“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” -French Proverb
No other city is thought of as a gastronomic wonderland like Paris. A Foodie’s dream, even the pickiest of eaters would find themselves in heaven from experiencing the cheese and bread alone in this delicious city. Our first breakfast in Paris was no exception. Buttery Croissants with the perfect flakiness, housemade Tarma (known as Tiramousalata in Greek) which was given to us by the manager of Chez Marianne, and two kinds of cheese we picked up at the local Wednesday night market in The Marais. The superb lattes from Columbus Cafe on Rue de Vieux Temple just around the corner from our apartment became our mandatory stop on the way to the metro each day.
– Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho
Ah, the quiet of a winter’s day…
What is winter, you ask? It is the season between fall and spring, when it’s 75 degrees in L.A, and 30 degrees in Paris.
I’ve been to Paris in the summer, and there is a far different feel to it. There is so much to look at, from the women in their little dresses, to gelato vendors, color everywhere… that the city itself, its architecture and trees, gets lost. Not on this trip, baby! Stark branches ruled the day, bringing peace and mystery with them. They remind me of a certain part of the Temescal Canyon hike in Pacific Palisades, where barren branches create a canopy over hikers. Each time I am there, I feel inspired.
In Paris, the beautiful simplicity of the quiet winter allowed for the stunning architecture to stand out… you could almost here a twig fall.
For this L.A. girl, it was a welcome change.
Now, back to my flip flops…
After a fantastic trip to the beautiful city of Paris, we are sorting through our many pictures. We want to share them all with you in the coming months: the inspiration, design, and passion we found. This being the month of LOVE, and Paris being the city of LIGHTS… well, it’s a match made in heaven.
We start with Parisian lions!
Hear us roar…
We couldn’t help but wonder where lions in design originate. Thinking maybe the English had something to do with it, with those lions on their coats of arms, we studied a little history and learned that Edward III, an English king, ascended to the French throne in the 13th Century, by way of his mother, Queen Isabella of France. While he did, in fact, add lions to the French fleur de lis on the coat of arms, we found that lions have been in French design much, much longer than that…
The first depictions of lions ever date back 32,000 years to a cave, the Chauvet Cave, which is in the south of France!
Found in ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Greece as well, lions have been used in sculptures and statuary since the beginning of time to symbolize power and create a sense of awe.
The figure of a lion symbolizes strength, with a gentle side to it. May we all be this way.
Ah, le printemps à Paris! As you may know, we just returned from a très inspirational trip to Paris. We have lots to share with you in the weeks to come! It may have rained the entire time we were there, but that didn’t stop us from noticing vibrant spring colors peeking through the cold and moisture, from primroses to macaroons. read more