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Bouillon Chartier 於巷內吃到像個當地人Dining in an ally like the local

在香港很難找到百年老店,而巴黎反而可保留不少地道的經典美食。當日我大概11點已到達,因為12點過後已經要排隊,而且大部份都是本地人。Chartier的服務生是很有趣的, 就算我一早到來,也要安排我跟陌生人同桌 (其實這是餐廳的特色和傳統之一),麵包跟人一起分食, 但這樣我就可以跟一起同桌吃飯的朋友談天說地!由於是百年老店,同桌朋友教我看看較近門口好像“百子櫃”的櫃子,其實是百多年前熟客各自存放餐巾的抽屜,很有歷史感。

It’s hard to find many century-old shops in Hong Kong but it’s another case for local food in Paris. I arrived Bouillon Chartier around 11 a.m. – before the local crowd line up after noon. The Chartier waiters are very interesting, they would arrange me to share the table with some strangers (the tradition of this restaurant), so that I would share the bread and mingle with my dining buddies! For its century old heritage, my dining buddy introduced me a shelf that looked like the hundred-drawer shelf in the Chinese Pharmacy. Can you imagine they were drawers that regular customers store their napkins? Love the historical touch.

置身於百年老店bistro, 好像時光倒流。我坐下時人不太多, 不到一會兒已開始排隊。

As if I came back to the times when this century old bistro was opened. It was quiet when I sat down but soon the queue appeared.

頭盤叫了傳統法式芝士生菜沙律,由坐在我對面分桌的法國人介紹。這裡的傳統,連麵包也共 嚮。

Appetizer started with classic French cheese veggie salad – which was recommended by the local French who shared the table with me. The art of tradition started with the sharing bread with your dinning buddies.

主菜推薦油封鴨, 嫩而多汁。

Recommend the main course – Duck Confit – tender and juicy.

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精緻享受逛街、行百貨公司的樂趣 Enjoy a day of delicate shopping and department store visit

在巴黎購物,除了到各品牌朝聖外,如果想避開人潮,享受購物、藝術及擴閱眼界,可到Le Bon Marche。它是巴黎當地的高級百貨,檔次媲美英國的Harrods,但沒有大批的觀光客,而且擺設非常精緻,店員服務態度也很好。這裏一樓賣國際頂尖品牌,2樓賣時尚女裝,3樓是家居用品,書店等等,4樓是兒童衣物,玩具,B1是男士用品及時裝。這裏空間感很大,自然光充足,有一種行街也很Chic 的感覺。逛完本館後可到La Grande Epicerie, 看看全世界頂級食材的超市 - 光是逛也令人大開眼界。

There are an alternate way to enjoy your shopping in Paris. Escape from the crowd, you can visit Le Bon Marche for a day of shopping, art and simply opening horizons. It is a high-end department store as if Harrods in the UK, but mainly for locals. Sophisticated display and friendly staff will certainly impress you. On the first floor you can find a collection of international brands, second floor is lady’s contemporary, third floor is homeware and bookstore etc., the fourth floor is kids wear and toys, while the B1/F is men wear and accessories. Feel chic with its spacious and natural sunlight setting. Can further your shopping journey at La Grande Epicerie – be amazed with the international top-notch supermarket with the best produce in Paris.

店內頂樓也有藝術裝置展覽,很潮。

Very fashionable with the art installation on the top floor.

逛累了到La Grande Epicerie海鮮區,吃生蠔,非常新鮮,價錢十分合理。

Try some fresh oysters at the La Grande Epicerie seafood section if you are tired. Affordable and fresh!

與其是血拼,不如到Saint Honroe 掃貨,這條街沿途都是品牌外,更有潮人界聖殿Colette,Goyard、Herme’s旗艦店、Chanel、 Christian Louboutin 、Roger Vivier 、LV …

I’d recommend shopping at Saint Honroe – where you can easily find an array of brands, the fashionable icon Colette, Goyard, Hermes flapship, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Roger Vivier, LV …

紅了多年的有型 Hotel Costes也位於Saint Honroe。

The chic icon – Hotel Costes is also located in the Saint Honroe.

 

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Sainte-Chapelle 全歐洲唯一全用玫瑰琉璃建的教堂 The only rose stained glassed church in Europe

說必去的聖母院 -不如到這塊唯一的瑰寶朝聖。我大學讀美術史時已經下決心要來這裡。這座建於1248年的中世紀小聖堂,被喻為全巴黎最美的聖堂。二樓全用玫瑰琉璃而建,經複修之後,重視當年風彩,二樓好像一個會隨著日光而變色的寶盒。記得早一點去排隊,你將為人類的智慧及室內的歌聲而感動。

If someone tells you to visit Notre Dame, I would recommend you to Sainte-Chapelle, the true Gothic gem in Paris! I was determined to visit since I was studying art history in university. The mid-century small church was built in 1248 and is regarded as the most beautiful church in Paris. The second floor was made with rose stained glasses and as if a colour changing treasure box upon sunlights after restoration. Remember to queue earlier, and let the mankind wisdom and the choir touch your soul.

地下是中世紀的設計,以建根基,一般也會效黑。

The ground was built in Romanesque style which results in darker interior.

一到二樓,你會被15個50尺的玫瑰琉璃(stained glass)帶來很震撼感覺。

You will be stunned on the second floor by 15 stained glass windows at 50 feet tall.

近看玫瑰琉璃(stained glass)。

A closer look of the stained glass.

回看後堂後的設計。

The design of the back of the church.

近祭壇的玫瑰琉璃(stained glass) - 被照到五光十色。

The shining stained glass at the altar.

Lifestyle

Hermès 新概念店下午茶、購物、看書 Afternoon tea, shopping, reading@Hermès Concept Store

這座位於Saint Germain區的古老泳池 (Lutetia),日久失修,為Hermès 打造成最新的概念店。與不同設計師合作,內裏賣的都是限定的scarf及精品;店內也有咖啡區、家具區及圖書館,給客人享用一頓下午茶。望著四邊Hermès 的精品及收藏,享受無限的奢華。

This vintage swimming pool (Lutetia) was located in the Saint Germain district. It was in low maintenance but turned into the latest concept store of Hermès. There are limited editions of accessories and scarf inside this store only. And there are café, homeware section and a library for guests to enjoy a decent session of afternoon tea. Immerse yourself in luxurious enjoyment surrounded by Hermès collectables and masterpieces.

下午茶餐具全用Hermès。

Utensils all in Hermès.

點了salmon quiche,還是相機先食吧。

Salmon quiche – camera enjoys first

Hermès 的概念店用木做主題,讓客人有被保護的感覺。

The concept store used wood as a theme, as if you were well protected.

一邊吃下午茶,一邊感受偌大的空間。

Having afternoon tea in such a spacious area.

於樓下的家具區。

Homeware section downstairs.

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Boulevard Saint-Germain:巴黎人享受生活的大道 Enjoying the Parisian life

你一定會被這條大道氣氛吸引:大樹林蔭、經典有名的咖啡館及品牌店一應俱全;沒有人頭湧湧的繁忙,逛街,看人,被看,購物和美食全方位的享受。而顯赫有名的Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, 新的 Ralph Lauren 旗艦店全球第二的餐廳也落腳於此。吃飽後可再到LV店、Karl Lagerfeld或沿途的各品牌購物。

You’d definitely be amazed by this boulevard– tree shade, celebrity café and brands under one roof, not busy at all where you can enjoy shopping, checking out and dining together in calm and peace. You can find the renowned Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, the global second flagship store of Ralph Lauren… take a little walk to the LV, Karl Lagerfeld or other brands after recharged.

Café de Flore,當日各大文豪,包括海明威也聚首於此。

Café de Flore where the past elite such as Ernest Miller Hemingway enjoyed their time here.

雖然只叫了沙律,但份量很大,店員服務態度非常友善。

A big salad. Nice and friendly staff.

於Café de Flore 享受寧靜brunch,因為大部人喜歡坐在餐廳外看人。

Enjoying the peace inside the café while most people would like to check out the happenings outside.

Le Deux Magots 只是咫尺之隔。

Le Deux Magots is just around the corner only.

全球第二間Ralph Lauren 餐廳,晚上已和好友約好到來這裏了。

The global second Ralph Lauren restaurant. Dinner plan with friends here soon.

到Ralph晚餐,感受典雅和低調的奢華。餐廳的露天座位區,是必訂的座位,能看見楝美的發呆的建築物。

You can feel the understated elegance and low-profile luxury at Ralph. Must not miss the alfresco dining zone where you can appreciate the beauty of the architecture。

Ralph’s的餐具擺設是美式風格,用皮,實木、白色米色linen和藍色。

Setting is in American style, Ralph is using leather, solid wood, white linen, blue and white porcelain.

頭盤是炸crab cake。

Appetizer: fried crab cake.

露天區吃晚餐氣氛十分浪漫,讓人心情非常愉快。

Romantic setting in the outdoor area. What a pleasant dinner with my friends.

主菜是三文魚配時令蔬菜。

Main course – salmon and seasonal veggies.

甜品叫了各種當造草莓配Vanilla ice cream。後面是caramel popcorn 作小吃。

Dessert – seasonal strawberries with vanilla ice cream. Snacks with caramel popcorn.

Art

Musée d’Orsay - 不容錯過的印象派大師作品

Musée d’Orsay -這個令我百看不厭的藝術館,位於羅浮宮對岸,已翻新了的展館館藏大量極具價值的印象派(Impressionism)作品,特別主題展覽及傢俬展覽,頂樓餐廳極具時尚感,隔著Seine塞納河吃午餐,彷彿讓時間停止吧。而在此讓我分享館裏很喜愛的作品。

Musée d’Orsay is my all-time-favourite art museum. It is located in the opposite side of Musée du Louvre. The renovated museum has housed a collection of significant Impressionism paintings, thematic exhibitions as well as furniture exhibition. As if the time had stopped, you can actually have a decent luncheon besides the Seine in the stylish restaurant on the top floor. Let me share my favourite picks with you.

Monet於陽光下畫了他家人共進午餐的作品。

Monet has portrayed his family lunch gathering under the sun.

Renoir的Bal du Moulin de la Galette。看似很causal但其實是經過細心安排構圖及光線的作品。當時中產階級於巴黎剛剛興起,他們喜愛到Café談天說地、跳舞,享受生活。

Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette. It looks causal but indeed was carefully planned with composition and light. The emergence of bourgeoisie – who loved to enjoy their life, socializing and dancing in café.

Renoir的Dance in the Country 及Dance in the City。差不多的posture,兩種不同階級的人。

Renoir’s Dance in the Country and Dance in the City. Similar posture but telling us people in different classes.

Degas很喜ballerinas及捕捉舞蹈員隨意自然的動作。

Degas loved ballerina and captured dancers’ natural movement.

Degas舉世聞名的作品L’Absinthe。這幅作品的技術水平已經好像現代人用相機拍照的效果,並且表達了現代人坐在酒吧很悶而又迷失的感覺。

L’Absinthe – One of the most famous work of Degas. The technique was so advanced as if the photographic effects of cameras. Expressed the lost feelings of modern city life in bars.

另一個Van Gough的展館,這間房是他被放在精神病院的房間。

A exhibition of Van Gough. The room simulated the hospital where he was kept after suffering a psychotic episode.

Van Gough的The Church at Auvers。

Van Gough’s The Church at Auvers.

Van Gough的La Meridienne ou La sieste, d’apres Millet。

Van Gough’s La Meridienne ou La sieste, d’apres Millet.

當時的關於妓女及情婦的專題展覽,非常大膽的畫、記錄片及用品。

The thematic exhibition of prostitutes and mistresses. Very bold paintings, documentaries and supplies.

19th-20th 家俬展,有很多Art deco的家品及裝修。

19th – 20th Furniture Exhibition – highlighted with art deco’s pieces and interior design.

浮華瑰麗的Art deco家俬。

Extravagant furniture of art deco style.

設計超時尚的餐廳。

Chic design of the restaurant.

頂樓的大鐘至今,對面是Lourve。這刻,讓時間停止。

The tower clock till now, facing Lourve. As if the time had stopped.

再見,我會再回來的。

Au revoir! I ‘ll be back.

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Paris, I never have enough of you!

很多朋友去歐洲旅行回來說,他們對巴黎的印像一般。人多,酒店細又窄,法國人不太友善,店舖又早關門,星期日更加不營業。反而我每次到巴黎,我對她的感覺是沒有改變:她是永恆美麗的女人,有點傲,洒麗而有品味,只要你了解她的內涵,多原和創造性,你會很享受她給你的一切一切。法國人也是如此,很懂得生活,也熱愛享受生活,懶理無謂事情,沒問題吧。不如就和我一起放慢腳步,讓我帶你做個地道的巴黎人吧。

Many friends were fair to Paris after their European trips. Crowded, small hotels, French are not the friendliest, shops close early, and not open on Sundays… Despite these complaints, I haven’t changed my impressions to the city every time I visited: She is a gorgeous woman, a bit arrogant, carefree, with her own definition of style. If you understand the inner side of her, you’d enjoy everything she gave you. Similar to French – they know how to enjoy their life, and love their life and carefree. Why don’t you take it slow, and let me show you how a Local French lives in Paris.

今次落腳的酒店一出門對著凱旋門,只要步行幾個街口可到位於Champs Elysees 的 Laduree 的本店,很喜歡今次座位的安排,一眼可看盡 不同的角落。

My stay was perfect – facing Arc de Triomphe, which is just a few blocks away from Champs Elysees where you can find the flagship of Laduree. Love the seat arrangement where you can have a full glace of every corner.

Ham Salad,內裏包著很多蔬菜,甜品是蘋果批。

Ham Salad – many veggies inside. Dessert was apple pie.

Rose Tea 味道一流,立即買了回港。

Love the rose tea. Bought home right away.

本店太美,每一個角落也應該拍照。

Such a beautiful store. Every corner deserves a snapshot.

餐廳的全景相。

The interior of the whole restaurant.

晚餐的專區。

Dining area.

本店很大,有多個不同用途的用餐區。有空一定要再來;自拍也少不免吧。

The main store is very spacious with different dining zones.  Must come back for more selfie!