Before sharing my favorite spots in Barcelona, I wanted to show you these first photos from sunny Barcelona. The city pleasantly surprised me, the people were very kind, slower and more relaxed than in Paris (fore sure!) and kept talking to me in Catalan, which made feel less like a tourist. There was an abundance of palm trees, nice typography, sunshine, good food, even better gelato and very nice company. It was pretty hot with temperatures up to 35°C, but there was a nice sea breeze that kept it enjoyable. According to my tracker I walked a lot: 55km in less than 3 days. Through neighborhoods like Gràcia, El Raval, La Barceloneta, El Born, El Poble-Sec, El Eixample and my favorite Sant Antoni...
And somehow I looked up, a lot:
Have you ever been to Barcelona? (or maybe you live there! lucky you!) If so, how did you like it?
When browsing my latest Instagram pictures, I realised there's a pattern. A pink pattern! This past year I spotted several pink houses and façades everywhere I went. Not sure if it's my pink glasses that make me see "la vie en rose", but I just wanted to share this little collection here. Do you "suffer" from a similar silliness?
Above in Paris, below in Nice, France:
Above in the Baie de Somme, below near the Lago Maggiore, Italy last year:
Above in Paris, below in Nice, France:
Again in Nice:
And just because I loved this one so much... a mint pharmacie in my Oise region in France:
I'm currently on my way to Barcelona where I hope to spot some more colorful buildings! If you like, you can follow me along on Instagram :)
Jean Jullien at l'Imprimerie Paris
A few photos from this cool exhibition in Paris that I visited a few weeks ago. Between the presentation of Jean Jullien's work at Colette and the exhibition at l'Imprimerie, it' was hard to miss JJ's colorful bold illustrations in Paris. If you don't know Jean Jullien: he's a French illustrator that lives between London and NYC. I've been following him on Instagram for a long time and I love his quick and witty reactions on world's events. I also enjoy his use of color (flat bold colors!), the visual jokes and his nerdy characters. His work doesn't need any explanation, it's very recognizable, clever and really crafted by hand. Or as he puts it himself: "In my personal practice, I find excitement through the challenge of practicality and through the use of what I do. ... I do daily visual commentary, communicating about life."
For this exhibition on the theme of "food & drinks" and presented by Fricote and Colette, Jean Jullien designed the packaging of different chocolate products for A la mère de famille, with chocolate spread, lollipops, ice cream and chocolate palets Montmartre:
I was truly impressed by the deep colors and print qualities of the artwork exhibited. It's not easy to see on screen, but the colors really popped and the details showed beautifully detailed paintbrush strokes:
Keep your eyes out for Jean Jullien's work or follow him on Instagram. Warmly recommended :)
La Plage de Lys Chantilly
This weekend I visited the coolest new hotspot in the Oise. It's one of these places that makes my heart beat faster and gets me all excited about the opportunities it holds. It's called La Plage de Lys, located along the Oise-river between Chantilly and Boran-sur-Oise, at only 15 minutes from our home. The beach of Lys opened its doors in 1933 as the-place-to-be for young Parisians to enjoy the "beach". It's not really a beach, but it was very avant-garde with a swimming pool with filtered water from the Oise-river and artificial waves to give you a real sea-feeling. How awesome is that?!
After WWII La Plage des Lys became less popular, but was still in use until the late 90s. Then it was abandoned and the city of Boran sur Oise finally buys the site in 2005. Together with their partners La Bellevilloise and la CAP, they will renovate the site and re-open to the public in 2016. But this summer you can already enjoy some eclectic concerts, DJ-sets, open-air movie screenings, performances, foodtrucks and more surprises! Just note that you cannot swim here, but there are "water-misters" to cool down. The entry is free in exchange for your prettiest smile :)
The BAR letters and the bright orange/red touches everywhere are so pretty:
I love this little historical video of La Plage, look how crowded it used to be in the 1930s!
It probably shows that I'm craving a little summer holiday, right? This weekend I worked on a fun little challenge: pimp a deckchair with Out There Interiors! Our mission was to do "something" with the chair and my first idea was to turn it into a green seating. Of course I don't want anyone to sit on my cacti, but some soft & wild grass from our garden was a better idea.
The only thing missing is some sunshine.... and your vote! I hope you like my deckie, because when I win, I will donate my prize to the Kew Gardens Foundation. Kew is the world's most famous botanical garden with more than 250 years of history. I think it's important to help places like the Kew Gardens and the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil to continue to do their fantastic work. Future generations deserve the same rich plant diversity as we do and there is still so much research to do to learn more about plants and the world.
You can vote for my deckie HERE and HERE. Merci beaucoup!!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!