Hôtel de Crillon, Jazz and Olimpics

April 1, 2013

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Bonjour Everyone!!! Here is what I would call:  Productive Sunday Summary!!!

Our day started different… time changed and we were far away from home (this last thing is not that weird since we’re here actually)…

We had to be at Hôtel de Crillon entrance at 1pm… of course we weren’t looking great enough to pop up there… (night before was simply Epic)…

After a little while (ages…) we could get there and see how beautiful is Le Crillon inside, before its closure…

DSCN6367  DSCN6391DSCN6396We visited the Bernstein suite, where Madonna stayed last july, the Louis XV suite, Presidential suites and other historical rooms.

Everything looks so antique and refined… I enjoyed a lot. Thank you Matt for your invitation.

Then a little snack…

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After chilling for a while at Le Crillon lobby, we met some people in Montmartre for a little live music session and beers… and olives LOL

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Believe it or not… day wasn’t over. Sophie told us about a concert at L’International. Now I’m obsessed with that band! Here’s a little teaser I found on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5DpS9sBJ2o

Trust me they sound a lot better in live…

Remember their name: Olympics

Like I said before, I can’t complain about my sunday… plans appear magically. Actually most of my mates are planning to start a blog… ‘cas this is “incroyable”!!!

 

How to survive in Paris…

March 24, 2013

DSCN6219Hey! How are you guys? I’m feeling a lot better now, thanx for asking… (lol).

Well this weekend It’s been my first month here, and I’ve done many things and met many people.

At this point I can probably start giving  you some tips, my friends and I were think¡ng about, to survive in Paris (one of the most expensive cities in Europe) with very little money… not very much to be honest…

All of them have been absolutely tested…

Tip Number 1: Go to a Museum and pretend you’re a European student under 26 years old

This worked once to us, some of us were older than 26, or not students or not Europeans… and we got there. The trick: If you’re a group of girls always try to get a guy when buying the tickets. Smile and Voilá. Lol

Note! It’s not 100% guaranteed. A friend tried it another day and It didn’t work. That ‘cas they couldn’t avoid a girl when buying tickets 😦

Tip Number 2: Grocery a lot

Make sure you get loaded for starving moments… If it gets really cold, you can always get into a coffee shop, order something warm that matches with biscuits you got previously, and grab your handbag “under the table” (literally)… We’ve done it. Hilarious. Keep your handbag always loaded…

Tip Number 3: Recycling Shopping

Paris is well-known for its expensive boutiques… Well I would say, there’s another option to follow the trends: Second Hand Stores!!! Some are quite expensive, but some others are very interesting… like KILO SHOP (  http://kilo-shop.fr/ ) or Free P Star (Next to Kilo Shop)

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Tip Number 4; Look for Gastronomy Opennings

Good quality Food almost for free… I say almost ‘cas we had to pay our Spritzes (5€) but It’s absolutely worthy, ‘cas free mozzarella chesse is always tremendous!!!

Anyway, This is all for now… hopefully I can give you more tips soon…

Enjoy of the Sun if you have it. Tell him I say hello, It would be nice to meet someday… Geessh!!!

L’art n’est pas un crime

March 19, 2013

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Hello everyone!!! I’m HORRIBLY SICK!!! I know sometimes we don’t want to listen to our bodies (or at least I didn’t want to last saturday) but when you feel a little shaky, just stay home 😉

Anyway here’s my brief chronic of a saturday that started “magnifique” and turned shady ‘cas of stupid cold!!! Lol

I was talking to a friend, and she said: well… a friend of a friend is doing an Art-performance at a Paris metro station, do you want to come?

Of course I asked for a little more information about the whole thing and I thought well… Why not? I can go and see “The friend of a friend of my friend” from a certain distance…

We met the group just when they were planning everything. Of course I wans’t planning on participate…  well… sometimes things just don’t go as u think they will I guess… so I became the “flyer demoiselle” which had to explain people what was that guy doing… Geesh Lol

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The project is called ADbuster, where the artist turns into a walking billboard, offering people the chance to place any advertisement on him. I think a criticism to the usage of nudity in publicity. Why people don’t say anything when models show themselves with no clothes on? Why that absolut impunity? People is obviously paying more attention to the “naked” model than the product is been introduced. Well I wish I could say those double standards are the reason of my sickness today (lol), but they are not…

It was only cold and me trying to party hard that night… Who was I trying to lie??? Lol

Anyway, turning to the Project… Reactions were unbelievable… people covering children’s eyes, looking, not looking, smiling, taking pictures, grumbling… specially Pompidou Museum guards…

554976_572484536109777_393587637_nIronically the wall were we found “L’art n’est pas un crime” graffiti (Art is not a crime) was next to that museum

Personally, every performance capable to capture your attention and awake your senses, and at the same time able to motivate you in some sort of way is art, therefore not a crime my friend!!!

The artist is Mischa Badasyan, a young Russian fellow, who lives in Berlin, and I was very pleased to meet…

If you want to check his website: http://mischabadasyan.com/gallery/56941/adbuster/

That is a direct link to his ADbuster project work in other european capitals

I would like to thank Bianca for inviting me

and Michel Traverse for sharing some of his pics on this post. You can enjoy some of his work as well: http://micheltraverse.com/

Hope to see you all someday somewhere somehow 😉

Good mornings in Normandy

March 15, 2013

DSCN6313Last week I’ve been to Normandy (Northern France), which is normally green (I’ve heard) but I saw white… so white

That’s actually a picture I took at 8am from my bedroom window, just when I woke up…

Anyway… It’s been cold and I didn’t have much chance to see all around, ‘cas of the snow, ‘cas of the transport, blah blah blah I just hope to see Normandy in normal conditions next time.

I had incredible cheese over there… my fave was the Camembert “fermière” cheese… incroyable!!!!  (I’m not a cheese fan but over there I almost became a believer, lol)

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Le Soleil

March 9, 2013

DSCN6197Bonjour my friends! It’s been my second week in Versailles and I hardly could see  “only” this. First week snow, then  clouds, then rain… always cold! While my family in Barcelona keeps showing me sunshine through Skype camara… Geesh. So this is me basically wishing a little bit of sunshine today!!! Cross your fingers!!!

Anyway, these pics I’m posting today are from the only one day I could see the sun. I just had a walk.

It’s been decent, not freezing… I’m just a little grumpy ‘cas I didn’t have enough sleep (thank you Bianca lol)

DSCN6200 When I visited Paris for first time I couldn’t visit Versailles., and that was something I never could forget… Of course I wasn’t wrong, I had to visit it. No matter what the weather circunstances are, it’s impossible to deny its beauty 🙂

DSCN6202I have more things to post. Don’t freak out!!! (lol, I know you don’t)…

On my winter captivity I’ve made great founds that I hope to share with you as soon as I can…

Later today Paris and tomorrow Normandy (no internet connection where I’ll stay Geesh)

Gros Bisous!!!

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Sitges Carnival

February 14, 2013

11250_10151296091917057_1860200839_nHi everyone, these are some pics my friends and I took on Sitges carnival. We were Iberia flight attendants for one night…

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Our mates were Ren (As Bruno Mars. check the crafty Grammy Award we made) and Diana (As his Blond girlfriend)…

DSCN5961After some cool floats…

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We met the boys…

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If you couldn’t make it this year, this is my advice: DON’T MISS IT NEXT YEAR, SITGES CARNIVAL IS A GREAT FUN!!!

Last pic of the night…

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Garcia-Alix Self-portrait exhibition in Palau de la Virreina

February 11, 2013

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Don’t miss the chance to travel inside an artist mindset: a Life lesson… a very honest exhibition.

 

Cebiche in Barcelona

February 10, 2013

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Hello everybody!!! First you gotta know I’m a big cebiche fan, second… I live in Barcelona. I’ve watched a thousand videos on youtube about how to make the perfect cebiche, and they all say fish must be fresh, well… I made this with frozen fish and It was really good… so this post is for all my cebiche lovers!!! God I could eat this everyday!!!

First thing to do to make the perfect cebiche in Barcelona… Go to La Boqueria

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First cut fish in squares, leave them with salt and pepper.

Then squeeze all limes and mix the juice with garlic, salt, pepper, 1 aji limo (cut and clean without veins) and 2 or 3 squares of fish. Please use a blender!!!

Boil yuccas, sweet potatoes and cornbos.

Cut the onion and the other aji limo (little pieces).

15 minutes before to serve, mix the onion with the fish and shower with the previous juice.

Cut some cilantro and mix it with our beautiful cebiche ;P

I’m not an expert, just a lover… but my friends liked it

jbjkhkThis post is also dedicated to one of my most loved friends in Barcelona. He’s moving to Lima next week, so very good luck dear Chapa!!! Hope to see you very soon!!!

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Loved Trader Joes Colours

February 1, 2013

302666_10151138593519221_1564804568_n… And last but not least, ending my quite late review of Chicago, we went to Trader Joes grocery (many times ‘cas it was close to the hotel). I simply loved that market. I’m actually posting about it ‘cas I found those colours inspiring and I wanted to share some of it with you (pics are not awasome but I trully recommend you to go if you’re visiting Chicago 🙂

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Inside the Art Institute of Chicago walls

January 31, 2013

563902_10151138657679221_55675230_nHi everyone. Last post was about my last trip to Chicago, which was amazing!!! I just wanted to dedicate a special post to one of my very fave stops during that week. That was the Art Institute of Chicago. I absolutely recommend you to visit this museum. I’d been to many, and this is one of the best around the World.

62555_10151138658279221_1043119126_nOf course the museum Master Piece is American Gothic by Grant Wood. I loved the message and loved the frame lol

DSCN4176Apart of the amazing painting collection they have, there’s a beautiful environment to enjoy over there…DSCN4168Of course this visit was in November, so you’ll may need to update yourself at the website to plan your visit. Right here I just can show you what I’d got to see…

20th Century furniture pieces & Deco

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Beautiful Quilts

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Hope you get as much inspiration with this post as I did with my visit. I really really hope to go back 🙂