Paris, Places

The Orsay Museum

Hi, it’s me Marimonda.

Today, I’d like to introduce you one of the most popular museums in Paris, Orsay Museum. It’s called a museum but it’s closer to an art gallery.

Used to be a train station, the Orsay museum is well-known for its big clocks on the facade toward the Seine and various collections of paintings mostly in 19th- 20th centuries. From Millet to Seurat, you can see the development of the art movements, esp. in France.

Brief History

Built in 1898-1900, the Orsay Museum primarily served as a train station(Gare d’Orsay) and a hotel to facilitate the visitors of 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. It provided the rail service of southwestern France until 1939. In 1986, it opened its door as a museum with rich art collections and became a must visit place in Paris. There are three important museums in Paris : The Louvre, The Orsay, and The Pompidou. You can find art collections in different era in each museum. There might be few exceptions but at the Louvre you may find art pieces until 1848, at the Orsay(1848 ~1914) and the Pompidou (1914~).

Facilities

After the security check, you will pass two souvenir shops on your left and right. You will see a long hallway(nef) full of statues such as a miniature of the Statue of Liberty (the artist is a French, that’s probably why they display a mini one). On the side of the nef, you can see artist-based rooms and the exhibition continues to upto 5th floors.

There are plenty of the bathrooms in the museum. At the entrance, you may find one below the stairs, also another one at the end of the hall. Since the museum is very big, you may take a break at a restaurant or cafes. The restaurant is located on the second floor (in French, 1er étage), the Café de l’ours is on the ground floor(rez-de-chaussée) in front of the white bear(Ours blanc), and the Café Campana is on the 5th floor, end of the gallery of Impressionism. Since the coffee shops and the restaurant are inside the museum, their menus are more expensive than nearby places. Compared to other two, the cafe de l’our is more casual and cheaper which make it’s more popular than other two places. There is an auditorium on the 2nd basement floor, where you can enjoy cultural activities such as cinema, concert, or performances. You can check the programs on the web.

Art Pieces

As I mentioned above, the Orsay Museum is a great collection of late 19th and early 20th masterpieces. In the Orsay Museum, you can see <The Gleaners> and <The Angelus> by Jean François Millet, or <Self-portrait> by Vincent Van Gogh, <Olympia> by Édouard Manet, <The Ballet Class> by Edgar Degas, <The Saint Lazare Station> by Claude Monet, etc. Seeing the paintings, it reminds me of my school times. I had difficulties to remember names of the artists and the paintings which were mostly on the exams. If I had had opportunities to visit the orsay, I would have gotten better grades in arts. You can see most paintings or other artworks in the museum on its official website. Click here.

Even though it’s a post on the Orsay Museum in general, I have to admit that I’d like focus a bit more on paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. After visiting Dr. Gachet’s house the 3rd Saturday in Auvers-sur-Oise, I became more interested in the Dr. Gachet. I am very curious how he could engage the great impressionists (i.g. Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Auguste Renoir, and Édouard Manet, of course Vincent Van Gogh, too.) and build up his networks with them. Last week, I spent a lot of time in the Vincent Van Gogh room (with artworks of Gauguin on the 2nd floor).

Since I saw the greenery wheatfield when I went to the town in June (see the previous post on Auvers-sur-Oise), this time I wish I could see the goldish wheatfield. Unfortunately, they just started harvest. As a result I failed to see the scenery like a painting again. Hopefully, next time…

Don’t forget to enjoy the view at the terrace of the museum. Next to the cafe, there’s a door you can go out and see the view of the Seine and the Louvre, or even Sacre-coeur.

Special exhibitions are on-going all around the year. Now, you can enjoy Berthe Morisot exhibition until 22nd September, 2019.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Hours : 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Tue.-Sun.) except Thursday (9:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.) / Closed on Mondays

Ticket : €14 (adult) /

Museum pass available (some days in high season, the museum pass doesn’t guarantee that your entrance)

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Food, Paris

Salon de Thé de la Mosquée de Paris

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

La Mosquée de Paris
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Today, I’d like to introduce you an unique cafe in the heart of Paris, the Salon de thé de la mosquée de Paris. Located in front of the Jardin des Plantes, this white building with green roof is catching eyes. It’s a mosque where you can pray or do religious activities but also you can enjoy some tea and hammam (turkish bath and sauna) here. This time I only went to Salon de thé to get to know this place. After visiting the tea salon, I can’t wait to experience hammam as soon as possible!!

Atmosphere

When you enter the main door on the picture above, you would see a picturesque garden. There are plenty of outdoor seats, but it’s smoking section. Thus, my friends and I decided to get an indoor table. Inside of the tea salon was more colorful and splendid. On the walls, there are some pictures of people wearing traditional clothing. A cat wandering around the cafe makes this place more exotic. Thus, don’t be surprised if you feel something furry. The cat seemed a bit shy, but cat is a cat. It did whatever it wanted. Visited this table and the other table, looking at people or lying on the floor, it had a real free soul. But don’t get me wrong, the cat didn’t jumping around the table nor act wild.

Menu and Service

Some food are available but it seemed quite expensive(i.g. couscous for 17), while the tea and the oriental patisseries are offered reasonable price(2 each). We tried mint tea and sweets with an espresso. OMG, it was one of the best teas I’ve ever tried in my life. The server brought us a plate which is full of the desert. Two euros sounded cheap but the portion of the tea was very small. The pastries were also good, they really went well with the tea. My favorite was the top on the left (below the sunglasses). It has many layers like millefeuille but very crispy. In the end, I had to order one more of it. More pastries are available at the patisserie corner where you pay when you buy. But if you choose your snacks from the plate, you pay before you leave the cafe at your table.

Service was also very nice. Staffs were warmly welcome and served tea and food. It took some time to bring us the tea, though. They were super nice to us offered us a plate, so we didn’t have to line up to get the dessert and showed us a video of hammam telling us about it. Maybe one of my friends spoke a basic Arabic to them, that’s why they were more friendly to my table.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. I will definitely come back to have a tea soon. Plus, I’d like to try hammam next time.

Hope you liked my review of the Tea Salon in the Paris’ Mosque. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 39 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – midnight

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Paris

Paris Plages

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a summer event in Paris, Paris Plages. You may be surprised to see the parasols and the beach chairs alongside the Seine. That’s one of the Paris Plages.

Brief History

Began in 2002, Paris Plages(Paris beaches) is a city run event for Parisiens and visitors of Paris. Everyone loves vacations, but as you probably know, French people really value their vacations. Some people even say that they work to have vacations. Paris plages was created for people who can’t leave Paris in Vacance seasons (mostly in July to August) so they can feel as if they are in the beach. It started as a single beach on the Rive Droite, and now it’s extended to the Rive Gauche and even to La Villette. Each year, the event hosts people for about two months. This year, it will be held between 6th July to 1st September.

Activities

Most of activities are available for free of charge. You can swim(there are three pools with different depth), have a picnic, play sports such as petanque, beach volleyball, dance, do the zipline, rent a pedal boat, ride a cruise, etc. Free activities are first come, first serve basis, thus you may go early afternoon or in the morning to reserve your spot. I didn’t take pictures of swimming pool so it’s not there, but the pool seemed quite nice. There are also lockers and shower, so if you plan to swim bring your swimming suit and enjoy!

I think it’s a great event and one of the most successful ones organized by the city. With a book and a beach chair, you can have a perfect relaxing day. More activities are ongoing at <La Villette Canal Basin> than the center of the city. It will be good to visit there on weekends. You can check all the events and the places on the official website.

Hope this help you to plan your stay in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Date : 6th Jul. – 1st Sep.

Places : city hall, Rives de Seine, La villette Canal Basin

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Food, Paris

Plus 82

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a Korean dessert cafe in Paris <Plus 82>. It’s really hot these days, thus I thought it would be nice if you can try some cold pause during the day.

Atmosphere

There are many Korean restaurants and dessert cafes in Paris, but I found this is more authentic and contemporary one than other stores. The interior of the store seems a bit fusion because Korean-style props and modern simple style props were harmonized in this cafe. The chairs were pretty but somewhat uncomfortable to stay for some time to talk with friends and to relax.

Menu and Price

Bingsu, a typical summer dessert in Korea will give you a cool pause and refresh you. Originally, it is made of crushed ice with some sweets on top such as pat(sweet red bean paste), ddeok(rice cake) and jelly with some drips of condensed milk. Instead of the sweet red bean paste, these days more options are available such as fruits, coffee, green tea powder, etc. Normally, it’s considered as a snack that you share with your friend or family. It’s not common to have the whole bowl by oneself.

Here, you can also try from the basic bingsu (padd bingsu) to fruit ones. You can also find other beverages such as coffee, juice, or tea. I went there three times, but the best one was the basic one.

Consist of many layers of ingredients, Bingsu will give you a icy breeze in your mouth. You can pour more or less the condensed milk depending on your taste.

Green Tea (matcha) cookie is also served with some condensed milk which made the cookie too sweet. It’s recommendable only if you drink black coffee such as americano.

You may feel it’s expensive that paying  €7~8 per menu after the meal. As I mentioned above, however, it’s very common to share the dessert with your friends in Korea. If you share it with your friend, it won’t be that high price. Though, I found the snacks like the green tea cookie( around €2) above or other bakeries are pretty expensive. Teas and coffees cost around €4~5, which is similar price in other cafes in Paris.

Hope this review help you to choose a cafe in Paris. See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 11bis Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris

Hours : 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Sat)

Paris, Places, Shopping

Hermès

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce one of French luxury brands Hermès store in Paris. If you’re interested in fashion and high-end brand, this place is absolutely worth to visit. I’ve been to different Hermès stores in Paris, but my favorite one is the flagship store in 6th arrondissement.

Like other stores in Paris, there are security guys to check your bags before the entrance. Once you get in, you would see a fabulous wooden structure which looks like a nest in the big place. From furniture to clothing, you can find almost everything you need in your daily life here.

To buy the bags, you need to make a reservation in advance. That doesn’t guarantee that you would get the appointment. You can make a reservation through a website, or show up and put your name on it. It’s differ from shop to shop, thus it’s good to go and ask how to reserve a spot. I heard that if you succeed with the appointment, they will send you a SMS to give you a notice. On the day of the appointment, you tell your designated salesperson the models you want but there’s no guarantee that s.he will come with bags you asked. That’s probably why some popular models are sold very expensive in the secondhand market.

Hermès is a representing premium brand from Paris. I visit here almost every season to look around new style and decoration of the place. The way they decorated the place inspires me to decorate my place. I love looking at the house deco magazine, but it’s always better to see in real than to see the magazine. Price tags are next to the item. Thus, you don’t have to call the salesperson to ask the price, but they are always near you and ready to answer your request.

Inside the store, there is also a small book store and a cafe <Le Plongeoir> where you can take a break. The servers at the cafe are very friendly. You can also have a brunch or lunch there. They offer some salad, risotto or other food to fill you up. The price is a bit high compared to other places, but I think if you’re here to buy Hermès, it wouldn’t be expensive at all to you. Plus, the quality of food is pretty high and the atmosphere is very good and quiet. Also they use Hermès furniture and dishes. If you think of purchasing any glasses or tea set it might be better try them out before at the café and buy them since they’re expensive.

Hope you liked the visit to Hermès in Paris with Marimonda 🙂 See you again!

Practical Info.

Address : 17 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris

Hours : 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) Closed on Sunday.

Le Plongeoir café

Food, Paris

Al Caratello

Hi, it’s me Marimonda! Today I’d like to introduce you my favorite Italian restaurant in Paris!

Located in the Audran street, this place is always full of people and pleasant atmosphere. I’m so excited to share this place. I found this restaurant when I arrived at Paris in 2017. At that moment, I stayed in an airbnb in 18th arrondissement (because it’s usually cheaper than other areas), so I had opportunities to try out some restaurants nearby. This is the best one so far in every sense (price, atmosphere, and the most important thing – taste)

It seems like the owner(or the workers) of the restaurant are Italians, because you can hear Italians when they talk to each other. In the Audran street, you may see three restaurants named caratello: Al Caratello, Pizza Caratello, and Piccolo Caratello. Looking at the names, I guess they are all family-run restaurant like Berthillon.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is quite small with full of people. The light is soft so your food looks more delicious. Servers are very friendly and most of them speak French, Italian, and English. Hearing all the different languages, it’s like a small melting pot in Montmartre. Unlike other restaurants in Paris, they don’t have terrace seats. During the summer they leave the door and the window so you can have your meal with a little breeze.

Menu and Price

The main reason I like this place is the food is delicious with reasonable price. The ingredients are very fresh and very well-cooked. Pastas and risottos are always well-cooked, they’re always perfect to eat. Thinking of the food, now I have a watery mouth.. yum yum.. Piatto di Mare is an appetizer to share. You can choose big or small depending on the number of people. A mixture of fresh seafood and soup with a refreshing touch of lemon and tomato, I think this is worth to try. If you like squeed, I recommend you linguine nero di seppia(middle). They have basic pastas such as pomodoro, seafood, carbonara or amatriciana, but this squid-ink pasta is not easy to find.

Most pastas cost €12-13, if you choose something special ingredients like truffles a dish can be about €15-18. I think that’s quite good price compared other restaurants in Paris. They also have good house wines that you can accompany with your food. I would say you can enjoy a good Italian meal including drinks for about €20 (one dish + one drink).

This is the restaurant where I go whenever I’m craving Italian food. It’s a bit far away from the center of the city, but if you’re going to Montmartre area, it’s worth to try. All of my friends who I went there with are also very satisfied. One of my friends visited Paris two years in a row and even asked me to go this restaurant again.

Pause

Since Montmartre is a tourist spot, most of the restaurants offer the service continu(open without after lunch break). However, this restaurant is very strict with its after lunch break. One time I arrived at 6:50 p.m. but I had to wait until 7 p.m. to get the menu. Also usually the restaurant fills up very quickly, it’s better to book a table in advance.

Hope this review help you to choose a restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 5 Rue Audran, 75018 Paris

Hours : 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Mon-Tue) / 12:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. , 7:00p.m. – 11:30p.m. (Wed-Sun)

Reservation is recommended

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Food, Paris

Mi Ranchito Paisa

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you an authentic Colombian paisa restaurant in Paris. I’ve been to couple of colombian restaurants in Paris, but this is one of my best Colombian restaurants including ones inside Colombia.

Atmosphere

The restaurant seems like a finca. Colored with vivid red color, you would feel as if you were in a country house for a holiday. It’s somewhat dark but the atmosphere is very bright and happy with music. Servers are generally friendly. There are many tables (more than 10), but at the meal time the place is filled up quite fast. It’s better to reserve your table to make sure. The food is served a bit slow since they cook the food after the order. It takes about 20 mins(or even more) to get your dish.

Empanadas

Empanadas are like fried dumplings. They are filled with beef, chicken, or pork with some mashed potatoes and cheese. You can choose the flavor you want, or try out all three flavors.

Bandeja Paisa (Paisa Platter)

Bandeja Paisa is for someone who wants to try a Colombian paisa’s signature dish. Frijoles (red bean paste soup), chorizo(sausage) , chicharón(fried bacon), egg, rice, minced beef, avocado are served in a big plate. It’s full of nutrition, esp. protein. It will fill you up for the whole day.

Cazuelita Paisa

This is my personal favorite. It’s like bandeja paisa but a smaller version and easier to eat. Instead of whole a quarter of avocado and bacon, all the ingredients are chopped and served in a bowl. An arepa (fried ground maize dough) and rice is accompanied to balance the meal.

Tumba Catre

This is a typical seafood soup in Colombia. It has a rich flavor, thus if you don’t like fishy taste, it’s not a good idea to try. In this dark yellowish soup, you can taste the harmony of squid, mussels, shrimps, clams, and fish. Coco-rice and patacones (tostones, double-fried plantain slices) are accompanied to balance the meal.

Super Picada

Super picada is like a platter for two people. You can try empanadas, beef steak, ribs, chorizos,yuca(cassava), potatoes, patacones, and fried bananas with guacamoles and spicy sauce. This is a combination for all kinds of colombian fries. Most of them are fried food, thus it can be too greasy to finish with two people. I ordered this when I went there with my friends (we were four) as a snacks to accompany with beers.

Descubriendo

It’s like super picada but for one person. It has more traditional colombian food such as chicharon and marinated beef.

Overall, all the menus were delicious for me(maybe I lived in Colombia, thus I am used to that flavors). The portion of the food is very big. Since most of the dish has fried food, it’s more filling than it looks. Most of the dishes are paisa food based on Antioquia region.

Prices

Prices are not that cheap to be honest, rather expensive. If you have ever been to Colombia, you would feel it’s very expensive. Considering the restaurant is close to the center of the city and it’s an exotic restaurant, the price seems reasonable. I’ve been to an Ethiopian restaurant in Paris, and the price was similar to here. It costs €17-25 per dish, including drinks it would be about €20-30 per person. I wish they offer a smaller portion with cheaper price for light eaters like me.

Hope you enjoyed the review of Mi Ranchito Paisa with Marimonda 🙂 See you soon.

Practical Info.

Address : 35 rue de montholon 75009, Paris

Hours : 12:00-15:00 / 19:00-24:00 (Mon.-Fri.) / 12:00 – 24:00 (Weekend)

Reservation is only available by phone, 01 48 78 45 94

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