When you’ve spent a year living in Paris and took advantage of many of the museums and gardens that the city has to offer, you sometimes begin to wonder what else is there to do?
Aside from visiting the weekly open-air markets at Auteuil (which is where I currently live) and spending time at the café sipping on my coffee, I spent the past week exploring the city in a different way. How you may ask? Well, there’s Paris fashion week, which often leads you to various hotels for presentations and interesting sites for shows (you can read my coverage on Front Row Mag and on my other blog, Phreshly Squeezed). There is an added depth in going to places completely unknown to me; there is that element of “discovering,” which I haven’t really truly felt since returning here, until now.
Two highlights from the past week that stick out immediately in my mind are the residence of the Russian ambassador and the cabaret at La Nouvelle Eve. It’s not everyday (or any day, for that matter) that I receive an invitation to attend a presentation at an ambassador’s home. Even though I have seen many rooms and apartments decorated like how this one was, it was the fact that it did serve as someone’s home that perhaps amazed me the most. Springing the money to watch a cabaret show isn’t something that I often consider, so when the opportunity presented itself in an invitation, I just went for it – now I know that cabarets are not cancans (I could have probably just wiki-ed that).
There is also something about going somewhere familiar and not recognizing it because the crowds are gone and the context is different. Being in the Palais Royal gardens when it is closed to all except for the invited elicits a sense of tranquility; the last time I was there, I remember it being daylight and bustling with people – some strolling and some hurrying. But that night, everyone was at the same pace: chattering with flutes of champagne in hand and peering over at the plate of desserts being served.
Arzu Kaprol’s presentation at the Palais Royal gardens renders the rest of the gardens empty except for the guests
IRFÉ at the Russian ambassador’s residence
Agnès B presentation; there is always trying new food or seeing it made in front of you!
Costume National SS11 fashion show at Palais de Tokyo
Marithé & François Girbaud at the Tuileries gardens