While most of the visitors of the Paris Air Show were enjoying the buzz outside, we went inside the Museum of Air and Space for a quick visit. As I've said before, this museum is really one of my favorites ever. The atmosphere is so unique, a little retro, but in a good way. And surprise surprise: the former arrival and departures hall was entirely renovated. Including this wonderful clock:
All of you that have been reading my blog for a while, know that I love traveling. I was seventeen when I boarded my first airplane and I still think it's a little magical to go somewhere else so fast, in stead of long hours by car, bus, train or bike.
People at airports make me so curious: where are they going, why are they going there? What's their story? Who are they leaving behind? That's why I'm a total sucker for television shows like Hello Goodbye (in France and NL). I'm always amazed by how much people share in front of the camera... but that's a whole other story ;)
The renovation of the Salle des 8 Colonnes took well over a year, but wow, it's really breathtaking (watch the 360° panorama view!). It transports you right back to the 1930s. I love time traveling. Do you?
At the Paris Air Show
This weekend I spent some time in this male dominated environment called the Paris Air Show. Lots of state of the art aircrafts, engine noise and numerous drones, which I guess is the latest aeronautic hype. I was mostly drawn to the blue white and red smoke from the Patrouille de France team that performed above our heads. It had the same effect on me as fireworks... Woahhh!!! And it looks rather romantic too, don't you think?
mini guide Berlin
A few of my favorite places in Berlin:
► Factory Girl /// Auguststraße 29 /// mon-sun 10-20 /// Super nice cafe (their fresh ginger tea comes with honey and a cute felt sleeve), with very friendly staff and fresh food. Hmmm!
From your comfy chair at Factory Girl you have the perfect view on the huge JR stencil outside. Many people stop to snap a picture so you can sit here for hours and enjoy the people watching. Giova looked so tiny:
► Hüttenpalast /// Hobrechtstraße 66 /// Café, hotel and garden: enjoy campinglife in the middle of the city at this "indoor campsite" with comfortable hotel beds, breakfast and nice cafe. I blogged about it here.
► Prinzessinnengarten /// Moritzplatz - Prinzenstrasse 35-38 /// Community garden in the center of Kreuzberg with gardencafe and restaurant with homegrown fruit and veggies.
► Wostel /// Hobrechtstraße 66 /// mon-fri 9-18 /// Creative co-working + event space with furniture from the 30s to 60s.
► Voo store /// Oranienstraße 24 /// Concept store with fashion & design objects and a coffee shop by Companion Coffee. Really liked their selection of fragrances like Henrik Vibskov and Carven...
► Street Food Thursday /// Markthalle9 Eisenbahnstraße 42 /// every thursday 17-22 /// Eclectic food from around the globe: every thursday night at Markthalle9. Great atmosphere, friendly chefs and delicious food. And frozen yogurt from Mr. Whippy of course! I blogged about it here.
► Fräulein Frost /// Friedelstr. 39 /// mon-fri 13-late sat-sun 12-late /// Delicious homemade (bio & vegan) ice cream and cafe (with terrace!). In Mitte you can also get some delicious frozen yogurt at GoodQ. Hmmm!
► Do you read me? /// Auguststraße 28 /// mon-sat 10-19:30 /// A wonderful selection of magazines from around the world... try leaving this store empty-handed ;) Nearby are many art galeries, small design and fashion boutiques or go for a dance at Clärchens Ballhaus (on sunday afternoons).
► Modulor /// Prinzenstraße 85 /// mon-fri 9-20 sat 10-18 /// A.k.a. material heaven: at Modulor you can get any kind of material for your DIY project: foam rubber, wooden balls, glass, bamboo, paper, aluminium, silver. Very basic, in any color, size and shape. There's also a furniture shop (with Hay, Muuto, Wilkhahn, Minimum...), a catering supply store, print shop, tools & machine rental service, workshops and more... heaven!
► Flamingo fresh food bar /// Neustädtische Kirchstraße 8 /// mon-fri 7:30-18 /// Great place for a quick lunch, theirs soupes are delicious (and fresh!).
► Westberlin /// Friedrichstrasse 215 (near Checkpoint Charlie) /// mon-fri 8:30-19 sat-sun 10-19 /// Coffee & Mediashop, which means lots of good coffee, fresh drinks & sandwiches plus magazines, books and free wifi. And lots of nice designer chairs (Muuto, J110 windsor chairs...).
► Tempelhof Park /// U-bahn Tempelhof (simply look for the "empty" spot on the city map) /// open from sunrise to sunset /// This abandoned airport in the middle of the city is the perfect place for a picknick, some community gardening, kiteboarding or jogging. Or simply for a nice walk on the former runway, like I did with Lena. You can actually see the horizon here!
What are your favorite places in Berlin? Any recommendations?
In the air
After a crazy week, I'm more than ready for the weekend. Yesterday I spoke in front of 200 people in the Horse Museum in Chantilly about blogging in the tourism industry and I think I had reached my maximum dose of craziness by then.
What are your plans for the weekend? I'll be unwinding at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget where it's all about aircrafts, aeronautics and space. I'm not all that interested in airplanes and such, but the Museum of Air and Space is absolutely one of my favorite museums ever. It has this retro interior with lots of old aircrafts, vintage mannequins, glossy linoleum floors and dreamy air balloons. And it's very photogenic with all the bleu-blanc-rouge. I wrote about it last year, if you'd like to read more.
Wish you a wonderful weekend!
Filles de l'air
You may wonder if I changed the editorial calender of my blog to become a flower blog, but I can reassure you: I'll be back to posting other things than flowers and plants soon. But today I'd like to show you some pictures of these Tillandsia plants that I saw at Les Journées de la Rose. Amongst all the bright colored roses, it was a breath of fresh air to see something pretty and "just" green. You may know that I love succulents & cactus plants more than flowers, so these air plants really appealed to me.
Tillandsia air plants don't need any soil to grow, they get their moisture and nutrients from the air. So no need for planters!
Last month Kreetta hosted a giveaway where you could win some Tillandsia plants. The lovely Gudy from Eclectric Trends won those beauties and ever since I'm really curious about how she styled them in her home.
If you like these air plants, how would you use them in your home? I'm thinking of making some kind of curtain of air plants in my jungle.
Oh and if you'd like to buy some Tillandsia online, Filles de l'Air proposes a large variety, as well as some accessories.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, I simply like these plants!
2 Peony Girls
Last week I headed to Compiègne for a photo shoot at a florist called Argevil. While I was taking pictures of some very pretty summer flowers (and chatting with the adorable owner Loïc), I couldn't help but capture these peonies for this month's #2flowergirls challenge.
The shape of these particular peonies are so delicate and look somewhat like the wings of a swan, don't you think? The spikelets and of course the chandelier make it also very French, with a twist.
If you want to join us to spread some peony love in June, it's easy: read more about it on Madame-Love and Glomerylane.
The other day when we drove to Ermenonville for the Rose Days, I spotted this huge field of poppies. I asked my husband to pull over and jumped out of the car to snap a few pictures. Poppies are my absolute favorite flower: they seem to grow almost everywhere, are so floppy and fragile. I love poppies so much that I added a few fake ones to my wedding bouquet. And I still dream of the enormous field of poppies somewhere between here and Paris. A few years ago it was entirely red. I guess the farmer must have loved poppies as much as I do...
Have a wonderful weekend!
On the run
Recently I decided to start to run: I bought the most flashy running shoes (aqua + neon green anyone?), a simple outfit and the perfect sports bra. Today I went for my 6th run and I'm really enjoying it! Running every other day also means that I get to explore my vicinity extensively. I challenged myself to take at least one picture during each run that I'll post on Instagram. It motivates and helps me to see the beauty in my neighborhood.
This tiled wall was one of these things that I spotted while running. I came back with my camera and snapped a few pictures. Can you believe that I had never seen it before?
For any of you runners: is it really so addictive to run? I never thought it would be, but after a run I'm already looking forward to the next one. On twitter Johannes suggested that it's only in the first weeks... is it?
On the last day of my stay in Berlin, I met for tea with the lovely Lena from Minamoka. While sipping gingertea, she told me that we were actually at a very special hotel. A hotel where you can sleep in a real caravan. I was so surprised! Of course! This was the place that I saw in some magazine a few years ago and that I couldn't find when preparing my trip to Berlin. I even asked around on different travel forums, but without any result. So Hüttenpalast it is!
Lena asked if we could visit the hotel and the manager was kind enough to show us around. He told us they were actually building a second adjacent "campsite" to receive a few more guests. Not too many, because they'd like to keep a more personal contact with the guests.
So, if you want to go camping this summer but prefer a really comfy hotel bed plus the urban Berlin lifestyle, Hüttenpalast is the place to go!
What do you think? Would you consider sleeping here?
Oh by the way, the Hut Palace also has a few "regular" hotel rooms ;o)
La vie en rose
This weekend we visited the Journées de la Rose at the Abbaye de Chaalis. Near the ruines of the ancient Abbey everything involved roses. Rose lovers, garden enthusiasts and rose professionals presented their products and savoir-faire in a fragrant environment. And of course: we were accompanied by a true Rose, which made it extra special.
The weather was wonderful, the rose garden wasn't blooming yet due to the cold spring, but the rose ice cream tasted really good! Oh and did you know that the French wear pretty hats to these kinds of events? I spotted so many wedding-proof headpieces but completely forgot to shoot any for my Styloise series... oops!
For a fun "rosy" outtake, check my Instagram :o)
My Boarding Pass
Earlier this week, my maptastic friend Anne from Prêt-à-Voyager featured me in her wonderful BOARDING PASS series. I'm so honored to be in company of some amazing fellow travelers like Sivan Askayo, Pia Jane Bijkerk and Elodie Rambaud. Check it out here, I included images, animated gifs and a little video. Merci beaucoup Anne!
And in other "news", I finally joined the Instagram community. It felt like I missed out on so much stuff (Giova, Jillian and Elodie definitely convinced me too) and I'm discovering so many cool things.
Amongst the people I follow are quite a bunch of Dutchies and to see the dinner food pics popping up at 4:30PM just after our goûter, made me smile. Are you on Instagram? Any people that you can recommend me to follow?
Have a wonderful sunny weekend!
The first radishes
It's almost ridiculous how proud you can be of something that grows without any effort, like a radish. No green fingers or any particular talents are needed to grow them. But knowing that they come from my own tiny vegetable garden makes me happy. And now there's finally some space for the melon seedlings!
Did you eat anything from your garden yet?
the colors of Berlin
While flipping through the photos I made in Berlin last week, I realized that:
► almost half of them included beautiful type... oops!
► I captured lots of blue skies... after a long dark winter, I guess that's what I needed
► Berlin is even greener than I remembered
► there was color everywhere, hence this post :o)
On the Oise
This weeked, I did something that I've been wanting to do for over a decade. Do you see the above picture? That's the view from our home: we live along the riverside of the Oise. Every day we see transport ships, rowing boats and swans go by but we had never made a boat trip on the Oise, ever!
During this l'Oise Verte et Bleue weekend (an event to promote outdoor activities in our region) we joined about 50 Isariens for a tour on a small péniche. The absolute highlight was to see our home from the water. From the inside we have a clear view over the river, but seen from the water it is actually pretty much hidden behind all the greenery:
We passed by the transport ships...
...and the rowing boats (look at that happy Weimaraner dog!):
and the swans:
Now all I want to do is take a boat and make a long trip: over the Oise to the Seine (through Paris of course!) then to Burgundy and its famous Canal, onto the Saône... to the South of France... just dreaming out loud ;o)
Have you ever been on a boat trip?
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