TRAVEL – My habits in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hi everyone,

A few years ago I traveled to Argentina for two months, without speaking Spanish, I thought this would be interesting to make you discover the places where I have been!

Buenos Aires
So far and yet so close to a European way of life that it’s easy to forget that you actually are so far from Europe.

I used to live in the best trendy neighbourhood of Palermo which would be as Notting Hill in London or Le Marais in Paris as you have many Argentinian designer shops, concept stores, restaurants and this is trendy!

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Palermo

I used to go out in Isabel Bar, which is a very nice hidden bar, to a club called Rosebar which is HUGE and very cool! I was having a drink ‘Plaza Cerano’ where you can enjoy latino music.

I used to have my brunch in Bartola near to my house, a nice restaurant with a roof and a terrace with ‘healthy food’. I was having my breakfast or afternoon tea in La Panera Rose where everything is amazing!

I had the BEST asado (meat) in Minga restaurant.

I used to do my sport with the Argentinians in a really big square called ‘Libertador’ where I was running.

On the weekend, I was going to San Telmo market trying to bargain for antiques or strolling around the park of Los Bosques de Palermo.

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Los Bosques de Palermo

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San Telmo

 

Have you ever been to Buenos Aires? Living there is magical.

NB: Photos are mine!

London – Farmacy

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Fancy a good vegan restaurant and you currently are in London?

You would then LOVE this nature and entirely vegan restaurant called Farmacy!

This marvellous place is located in the lovely Notting Hill and its design is surprising as it absolutely beautiful, refined and subtle!

The menu is entirely vegan, all their product are organic and fresh.

However, the menu is still gourmet, rich and tasty! Yummyy

I am a huge fan of their different earth bowls and their tagliatelle Ai Funghi are delicious (don’t ask for Parmesan, they won’t have it haha)!

They aren’t taking any booking on the weekend!

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Would you like to eat there?

 

NB: Photos are not mine, found on Instagram!

PARIS vs LONDON

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Back in Paris for the weekend, I realised that I miss it so much!

Paris and London are SO different, I love these two cities but I can’t decide which one I like the most this is for me impossible!

On one hand, London is huge and there are so many different things to do every day, everywhere. I think this is with New York the most dynamic city that I ever visit. It never sleeps and this is a feeling that I truly love and makes you feel that everything is possible in this city. In addition, the nightlife is as anywhere else.

However, this is way too much expensive, the tube, rents, restaurants, bars .. all of those things are costly and you definitely need to earn a lot of money if you would like to settle in London and to enjoy a certain way of life.

On the other hand, Paris is beautiful, its architecture is invaluable and the french way of life is unique. Strolling around the Seine river, enjoying a croissant or a glass of wine outside on a terrace is priceless (maybe I like all of this because I am french haha).

Nonetheless, Paris isn’t dynamic and creative as London is.
Indeed, Paris seems to be asleep, a city that only stays in its own element without evolving. For instance, the tube close around 2 am in the weekend when London it’s open all the night or all the shops even grocery shops are mostly closed on Sunday when in London everything is open!
I love these two cities and I am blessed I was lucky enough to live in both of them.

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NB: Photos are mine !

Which city do you prefer?

PARIS – Favourite place

Hi everyone,

I came back to Paris last weekend and I realised that I wanted to let you know about one of my favourite places in Paris for lunch and afternoon tea.

LE LOIR DANS LA THÉIÈRE

If you are strolling around Paris, in the charming neighbourhood of the Marais, and you would fancy a brunch, lunch or tea, Le Loir dans la théière is a L-O-V-E-L-Y place to go and one of my favourite in the world.

This is a cosy place where you can even sit on a sofa as in a big armchair, enjoying a delicious tea with a healthy meal (or not) composed of, for instance, a quiche or tart with salad and to top it off a very tasty desert .. yummy yummy!

Indeed, all the deserts are homemade and unique! You can find on a table a wide range of deserts and it is extremely difficult to make a choice!

My favourite cakes: the chocolate tart crumble and their exquisite and huge Lemon meringue tart.

Moreover, the staff is lovely!

Definitely, a place to visit even if you sometimes have to queue!

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NB: Photos are not mine, found on Instagram!

Heineken & politics

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was a special day for me, as you might know, this was the first round of the french presidential elections.. Politics is not a subject that everyone likes to speak about as it often divides people.

Hopefully, Heineken’s motto is “Open your world” to open people’s minds with a new publicity stunt created by Publicis London.

Indeed, Heineken made an experience and invited two people with radically opposed politics ideas to discuss many things. At the end of the experiment, they revealed their political opinions in a video.

Despite the fact that they aren’t sharing the same political ideas, they still would like to enjoy a beer together. Even if this experiment does not really mean something, the message conveyed by this ad is fundamental.

Heineken would like to try to bring their brand in people’s mind as the brand that is trying to bring together people with their differences, through discussions or controversial topics as LGBT, feminism or ecology with the aim to understand others without convincing them.

I truly like this advertising campaign, it is really clever to use this subject to gather people.

 

Movie of the Month – May: NERUDA

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The story:

An investigator launches a search for Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, who became a fugitive in his own country for his Communist leanings during the 1940s.

 

My opinion:

As depicted in this movie, the Poet Pablo Neruda was one of the most important communists in his period in Chile. This shows the interesting part of Neruda as he was an artist and a communist at the same time.

Pablo Larraín made a clear analyse of Neruda’s life between his two main life interest, in a funny, bizarre and unique way that definitely needs be seen to understand my point!

 

Top 5: Rooftops with a view in London

It’s almost summertime, even if the weather is not very warm these days…

Anyway, in Summer London can be really warm and it’s nice to enjoy the Sun with a drink and ..a view!

Here are my top 5 rooftops in London!

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As you are on the thirty-eight floor, the view of London is breathtaking, the cocktails are amazing and the prices as well! However, it worth it! Very classy atmosphere!
East London

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Located in High St Kensington, you have to know about it to go as it is not really indicated.

This secret place is amazing, for a drink or a dinner during the day or at night you will enjoy the Moroccan style garden, the wide collection of flowers and…………..the beautiful and real free flamingos (only during the day) that struts in the garden.

Yes, this is in central London, amazing right?

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Full range of cocktails and an amazing view on St Paul’s Cathedral, what else?

Booking needed, classy atmosphere!

Open: Year-round, 11am–midnight Mon–Wed, 11am–1am Thu–Sat, 11am–9pm Sun.

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For a very chill atmosphere, Notch is a pleasant place to go, it’s very central as it is in Marble Arch!

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If you are looking for an East London atmosphere, this rooftop might suit you!

Each year a new theme is launched and this year it might be ‘Neverland’, mysterious right?

Open: From May 4, noon–10pm Mon–Sun.

Shoreditch

 

NB: Photos are not mine but mostly found on Instagram!

Best places to go in Aix-en-Provence

  • Coffees

Le Grillon

It looks like a typical Parisian brasserie and it is often really sunny and on the famous ‘Champs Elysées’ of Aix called the Cours Mirabeau.

For breakfast, for lunch, for a coffee or even for dinner this place is really pleasant and relatively cheap for what you expect.

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Les Deux Garçons

Typical old french brasserie at the top of the Cours Mirabeau, the inside is really beautiful and reflects old times as if you still were in the 19th century.

  • Afternoon tea and snack

Weibel

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Near Aix city hall and the traditional vegetables market, this ‘Patisserie’ is one of the best in Aix. Their creations are original and subtle.

From their ice creams to their crepes or pain au chocolat everything is delicious..

 
Béchard

Béchard is the traditional and older patisserie in Aix. You can find the most remarkable ‘pain au chocolat’ that I ever tried. Everything is pretty, authentic and delicious.

  • Restaurants

La Cantine

Their food is inspired by Corsican cuisine (a french island in the Mediterranean sea near Sardinia) and it is delicious. You can eat salads with a kind of goat cheese, honey, and nuts, salmon risotto or tasty Corsican meats accompanied with really good wine.

Booking needed

Le Môme

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Another restaurant inspired by Corsican cuisine, all their products are really fresh and the food is amazing! One of the best restaurant in Aix!

Booking needed

Chez Nino – via Veneto

Amazing Italian restaurant with real Italians that don’t even speak really good french!

Their pasta ‘Alla Puttanesca’ are exquisite!

Booking needed

  • Bars

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Place des Cardeurs

The ‘Place des Cardeurs’ is a huge place where you have many many bars and restaurants. All the young people in Aixare hanging out for a drink there. If you would like to meet students, that is the place you should go!

  • Museums

Atelier Cézanne

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Aix is a city of arts and the painter Paul Cézanne is the most famous painter that come from Aix.

It is possible to visit his artist workshop that is a really charming house that plunges you into Cézanne atmosphere and lifestyle.

Musée Granet

This is the most famous museum in Aix where you can find masterpieces of many french artists as Cézanne, Ingres, Picasso, Planque.. It’s definitely worth a visit!This is a museum located in front of a beautiful church, St Jean de Malte Church.

Hôtel de Caumont

A very nice private mansion that has been completely renovated and it is splendid. You will discover the life in her house of a Countess in the 18th Century in Aix. The garden and the tea house are lovely.

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Where would you like to go most?

 

NB: Photos are not mine but found mostly found on Instagram.

An original photo booth

 

In Germany, an association that defends women rights asked a PR agency to create a clever campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence as one in four women in Germany are battered.

For this reason, the campaign targeted an iconic object of the city of Berlin: the photo booth in black and white with four prints!

However, on one of this four pictures, the women’s face only on the print got her face modified, that means she has fake bruises on it. Afterward, when you get the print the message for the campaign is explained.

In short, people that thought they were taking a picture for on a simple photo booth are discovering the result when they are taking the print as this photo booth was only there for this shocking campaign.

I think this campaign is interesting, as it really creates a surprise as you don’t expect this astonish and frightening result and it achieves its goal by raising awareness on domestic violence.

What do you think? Would you be shock?