Hippopotamus Restaurant|Paris

This year I decided to treat my sister with a weekend in Paris for her birthday and let her choose the entire itinerary.

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Hippopotamus is one of her favourite restaurants in France and the main reason: chèvre chaud.

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After spending the morning walking around Paris with 3 degrees, we decided it was time to have a delicious lunch so we headed to Boulevard des Capucines and visited Hippopotamus.

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The food was excellent, the prices appropriate and the service was great until I decided to pay the bill in coins (I had to get read of that weight on my purse), and the server got extremely upset because she had to actually count them. Guess who didn’t get tipped.

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But it was great to visit this restaurant again, since it was one of our most frequented places when we lived in Paris.

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Musée de l’Orangerie| Paris

I’ve visited Paris several times and even lived in the city for an entire year, but I never had the chance to visit Musée de l’Orangerie. A treat for Monet’s eight water-lily canvases (Nymphéas), painted 1909-26, and donated by the artist to be displayed in two specially conceived, elliptical rooms.

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The museum is located at Jardin des Tuileries and Monet paintings are just one of the reasons why you should visit it. The prices aren’t expensive, it’s not very crowded and it has several other collections worth visit.

I’ve put together a selection of my favourite paintings:

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Nymphéas – Monet
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Nymphéas – Monet
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Jeunes filles au Piano – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Portrair de Madame PaulGuillaume au grand chapeau -Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Paysage de neige – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Portrait de Madame Cézanne – Paul Cézanne
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Danseuses espagnoles – Marie Laurencin
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Femmes au chien – Marie Laurencin
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Arlequin et Pierrot – André Derain

Visit Musée de l’Orangerie’s website here.

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Peggy Porschen Cakes| Review

I’m going to be honest, the reason why I decided to visit Peggy Porschen’s was simply because of the beautiful pictures on Instagram. And I had the feeling that I was going to pay a lot for a crappy-tasteless piece of cake, thinking this was just one of those places in London where you basically pay to take photos and both the service and quality are very poor. But I decided to give it a try anyway, and I’m glad I did.

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It was a rare sunny afternoon in beautiful London when my sister and I were looking for new places to visit. Peggy Porschen’s was on my Instagram bookmarks and it was about time that I gave it a try!

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After 10 minutes on a queue waiting for an available table (outside), they called our names and we sat. I need to mention that these 10 minutes were actually useful to take these beautiful photos, so not a waste of time, at all.

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My sister and I are big chocolate fans so we decided to order a chocolate cupcake and it was simply delicious!

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Peggy Porschen is an award-winning cake designer with a talented team of pastry chefs and sugar-craft artists.

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Later I found out that there’s a Peggy’s Cake Academy, a cookery school dedicated to baking, cake decorating and sugar craft. Someone is going to register and that someone might be me!

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Visit Peggy Porschen’s website here.

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