PARIS 2017

I just resurfaced from an epic trip to France, which took me through Brittany, Normandy, Touraine, and my dear hometown of Paris – all that in less than two weeks. It always feels good to go back, hanging out with the family and the long-time friends, seeing art shows, eating at my favorite restaurants, and discovering new spots. This city has changed quite a bit in the last few years, getting more vibrant by the minute.

So after popular demand, I decided to put a blog post together about my favorite things to do while in Paris. You'll quickly understand that good food and good wines are critical elements for a good experience. Here are some tips from a former Parisian. Enjoy, and let me know what you think if you do try them out.

EAT (€ – €€€)
- Le Servan (11e) - I can't recommend this place enough, excellent food, splendid natural wine list, and friendly service in casual setting.
- Le Grand Bain (20e)
- Pierre Hermé (several pastry shops across town)
- Le Yacht Club (9e)
- Café Pinson (3e)
- Mokonuts (11e)
- Les Arlots (10e)
- Bob's Kitchen (3e)
- Holybelly (10e)
- Nanashi (3e)
- East Mamma (11e)
- Siseng (10e)
- Marcel (10e)
- SAaM (10e)
- Les Niçois (11e)
- Café de la Nouvelle Mairie (5e)
- Postiche (1er)
- Beef Club (1er)
- Hélène Darroze (6e)
- Septime (11e)
- Les Philosophes (4e)
- Le Bon Saint Pourcin (6e)
- Wild and the Moon (3e)
- Merguez and Pastrami (9e)
- Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie (1er)
- Frenchie (2e)
- Le Chateaubriand (11e)
- Café Marlette (9e)
- Sebastien Gaudard ( pastry shops in the 1er & 9e)
- Le Vivant (10e)
- Ima (10e)
- Season (3e)
- Sol Semilla (10e)

DRINKS
- Comptoir Général (10e)
- Le Progrès (3e)
- Au Petit Fer à Cheval (4e)
- Chez Prune (10e)
- Café de Flore (6e)
- Les Deux Magots (6e)
- Le Riviera (11e)
- Pretty much any bar near Canal Saint-Martin (10e)

ART
- Palais de Tokyo
- Jeu de Paume
- Centre Pompidou
- Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
- Musée d'Orsay
- Musée Rodin
- Maison Européenne de la Photographie
- Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
- Le Petit Palais
- Le Grand Palais
- Maison Rouge
- Musée Picasso
- Fondation Vuitton
- Fondation Cartier
- Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson
- Musée Bourdelle
- Musée Jacquemart-André
- Musée Maillol
- Musée du Luxembourg
- Musée d'Histoire Naturelle
- Les Catacombes
- Le Marais gallery district
- The 6th Arrondissement's gallery district

GARDENS
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Place des Vosges
- Les Buttes Chaumont
- Cimetière du Père Lachaise
- Parc Monceau
- Jardin des Plantes

NEIGHBORHOODS TO STROLL
- Le Marais (Jewish district/rue des Rosiers; Carreau du Temple; great area for shopping, eating, seating at a café, visiting museums and galleries)
- Canal Saint-Martin (tons of bars, restaurants, bookstores, clothing stores, also great for picnics near the canal)
- Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Canal de l'Ourcq (cafés, restaurants, and picnics)
- Montmartre/Sacré Coeur
- Quartier Latin (Panthéon, Lycée Henri IV, Luxembourg Garden, Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, Place de La Sorbonne, rue Mouffetard, Shakespeare and Company, etc)
- Marché des Enfants Rouges (cute market with great North African food, local products, Italian food, wine, and more)
- Ile de la Cité/Ile Saint Louis (ice cream Berthillon)
- Butte aux Cailles (tons of bars and restaurants)

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SYDNEY 2017

My lovely husband Robby Sinclair plays the drums for Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), and the band was scheduled to play three sold out nights at the Sydney Opera House for the Vivid Festival. Needless to say, I couldn't miss that – I had always dreamt of seeing a show at this mythical venue, so when Robby told me he was playing there with Nick, it was sort of a no brainer. Anyhow, this was my first time in Sydney and I fell in love with the city straight out of the airport. My dear sister Aurélia, who lives in New Zealand, came to meet us there for a long weekend. Below are a few polaroids of the last hang with the Nick Murphy crew, and a few 'candid' family shots. But most importantly, here is the list of my favorite places in Sydney:

EAT
- Nomad (Surry Hills)
- Longrain (Surry Hills)
- Gnome Coffee (Surry Hills)
- Paramount Coffee (Surry Hills)
- Reuben Hills (Surry Hills)
- Kawa (Surry Hills)
- Bills (Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Bondi) 
- The Pantry (Manly Beach)
- Four Ate Five (Surry Hills)
- The Dolphin Hotel (Surry Hills)
- Vacanza Pizzeria (Surry Hills)
- Gelato Messina (Surry Hills and Bondi)
- Gertrude & Alice Cafe (Bondi)
- Bronte Belo Brazilian (Bronte)

DRINK
- The Cricketers Arms Hotel (Surry Hills)
- Shady Pines Saloon (Darlinghurst)
- Opera Bar (CBD)
- Hollywood Hotel (Surry Hills)

ART
- Museum of Contemporary Art (The Rocks)
- Carriageworks (Eveleigh)
- Art Gallery of New South Wales (CBD)
- State Library of New South Wales (CBD)

OTHERS
- InYoga (Surry Hills)
- Golden Age Cinema & Bar (Surry Hills)
- Royal Botanic Gardens (CBD)
- Bondi Icebergs Club (Bondi)
- Coogee–Bondi ocean walk
- Waverley Cemetery (Bronte)
- APC Store (Surry Hills)
- Incu Store (Paddington)
- The Standard Store (Surry Hills)

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