Travel Diaries; Paris, France

I don’t think there is anything I can say which can describe Paris. Nor do the pictures I have actually do justice to some parts of the city. I feel some things I won’t be able to express and others I you might not agree with, so instead decided to leave you with a few images and few quotes which maybe describe Paris. Here is a Photo essay,part one of my Week dedicated to Paris

Travel Paris,
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life-Thomas Jefferson

Travel Paris,

Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White

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Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obssesions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes- Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

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You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden- Allen Ginsberg

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When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. -Henry Miller

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I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace-Natalie Lloyd

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Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris- Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study, for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can’t paint in Paris, you’d better give up and marry the boss’s daughter―Alan Jay Lerner

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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina

Dream Home: Paris, France

This charming apartment in Courbevoie, a Parisian subway, is the owner and apartment Interior Designer Michelle’s “Little India” as he calls fondly it. A food processor having business ties in India for the past decade, has a lot of the things in the apartment bought in from India.

Dream Home: Paris, France

Dream Home: Paris, France

Most of the wooden furniture has been imported from Jaipur, India. It has traditional carving, very popular in furniture from India.

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The furnishings are all from Rajasthan, India as well, while the Kettles which are on top of the cupboards have been painted by Michelle himself.

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This delightful kitchen has a nice breakfast nook by the window and also a lot of photographs taken by the owner during all his trips around India.

Tete’ a tete with Sarah Lavoine

SARAH LAVOINEFor ten years, Sarah Lavoine has developed unique interiors, filled with warmth, energy, shadow and light.Created in 2002, her agency manages the interior design for all kinds of renovation sites, both public and private places. Sarah received a strict training at the interior design agency of her mother, Sabine Marchal, before joining the interior architect firm of Francois Schmidt. There, she developed a taste for contemporary aesthetics. At present, the experienced professional is making a name for herself in the world of interior design.A born colourist, Sarah Lavoine uses her colour palette with virtuosity to structure space, making the decor beat like the rhythm of a drum. Sarah Lavoine constructs each and every detail of a luxurious and warm home situated in the heart of lively and energetic towns. We love her work and even featured her house here and we got a chance to have a small tete’a tete with here, here it is StyleCity in Conversation with Sarah Lavoine.


StyleCity: Define Style. What do you think make a house/room stylish?
Sarah:Style is impossible to define. What constitutes style varies for everyone – it is a personal thing. For me, I would define my style as contemporary, but warm and timeless at the same time.
StyleCity:What is the one detail that can add or retract from a room?
Sarah:Lighting is essential – it is important to decrease the points of indirect light, use subdued lighting and lots of candles. Art is also an essential element in creating the atmosphere of a room. Nothing is more depressing than a blank wall.
StyleCity:What is the best way to add glamour to a space?
Sarah:Again, the lighting is very important, and beautiful materials and natural pieces always help make a space glamorous. The biggest mistake people make is trying to get the ‘total look’. Avoid the total look at all costs.
StyleCity:What is your inspiration for your designs?
Sarah:I find inspiration everywhere  – every painting I see in a museum, every photo in a gallery, every trip I go on, hotels….
StyleCity:Any particular colour or family of colours you tend to lean towards?
Sarah:I like to play around with colours and try out new ideas. My preferences are white and black with certain touches of strong colours. My favourite colour is black though, I like its impact and depth. It is soothing, and above all you can pair it with bright, bold colours.
StyleCity:How would you do up your own personal space?
Sarah:I like to add personal touches to my own spaces, and the only way to do so is to straight away hang up paintings, photos, mirrors. I have lots of objects from all over – I am very much somebody who buys on impulse, plus I love contemporary art. And I love to mix pieces. Fabrice Hyber, Araki etc. In general, I always have a bright sitting room and a dark sitting room.
StyleCity:Favourite interior/product designers?
Sarah:Hedi Slimane is by far my favourite designer. First of all for his kindness. Emmanuelle Alt introduced me to him years ago, and I have always really admired his intelligence and creativity.
StyleCity:What era/year according to you was most inspiring for interiors/you would have liked to live in
Sarah:I love the modernist period, but unfortunately it’s a bit overdone, which is why I’m not a fan of trends. I love timeless things, a mixture, mixing styles and periods.
StyleCity:What will be your luxurious buy for 2013?
Sarah:I work very much on impulse so I am not sure as yet!
StyleCity:Any design Faux-Pas by you would like to erase from your past?

For more details or to get in touch with Sarah, click here.

5 Best Tourist cities in the World

MariaTravel is still on everyone’s mind. Well it is constantly on mine. Those of you who did not get to travel during the holiday season will get another opportunity during spring, here we have guest writer Maria who gives us some tips for the 5 best tourist cities around the world.Maria is from Manchester,a passionate writer and a blogger.She writes about travel, technology, business, how to make money online and currently writing  on PPI Claims. Follow her at financeport and check out her site to learn more about insurance claims and how to help you with other insurance matters.

A tourist city is a place of interest where tourists visit, for its inherent ethical values, historical significance, natural or built beauty, or amusement opportunities. Some examples include historical places, monuments, zoos, aquariums, museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, buildings and structures, national parks and forests, theme parks and carnivals, living history museums, ethnic enclave communities, historic trains and cultural events. Many tourist attractions are also landmarks.
There are many tourist cities in the world; some of them are given below:

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris,

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is also called as city of romance. It is situated on the river Seine. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest centers in Europe, with 12 million on population. Today, Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers. Every year it welcomes almost 1.51 million of sightseers.

Attractions in Paris

  • Notre-Dame, Eiffel tower sacre-coeur and the world-class Louvre and Musée d’Orsay museums offer a healthy dose of culture.
  • Famous French creamy cheeses, rich sauces and aromatic wines are served at any restaurant.
  • Add to this the spectacular scenery which is unforgettable; A simple stroll along the River Seine will lead to some memorable photo-ops.

London, UK

London is the capital city of England and United Kingdom. It is located on the river Thames. London is a leading global city in the world, with strengths in arts, science, education, entertainment, fashion, media, health etc. it has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.

Attractions of London:

  • Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of river Thames.
  • Buckingham Palace is the principal work place of British monarch located in city of west minister.
  • Piccadilly Circus and Camden Town appeal to those looking for an edgier experience. Check out the original Madam Tussaud’s, along with various museums.
  • It has variety of restaurants which serves different varieties from Indian to Italian cuisine.

New York City, USA

New York skyline. stylecity.inNew York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States with 8.1 million of population in United States. It is America’s cultural hub. It is known for its status as a center for finance and culture and for its status as the largest gateway for immigration to the United States.

Attractions of New York:

  • Metropolitan museum of art is the largest museum, with significant art collections with more than 2 million works.Other tourist must visit are Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Centre,Brooklyn bridge and statue of Liberty to name some.
  • New York has prestigious shopping districts like Fifth Avenue and SoHo and is consistently ranked among the most expensive shopping streets in the world.
  • It has variety of gourmet restaurants and night clubs to enjoy. From Greenwich village food, to sophisticated bar at Four Seasons to the casual Old town bar and grill all is found in New York.

Singapore city, Singapore

Singapore is located on an island at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula. It is an island country made up of 63 islands. According to analysis 9.2 millions of people visited Singapore every year.

Attractions of Singapore:

  • It has stunning architecture, food and traditions, the various temples and museums are a must visit, like Sri Mariamman temple, Chang museum.
  • It has leafy forests with wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, flora etc. People often visit Singapore to mingle with its wild life sanctuary, like the Botanical gardens, Singapore zoo and Night Safari.
  • Sentosa Island, Universal Studios and Escape Theme Park

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and is located on Australia’s south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. It has 4.6 millions of population.

Attractions of Sydney:

  • Sydney Opera House is largely built by Danish architect; it is a multi-venue art center.
  • Manly Beach is located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia, with in walkable distance from there you can find shops, clubs, night dives etc. There are also a lot of other beaches like Cronula beach, Palm beach and Shelly beach to visit.
  • Sydney has a lot of museums to visit like Hyde Park Barrack museum which is a historical site, Sydney cricket ground and Sydney wildlife Sanctuary are other places to visit.

Dream Home: Sacha Walckhoff’s Paris apartment

Welcome to the world of Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director of the House of Christian Lacroix. In the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw away from the Opéra Garnier, this spacious apartment reflects the aestheticism and character of the man who designs Lacroix’s collections.


A perfect example of the “Mix and Match” style that personifies the label, Sacha Walckhoff’s apartment is one of a kind, a true cabinet of curiosities of the 21st century!


From antiques picked up during his numerous trips around the world, to contemporary works of art, the apartment offers a combination of eclecticism and originality.
Sacha Walckhoff is a man with a discerning eye.


A collector of ceramics, an enthusiast of contemporary design and an admirer of 1950s furniture; he has acquired a variety of treasured pieces by Picasso, Cocteau, Charlotte Perriand, Hella Jongerius, Garouste and Bonnetti and Marcel Wanders, to name but a few.



A masculine interior brought to life by bright colors, strong pieces and fine materials.
Each object and image tells a story, each fabric evokes an emotion.“My apartment is not a showroom for reeling off brands or names; it is an accurate reflection of my inner self” Sacha Walckhoff.


Dream Home: House in Boulogne,Paris by Sarah Lavoine

For ten years, Sarah Lavoine has developed unique interiors, filled with
warmth, energy, shadow and light.Her rooted Parisian taste – elegant, refined, rigorous and wanderlust –is her signature style. Sarah Lavoine is in constant dialogue with her rulesand references, redefining a new lifestyle à
la Française
. She suggests to her clients original ways of articulating
rooms and volumes, of magnifying natural light and making colour stand out. Here we have a gorgeous house done up by her in Boulogne Paris.
The presence of a glass roof on the ground floor, covering the entire facade of the house, sets the tone for this ambient house. Flooded with light and with view over the green of the trees, this former winter garden serves as a pretext to the layout of the two adjoining sitting rooms.The dining room and the kitchen, sheltered behind a glass frame, have naturally found their place behind this brand new room, and also benefit from the view of the garden.Reshaped through the creation of large openings, the rooms which were previously narrow now express a beautiful continuity with the exterior space.Less altered, the first floor is reserved for the parents, freeing up the space on the second floor exclusively for children. The roof space, up until now abandoned, is now a spare room, available for any passing friends.From top to bottom, the interior affords the house a very contemporary charm. On a white background, the shades of subtle greys, from slate to pearl, tame the natural light and accentuate the effect of depth. Mixing their forms and colours, the old furniture and the current rooms strive for affinity…with success.Without false modesty, but with the elegance of warmth and simplicity, this house achieves a gracious atmosphere.

The Sitting Room

Florence Starck standard lamps, ‘Caravane’ sofa,Paoloa Navone lamps,Morrocan rug

Adopting the angle of the glass wall, an ‘L’ shaped sofa, upholstered in slate-grey linen, defines the contours of the first sitting room. Having half the sofa with its back to the garden emphasizes the volumes of the room opening out onto the corner of the dining room. A palette of serene tones gives way to the lively brilliance and greenness of the garden. At the other end of the main room is a second sitting room. The dark grey walls and the one sofa in white linen create a more intimate, cosy space. Placed above the fireplace, modernised by a covering of plaster in purified outlines, a mirror plays with the depths of the room. Here and there are certain carefully chosen details, such as the photographs by Mona Kuhn or Florence Lopez’s lamp, which catch the eye.

Caravane Chambre 19’ white linen sofa with black braiding, ‘Ecorce’ paint by Sarah Lavoine, ‘Caravane’ rough metal coffe table, Made-to-measure bookcase, ‘Maison de Famille’ Hand blown glass lamp, Photographs Mona Khun (M+B Gallery, Los Angeles)

The Dining Room
A long, lacquered metal table and brand new chairs posed on a Moroccan rug…Nothing else is required for a dining room without sacrificing the need for space and light. On the walls is a collection of pages of old herbariums in a series, creating a picture of autumnal colours.

Black metal lacquered table, Chairs from Italian company STF, Moroccan fabric rug, ‘Caravane’ wall lights

The Kitchen

Stainless steel ventilator & sink, Bistro style table with central leg & lacquered table top, Black lava stone worktop on island, Dark oak worktop and shelves, Blue porcelain wallls

Simple in its outlines, the kitchen has been thought out like a practical toolkit, but nonetheless remains elegant and sober.Behind the central island, with its black lava stone worktop are pieces of Boffi furniture in dark stained oak, with brushed stainless steel tops.Previously an old workshop, the kitchen is arranged behind a glass frame. On either side of the old main wall is an eating corner or a kitchen made to be as discreet as possible.A high, comfortable ‘L’ shaped bench, a group of shelves, cookery books and some coloured glasses, and there you have it, the kitchen affords itself the appearance of a dining room.The use of colour here has redefined the spaces and updated the whole concept. The blue porcelain pushes back the walls of this small space. Materials in matching tones create a soft, feminine ambience.


The Attic
No space is wasted in the attic. It is a multifunctional room where one can isolate oneself. The matt black walls and the striped flooring give the sensation of enveloping comfort. Tucked away in the corner is a bed, creating a spare bedroom for passing friends.  With its shades of black, red and white, the attic resembles a box in which the colours overlap one another, creating a space which is both intimate yet light.


-‘Radis noir’, ‘Piment’ & ‘Jasmin’ paint by Sarah Lavoine,Photographs & wall lights by Sarah Lavoine for La Redoute, ‘Caravane’ sofa, Floor cushions in braided linen & portable lamp by Sarah Lavoine, Wooden and rough metal table by Sarah Lavoine for La Redoute.

Disneyland Paris Completes 20 years

Disneyland Paris is Europe’s leading tourist destination, with more than 250 million visits since the Resort opened in 1992 (15.6 million visits in 2011). The Resort includes two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), seven Disney-themed hotels totalling some 5,800 rooms (with an additional 2,400 hotel rooms operated by Selected and Associated Hotels), two full-service convention centres and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the Resort is home to Disney Village, one of the largest entertainment districts in the Ile-de-France Region. Covering more than 30,000 m2, Disney Village features themed restaurants, shops and a cinema multiplex. In all, Disneyland Paris includes 57 attractions, 62 shops, and 58 restaurants. Since April 1, 2012, Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with new entertainment events, emotion-packed encounters, new decor and unforgettable magical experiences. 7 July to 2 September 2012 is Summer Time in France where the season is about to start and this season is the most ideal time to come and celebrate Disneyland Paris’ 20th Anniversary. 

DISNEY’S 20th ANNIVERSARY SUMMER TIME – A SEASON FOR NEW THINGS!The new features unveiled for Disneyland Paris’ 20th Anniversary will be continuing throughout the summer, including the extraordinary night time sound and light show Disney Dreams®!
Disney Magic on Parade! is another brand-new colourful show, while Disney’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Train and Meet Mickey Mouse give visitors a unique opportunity to see their favourite Disney characters up close and personal.

Disney Dreams®!
After dark every evening, the Disney Dreams®! show dazzles guests with myriads of lights, colours and magic.  Featuring special effects created especially for this world first at Disneyland Paris, the not-to-be-missed show goes beyond anything guests can imagine.  For the first time ever, they’ll be caught up in the action through images projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle. First and foremost, Disney Dreams®! tells a moving, magical story.  Guided by Peter Pan, guests discover or rediscover the greatest Disney stories: Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not forgetting Aladdin, Rapunzel and many, many more. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Sleeping Beauty Castle is transformed successively into a star-studded sky where Peter Pan takes flight; a replica of Notre-Dame cathedral with the Hunchback on its roof; and a fantastic play area for the chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins.  The best-known Disney songs, specially arranged for the occasion, also play an important role in the story. This breath-taking nighttime show features dazzling lasers, spectacular water sprays and absolutely incredible firework effects, culminating in a finale like none other ever seen at Disneyland Paris. Water plays a key role in the show, with two water screens and more than 30 new fountains, some of them producing water sprays over twenty metres high.  These have been installed all around Sleeping Beauty Castle. In addition to all these incredible effects, the teams of designers decided to use breath-taking firework effects.  Pillars of fire burst out on all sides of Sleeping Beauty Castle, really setting it aflame. With performances every evening at the Disneyland Park, Disney Dreams®! is THE show you absolutely must see – pure, unadulterated magic, never before seen at Disneyland Paris.

Venue: in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle – Disneyland Park

Meet Mickey Mouse
The world’s favourite mouse has a wonderful surprise in store for the guests of Disneyland Paris! Between two performances of his magic show, Mickey is delighted to welcome visitors in person for a private, exclusive meeting backstage at his magnificent theatre, nestled in the heart of Fantasyland.Redecorated in the style of old British music halls, the auditorium screens short films of Mickey Mouse in his greatest roles from yesteryear.  Mickey awaits visitors backstage in his own private rehearsal room, surrounded by myriads of absolutely amazing conjuror’s accessories.After this amazing meeting, Mickey is only too happy to pose for a photo session in the company of his fans.

Venue: Fantasyland – Disneyland Park

The Tarzan™ Encounter
Tarzan is back in Disneyland Paris!  By popular demand, The Tarzan™ Encounter show will be back at Chaparral Theater, sweeping the audience straight off to the heart of an interactive jungle where primitive worlds and civilization collide.  The unforgettable moments of this outstanding show include an airborne duet with Jane and Tarzan, cheeky acrobatic numbers by the tribe of monkeys and a rhythm-crazy jam session with the participation of children from the audience.

Venue: Chaparral Theater, Frontierland  – Disneyland Park

From 12 July onwards, the new World of Disney shop will be open to the public.  Located at the entrance to Disney Village, this will be the third store with this name to be opened in a Disney Park, after those in Florida and California.With a retail area covering over 1400sqm, World of Disney inaugurates a new universe where shopping becomes a travel adventure.  In the finest Disney tradition, World of Disney is a unique, magical place where Mickey Mouse and friends have brought back the best products in each category from their trips to the far-flung corners of the world, especially for Disney fans and guests.The architecture of the World of Disney building is in Art Deco style, paying tribute to the ‘grand magasin’ department stores of Paris – and helping to make this the most attractive store at Disneyland Paris.

Venue: Disney Village

The allure of France

France has been every girls fantasy destination. The romance it spells is the stuff dreams are made of and ofcourse some of the best romantic movies like Before Sunset (my all time favourite movie), Amelie and ofcourse Paris je’ Taime. Walk along the gorgeous Eiffel Tower backdropped by the River Seine.Sit by a charming French bistro, or have a picnic by the river banks, – every corner of Paris makes for excellent spots to romance your loved one. By night, the city seduces you with its elegant flair. But I want to concentrate on more than just the romantic aspect of Paris or France. I am referring to the amazing French Style, from the fashion to the decor to the architecture and food everything has its own charm. From the gourmet food, the breads, wine and cheese, pastries to the design houses like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Yves St Laurent, France truly epitomises style and elan.














Vintage French style inspires me as much as the modern look. Now that we all are in agreement that the French Style is undoubtedly amazing here are tips to re-create it at home. Starting with ofcourse the basic, furniture. Speaking of which, The Great Eastern Home unveils its most recent addition to its classical furniture with an exclusive range of Louis XVI French Furniture Collection.This exquisite range from The Great Eastern Homedawns a classic look that promises to transform a living room into a Classical French Ambiance, a place where you will feel like you’re in a luxurious French suite. As a part of the Louis XVI French Furniture Collection, The Great Eastern Home also offers a range of French mirrors, dining table and other furniture masterpieces that are available in limited editions. The Louis XVI French Furniture Collection is a tribute to people who love the feel of classic styled furniture and who want to give their home a classical French feel.

Add these products to complete that French inspiration to your house or a room in your house.

Towel rack, House of Ishatvam
Marie Antoinette Chandelier, Bisazza









Maisons Enchantant dinner collection, Hermes
Carved Mirror, Chelini









On a last note, since we are always talking about French Pastries, here is an old shoot of mine, with recipes to recreate the same at home. Oh and Delhi’s first French Bistro, Rara Avis opened doors to us this week. Review to follow soon