My favorites (part 2)

Hello dear reader,

I hope you have survived the beginning of the week well. I also hope that it’s sunny there where you are, unlike here in Paris where the spring hasn’t been like a spring at all.

That also means that, there really haven’t been too many opportunities to enjoy the sun in a café (or to even go to one to take pictures). But last Sunday when I was walking around with a friend, the sun finally came out of hiding. And luckily, we were close to a place called The Smiths Bakery.

If you like éclairs (is there anyone who doesn’t?!), then I bet you’d like The Smiths… Because, in my opinion: they serve the best éclair in this town called Paris.

OK, so, I haven’t been to literally every single bakery or café in here, but still. I am ready to say that the one from The Smiths is the best.

You want proof?

Well, it’s a milk-chocolate and hazelnut éclair. And, there really is enough of delicious milk-chocolate and enough of crispy hazelnuts. Also, the éclair is very pretty. Much prettier than your average éclair.

But the downside, after discovering this magnificent éclair, nothing else will do.

They also serve breakfast and lunch but to be honest with you, the only thing I’ve ever eaten there and the only thing I’ll ever eat there, that’s the éclair noisette.

The Smiths Bakery

12 Rue de Buci 75006 Paris, France
Open 9h-00h30 everyday.

Metro: Mabillon

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P.S. If you have an endless craving for sweet things, the best gelato in Paris, Grom, is very near.

Walking around (part 8)

Hi there dear whoever you are,

I hope your week has been a nice one and you’re all ready for the weekend to kick in.

Here in Paris the spring has shown her rainy side far too many times for my liking. And let me tell you, trying to dry soaking wet shoes (espadrilles aren’t the best shoes for a rainy day) in an already moist parisian apartment… Not very succesful.

So, walking around in Paris during the past few weeks has mainly been about holding your umbrella, not your camera. Luckily, I have been collecting photos of street art pieces that have caught my eye.

Street art is funny because when you just take photos of the piece and not the surroundings, you couldn’t really guess where where in the worlds the photos are taken. Well, except for these ones that I took because one of them is actually an old add that even tells you the name of the street.

I hope you’ll enjoy these!

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Walking around (part 7)

Happy Monday,

I hope you are well.

It’s raining here in Paris but because I have to spent today sitting in front of the computer, I really don’t mind.

I’ve been wanting to make a video post for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it. That is mostly because I hardly ever take my camera with me when I’m actually walking around. Then I realized that I have all these tiny Vine clips that I could maybe put together to practice. And so I did.

The clips are miscellaneous little moment from the past few months so unlike the other Walking around posts, this video is not from a certain day.

The quality of the video really isn’t the greatest but I hope it’ll give you a glimpse of Paris.

That and a sweet song probably won’t do any harm on a Monday.

I hope to continue doing videos with a better quality soon.

Until then, have a lovely day.

My favorites (part 1)

Hi again,

hope you are still well.

Me, today everyday I’m lazy. Apparently all the essays that I should be writing are in fact encouraging me to update this little blog. Funny, how inspiration often works that way.

Again, this is something that I’ve thought to post for a while already. But haven’t.

I thought that it’d be fun to collect a few favorites from Paris (and maybe later from Helsinki too). Obviously most of the places I like, are places other people like too and thus, are places you may have already stumbled upon on the ever-growing internet.

But I decided I wouldn’t let that bother me. Mainly, because at least these little posts will bring joy to me. Also, they’ll be an easy way to tell friends my go-to places in this lovelylovely city.

This coffee shop in rue du Cardinal Lemoine (that’s in the 5th arrondissement) is quite close to the university, so it has been a perfect place for friday afternoon coffees and cupcakes. Also, it’s very near to rue Mouffetard, a street full of adorable and delicious food shops.

The name of the place is as sweet as the treats they serve: Sugarplum Cake Shop. Also, the name makes the place a very suitable first favorites -post, don’t you think?

Their coffee is good, which is most important. I’m serious here. With a bad cup of coffee, the cake gets ruined too. They also serve filtered coffee (this is something I sometimes miss from home).

My very favorite cupcake is the coffee one. And if you didn’t have time for lunch, no worries, after their cheesecake you’ll survive easily until dinner.

Sugarplum Cake Shop

68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 75005 Paris

Closed on Monday. Open 12h-19h (Tuesday-Sunday).

Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Place Monge.

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À bientôt !

Walking around (part 6)

Hi there,

I hope monday has been good to you this far (and for the rest of the day too).

Here in Paris mondays seem to be slow and apparently I’m adjusting to that quite well. I may or may not still be drinking my morning coffee, in my pyjamas.

Again, it’s been a while since my last post but like I wrote on the last post, time here in Paris flies.

A few weeks ago I tested whether time would go quick or slow in Belgium. I dear friend of mine lives in Ghent, a lovely town not too far from Brussels (Well, Belgium is quite small so anything isn’t too far from Brussels). Unfortunately the spring hasn’t understood that her job has already started and thus the weather in Ghent wasn’t any more springy as in Paris.

But, Ghent (and the belgian waffles and chocolates) were still lovely.

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See you soon dear reader.

Walking around (part 5)

Hello you,

I hope your sunday was lovely and you did something fun.

I went to the market today. They have one located in boulevard Richard Lenoir (near Bastille, if you happen to come to Paris) every sunday.

And oh boy… I ended up buying a few things like green beans and Brussels sprouts and strawberries and avocados. Which were all quite a bit cheaper than in a super market.

The list of things I could’ve bought is much easier to show than write…

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Next sunday, I’ll be wiser and have a shopping list with me.

Good night, thank you for stopping by.

Walking around (part 4)

Hello you,

I hope your sunday has been lovely.

Mine was. I had brunch. (These two things have clear a connection.)

The weather how ever was not that lovely. I love snow but sleet… No thank you.

So considering the weather today I was pretty pleased that I had gone on a walk with my camera on saturday. The sun shined on saturday and though it was a bit colder than on most days the sunshine made up for that.

This time I strolled around in Jardin du Luxembourg. And though I eagerly wait the arrival of spring I gotta say the still bare trees in the park were pretty too.

When I had walked around for some time I started to hear singing. And there a group of french people, enjoying their saturday in the park too had gathered around a gazebo to sing chansons.

There was a contrabass and an accordion accompanying the singing too.

Unfortunately the battery of my camera had died already at that point.. but luckily I got at least a few Vine videos (to watch those you unfortunately need to be on Vine too though as I did not sent them to Twitter).

Well, enough with words. Let’s go walking.

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P.S Did you find three Paris landmarks from these photos?

Walking around (part 3)

Hi there,

did you notice how fast the week went by? Or did that only happen here…

Sometimes, all of a sudden it’s sunday again.

Well, as I like sundays nowadays I don’t mind. Since I’d been eating out since wednesday it was good to go walking. And then have lunch. You know, to keep everything in balance.

This time I was walking around in Père Lachaise. It’s the most famous of the parisian cemeteries. I didn’t buy a map so I did not see where Frédéric Chopin, Isadora Duncan or Marcel Proust (and many others) were buried.

Believe me, Père Lachaise is plenty beautiful without finding the graves of the well-known.

Oh, and the spring is really coming to Paris. It’s so close already. It’s amazing.

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Bonne nuit.

Restaurant Day

Hi you,

have you ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant or cafe?

I’d love to have my own cute little cafe and about a year ago, I did. And on the 17th of February, you could too.

Why and how? Well, Restaurant Day.

The idea is that on Restaurant Day anyone anywhere can open their own pop-up restaurant. Sounds like so much fun, doesn’t it?

It all began when on the 21st of May on 2011 when an idea by three finnish friends had travelled through social media. On the very first Restaurant Day there were almost 40 pop-up restaurants in Finland.

The event was hugely popular and on the next Restaurant Day on August there were already almost 200 restaurants in 30 cities and four countries. On the sixth restaurant Day there were already 800 restaurants in 15 different countries. Quite amazing, right?

So, the Restaurant Day on the 17th is the eight already.

I attended Restaurant Day number four on 4th of February last year. And it was just so much fun. Me and a dear friend who I had the cafe with thought that it might be fun.

But boy, we did not know what was coming. There were over 70 people who came and ate the cakes I had made.

The name of our cafe was Killed by a cake and all the photos are taken from Restaurant Days Facebook page.

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Find Waldo me wearing orange tights… Ok, that was easy.

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Ella Kiviniemi

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Photo: Henri Ilanen

Though I loved having my own cafe I can assure you that going to pop-up restaurants is super fun too.

The idea is not to get huge profits from having a pop-up restaurant (there have been restaurants that have given their profits to charity). It is a day full of food, bakings, smiles and enjoying life.

To find out more you can checkout Restaurant Day on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

Here in Paris the only pop-up restaurant at the moment seems to be at L’Institut finlandais à Paris…

À bientôt !

Walking around (part 2)

Hi you,

I hope you’ve had a lovely sunday.

I decided today to like sundays. Some people don’t like mondays but me, I’ve almost always thought sundays are worse.

But today… Today the sun visited this beautiful city and instantly everything looked even more beautiful and I didn’t want to go underground to the metro anymore.

So instead I walked.

This city is great for walking.

Thought there’d be much to show I think I’ll just stick with these ones I took while near and at Pont Alexandre III.

This arch bridge near Petit Palais and Grand Palais is a very decorative and apparently many people consider it to be the most beautiful of the bridges in Paris.

Pas mal, as the french would say.

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À bientôt !