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This is a new category: “Lessonichic” and it is about the lessons of life!
Yes life teaches us some things… sometimes in a pleasant way.. other in a very brutal way. So what has life taught me on “being alone” or in other words “spending time with myself”?

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Well….I  work in a very crowded business area in Paris.
I work in a department with 20 persons sharing the same open space. I see I hear people all the time and I like it in a way but at the end of the day it is nice to get some peace and quietness. I live in a small village outside Paris and on my way home I can feel the pulse of the city behind me and I am then “entering” the world of nature! I can see horses, beautiful trees, houses on the roadside… I am slowly relaxing…

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We live in a world where we are connected nearly all the time.. yes so many social networks! But are we connected to ourselves?

Being alone helps me to evacuate “toxic” thoughts and words. We hear and see so many bad/negative things every day and it is nice to refill our mind with peaceful thoughts.
Being alone helps me not to care about other people expectations for a while. Sometimes we feel a pressure from others and we do things just to please them. It is important to connect to our own dreams, goals, etc…
Being alone helps me to take care of myself and do activities I enjoy, to treat my body, to renew my mind, to upload new strength, to get creative, etc….
The more I spend time with myself, take care of myself, feel good about myself, love myself….the more I can give to others, love others!

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There is nothing wrong on being all alone once in a while…

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The more you are in peace with yourself the more you will be in peace with others!

 

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Gand, Gent or Ghent?

As I mentioned in my “birthday post” here I went to the beautiful city of Gand in Belgium to enjoy a spa retreat and to do some sightseeing. Please open the door that let you come into the middle-age city of Gand (in French), Gent (in dutch) and Ghent (in English) …

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1. The hotel
I stayed at the Stanton Reylof Grand hotel which is equipped with spa and is very well located, only 10 min foot from the centre of the city. The building is fantastic with beautiful staircases!

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The hotel is equipped with sauna, hammam, swimming pool, massages and fitness. I really enjoyed a full body massage helping me to relax my tense shoulders and neck muscles. The masseuse is really good! I really wanted to take care of myself and especially of my body during this stay  in order to empty my head and “evacuate” stress…

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2. The architecture
The architecture of the city reminds me of Amsterdam as there are a lot of bridges, canals and the shape of houses are quite similar. It is really cosy to walk around the city, admire all the buildings, stop having a great Belgian bier or “frites”!

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There are a lot of churches and cathedrals in Gand but I recommend you to see the polyptych panel painting from Van Eyck at the Saint Bavo cathedral. This painting is really impressive! Unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures…

 

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3. The château Gravensteen
It is from the middle ages and it means “castle of the counts” in Dutch. It was built in 1180 and renovated several times but it is worth visiting it. The view over the city from the top is absolutely fantastic and it contains an interesting collection of arms and torture instruments from that time!

 

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The Château in the evening…

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3. The cafés and restaurants
There are a lot of cafés and restaurants in Gand but if there is only one to recommend I would choose Gillis (www.gillis.be) . They definitely have the best meat! The service is fantastic and the look of the restaurant is modern…. this is really one of the best restaurant in Europe I have been to!

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4. The museums
As I did  not have enough time I decided to focus on two museums….
a. MSK (Museum Voor Schone Kunsten) which contains a great collection of Van Eyck, Rubens, Bosch, etc….

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b. The Design Museum
This beautiful building contains a great collection of design pieces of furniture…it is a mix of old and new in the same place! Very very interesting!

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5. Gand by night
This is a “must” activity! You must walk around the city late in the evening to admire all the lights illuminating this wonderful city!

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Au revoir Gand et à bientôt peut-être!

My birthday in prints

Last month….the 2nd of March to be precise ….it was my birthday…
I had the week off and I did a lot of things to spoil myself! It can sound a little bit selfish but I personally think it is important to take care of myself, to spend time with myself…no pressure or expectations from others…
The older you get the more you want to enjoy life and do things that make you happy….life is too short to be wasted!
I wanted to show you what I did this “birthday week” with prints

1. I got some beautiful flowers
2. I received encouraging and inspiring cards and messages from family and friends
3. I went to Ladurée in Paris to eat breakfast
4. I went to Paris visiting museum, shopping at le Bon Marché where I find a great swimming suit, “the one” I was looking for!
5.  I got invited to my favourite restaurant in Saint Germain en Laye called “Le pavillon Henri IV”
6. I got birthday wishes, free samples, invitation from Dyptique and Fragonard
7. I visited the beautiful city of Gent (or Gand) in Belgium ( more pictures will follow)
8. I enjoyed a spa retreat with massage, sauna and hammam
9. I got some beautiful presents from family and friends from Danmark such as golden tray, clips and scissors from the brand Hay, a book about Danish arts prints, Danish magazines, art prints from the Danish artist Sofie Boersting
10. I bought a new candle from Belgium as I am collecting candles

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I had a great week and it felt good to be spoiled!
I hope you also take care of yourself!

 

The frenchic look of the month: April 2016

It is a little bit windy today but the sun is shining and it is not cold…perfect weather to get out and admire all the trees that are blossoming….yes spring is coming!

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The outfit of the month is about natural colours such as pink powder, beige, olive,….
The white shirt and the skirt are from the brand American Vintage. I bought the shoes in a small boutique I Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the trench coat is from Zara.

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Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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