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L’Institut du Monde Arabe

The Arab World Institute in the 5th arrondissement offers one of the best views of Paris, especially of Notre Dame and the bridges over the Seine. And how about that amazing blue-grey façade? Apparently the motifs are like apertures opening and closing to control the amount of light entering the building. Impressive, no?

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8 rue Caffarelli - April 23, 2014 - 9:50 am

Wow, truly gorgeous photos!! I’ve been meaning to visit L’Institut du Monde Arabe for ages so thank you for reminding me. :) Hopefully I’ll get the chance to make it to their roof sometime soon!

xx Christine

The Asian Pear - April 11, 2014 - 11:29 am

Every time I visit your blog, I miss Paris a little bit more. Le sigh.

Montreal’s Café Kitsuné

I came across this cute little place on my way to work and after reading a little bit about it, I found out that kitsuné means little fox in Japanese. Awww! I knew I had to go try their Earl Grey and take some pictures. I mean, look how pretty:

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Their oatmeal cookies are to-die-for, definitely the best I’ve had!

Kitsuné Espresso Bar Artisanal, 19 Prince Arthur Street West, Montreal.

amanda - April 14, 2014 - 2:10 pm

What a sweet spot! I think in mythology, kitsune are mischievous fox girls. Fun, right?

The Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

There is no surprise to anyone who knows me and my photography that I love dreamy, out of focus images. These photos, taken through a tilt-shift lens are some of my favorites from last summer’s trip to New York.

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8 rue caffarelli - April 23, 2014 - 9:52 am

Ohh how this makes me long for home… You captured it perfectly.

P.S. I’m in awe of you and your tilt-shift lens skills!

Jenny - March 14, 2014 - 7:57 am

oh wow beautiful photos!! :D

Mani - March 4, 2014 - 2:00 am

Oh my goodness, I love how these pictures turned out! The tilt-shift effect makes everything look so dreamy :)

saverspender - February 16, 2014 - 8:56 pm

SO pretty… you could sell these.

Last summer

It snowed again in Montreal today so depression is starting to creep in. I’m trying to nip it in the bud and am going through some photos I took back in June during one of those perfect summer afternoons. Just looking at these colors is doing wonders for my morale.

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saverspender - February 9, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Basically trying not to think about the snow helps. It isn’t any better in Toronto although I must say we keep the roads and sidewalks a heck of a lot cleaner here than in Montreal. That’s one small bonus…

The Asian Pear - February 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Absolutely gorgeous shots!

Cardinal tea room

Stepping into this new tea room in Montreal’s Mile End is like being on the set of Downton Abbey. The mismatched tea cups and saucers are gorgeous, the vintage style armchairs and sofas are so inviting and that chandelier will definitely leave you bouche bée. All this to say the décor is absolutely flawless. The selection of teas is plentiful, and the food is delicious. We’ve tried the lavender Earl Grey which was a dream, and I also recommend pretty much all their sandwich selection. We haven’t tried any of the desserts, but that’s what next visits are for. I can’t tell you how giddy I am now that I’ve discovered this little gem!

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Le Cardinal, 5326 Saint Laurent (corner Maguire).

Saskia - February 10, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I love the wide open space of this tea room! Tea rooms in England are always so confined and claustrophobic – we obviously don’t have a lot of space in London!