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 moment ūüôā

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.

While not taking photos of the Quay D’Orsay

First of all I have to explain that when I’m talking about the Quay D’Orsay, I’m not referring to the actual Quai or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs¬† wich is located on the Quai.

I’m referring to the Museum of the Quay D’Orsay.

In anticipation of the 1900 World’s Fair (l’Exposition Universelle), the French government ceded this land to the Orl√©ans railroad company , who, disadvantaged by the remote location of the Gare d’Austerlitz, planned to build a more central terminus station on the site of the ruined Palais d’Orsay.

It also decided to build next to it a hotel that would be convenient for the visitors of the Fair.

The project was a challenging one due to the vicinity of the Louvre and the Palais de la L√©gion d’Honneur: the new station needed to be perfectly integrated into its elegant surroundings.

Laloux , the architect chosen to make the buildings,chose to mask the modern metallic structures with the façade of the hotel, which, built in the academic style using finely cut stone from the regions of Charente and Poitou, successfully blended in with its noble neighbors.

Inside, all the modern techniques were used: ramps and lifts for luggage, elevators for passengers, sixteen underground railroad tracks, reception services on the ground floor, and electric traction.

Since then the building went from being a main train station to being abandoned and just used for scenery in movies, until 1961 when the railroad company decided to sell the building just to avoid the costs of demolition.

Consequently, the Minister of Cultural Affairs ‚ÄĒ Jacques Duhamel ‚ÄĒ decided that the structure should be conserved.

It benefited from a revival of interest in nineteenth-century architecture, and was listed on the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments on March 8, 1973.

The official decision to build the Mus√©e d’Orsay was taken during the interministerial council of October 20, 1977, under the initiative of then-president Val√©ry Giscard d’Estaing. The building was classified a Historical Monument in 1978, and a civil commission was created to oversee the construction and organization of the museum.

On December 1st, 1986, the new museum was inaugurated by the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand. It opened to the general public on December 9th.

From my personal experience I can say that the Museum itself is a wonder to visit. The building has beautiful spaces and light in the big room where the trains used to be, and the rooms belonging to the hotel, that was also incorporated in the Museum have delicate carved ceilings, magnific painted walls.

On top of that you have  all of the arts from 1848-1914, which include names as Van Gogh,Renoir,Monet, Rodin and beautiful Art Noveau furniture  among other artists and periods.

And with all of this , in every room you have a placard saying you cannot take photos.

Please take my word for it and go visit next time, it is beautiful.

In the previous dinning room of the Hotel there is a restaurant now where you can have a delicious meal while still dreamy with such beauty and there you can actually take a picture of the ceiling.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Here is what I wore to the museum:

Remember, it was July.

Deauville

Deauville is a commune in the department of Calvados in the Basse-Normandie. .

It is  considered, with its casino, luxury hotels, its racecourse, its harbors, its Festival of American cinema, its golf courses and clubs as one of the most prestigious in France . It annually attracts thousands of tourists, especially Parisians because of its relative proximity (about 2 hours drive).

His reputation as a luxury resort earned him regularly frequented by many celebrities from film, music, television, fashion and the world economically and politically.

It was here that Coco Chanel opened her second store , the first ever that had more than hats to sell.

But this city is not all about the stores.There are many sites and monuments ,to see.I have a few to show.

The first picture shows the walk to the beach, “the Boards”.It is said that it brings you good fortune if you walk there, maybe because of the famous names that you see written along the walk.

The Casino

(I have to say that you actually pay to cross the bridge you see bellow.)

City Hall, renovated in neo-Norman  style in 1961 by Mayor Robert Fossorier,

The  Place Morny, its fountains and its covered market, surrounded by coffee shops with the tables outside is also a beautiful place to visit although there is no picture here.

And, of course, the beach.

If you can visit, it is a beautiful place.

Parque das Na√ß√Ķes -Lisboa

As promised (some time ago, I admit) today I’m going to show you a part of Lisbon.But I realised that I only had a couple of good photos.Sorry about that.

This is not one of the oldest or more typical parts of the city, quite the contrary.But cities are always evolving and I want to believe that a city I love so much can adapt continuously and look to the future along with the past.

In the year of 1998 it was held in Lisbon the Universal Exibithion.The place where everything was going to take place was a place north of the city and that was used as a docking place.Although people were not happy because they could not take advantage of the riverside they were also not very happy with the amount of money that was going to be spent in this enterprise.

Turns out that the Expo98 was a big success and the city gained a new place where people can entertain themselves in many different ways and many people live there now.


In this picture you can see the dome of the multi-purposes pavilion and a couple of the many restaurants that exist along the river.

On the left the big tower belongs to a shopping mall that I didn’t take pictures of.

There is also other pavilions dedicated to science and new technologies and the Oceanario where you can almost get into the ocean and swim with the fishes

and also with the people who take care of the aquarium ūüôā

This is a bright and fresh place to visit if you ever travel to Lisbon.And because I feel so guilty about the lack of photos I leave here the homepage.It,s worth taking a look.

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