address is: Ytime Paris (55 rue des Archives in the Marais).
With its big teddy bear and Californian (or Australian) atmosphere, I take a bath of tenderness and light, and I revive myself with matcha latte and cookies.
We owe this beautiful place to Yazid Ichemrahen (Teddy's Dad), a talented pastry chef with an international reputation. And don’t be fooled by his handsome fashionable look, he’s a sensitive and fierce man.
Originally from Epernay in Marne (yes this is the region I talked about in my article Champagne), he grew up in foster care, experienced loneliness and violence, but it’s also at that time that he discovers his passion for pastry, a dream that led him to the light.
By the strength of his courage and determination, he worked with the greatest chefs and in 2014, he became World Champion of Frozen Desserts.
Since he’s a consultant, created his brand Ycone, and has just opened his second Ytime boutique in Paris (12 rue du Poteau in the 18th), and others to follow very quickly.
This concept store is his identity, passionate about surfing and escape. Cookies and brownies remind him of his childhood with his aunt and uncle. Ytime for the generation Y, his generation (he’s 27) and thus a healthy selection of salads, poke bowls, smoothies to consume on the spot or take away.
And because it's summer, take advantage of this beautiful sun to relax with a picnic on the banks of the Seine, happiness ...
The search for excellence always, fresh products, top quality, and no less than 200 tests to find the cookies to his liking.
He still has so many dreams in mind, he doesn’t wait for success, he runs after!
Thank you Yazid for this beautiful meeting, you are the perfect example that we must fight for our dreams, and you are a great source of inspiration for me and for so many others ... The best is yet to come for you, good luck!
When I'm in Paris, I like to walk around aimlessly and enjoy the magic and romantic atmosphere that only exists here.
There are always incredible exhibitions in Paris, and there are 3 at the moment that I liked a lot:
• Tutankhamun - The Pharaoh's Treasure, until September 15, 2019 at the Grande Halle de la Villette
• Helena Rubinstein - The Adventure of Beauty, until August 25, 2019 at MAHJ
• Maison Van Cleef & Arpels - Bird Paradise at the Ecole des Arts Joailliers
Don’t worry I’ll talk about it more in future articles ...
Tomorrow July 14 will be the French national day, and my article last year paid tribute to the firefighters and especially to the firewomen (Read Article Superwomen).
There will be many fireworks organised everywhere in France, and I love that, so I give you at the end of the article the Paris fireworks 2018.
No article next week, during the summer holidays, I publish only twice a month, but believe me I'm preparing a very exciting article with my birthday in London!
Next article: Saturday, July 27
Love & Freedom,