Christmas In Paris

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All Photos copyright Carla Coulson

I wanted to share a little of the atmosphere of Paris as we lead up to Christmas.

It’s been a long time since I have had the luxury of spending Christmas with Francesco and this year it will be just the three of us (Avedon in his bow tie) in Paris before I jump on a plane to Australia.

I have loved this year, it’s been a great of year of learning in many ways for me, finally putting some things into practice that I have promised myself my whole life (like slowing down) and always believing.

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Deep down inside I have always known to believe is one of the most important things we can have. If you believe in something, in yourself, your projects, your future and in others, your beliefs will become your reality. This year has shown me that more than any other year in regards to my health. I always knew mother nature could offer us a great alternative and she did!

I wish we were all in the same room so I could give you a giant hug, that’s how i feel like wrapping us this year. Sharing the love and friendship you have offered throughout the years and now more than anytime I  know it’s people, relationships, sharing and love that makes the world a special place to live in.

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So here it is a GIANNNNNNTTTTT HUGGGGGG across the oceans from me.. May your Chistmas and holidays be serene and filled with belief in yourself, your future and in 2015.

Don’t give up on your dreams, sometimes things take longer than we expect but just remember to do the best you can today and if you do that everyday, today will take you to your future.

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All Photos copyright Carla Coulson

Stay tuned for The “King’s” (King Avedon) message next week.

Endless thanks and love..

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” Leah LaBelle


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Mini Italian Joy

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‘There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning”. Louis L’Amour (from Italian Joy)

It’s such a beautiful thing to have a book published, it’s the most extraordinary feeling to have your story wrapped between two covers. It’s even better when you slowly find out other people love it.

I have officially been part of 8 books (photographed and written 3 and photographed 5 others) and I have loved working beside such incredibly talented people.

But there is nothing like your first book, in my case it was my story about leaving my life, chasing a simpler life, finding Italy, photography and love. It was story it seemed that resonated with many people around the world who too were looking for a life with more meaning. And many slowly made their way into my life.

Italian Joy was first published in 2005 and this year it has been re-published in a smaller, soft cover version and it’s adorable. I want to tuck it into my handbag and carry it with me!

It’s a story many generations can relate to, a common story that in a funny way has no time or era, it’s just about living life the way you thought you wanted to live it and finding emotions and happiness you never thought possible.

If you have someone in your family who has itchy feet, not sure where they are going or loves Italy they may just love the “mini me’ version of Italian Joy. Oh and the great news it’s only $31.95!!

You can find it online here or in all good bookstores in Australia.

The lovely Jilly Bennett just sent me a note to say most of my books are available in the Uk via The Book Depository

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and holiday season.






PS> I would love you to tell your friends x

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Made In Italy


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Photography Carla Coulson

I love books! I love photographing them, reading them, I adore the paper they are printed on and holding one in my hands. I particular love one that I have photographed!!

It was with great pleasure I received a copy of the gorgeous Silvia Colloca’s ‘Made In Italy’. I was lucky enough to travel to Italy last year with Silvia and our fabulous publisher Julie Gibbs to photograph the Italian location photos. What a treat, travel photography of Italy and shooting  portraits of beautiful Silvia rolled together with Chris Chen’s stunning food photography!

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Photography Carla Coulson

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Photography Carla Coulson

Many talented people worked on this cook book including food photographer Chris Chen and designer Evi O.

In ‘Made In Italy’, Silvia returns to her mother’s region of Italy Abruzzo to discover recipes through family and friends. She shares 80 recipes from Abruzzo, Molise and Le Marche.

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Photography Carla Coulson

If you are in Australia Silvia is hosting a beautiful television series of the same name and you can have a little glimpse here

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Photography Carla Coulson

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 Photography Carla Coulson

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Photography Carla Coulson

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Food photography by Chris Chen

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Food photography by Chris Chen and location photography Carla Coulson

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Photography Carla Coulson

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Huge congratulations to Silvia for sharing part of her country, stories and recipes with us. If you love Italy and food you might like to put Made in Italy under your Christmas tree. You can buy it online here. Unfortunately for our International friends currently only available in Australia.

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw


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Unwrap Your Christmas Gift From Me Early This Year


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You have joined me on a year of health ups and downs and supported me in every way. It’s a been a great year to learn something about myself and good health and thanks for sharing your advice, tips and comments, it is so appreciated.

You have generously participated on a daily basis here, on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram and it means a lot.

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Place des Vosges Snow Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

I want to give back, to say thanks for being there and I know many of you have been following along since Italian Joy was published in 2005, that’s a lot of years!

To celebrate your generosity I am giving away a print of the same size with every purchase from my print shop Departure Lounge. There are over 100 images of Paris, Italy, Australia, black and white and colour and some of my favourites. There are summer and winter, cats and dogs and places we would love to go but may never get to. Prices start at 24,78 Euro.

Here’s How To Do It.

1. Simply pick the two prints you would like here

2. Purchase ONE either regular or fine art paper. Then in the notes section after your purchase, copy and paste the link of the 2nd print you would like as a gift from me (it will automatically come in the same size and same paper) and I will send both of them to you at the same address for the price of just one print..(please note this offer only applies shipping to one address)

3. Offer valid only till 1st December 2014 9pm Paris time and then it will be gone forever.

4. Christmas shopping done in one click!

These are are just some of prints available.. loads more here.



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Amalfi Coast Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Peniche along the river Seine Paris Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Paris Snow Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge


Pont Neuf Paris in fog Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Sifnos Greece Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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 San Vito Polignano A Mare Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Fabulous Cat Martina Franca Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Australian cattle dog Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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Martina Franca Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

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All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson for Departure Lounge

I hope this helps to make your Christmas shopping easy!

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” Fanny Burney


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Paris Paleo, Gluten Free and Organic

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Organic market Boulevard Raspail Copyright Carla Coulson

Ever since I wrote the post about going the natural route and having wonderful success with my auto-immune conditions I have been meaning to share with you some of my favourite addresses in Paris where you can eat gluten free, Paleo or organic.

I cook most days and even prepare my hubby’s lunch (gawd am I a saint or what!) and I shop organic as much as I can so I don’t spend a lot of times in restaurants but when I do I want to make sure I can eat something on the menu!

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Organic market Boulevard Raspail Copyright Carla Coulson

Here are some places I love to shop and eat in Paris:

Organic Market Boulevard Raspail

I love this market! The entire market is organic so you just need to make your way here on Sunday mornings and you no longer need to worry about what’s organic or not, it’s all organic! You will find it all here, raw milk and raw cheese brought in from farmer’s in Normandy.

I eat very little meat and refuse to eat meat from factory farmed animals (please be kind to our animal friends) so I appreciate that two farmers who raise grass feed beef, chicken and rabbit sell their produce here.

You will find specialists here who might just sell herbs they have grown or free range eggs, home cooked soup or baked goods. You can also find gluten free bread here.

There is an entire Italian stall selling everything from organic olives to parmesan. I start salivating on approach. If you can’t make it to the Boulevard Raspail market almost all markets have one stall that sells organic produce in each arrondissement so go check them out.

Marche Raspail

Boulevard Raspail

Metro: Rennes

Every Sunday

9am to 2pm


Noglu Restaurant & Epicerie

16, Passage des Panoramas

75002 Paris

This delightful restaurant also has a take-away across the way. It is located in a beautiful passage in the 2nd in Paris. The chef is gluten and lactose intolerant so this restaurant is heaven for celiac’s and those trying to avoid gluten. The menu is full of delicious fresh soups, fish, pasta and heavenly cakes and you no longer need to feel like you are in Paris and missing out on all those cakes that call to you from every Boulangerie.


57 rue Charlot


Whilst Nanashi isn’t a gluten free restaurant they only use bio-dynamic fruit and vegetables. They serve Japanese/French fusion with Bento boxes of fish, meat or vegetarian and they will prepare you one that is Gluten free.

They also serve a Chirasi of organic salmon and rice. Hard to get a seat here so arrive early for lunch or dinner.

Cafe Pinson

6 rue du Forez,


If you can’t get into Nanashi try the cute Cafe Pinson across the street. A warm relaxed New York style cafe with a delicious organic menu with gluten free options. Their philosophy is to serve nutrient dense delicious food.

Niji Sushi

15 rue des Archives

75004 Paris

This sushi restaurant on rue des archives in the heart of Le marais serves organic salmon and rice and is great for a quick casual lunch.

Pousse Pousse

5 & 7 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette,

75009 Paris

Pousse Pousse is a delightful small restaurant in the cool SOPI (south of Pigalle) that is raw, vegetarian, gluten free and organic. They have daily menus that are often lactose or egg free as well so no matter how fragile your system is there is something to eat at Pousse Pousse. Not open for dinner.


14 rue Ternaux


Even though I don’t eat many grains, every now and then I feel like a little bread and so does hubby.  Chambelland is a gluten free bakery in the cool 11th and offers fabulous breads and simple cakes and has a little cafe that serves their products.

Eric Kayser

8 rue Monge

Paris 75005

One of Paris’s best bakers, Eric Kayser is gluten intolerant. That’s a bonus for all of us as he has developed a gluten free bread that is delicious and has a range of gluten free cakes that are wrapped.

Helmut Newcake

36 rue Bichat

Paris 75010

A girlfriend of mine swears by this place. This is what she has to say “wow the desserts are unreal. Not very paleo but as a gluten free girl I’m beyond happy to eat their lemon tarts, eclairs and anything else I can get my hands on…great pastries for a treat with a pot of tea they do beautifully….”

Other food notes:

France is a pretty good place to eat Paleo. Even if you can’t get to these addresses you can walk into any local cafe and order an omelette and salad, or if you like your meat, an Entrecôte. The menu is heavily weighted towards meat and 3 vege but do insist on telling the waiter if you are intolerant to anything. I have found all restaurants very helpful and they always have something they can whip up for you.

France’s most famous dessert at the moment, the macaron is wait for it, GLUTEN-FREE. If you buy your macaroons at the best patisseries such as Pierre Herme you don’t have to come all the way to Paris and miss out.

If you can’t make it to the market Paris has many Organic supermarkets such as Bio C’Bon (I go to the one on rue Vieille du Temple, Naturalia and Bio Coop.

If you know or eat at any other favourites please let me know below so I can spread the word.

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” Cesar Chavez




Please share with your friends on their way to Paris.

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