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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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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.

PLEASE NOTE: INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY TO AUSTRALIA CLOSE 27TH NOVEMBER 2014

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY TO UNITED STATES CLOSE 29TH NOVEMBER MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME 2014

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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

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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.

Nanashi

57 rue Charlot

75003

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,

75003

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.

Chambelland

14 rue Ternaux

75011

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

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Great Coffee In Paris

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All images of Fondation Cafe and Broken Arm and the adjacent area in the 3rd Arrondissement Paris

For those of you who haven’t been to Paris for a while something really exciting is happening here.

Although the Parisians can boast some of the most beautiful cafes in the world, with every detail looked after from the cane chairs to the marble table tops, mostly there is one important ingredient missing… good coffee.

But thanks to a battalion of Aussie’s and French coffee enthusiasts the face of coffee in Paris is changing for the better. Phew…

Since I have started my Paleo way of eating coffee has been off-limits, it’s the one thing I miss, dream about and so lately after 8 months of living without coffee I have started having one coffee a week.

So you can imagine how special it needs to be…

Here’s where I go:

Fondation Cafe

16 Rue Dupetit Thours

Paris 75003

Fondation cafe is run by a team of cute boys and they do coffee as though we were sitting in a cafe in Bondi – good. Milk’s great too..The cafe is small and modern and you can choose from a range of cakes and cookies or sandwiches. They open early!
19 rue du Pont aux Choux
Paris 75003
I love this place! It is a teensy weensy cafe in the third and it is gorgeous in every way. This cafe was the former home of a boot maker and the owner has kept the sign out the front and added even more atmosphere and beauty inside. Be warned it’s tiny, 2 tables but they do great coffee to take-away and I go for the music. The Australian barista sings along to the great tunes he plays.  This place makes me happy..

 

Cafe Coutume

47 Rue Babylone

Paris 75007

A French/Aussie combo started this cafe and were at the forefront of Aussie’s doing great coffee in Paris. Not far from Le Bon Marche in the 7th these guys take their coffee very seriously. Bare-bones decor and yummy things for a light lunch. Coffee and milk 5 stars!

Coutume Instituutti

60 rue des Ecoles

Paris 75005

The fabulous boys at Coutume Cafe have opened an ever so cool space right next to the Sorbonne. You feel like you are in Finland or Australia. White trestle tables to share, big open space and lots of light and heavenly coffee. Tell your 20 year old friends…

 

Holybelly

19 Rue Lucien Sampaix

75010

Ahh Holybelly, this is the ultimate “I’m missing my Aussie cafe breakfast’ place! I love Holybelly, eggs like you were in Sydney, coffee like you were in Melbourne, friendly staff and a cute space to boot….

KB Cafe

53 Ave Trudaine

75009

The French guy that owns KB took a trip to Australia, walked into a Bondi cafe, couldn’t believe the coffee and remained for a couple of years. On his return to Paris he opened KB Cafe in gorgeous SOPI (south Pigalle) and has a stream of devoted customers each day. If you are in the area and hankering for a good coffee or a great green tea drop in and say hi.

Ten Belles

10 Rue de la Grange Aux Belles

75010

Owned by a Frenchie who guess what?.. worked as a barista in Australia… Cute modern space in cool corner of Paris. These guys are serious about their coffee. Thomas worked at the Caféothèque (who roast their own beans and was a forerunner in the Paris coffee scene before the Aussie connection turned up). Light food and to die for coffee.

So my dearest friends, if you are coming to Paris your coffee experience no longer needs to be dull.

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran

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Paris And I – Our 9th Anniversary

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It was nine years ago this week that I had finished Italian Joy, sent her bundled up off to the publisher and packed up my Florentine life and moved to Paris.

Unlike the modern traveller I poured myself onto the Eurolines bus with my worldly goods (an archive of negatives and photography books) and travelled the old fashioned way kilometre by kilometre from Florence to Paris.

There were a million thoughts going through my head as we drove through the night in a silent bubble with others slumbering around me finally passing the Italian border.  When I arrived in the Marais that first night I remember being filled with wonder and hope.

As the days passed it suddenly dawned on me what had happened.

I had arrived in a city where I knew no-one, I couldn’t speak the language, I had left my ‘happy place’ far behind in Florence, my love was finishing his architecture degree in Lyon and I was freezing my butt off.

Life became really difficult like someone turned the light off.

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Christmas Rue Castiglione Copyright Carla Coulson

But I had done this ‘moving country’ thing before. Why was it all of a sudden so difficult?

Naive as I was I didn’t understand there was a great difference between choosing a country  you want to live in and choosing one that someone else wants to live in (in case you have just tuned in hubby wanted to move to France).

I asked myself over and over again ‘had I ruined my life’, it certainly felt like I had. If moving to Italy for me had been a breeze this was a battle. Finding an apartment impossible, opening a bank account an olympic event without a gas bill and just hearing a ‘yes’ every now and then was a modern miracle. And I couldn’t understand a single word they were saying..

Paris has so many lessons to teach you. Paris was not mother Italy that opened her arms and dragged me to her bosom, fed me when things got rough or found a way around everything. At first glance she is a beautiful princess on the outside and a tough old bag on the inside who adores saying ‘non, c’est pas possible’ and entering her bosom is like prising open the door to Pandora’s box.

But when you finally enter there is stardust all around!

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Dior by John Galliano Copyright Carla Coulson

Photography, my forever muse saved me! She connected me to people and to Paris. My first job was to shoot the haute couture gowns at Dior, Valentino and Christian Lacroix and off I trotted into the magical world of Paris to become another victim to her enchantment.

The feast continued when I started to work on Paris Tango
and My French Lifeand I really had the chance see Paris in all her layers.

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Florist Djordje Varda at the Ritz Paris Copyright Carla Coulson

But if our reason for being on this planet is to evolve as human beings, to learn and grow there was a reason I needed to live in Paris. I had so much to learn and she has taught me so much.

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On the Paris Metro Copyright Carla Coulson

You see before I turned up here I was a ‘pushover’. Paris gave me a backbone, she taught me to stand up for myself and alllowed me to find my voice. She taught me that many things are worth fighting for even if they are on a daily basis!!!

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Buying tea Marriage Freres Copyright Carla Coulson

Paris is the keeper of beauty, she understands patina and discretion like no-other country and she will hold off on that reno as long as she can because she knows in her heart that peeling paint is an additional layer of life and part of her story.

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Artist Hippolyte Romain Copyright Carla Coulson

Paris showed me how she respects the world of artists and their art. To live in a world where art is valued and treasured makes my heart skip a beat.

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Baker in the 9th Copyright Carla Coulson

And no-one loves tradition like France. There are still people that give up a lifetime of nights to bake bread the way it was always baked!

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Chimney sweep going down my stairs Copyright Carla Coulson

Or to come and clean your chimney like something you imagined only existed in a children’s book.  I nearly died with love the first time my local chimney sweep knocked on my door with his ‘pipe cleaners’ swung over his shoulder. Are they serious I asked?

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Lady selling Muguet at Bastille Markets Copyright Carla Coulson

And traditions like selling Lily of the Valley on May Day are alive and well and dear women like this one fossick in the forest to gather it and sell on the street corner on the 1st of May.

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Yann and Robert La Perle Copyright Carla Coulson

And the Parisians themselves are a wonderful lesson in beauty, discretion and I adore how they speak in ‘whisper quiet’ voices as they chat to each other across a small wooden bistro table.

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La Palette Paris Copyright Carla Coulson

Paris showed me that love is all around if you open your eyes and look for it.

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Dancer Shay Stafford in the 2nd Copyright Carla Coulson

That beauty is in the details and the form.

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Backstage Moulin Rouge Copyright Carla Coulson

And the fantasy!

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All Images from Paris Tango Copyright Carla Coulson

I now hoon around Paris on my old bike like I have known her forever. There are moments when I come screeching to a halt, mouth hanging open like a labrador dog in wonderment at something I have just seen. Paris is full of surprises, there is one at almost every corner.

Paris taught me to be grateful for daily happiness, friendship and love.

And no matter what happens in the coming years, baby it has been a hell of a ride, you have taught me so much and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to have floated around your streets, your cafes, your museums and your gardens. To have walked hand in hand across the bridges with the man I love and hugged you close to me.

Looking forward to our 10th year together!

‘Rick (Humphrey Bogart): If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman): But what about us?
Rick (Humphrey Bogart): We’ll always have Paris.’

From the movie Casablanca

 

 

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