scout paris 
 
Paris will always feel like home. I may not live there anymore, but I do feel lucky that I am close enough to visit. I am now living in Geneva, Switzerland for work and this new home has definitely been a whole different experience.

I will start posting more on Scout Paris because I have a trip planned to my favorite city soon. I promise to scout Paris as much as I can and report on some new finds. For the time being, I am going to start posting here on things that might be about Paris or other places that I want to share with you. The best part about leaving your comfort zone is all the people you get to meet along the way.
 
 
The next time you find yourself at the Musee d'Orsay, don't forget to visit the terrace on the 5th floor. It is located right off the cafe and offers wonderful views of Paris. It's a nice spot to take photos with the Louvre and Sacre Coeur as a backdrop.
 
 
When I entered the Grand Palais, the kaleidoscope of colors immediately overwhelmed me. But, this was a good thing. I love color and how it can illuminate a space. The Monumenta Project at the Grand Palais by artist Daniel Buren gave visitors an opportunity to wander through the circles of tinted glass. It also offered a unique perspective of the beautiful Art Nouveau space. I love architecture and what I liked about the installation was the fact that it gave the Grand Palais an opportunity to shine. I have been there for other events and it is never about the space itself. So, it was a pleasure to walk through and explore how a space feels when color is infused with natural light. Daniel Buren's exhibit is just 5 Euros to enter; Avenue Winston-Churchill.

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A view of the colorful ceiling
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A view from the grand staircase
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Standing on the circular mirrors made you feel as if you could fall into the glass.
 
 
A visit to Paris is never complete without experiencing a classic Parisian flea market. Brocante is the French word for flea market and Paris is filled with them. Designer Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day is having her very own personal sale of some great vintage finds. I have featured a few that I would love to own. If you live in Paris, you could the lucky one to snatch up these unique pieces during the month of April. To view more items, visit her Paris Brocante website.
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A petite linen sofa is selling for 400 Euros.
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This vintage leather chair (200 Euros) was purchased at the famous Les Puces Flea Market.
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This vintage chair (50 Euros) needs a new home.
 
 
Dogs are cherished in France--especially in Paris. I give Parisians a lot of credit. Parisian dogs behave better than Parisian children and their owners. I am picking on the owners because dog poop is everywhere. Anyway, you will not only notice these pups in parks, but you will see them sitting patiently next to their owners in cafes, restaurants and bars. Parisian dogs are quite sweet. My friend captures the true Parisian royalty in his blog Puppies in Paris! I have to admit they are super cute. Here are a few of his pics...
 
 
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Paris Girl Couture's new column Blonde Cheries
I love everything about Paris, especially fashion. Who doesn't? While I was lucky enough to attend a few couture shows last year, I depend on some of my favorite blogs and websites to keep me posted about the fashion world. One of my favorites is Paris Girl Couture. This week PCG is launching a new column Blonde Cheries where editors will be chronicling their adventures shopping, attending fun soirees, and covering the shows in London, Milan and Paris. I love this illustration above by Hayden Williams that was created just for the column. How fun!
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Couture by Chanel
 
 
I love this quote because it's so true...even for a young woman!

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. --Ernest Hemingway
 
 
The incredibly imaginative Guerlain pop-up store on the Champs-Elysees may have closed its doors, but the impression it left on those who appreciate the best in visual merchandising (I am included in this group) will last much longer. It appears to me that Guerlain was trying to reach a younger audience with the store's modern decor. The displays were designed to be more user friendly with low counters, well-lit and easy to see merchandise, and self-serve vanity tables where customers were encouraged to test the makeup at their leisure. See for yourself....
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The Guerlain pop-up store
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Lipstick Carousel: The ribbon makes the lipstick pop on a simple round table.
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On display: The light box highlights the products perfectly.
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A bubble gum pink vanity table for testing makeup.
 
 
Last summer, I took a trip to the Jura--home to Comte cheese, trees, mountains, and waterfalls. The cold winter weather has made me nostalgic for this lovely adventure where I was taken out of my comfort zone to experience another way of life. But, it wasn't because I needed to get out of Paris for a little fresh country air. However, it did feel nice to breathe in crisp mountain air for a bit.

The purpose of this trip was for a graduate course Food, Culture, and Communications at the American University of Paris. We spent the week applying what we learned about gastronomy in France by seeing firsthand how Comte cheese is produced in the Jura Mountains. Our itinerary included a trip to a dairy farm to learn about Comte cheese production by an incredible group of local farmers. Professor Christy Shields planned the perfect trip for her students.

I have so much more of an appreciation for locally produced food and the people who have dedicated their lives to its authenticity and quality. It was a pretty inspiring week to be out in the fresh air, getting closer to nature, and relishing local cuisine.
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The cows were so warm and friendly to this city girl!
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Dairy farmer Taz talks about daily life on the farm.
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Fifi--a Comte cheese maker is hard at work.
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Comte is aged to perfection
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A Comte cheese tasting
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Homemade blueberry tart
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Lunch at Grapiot
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A hike through the woods--impressive tree roots. And, I love my friend's blue flats...The perfect walking shoes!
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Wow!
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The city girl embracing the country...
 
 
Paris absolutely lights up during the holiday season. It's understated and festive. Spend a day walking around Paris just taking it in. But, don't forget to walk inside the city's hotels, stores, and museums that decorate and go all out for the holidays. It's definitely worth fighting the crowds in order to get a peak at the trimmings. I personally loved the Christmas trees.
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The tree at Galleries Lafayette
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The courtyard at the Four Seasons George V
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The lobby at George V...Unexpected and Stunning