Archive for May, 2012

Pique-Nique à Paris

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Yesterday was my friend Jen’s birthday and she decided to have an evening picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was a glorious soon-to-be-summer day and it was lovely to sit with all of the American tourists with our picnic feast. Jen didn’t have a birthday cake and there were no candles but the Eiffel Tower did sparkle for her (twice). I think that’s better than out-of-tune singing.

Eiffel Tower

Happy birthday, Jen.

S-P-O-N-T-A-N-E-O-U-S

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I am proud to announce the winner of the “Spot the Particularly Annoying Yet Somehow Funny Typo” award – my good friend Deanna! Congratulations, Deanna! You are the only person to notice that usually you spell ‘Spontaneous’ with a ‘t’ in the middle. I’m not entirely sure what Sponaneous ice cream is but I do know I am currently very amused by my silly mistake. I also like that no one else appears to have noticed so maybe I can still use this lino cut. I think I will frame it and hang it on my wall as a personal reminder to check my spelling FIVE times instead of just four.

Spontaneous Ice Cream

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I finished my second linocut today and took it for a test print.

Ice cream linograph

First you take the lino

paint

Then you add some paint.

Ice cream print

Et voilà!

I am still working on my paint levels and pressure adding skills but I am pleased with the image. I think it looks delicious…

Need Some Inspiration?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I watched this today while eating cheese and baguettes and suddenly felt a lot better about doing what I am trying to do. Cheers, Neil.

Photos Galore!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Bonjour mes amies. I am just letting you know that I spent a large part of yesterday catching up on uploading photos to my Flickr site.  Should you wish to see where I have been, what I have eaten recently and what crazy antics I have been up to (because we all know I am slightly insane), then please feel free to peer into my world

Second Amazing Exhibition for the Week

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Yesterday I cancelled plans at the last minute (very rude of me) to catch a train to Rouen to see an exhibition. My friends and avid exhibition visitors (they have seen EVERY exhibition in Paris in three months. They deserve medals.), Viola and Enrico, invited me to go with them to see XYZT, an exhibition by Adrien M and Claire B at Hanger 23. The week-long exhibition was closing on Sunday so it was our last opportunity to see it – and WOW.

XYZT exhibition

XYZT

XYZT exhibition

XYZT

Unfortunately only half of the exhibition had been brought to Rouen but what was on show was brilliant. There were four different spaces where light, projections and sound moved, changed, or created patterns through interaction with the viewer. You could walk on waves of light that created new shapes with your steps, blow into holes to make projected letters fly through the air, and watch your projected image curve into positions you never thought your could achieve without years of intense yoga.

There is also a theatre performance that sits alongside this exhibition that I would love to go and see. I think it may be going to Lyon next month so I might have to make a weekend trip to see it.

Best. Rue. Ever.

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Today I went to Rouen and discovered the best street – rue – in existence.

Rue de la Pie

Mmm... pie.

The name was the only really good thing about it, but WHAT A NAME!

More about Rouen tomorrow… For now, I go to sleep.

Colours, Colours, Colours

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I had a wonderful, visually provocative experience today when I went to the current exhibition at the Grand Palais. Each year an artist is invited to create a piece within the amazing, huge, open space inside the Grand Palais. For those of you who have visited Paris, you may know that this space is reserved for exhibitions and salons and usually isn’t easy to get into, and with its huge glass ceiling it is one of those places you fantasise about what it is like inside. So here was my chance.

I had been inside once before for a book salon and so knew the space was amazing. This time it was breath taking. Artist, Daniel Buren has been invited this year to create a work and he has filled the expansive area with large coloured circles that are suspended above you. You walk through this maze of colour and as the sun flows in through the glass room, the floor is covered in discs of blue, green, yellow and orange. It was just BEAUTIFUL.

Everyone needs to get on a plane and come to Paris now, just to experience this. Or just look at some of my photos.

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Eating With Angels

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The month of May brought numerous visitors to Paris so I have had lots of opportunities to go and eat food. Always a welcome thing in my world where food rules. This month also involved four public holidays – May Day, Victory Day, Ascension Day, and ‘Next Monday’ (I am yet to discover what we are going to celebrate.) Public holidays in Paris usually mean that most shops and restaurants are closed, including my favourite restaurant in Paris, Le Jardin D’en Face. This meant I had to find a NEW place to take my friend/colleague, Brett to celebrate Jesus going to hang out with his Dad.

I previously spotted a restaurant on La Fourchette that looked nice and decided it was time to try it. Located in the 9th arrondissement, La Table des Anges (The Table of the Angels) is just up the road from my favourite café, KookaBoora and therefore couldn’t be bad. Now that I think about it, it was an appropriately named restaurant to go to considering the theme of the public holiday.

The restaurant was lovely – the very friendly but somewhat posh staff were attentive without being excessive and were very willing to translate their strangely difficult menu. Sometimes menus can be easy – other times they are written by someone who wants to use every possible ‘other’ word for chicken, just to make it tricky for innocent people like me.

The food was great – fresh, well presented and tasty, although it was a bit over priced compared to similar restaurants in the area. I had a piece of grilled cod that was served with deliciously buttery vegetables. The fish was slightly undercooked and could have done with an extra minute.

Table des Anges fish

Such delicious vegetables.

My dessert, an apple and rhubarb tart tatin was well done although I have had better. The rhubarb was a nice change from the traditional tart tatin but it could have done with more fruit.

Apple tart

If there is one thing I hate it is ice cream melting on top of my dessert...

Brett tried the chocolate dessert which was mousse-cake-thing that really didn’t quite reach expectations. A shame considering I had been thinking about Le Jardin D’en Face’s chocolate cake all day… really there is no comparison.

Brett commented on how in the two restaurants we went to during his visit (we also had lunch at Les Enfants Perdu a few days before. Just wonderful…) both provided us with great service and special additions that weren’t requested or expected but that added to the overall enjoyment of the meal. At La Tables des Anges, we were treated to a free helping of freshly sliced charcuterie for an aperatif and an apple liquor at the end to ‘aid sleeping’. It is the simplicity of these offerings that just make the whole experience.

Glorious

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Owen Wilson once said, with the help of a horrible script by Woody Allen, that Paris is beautiful in the rain. He has clearly never seen it in the sunshine.

I can smell summer.

 

Blue sky

Hello blue sky.