Life in Paris

the Galette des Rois

In France, we have a tradition in january. We eat pastry called Galette des Rois. This delicious cake is done with flaky pastry and frangipane. We put a lucky charm or token made of porcelain and we hide it in the "galette des Rois". The youngest at the table, which is supposed to be the most innocent, goes under the table and choose which piece of galette is for who.
The one who find the token is the king or the queen. He is then supposed to choose someone at the table to share the power with him, who will become a king or a queen too. They recieve a little crown, and the game can begin... Is it an absolute monarchy or a parlementary monarchy? 


Galette des Rois

Recipe of the Galette des Rois


You need:
- 2 flaky pastry
- 125 gr of powder of almond
- 100 gr of sugar
- 100 gr of soft butter
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Roll out a flaky pastry on a plate. Pierce it everywhere with a fork.

Melt all the ingredients together (unless the egg yolk). It is the frangipane.

Put the frangipane and the lucky charm on the pastry, and cover with the other flaky pastry. Close the edges together. Pierce the pastry on top otherwise it will blow up and become dry.

Spread the egg yolk on top of the galette. It will glaze the pastry.

Put it in the oven at 210°C (410° fahrenheit) for 30 minutes (between 25 and 40 min).

Enjoy your meal!!




Parisian fears...

The fears of the parisian women:
- to miss the last metro
- to see all the table outside of her favourite café taken (café Charlot, bar du Marché, la Palette...)
- to come across your ex-boyfriend when you just come out of the pool, pallid
- to have nothing to do on a saturday night
- to have to move in the suburbs 
- to be assaulted by a pigeon
- to find the velib station full
- that the upstairs neighbours are starting to have an active sexual life  
- to be taken for a provincial 


Woman with a veil



The best kept secret of the week in Paris is the address of the private sale of Hermès...
Hermès is the very essence of french luxury. The Hermès items are of high quality, but unostentatiously. And they last lifelong!!


Hermès shop window

Hermès shop window

Hermès shop window

Hermès shop window


Why do we love Paris?

Why is Paris the epicenter of global tourism since centuries? 
In Paris, every cobbled lane, every streetside café, every patisserie window seems to have been art-directed by some impossibly savy set designer. Every passerby apparently costumed by a couturier. It successfully navigated the tricky business of historic preservation. And although Paris does grandeur and drama better than any place, its greatest pleasures are arguably its simplest ones: the rustic charm of a humble neighborhood bistro; the crunch of a perfect baguette... 
With your private guide, you will explore the places, ideas and trends that define modern culture in Paris. The discerning travelers who want to travel smarter will enjoy the authentic, innovative and irresistible tours of Esprit de Paris.

Local guide

Nothing beats an authentic Parisian who can tour you around the streets of Paris and let you appreciate all of the wonderful art history proudly displayed in the city. Paris sightseeing tours Esprit de Paris come with a local guide so you are guaranteed to know more than travel books and the internet can probably provide you with. And you must know that Parisians are one of the most interesting attraction in Paris, they are part of the international fame of the city of light.
Paris people have a strong passion for arts and minds. In fact, Paris people are greatly inclined in performing arts such as opera, theatre, film, and ballet. The Paris spirit is to have quick wits.
The environment of Paris itself including its people pictures the real sense of artistry—from the behaviors of the people to the constructions of the buildings.
The people of Paris are recognized for their distinctive outlook in life; reason why it is also not surprising why they have attractive Paris culture and entertainment as well. If you are from Asia, you should not be surprised on the lack of inhibitions of people here in sexuality as compared to people in Asia. One example often pointed out of this supposed openness to sexuality is the mode of the french greeting, which is a kiss on each other’s cheek. Parisians are not prudish, for sure. But they have a very delicate, sharp and subtle way to deal with sexuality. The Parisians have an amazing charm in the game of seduction!! But it is only a game, nothing serious...


Paris under the snow - Paris sous la neige La pyramide du Louvre - The glass pyramide in the courtyard of the Louvre









A bewitched world of luxury

Welcome to a bewitched world of luxury and affluence, even during the crisis! Feed my eyes, and you will feed my soul...

Let me invite you to a window-shopping tour at the Grands Magasins.

Each winter, the Grands Magasins of Paris are making a contest of creativity. Here is an example of the most beautiful windows... 

















Ballet and snow


Le Lac des Cygnes, an amazing ballet on the musique of Tchaikowski, and a choregraphy of Noureev. It was at the Bastille Opéra.

It was of a sublime beauty, and so graceful!



The Place des Vosges 

Paris is so beautiful under the snow!!



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