samedi 28 mai 2011


I do work on it in the evening when the gramophone is playing late Beethoven sonatas. (The windows fidget at their fastenings as if we were at sea.)
- Virginia Woolf

vendredi 27 mai 2011

Closing in

A sweet close to the end; the bottle of Sofia is well worth the wait. Strangely enough finishing this academic year does not feel euphoric, jubilant - I feel happy but thoroughly exhausted. But this year out of medicine has allowed me to learn a lot of more than I ever have (studying philosophy, learning french, volunteering, blogging), and I am truly grateful of everything and everyone (yes, every of you too who is here now on the blogosphere!) that I have met.

We celebrated the end of exams by dining at the Wright Brothers. Hun, congratulations on finishing your Bachelor of Arts degree again (and secretly congratulating myself for having gone half way) - and of course: Mardi prochain, nous allons voyager à Paris!


dimanche 22 mai 2011

Shop Little Lime

(Can anyone tell me where this image is from?)

It is the annual clear out time on ebay again - a time to be out with the old and in with the new. Do take a look! If you fancy anything leave me a message here and I would give you a discount ;)


samedi 21 mai 2011




Les chaussures bleues. Have never been so bold before but I am loving the colour, an electrifying blue.


Watched La danse - Le ballet de l'Opéra de Paris which was very long but nonetheless exquisite. With no narration or interviews, I found those long shots of dancers rehearsing and performing mesmerising and strangely comforting. To be able to glimpse and gaze at the creative process behind the magnificent performances at Opera Garnier and Bastille is such a rare treat - I wouldn't agree with the Guardian who said that this film is a merely an elegant CCTV footage!

jeudi 19 mai 2011

West Village

I remember the last day of New York well; after days of blissful sunshine it finally drizzled. I got out of Houston Street subway station, had a fry-up with french toast at a cafe on Carmine Street while reading the New York Times. Then I wandered around the West Village and walked along W 4 St heading towards the East Village side, quietly savouring the lingering winter air.

mercredi 18 mai 2011



Happiness is...

A bouquet of Sweet Williams ('tis the summer season, theoretically) and a free Penguin mug courtesy of London Review Cake Shop (the best tea place in Bloomsbury with rose and pistachio cake) on my bedside table;

Learning all sorts of big words and ideas from medical anthropology: hegemony, liminality, subjunctivising elements, 'what is the meaning of meaning?' - and the very fact that however potent it is, biomedicine is nonetheless a dominant culture that can be oppressive and manipulated by the rich and powerful;

Remembering this quote:

Medicine always claims the experience is the test of its operations. Plato therefore was right in saying that to become a true doctor, a man must have experienced all the illnesses he hopes to cure and all the accidents and circumstances he is to diagnose... Such a man I would trust. For the rest guide us like the person who paints seas, rocks and harbours while sitting at his table and sails his model of a ship in perfect safety. Throw him into the real thing, and he does not know where to begin.

- Montaigne, Essays 3.13

lundi 16 mai 2011

The Food of Love

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
- Virginia Woolf

Above is the wholesome 365/food project by minato. Really, nothing beats a good, steaming hot homemade soup served with a wooden spoon!

mardi 10 mai 2011

Shoe Zoo

Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
- Billie Holiday

Having walked/cycled so much lately (amidst the sheer volume of things I have to read before exams!) that all my flats are starting to fall apart! Eyeing on a certain pair of Russell & Bromley loafers and also navy blue Repetto ballerinas to replace the old faithful ones.

What are your favourite pair of shoes, ever?

mercredi 4 mai 2011



All university works are handed in; now revision can finally start! Will be finishing exams on the 26th - and we are going to pop open that bottle of Sofia Blanc de Blancs, then head for a short trip.

The carefully planned Woolf collection (I am very picky about book covers)//Lunch with sandwich and Pimm's lemonade//Regent Street prior to the Wedding//English strawberries//what is in my bag

I am going to use the ruled le petit prince moleskine as a weekly planner, like this.

So adieu readers old and new, see you soonish - hopefully later this month!


lundi 2 mai 2011

*Paris Guide

Oh why am I taking on this formidable task of writing a Paris guide? Maybe just as someone has said, you do not need yet another guidebook to tell you to go to the Eiffel Tower. I aim to note down places that I have adored in the past, and places that I would love to visit later this month - this is a guidebook for the goldfish-minded.

This guide is greatly inspired by the GuideParis published annually by ofrsystem (blogged by me last year here, and you can purchase a copy here - it's well worth it!), Sofia's Guide to Paris in NY Times, and most important of all, Lo-fi Paris by Tommy. Her latest post on Paris - Paris, I miss you - is incredible.

Also, make sure you check out the Paris posts at Katie's thank you, ok and Danica's oh, hello there as well!

*will be updated in June again.



1eme et 8eme arrondissement
Métro: Les Halles, Étienne Marcel, Louvre Rivoli, Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, Tuileries, Concorde

Place des Pyramides

A huge showcase of the most beautiful artwork. Also contains a cafe/bar to sit outdoor for a glorious mojito, watching the sunset.

Place de la Concorde
Jardin Des Tuileries

For Les Nymphéas by Monet, and other amazing works of beaux arts.

A Short Walk by the Seine
along Port de la Concorde; from Pont de la Concorde to Pont des Arts

Where you get a beautiful view of La Pasarelle Solfénino, admire the Pont Alexandre III from afar, put a lover's lock on Pont des Arts.

Jardin des Tuileries

Rue de Rivoli


For lounging in the sun, people-watching.

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9eme arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine, Opéra, Chaussée d’Antin, Havre Caumartin

Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

Just because it is magnificent inside and outside. Need to get tickets early online if you would like to see an opera/ballet!

64 Boulevard Haussmann

The preferred department store (rather than Lafayette).

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3eme et 4eme arrondissement
Métro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, St Paul, Pont Marie, Sully Morland, Bastille, Chemin Vert, Saint Sébastien Froissart, Filles du Calvaire, Arts et Métiers

My favourite quarter of Paris.

111 boulevard Beaumarchais


A bit like the Liberty in London, a bit smaller but a lot more playful and quirky! Katie of thank you, ok just wrote a post about what Merci has to offer.

Along Rue Saint-Paul

A tiny, almost provincial vintage in the middle of Paris, with curated galleries, antique shops and lovely cafes. They filmed the opening scenes in Before Sunset around here.

Au Petit Bonheur La Chance

13 rue Saint-Paul


Filled with vintage treasures, bric-a-brac and the most charming café au lait bowls. For more pictures see here!

39 Rue de Bretagne

The oldest food market in Paris - perfect for a good nom-nom (Japanese bento, fresh food, fruits de mers) in the sunshine. Opens daily (except Mondays).

Place Georges Pompidou

the museum of modern arts - and you can get a good panoramic view of Paris on the top floor.

112 rue Vieille du Temple

With the best decor and ambience of all.

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18eme arrondissement
Métro: Abbesses, Pigalle

24 rue Lamarck

A hotel right right next to Sacré-Coeur - with the best breakfast crossiants and a beautiful view.

6 Rue Francoeur

A film school in the middle of Montmartre - marked by an intriguing entrance and courtyard.

Rose Bakery

46 rue des Martyrs


Making English food taste so good. For fresh, organic tarts, cakes and soups.

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5eme et 6eme arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Mabillon, St Germain des Prés, St Sulpice, Sèvres Babylone, Rennes, St Placide

Café de Flore
112 Boulevard Saint-Germain


For the feel of the literary Paris, past and present (with un café and A Moveable Feast at hand)

46 rue du Bac


The most curious 'taxidermy boutique' - a gallery of naturalist history and strange animals. They even had a collaboration with Opening Ceremony lately!


21 rue Bonaparte


My particular favourite branch - with an interesting oriental decor inside the tea room.

8 rue du Cherche-Midi


I love the flans there, and bread of course.

51 rue du Four

The red shoes, ballet shoes, dancing shoes.

La Criée de Babylone
45 rue Babylone

A charming restaurant for a carafe of white wine, a huge seafood platter and crème brûlée to finish. Mmmmmm.

57 rue de Babylone

A independent cinema converted from an old Japanese style pagoda. Beautiful interior inside the pagoda, and a sad story behind the building of the pagoda as well.

24 Rue Sèvres

A very chic, magical department store.

Sadaharu Aoki
35 rue de Vaugirard


A Japanese x Parisien collaboration - nobody does a green éclair better!

Jardin du Luxembourg

15 rue de Vaugirard


If Tuileries is a breath of chic, then Luxembourg carries an air of tranquility - An oasis of St-Germain.

La Piscine de Pontoise

19 rue de Pontoise 


For a quick swim - also where they filmed Krzysztof Kieslowski's Bleu.


34 Boulevard Saint Germain


The original Diptyque store - perfect for a little souvenir for self :)

37 Rue Bûcherie

An English bookshop which remains influential in the literary world. The 2nd floor library is filled with first editions of great books, a old bed (for writers who could not afford lounging) and a piano.

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Our favourite picnic spot, overlooking Notre-Dame while drinking wine and nibbling for hours. Until the sun starts to go down.


For the mean time, please visit our google map for Paris (Red for food, green for museums and blue for miscellaneous)


1. Walk lots - Paris is lovely to walk in, and it gives you better bearing around the city.
2. Explore - don't be afraid to go into intriguing places, small streets. The best reward of exploring is often finding a farmer's market, or a beautiful shop round the corner.
3. Eat on the go - for all those patisseries and boulangeries on the way (plus, you save on tips!)

(all other pictures by me from past trips)