I’ve just bought this wonderful “frenchic” product, a balm from the brand “L’Officine universelle Buly”. (The word “officine” in french means “the laboratory of a pharmacist“). The balm must be warmed between the hands before using it. It is made of chamomile water and it is perfect for my very dry hands and feet. It does not contain paraben or silicon but only natural ingredients. The packaging is very chic and elegant!
Visiting Buly’s shop in Paris which is closed to “Le Pont des Arts” is also a wonderful experience. Please enter one of the most charming little shop and follow me…
The entrance of the shop is beautifully decorated with old portraits on the walls, candles on a wood counter and there is the floor…..
The floor is just beautiful and can be also be found in the main room or “in the pharmacist laboratory”…
There is a small corner with a desk that make you travel to 1803…
Beautiful flacons are everywhere….
L’Officicine universelle de Buly: a frenchic place to visit!
It was on gray winter sunday….
I went to Le Louvre to see an exhibition about Parmigianino. I have been to Le Louvre so many times but every single time I discover new things….such as the Windows of the Museum. They bring something special to the place…. this little touch, the perfect light, this “je ne sais quoi” as we say it in French that gives an atmosphere of romantic, sadness, nostalgia,… all that is needed to understand what message artists wanted to send through their paintings. Sometimes they wanted to transmit an emotion, other times their mood, a scene of life, a life lesson, etc…
As Edward Hopper said: “if I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint“.
Besides, you realise, walking around among all the “chef d’oeuvre“of the museum, that what is outside can also be very beautiful… it can be a building, the sky, the French flag et “plein d’autres choses“!
I recently visited a Museum we do not hear a lot about (compare to the Louvre or Le Musée d’Orsay)….and that is Le Musée de l’Orangerie. It is located in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries and as you can see on the picture here below I was nearly alone (it was early in the morning), the sun was shining….so basically perfect timing to take pictures without people!
The Museum is known for Claude Monet’s famous “Water lilies”. There are two big oval rooms containing the paintings . Monet donated “Water Lilies” to France after the first world war. He wrote about his work: “nerves strained by work would relax in its presence following the restful example of its stagnant waters, and for he who would live in it, this room could offer a refuge for peaceful meditation in the midst of a flowering aquarium”.
It is very peaceful I must say. Wen you sit down in the middle of those rooms contemplating the paintings it feels like you are in the middle of a giant garden. Nature embraces you with its peace and beauty!
The Museum has a beautiful collection of Renoir, Cézanne, Modigliani, Derain, Utrillo, Soutine, Picasso, ….
The painting here below is from André Derain and is definitely my favourite. This woman is just elegant and “frenchic”!
When you come out of the metro station you are immediately overwhelmed by the majestic Opéra de Paris also called Palais Garnier as the building is imposing not only because of its size but also because of the golden roof sculptures!
It was built between 1862 and 1875 by order of Emperor Napoleon III and designed by the French architect Charles Garnier….which explains the name….
It is a little bit dark inside and then difficult to take pictures but it does not matter because all the lights illuminate the beautiful staircases.
The theatre is just splendid with its beautiful red velour chairs and amazing ceiling paintings.
This is really a Frenchic place to visit!
Enjoy your weekend!