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Modern Architecture in Paris

When thinking of Paris’ architecture some of the first things coming to our mind are usually Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Chapelle or Haussmann’s boulevards with the same historical buildings on them. But, what often slips our mind is the 20th century and its Modern architecture that pretty much shaped Paris as we know it today. I wanted to learn more about it, so during my last visit to Paris I joined the Modernist Architecture walking tour organised by Context Travel. Modernist Architecture in Paris’ 16th Arrondissement At the beginning of the 20th century Paris is becoming one of the…

Impressionists in Paris

Paris was a birthplace of one of the most beloved painting styles in history and even more important – the first modern style in painting – Impressionism. Here is where its members met, learned to paint together, discussed art and made some of the most beautiful paintings in history. The second half of the 19th century shaped modern Paris and made the modern art happened. So, during my recent trip to Paris I wanted to follow in their footsteps and visit some of museums with their paintings. Impressionists in Paris In the mid-19th century historical painting dominated in French art.…

My travel diary: Three days in Paris

Paris is one of my favorite cities! I’m so in love in its museums, French cuisine and the vibe the city has. Since it is such a short train ride with the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, I am there quite often. However, recently I went there for the first time on the solo trip. I wanted to write about Impressionism and its modern architecture, so I planed a shorter three days trip in Paris. Three days in Paris Day one – Fashionable Paris I catch the early train from Amsterdam so I was in Paris around 10 AM already. It was…

City Guide: Paris Top 11

Sometimes I have a feeling that almost everything is said about Paris. You can find loads and loads of online guides, articles and „must see“ lists. I can’t stop wonder is the city of lights, high fashion and chic restaurants story that has been told too many times? Well, it could be the truth. But, let’s be honest, could you really get enough of it? After being there many times, I already found my favourite places. And still, there are so many left to discover in the future. This is why I didn’t want to write here about the main…

Sweet little Macarons…

For those who never heard about them (if there are some) macarons are cookies made of icing sugar, ground almonds and egg whites. Although they become popular in a last few years, they’ve been baked all back in Middle Ages. But, how it all started… The French town of Cormery is considered to be the true home of the macarons, where they were created in 781 by Benedictine monks from the St-Paul Abbey. Some are claiming that Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs bring the recipe with them in 1533 when she came to France to marry Henry II. Soon…