I moved….

The title says it all.After some consideration I decided to create a new blog where I can show you the places I visit and the pictures we take in a much better way.
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The world wears your colors

There is that special color that makes you feel good, that makes everything all right.

And if you look around you, everywhere you go you can see the world cheering you by wearing your colors.

Sometimes your color envelopes you,

sometimes it’s hidden in a spot of tranquility,

sometimes it flies as high as your dreams,

sometimes it tells whoever wants to listen that you belong someplace,

sometimes you wear your own colors.

The ‘make believe’ New York

Sometimes when talking about certain parts of Toronto, or a particular location I mention that this or that film took place there, but actually the city itself appears in more movies than you would think.

Apparently downtown Toronto is a great place to build a mini New York city, and it is a common occurrence to see New York taxis passing by.

This weekend they were shooting a tv film and there were not only taxis, but a New York bus, Christmas decorations and even a little bit of snow.

Hope you enjoyed our paparazzi momentūüôā

Enghien-les-Bains

Enghien-les- Bains is situated 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the¬†centre of Paris, in the¬†d√©partement of¬†Val-d’Oise.

Before the French Revolution, what is now Enghien-les-Bains was a lake and a marshland under the jurisdiction ofMontmorency.

In 1766, a priest at the oratory of Montmorency discovered a warm sulphur spring near the lake of Enghien, and the area began to develop as a spa resort.

Enghien-les-Bains is famous as a spa resort and a well-to-do suburb of Paris, developed in the nineteenth century around the scenic lake of Enghien. A casino, the only casino in the vicinity of Paris, is located on the shores of the lake.

The Casino near the lake

During the month of June Enghien has its own Jazz festival but all along the year you can benefit from the proximity of the lake, the Casino and its theatre,the shops on the beautiful streets and the coffee shops with crepes and pastries, ice-creams or hot chocolate.

This year there was also a merry-go-round for the kids, only for kids.

But on a closer look, what was the artist thinking about?

Enghien is an easy and nice place to go if you’re visiting Paris.Hope you enjoy it.

Random facts about Chantilly

Chantilly¬† is¬† 38.4¬†km¬† north-northeast from the centre of Paris.The village has enough charm to merit a visit but the Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly , its gardens and the Stables are like a magic kingdom to visit.

The Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly was home to the cousins of the kings of France, having for that reason belonged to various families trough the centuries.

The Great Stables were built by the order of one of the  Princes of Conde  and is the second jewel of the Domaine de Chantilly. Unique in the world in size, the quality of their architecture, the magnificence of their surroundings and their situation, they were built in the eighteenth century by the architect Jean Aubert.Popular legend says that the Prince though that he would reincarnate as a horse so he decided to build the stables so that he would have all the commodities possible.

The Great Stables shelter since 1982, the Living Horse Museum and during summer time have several horse shows .

I always though it was unrelated but actually Chantilly gave its name to Chantilly cream(whipped cream), and was popularised by the “ma√ģtre d’h√ītel”of the princes of Cond√©, Fran√ßois Vatel.

L’Arc de Triomphe

The¬†Arc de Triomphe is a monument in¬†Paris that stands in the centre of the¬†Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’√Čtoile. It is located at the western end of the¬†Champs-√Člys√©es. Its design was inspired by the Roman¬†Arch of Titus.

The triumphal arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.

The Arc stands in the middle of the historic axis (Axe historique) ‚ÄĒ a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route that goes from the courtyard of the¬†Louvre Palace, to the¬†Arche de la D√©fense.

So imagine that you’re standing on top of the Arch,with the Louvre in front of you.

This will stand on your left side:

Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.In the same neighbourhood a beautiful Basilica , artists and places of entertainment like Le Moulin Rouge.

In front of you¬† Les Champs-√Člys√©es and Louvre and a bit to the right Notre Dame.

On your right side La Tour Eiffel, almost synonymous of Paris.

Finally behind you La Défense, the opening arch for the future of this city.

Cafe Gourmand?Yes, please!

Of all the many good things in France I have to confess that the one  I always long for are the pastries.The dificulty always resides on the choice. Many times in the past I stood looking at the menu and wondering what to choose.

This year, however, I discovered the wonderful concept of the Cafe Gourmand, that is, an espresso served with a selection of pastries chosen by the chef that day.

While I was in Paris I ate several, but it all started  with this lovely:

This day we( my SIL , hubby who was still there and me)decided to go for a walk in Paris.I figured out that I might as well wear something nice¬† because the opportunity of having two photographers just for myself in Paris doesn’t come often.

And then someone said ‘Oh, I never been to the top of the Arc du Triomphe.Let’s go there.’

Everyone thought it was such a great idea… before being presented with this stair:

But we did climb the almost 300 steps of this circular stair(complaining all the way up, I have to admit) and the view upstairs more than compensated for the effort(pictures in another post).

We took a lot of pictures of the view, of each others, of the other tourist who wouldn’t get out-of-the-way.

Here I am doing my part of the job:

This is how, after going down the stairs again, and walking to a restaurant because we were hungry I met my first Cafe Gourmand, and it was love at first sight.

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