A Frenchic place to visit: le parc Caillebotte

Last year I went to “Le Musée des Impressionnistes” in Giverny to see an exhibition about the french painter and gardener Caillebotte. I really admire his work as gardens and flowers became his biggest inspiration! I wanted then to visit “Le Parc Caillebotte” in Yerres outside of Paris which is the property of the Caillebotte family. It was the painter’s father, a wealthy entrepreneur, who acquired the magnificent estate! It is really a beautiful Frenchic place I recommend you to visit. I love the garden where beautiful flowers and paintings are naturally exposed! It is the perfect location for a Sunday’s “promenade”!

L’année passée, je me suis rendue au Musée des Impressionnistes à  Giverny afin de pouvoir y admirer l’exposition sur le peintre et jardinier Caillebotte. J’admire beaucoup ses oeuvres car tout comme moi les jardins et fleurs furent ses plus grandes inspirations. Cela m’a donné envie de visiter le Parc Caillebotte à Yerres, en dehors de Paris, où se situe la demeure familiale acquise par le père du peintre, un riche entrepreneur de l’époque. C’est vraiment un endroit magnifique que je vous recommande vivement de visiter . J’adore le jardin où vous pouvez vous promener au milieu de magnifiques fleurs et tableaux. C’est un endroit parfait pour une petite promenade du dimanche!

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A beautiful door in the little town of Yerres….

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The property’s entrance painted by Caillebotte ( you can see the painting picture 4)

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Le musée de la vie romantique

Last month I discovered one of the cutest museum in Paris: le Musée de la vie romantique. It is a very small and discreet museum, hidden at the end of an alley but so charming! I went there to see the exhibition called “The power of flowers” which was focused on the work of the famous painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. I then enjoyed a coffee in their cute salon de thé in the middle of the garden! This museum is definitely worth a visit!

Le mois passé, j’ai découvert le musée le plus charmant de Paris, à savoir le Musée de la vie romantique. C’est un petit musée très discret, au bout d’une allée mais tellement charmant! J’ai pu admirer l’exposition “Le Pouvoir des fleurs” de Pierre-Josep Redouté dont je suis une grande fan et ensuite faire une petite pause, à l’ombre, au sein du petit salon de thé. A découvrir absolument!

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A frenchic place to visit: Giverny

Giverny is a small village located in the beautiful area of Normandy and it is so charming! It is very well-known because of Monet who lived there. Many other impressionist artists were attracted by the landscapes and the atmosphere as well. You can visit the property of Monet by stepping into the colourful house and by wandering around the magnificent gardens.

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Then you can go around the village and admire all the typical houses….

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You can stop by the little “Antiquités” shop….

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You can get a very good ice-cream…

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And you have to stop at the Hotel Baudy (where many impressionist painters used to gather) and drink a glas of wine, eat an “omelette” and visit their beautiful garden hidden behind the restaurant…

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Take a moment to sit on a bench and enjoy the nature, the calm and the atmosphere of the place…

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And when leaving you can admire the beautiful huge bamboos on the side of the road!

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Chic in Lille

Back in October I visited for the first time the city of Lille which is in the North part of France and it was fantastic! Coming from the south of France and living in Paris I can say that France offers a variety of landscapes, food, architecture, style. Lille doesn’t look like Lyon, Marseille or Paris. It has its own style and culture and it was great discovering what this elegant city has to offer. I stayed there a weekend and here is what I did, saw, ate, enjoyed …..

What to see

  1. The architecture

Lille is the capital of the French Flanders but was once a part of Belgium. The Flemish art had a big influence on the architecture. Buildings and monuments have indeed a beautiful and elegant”Flemish” touch. The main square and the small streets of the old city are worth a visit.

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2. La Vieille Bourse ( the old stock exchange)

The Vieille Bourse is one of my favorite building in Lille. It is magnificent and it has an inside courtyard where a second-hand book market takes place.

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3. The zoo and the Citadel park ( parc de la Citadelle)

The park is surrounded by the remparts of Vauban’s citadel and contains a nice zoo where you can see red pandas, zebras but also monkeys, birds, ….

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4. The Fine Arts Museum

It has been beautifully renovated in the 90’s and it houses wonderful collections of European painters such as Goya, Delacroix, Rubens….

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5. The Wazemmes market

It is very cosy to visit on a Sunday morning the covered market of Wazemmes, a multi-ethnic quarter in Lille. You will find specialties from the area, such as the “Maroilles” cheese!

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Where to stay

  1. Hotel

I stayed at the Mercure Vieux Lille and it is very well located. You can easily find a place to eat in the evening as there are a lot of restaurants in the area.

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Where to eat

  1. Restaurant

In the north of France and Belgium they called a small café or restaurant an “estaminet”. You will never hear this word in other parts of France. So if you want to eat some typical food in an “estaminet” please book a table at “Le vieux de la vieille”. It offers typical dishes of the North and prices are reasonable.

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2. Coffee shops

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Before going to the restaurant we stopped at this coffee shop to have an “apéritif” as they have a wide range of beers. The owner is a nice lady who can speak English and the atmosphere is simple, “sans chichis” as we say it in french ( no arrogant attitude). You can also find second-hand books. ( I actually bought a book about Jackie Kennedy for 2 euros).

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Tous les jours dimanche

After going to restaurant we went to a nice “salon de thé” called “tous les jours dimanche” (everyday Sunday). It is an old property decorated with a Scandinavian touch. They have coffees, teas, cakes but it is also known for being the best place in town to have brunch!

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3. Pâtisserie Meert

It is a classic institution in Lille, something you need to see! It is closed to the Main square and you can easily recognize  the building which is elegant and the window displays “tempting” desserts and pastries.  They are known for their “Gaufres” (wafers) made of Madagascar vanilla. They are very sweet but I love them!

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4. Finally, Lille offers many cute boutiques

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