Dressed for Halloween

For the last four years on Halloween I have dressed up as a Renaissance princess (including the blonde wig). This year I decided to change my costume and dress up as something that reminded me of my summer holiday in Paris.

What I wore is the uniform of the servers at an upscale restaurant in Paris called Au Pied de Cochon. As expected, not many people caught the reference – but my family did and they loved the memories the costume invoked.

We ate at the restaurant for lunch on a Sunday. I loved the ambience of the place and knew when we entered that I would enjoy the experience. The servers treated us like kings – even though we were dressed in typical touristy gear.

My meal was delicious – the tastes of butter and cream perfectly blended. The dessert was extravagant and, because we knew the server, we received a few extra pig meringues. 🙂

Halloween this year brought back some memories – and made me think we need to visit this restaurant again.

Did you dress up for Halloween?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Square in September: A Sweet Tower

While on the top floor of the Eiffel tower waiting for my family, I noticed a sweet representation of the structure I was in. I was ‘tickled pink’ when I saw it – it was definitely a sweet representation.

The photos do not do justice to the artistry of the baker. These macaroons had been presented in a way I had not seen before and attracted many to admire the sweet treats.

What do you think of the baker’s artistry?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’. The delightfully sweet tower is my final contribution.)

Square in September: A Surprising Bust

Before our trip to Paris in July, I asked my family to share with me the spots that they would like to visit in this well known European city. My eldest daughter wanted to visit the Georges Pompidou museum of Modern Art. We set aside a day to visit the exhibitions at this venue.

There was plenty to see – and all of it different to the art we had seen until then. One piece really stood out to me – and I could not help but exclaim when I saw what the artist had done (so much so that the guard could not but help smile at my reaction). In order to appreciate the bust, you had to walk around the sculpture and look at it from different viewpoints.

The artist of this bust was Wang Du and the title of the work is called Le Baiser (The Kiss.) – 2005 The explanation accompanying the work is as follows:

Former Chinese dissident, Wang Du, found refuge in France in 1990 where he discovered the media whirlwind, typical of Western society, which would inspire his work. In Le Baiser he abandons the sphere of the media for a more poetic register. Based on an image from the film 3-Iron (2004) by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, this sculpture alludes to the artist’s own project of acting as double to the media, as one actor may double for another in a film. In place of Rodin’s idealistic and almost abstract work of the same title, Wang Du offers a cold and precise image which he describes as “a hybrid configuration between treason and loyalty, sacred and profane, romanticism and realism”. 

I spent quite a bit of time admiring this work of art and I will not forget it for a while.

What do you think of Wang Du’s Le Baiser?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: Fountain at Georges Pompidou Square

The one thing that my daughter wanted to see when we were in Paris was the Georges Pompidou museum of modern art. She loved the shape of the building and was tickled pink when she saw the fountains in the square.

We decided to eat our picnic lunch in the square after visiting the museum so that we could enjoy the creative fountains a little longer.

What do you think of the modern-type fountains in the square outside of Georges Pompidou?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: Lady in Pink

While in Paris, it was my intention to take my family to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see the Impressionist paintings, in particular Monet. Once we had admired Monet’s murals of the lilies, we browsed through the rest of the museum to enjoy the other art on display. Near the end of our visit, I came across a pretty lady in pink. I noted that the painter, Marie Laurencien, was a woman – not many paintings by women were on display.

There were only three of her paintings up and I found them to be refreshing after some of the dark colours that we had seen in many of the other artists’ paintings.

What do you think of Laurencien’s paintings?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Cheezy Ad

Stepping outside of the building after visiting Les Galleries Lafayette in Paris, I saw the following advert plastered on the wall. I could not help but smile when I saw it.

Advertisement outside Les Galleries Lafayette © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Even though the ‘new man’ is helping out with tasks that are traditionally for the woman, he does not forget about his attire!

What do you think of this advertisement?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Sitting Room in Pink

During our visit to Paris, we spent a day at the Chateau de Versailles, one of the well-known palaces of the Sun King, Louis XIV. When visiting the Grand Trianon, a retreat built by Louis XIV for his mistress at the time, we were not surprised by the opulence of the rooms. One of the sitting rooms was decorated with fabrics of a deep cerise pink.

A sitting room in the Grand Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

One can imagine the King and his mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, entertaining their friends in this room.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Thursday Doors: Chateau de Vincennes

During our trip to Paris, I wanted my family to see a castle and took them to see the Chateau de Vincennes on the edge of Paris. The last time I visited the building, it was in ruins. In recent years, the site has been fixed using traditional methods.

After passing through the huge entrance doorway, we walked in the courtyard to the ticket office. We passed a number of doors that were more modern but were surrounded by brickwork that was from an age long gone.

We were able to walk up to the wall of the castle and visit some of the rooms that had been opened. The doorway to the worn stairs was small and covered by a wooden door.

The doors leading to the prison were interesting. They were made of wood but had a steel front. The doors made me think of those shows I enjoy watching that are set in the past – or even of the fantasy world in The Game of Thrones.

A door leading to the prison. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

The last stop of our visit was the chapel on the premises. One would assume the church would be small but this Gothic building dominated the people entering it.

The Gothic chapel at the Chateau de Vincennes © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Our trip to the castle was interesting and even though I had previously visited, I saw a lot more this time round than I had seen on my last trip.

Have you seen the doors at the Chateau de Vincennes?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge)

Square in September: Pink Blooms in Luxembourg

It is a cold, blustery day today with the threat of rain hanging in the sky. I cannot help but think back on the warm days of summer in Paris and the time I spent with my family. On one of the days we spent in the beautiful city, we went to the Luxembourg gardens to see the park. We loved the beautiful flowers which were a perfect accompaniment to the view of buildings many hundreds of years old.

Looking at the sun-filled and colourful photographs reminds me that summer will come around again in 10 months.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

First Walk Down the Champs Elysées

After our flight had been delayed for an hour, we left the airport in Toronto near 1:00 am on 14 July to begin our family vacation. Finally we were in the air. I was not feeling too well as I had eaten something at the airport that my stomach did not agree with. I suspected I had a bit of food poisoning – though the flight attendants were convinced I was suffering from motion sickness. The flight was doubly uncomfortable for me (I do not enjoy flying) and I was relieved when we arrived in France. By the time we had landed in Paris, I was feeling better – and beginning to feel hungry (I had not eaten on the flight).

We were picked up at the airport by a family member who was pleased to see us. It was around 4pm on 14 July. It was Bastille day, one of France’s public holidays. Even though we were all feeling tired and desiring sleep, our host insisted we go out to eat a meal and afterwards go and watch the fireworks at the Eiffel tower. How could we say no? The first stop, though, was the supermarket where we bought a little food.

Thereafter we hopped into the car and drove to the Parisian city centre. From the parking we walked to the Champs Elysées, the main street in Paris. I hadn’t walked down this street in 29 years – and yet it felt like it had been yesterday. So much was the same – the wide sidewalks, the fast driving, and the uniqueness of the city.

We stopped at a restaurant (L’Alsace) to eat French cuisine as organised by my husband’s cousin – whom he met for the first time that evening. We ate hungrily and yet savoured the rich flavours of the food in front of us. Our first Parisian meal was delicious and definitely not a disappointment.

After chatting and eating, we walked to the Eiffel tower. The sun had set by then and we had been awake for a long time. (We had gained 6 hours while travelling).

My photos do not do justice to the amazing firework display that we saw. The following YouTube video will give you a good idea of the sight we beheld.

Staying up for the meal and the forework display was worth it and, as you can imagine, we slept well once we lay our heads down on the pillow. I had been up 21 hours and I welcomed the sleep.

walking-logoHave you walked down the Champs Elysées?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk. Head on over to her place and go for walks around the world.)