From Place To Space: Paris, Da Capo

April 22, 2012 0

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A very happy Monday, friends! While I am typing this words I am still in the City of Lights – in Paris. You’ve noticed the French ‘je ne sais quoi’ over the past few days on the blog, but hey, I can’t help it – this city keeps me constantly under a spell. Plus, there were two exciting happenings coinciding: my blog’s sixth months (half)-anniversary and the French presidential elections. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have seen most of these pictures, but I thought it might be good to accompany them with a little text and helpful recommendations – it might come in handy for one of your next Paris visits. But let me take you slowly down the lane.


When in Paris, I love to kick-start days slowly and lazy. My first day was just like that. After a good breakfast I headed over to the Trocadero square to enjoy the view on the city’s grande dame, the Tour Eiffel. I sat down in the famous Café Le Malakoff, sipped on a good glass of Brouilly and watched the delivery of fresh baguettes by the local baker with his cute little bakery van. The typical April weather with spectacular clouds and a never ending mix of sun, rain and wind proved to be good after all – at least for some great shots. After the little break I set off towards the Arc de Triomphe and after being caught by a spring rain shower on the vivid Champs Elysées I decided to jump into the metro and head off to the Marais. Since I started to feel hungry I decided to have a quick yet yummy lunch in the Jewish quarter – and I opted for a falafel sandwich. If you think eating falafel is to profane in Paris, then you haven’t tasted the best falafel sandwich at L’As Du Fallafel in the Rue des Rosiers. Try it, you won’t regret it. Later on I continued towards the Centre Pompidou and enjoyed an invigorating French coffee at Rue Beaubourg while watching the world go by. The day was rounded up by an evening walk through Montmartre and a good dinner at the quarter’s oldest restaurant ‘Le Bon Bock’. Parfait!


The next day was marked by an early getting up. But even that is sort of glamorous in Paris. I had a fine French breakfast at the Place Gambetta before heading to the city’s south to visit the Marché aux Puces (flea market) at the Porte de Vanves. A plethora of ‘brocante’ was waiting for me and I really enjoyed thrifting and taking pics although I haven’t bought anything at the end. The afternoon was reserved for my friends and we had a great and fun afternoon in a bar called Le Tournesol, a shopping spree at Bon Marché (seriously worth a visit) and the best cookies in town at ‘It Mylk’. A cinema night made the perfect end to this day (and I watched a movie that depicted some French clichés in a funny way).


A visit in Paris must be accompanied by a brunch, too. Although not a French invention nor tradition, the city offers very good placed to enjoy a good brunch. This time we went to a place called ‘Coutume’ in the seventh arrondissement – the place is known for its excellent coffee but I would add also the excellent interior design. Traditional, high stuccoed ceilings, old 19th century columns counteracted by rough, plain concrete walls, industrial lighting, and plain white tiles really caught my interior loving eye. A shopping afternoon, yet another visit to friends and a good, long walk along the Seine made my day. 

And I must not forget: On Sunday I joined the French elections by joining my friend to an electoral office wearing my ‘tricolore’ vest. Enough said, je vous laisse. À bientôt!

Photography by Igor Josifovic
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  • Reply leyla. April 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

    your instagram snapshots of paris are all wonderful! so much to see and do. boredom just doesn’t seem to have a place there.

    warm greetings!
    leyla.

  • Reply Bojana April 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Mondays are fun days!!!!!

  • Reply Iro - Ivy April 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Happy half year anniversary to your blog dear Igor!
    Have a wonderful rest of trip in this magical city!
    So many pictures to love that you are sharing here!

    Warm regards, Iro, xoxo

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt April 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Oh my, look at pretty Paris! … sigh
    I just fell a little bit more in love with your blog.

    How about posting nothing but Paris this week?
    I’m just saying…

  • Reply Gertrude from teapot April 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

    What to say today…?You took my breath with these photos!But the most important is your six months presence here with so much inspiration and hard work!Congratulations and Happy Anniversary with your beloved “Happy Interior Blog”!Longing for more to come…!

  • Reply Зірочка :) April 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Best and beloved city ))
    Thanks for the great photos ))

  • Reply C.B. April 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    J’adore! The picture of the iron Lady with the clouds is just breath taking. Also, happy half birthday!

  • Reply Juliette Gold April 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Paris look magical in those photos! I can’t wait to visit.
    I can’t decide between Stockholm, Barcelona, and Paris for this summer. Any advice on where to go first?

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Well Juliette, if you haven’t been to any of these three cities, I’d recommend to start with the most spectacular and the most famous – Paris!

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    It was so fun to read of your Parisian adventures. Brought my trip back to me in a flash – such an enchanting city! Your snaps are great as well. My favourite? The one of Montmartre at dusk… so atmospheric; so Paris!

  • Reply Nordic Bliss April 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Looks like someone had a very good time in Paris. I am getting a bit confused about where you are actually from :) Are you a French citizen? Since you voted? Maybe I misunderstood but Paris is definitely a place I always want to go back to. One day!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic April 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    LOL Marianne, I know, sometimes I get confused myself:-) I am an Austrian citizen and just joined my French partner to the election office in Paris:-)

  • Reply Maria at inredningsvis.se April 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    GREAT POST:) I love Paris and I am a french things addict:) If you havent been to Gothenburg..you can check out my new post:)
    I wish you a HAPPY week.

    LOVE Maria from Sweden

  • Reply holly@hvhinteriors April 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Woohoo! Thanks for taking us along. Seems like you had a wonderful time, Igor! I am drooling over Coutume. I’m putting it on my “things to do in Paris” list ;)

    Welcome back Xx.

  • Reply Mezza@HOP April 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Really love this feature Igor. Your instagram pic, they are just beautiful. Once again another fab post!

  • Reply vosges paris April 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    nothing can beat Paris ;) I Love to read your escapades in the city of Love!! To bad you did not visited MERCI this time (sounds like a cliche I know LOL) But there is some serious polka dot stuff going on there from my favorite designer Paola Navone of whom I found a pop up Merci store in Milano last week ;)

    Now I am wondering if you went to Milan and if you thought so too that Paris is way better??
    Thanks for passing by again on zhe blog bonne nuit a toi ;)

  • Reply Interior Prince April 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Fabulous photos and insights Igor. Looks like you had a grand time, did you leave your heart there? I sure did. ;)

  • Reply Kayla Poole April 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Oh my goodness Igor, I am just catching up and these photos are incredible! I am missing Paris so badly right now.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic April 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Oh merci, Kayla:-) No matter how often I get there (and I do frequently) I am amazed every time again!

  • Reply Akiko May 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I liked the way you captured Paris. Your photos make me miss Paris so badly. Thanks!

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