• Phryges mascots for Paris Olympics and Paralympics 2024 colleensparis.com
    History,  Specialty shops

    The Paris Olympics 2024 Phrygian Cap Has Become My Obsession

    Asking myself simple questions about the Paris Olympics 2024 mascot gradually began a quest and became my obsession. Does the Olympics 2024 mascot have a gender? Why are they bright red and look like a stuffed Eiffel Tower? My in-depth research into these burning questions has been fruitful. I read about the mascots in my daily newspaper Le Parisien. My initial reaction when the two mascots were unveiled in November 2022 was not very positive. Their design does not strike me as elegant. The red color is bright and harsh. Curious, I started following this unusual stuffed toy. Without realizing it, the research has become an obsession. My eyes and…

  • Official poster for Le Trésor de Notre-Dame de Paris des Origines à Viollet-le-Duc Louvre Museum
    History,  Museum exhibitions,  Notre-Dame de Paris

    Remarkable Notre-Dame Treasures at the Louvre

    How does one modernize thirteenth century designs? Hold a competition. Little did Eugène Viollet-le-Duc know when he sketched the sacking of the archbishop’s residence in 1831 that he and a partner, Jean-Baptiste Lassus would win a competition in 1843 to restore Notre-Dame de Paris and its treasury. For a very short time, while twenty-first century restoration work continues on the cathedral of Paris, historical treasures are being stored at the Louvre Museum. The current exhibition at the Louvre ‘The Treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral: from its Origins to Viollet-le-Duc’  showcases at least 120 of those treasures, and runs until January 29, 2024. It puts into context the treasury’s history from its origins in…

  • Image of Stravinsky fountain on a Sunday afternoon before the official reopening on November 7
    Let's Explore,  Photography-Art

    Renovated Stravinsky Fountain Reopens

    They are colorful, spew water and engage your curiosity. Street artist, Jeff Aerosol, looks in their direction. Saint-Merri protects them from the wind. What and where are these objects that recycle their own water? The Stravinsky Fountain or Fontaine des Automates between the Pompidou Center and the church Saint-Merri will once again be open to the public on November 7, 2023. The work of Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely has been renovated for the first time in 40 years. The reddish building next to the fountain is home to an acoustic and music institute. Keep reading. The Icram will take you on a journey of stories and sound. On a…

  • Cyril Huet 2023 Grand Paris Pâtisserie Chef Winner
    Events and Trade Shows,  Going Out

    Salon du Chocolat is One Big Candy Store!

    Welcome to the largest chocolate store in the world! In 2023, the Salon du Chocolat store supplies gigantic chocolate croissants, a 5-meter tall spire topped with a chocolate puppy (LuLu), global and exotic chocolate-producing locations, 250 chocolate and pastry shops, the latest chocolate dresses and capes and competitions like: Who will be named the Master pastry chef for pain au chocolat on October 30. The inaugural evening was for the benefit of the association, Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque. The chocolate store is open for five days from October 28 through November 1. What was fun Usually, I attend on Saturday; this was my first visit to a Salon du Chocolat on…

  • Image of radishes either Radis Flamboyant (flaming radish) or de 18 jour (18-day radish) Colleen's Paris
    Life in Paris & France

    How Do You Eat a French Radish?

    Have you ever thought about how you eat a French radish for an aperitif? You can either bite into it directly or use a French method my husband showed me. Cut the center with a knife and slip in a pat of butter. Butter in France is either doux (sweet) or salé (salted). I could have sprinkled some salt or dipped it in salt, the sweet butter catching the grains. Two other thoughts when eating a radish: Are they in season? and which wine is it paired with? In season, my tastebuds like mildly flavorable and not bitter. Some varieties are spicy. One lunch time, after asking the server for…

  • image emergency passport Colleen's Paris
    Life in Paris & France,  Specific Info

    Passport? Obtain an Emergency Passport

    For the first time in four years, I would be visiting my family in the States. For the past four years, my French passport was my entry to other countries before and after the pandemic. Wednesday afternoon, six days before my departure, while entering information into the airline website, the moment of desperation descended upon me. The expired passport, two business days, a weekend and Labor Day stood between me and the flight. Asking those around me for their experiences helped bring down the tension, but I had to act swiftly. With a quick exchange of emails with the Embassy I received a Friday morning appointment, stood in line with…

  • Entrance to Sarah Bernhardt Exhibition Woman Created the Star Et la femme crea la star
    Let's Explore,  Museum exhibitions

    Sarah Bernhardt – Woman Created the Star (Et la femme créa la star )

    The artist, Sarah Bernhardt’s life knew no limits. There was no frontier she could not conquer during her 79 springtimes on earth. She was an emblematic figure, the “divine Sarah”, the “holy monster”, the “golden voice”. Miss Bernhardt (1844-1923) created the star that she was. She was the influencer of the epoque. This icon’s face appeared on major brand beauty, soap, cigar and food products, posters and calendars. Bernhardt’s “S” silhouette, her sharp profile and curly, red hair corresponded perfectly to the aesthetics sought by the Symbolists and Art Nouveau artists. Four hundred pieces make up the exhibition “Sarah Bernhardt – And the Woman Created the Star” (Et la femme créa la star) at the Petit Palais until August…