Happy Friday to all of you. I hope you are all feeling great and better than I did this week.
I have survived one of the worst flu’s of my life. I don’t remember ever having the flu before where I didn’t get out of bed for 3 days and had temperatures soaring through the ozone layer and then plummeting to the Antartic.
So I feel like doing something nice for myself and thought I would share some addresses in Paris that don’t cost a fortune but put that little skip back in our step and a little shine in our eyes.
1. Bar A Chignon
Hell, I have always wanted a messy, sexy French chignon that I see my wonderful hair and make-up artist Veronique give to some of my beautiful portrait subjects (see above). Well, Vero isn’t available tonight but hey there is a Chignon Bar just down the road where for 20 Euro’s you get a quick Chignon for Friday night! LURRVVEE IT..
Bar à chignon au Salon de coiffure Marianne Gray
52, rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6e
Tel : 01 46 33 72 32.
I love my food and for 4 days I have barely touched a piece of toast so I can always tell when I am on the mend because my hunger comes back and for some reason I just keep thinking about those ‘Choux’ balls down at Popelini. Little mouthfuls of flavour creme like mini bites of an eclair.
29, Rue Debelleyme
Massagggggggggggggggeee… If I could have one everyday I would. Francesco bought me an hour and a half oil massage at the Thai home spa for my birthday and it was the perfect present. I might indulge in a foot massage today or two!
68, Rue de la Verrerie
4. Mariage Freres
I almost live in front of this lovely shop but I rarely go and sit in their tea salon out the back and have a beautifully brewed cup of tea. But when I do this I feel like I am a ‘lady’ (doesn’t happen often) in an exotic world in eastern India with white linen napkins and fruit scones. Currently loving the ‘Madame Butterfly’ tea.
30 Rue du Bourg Tibourg
5. Musee Jacquemart-Andre’
Seeing an exhibition for me is a treat, kind of like having a foot massage or certainly an inspiration massage. I love to go to some of the smaller quieter museums in Paris and in my current mode the Musee Jacquemart-Andre would be perfect. A beautiful mansion in the 8th houses a private collection of some of the worlds biggest artists and has the prettiest tea salon to boot! Currently showing the lovely paintings of Eugene Boudin.
158, boulevard Haussmann
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