On my way… by Marie

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life


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Nothing will ever be the same…

© Jean-Marie Viguié

© Jean-Marie Viguié

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher (Expect that, as far as I’m concerned, it is only on the other side of the Channel :p)

I mean… that’s true! What do expect? Who do you expect me to be? The exact same girl I was when I left in January? Hmmm, I don’t think so! How can you even expect me to be the same person? I’ve been LIVING (I especially want to highlight this word “LIVING”, because during all that time in England and for one of the first times in my life, I truly felt like I was living, like I could actually breathe and be happy… I’ve just been reminded what it was to smile… it’s as easy as that!) abroad for 6 months, I’ve met incredible people (who are now my friends), I’ve discovered new customs and adopted them… And I don’t want to give up on all that, simply because it’s part of me now, part of who I am, part of who I’ve become. You can’t honestly ask me to forget all I’ve been experiencing and be the girl I used to be again, because I can’t do that, I simply CAN’T!

And if it grieves you, dad, grandpa, grandma, little bro, my friends… well, I’m sorry but the only thing I have to say is… “You DEFINITELY should have known that!” Everybody knows that a ‘travel’ such as this is not without consequences; it leaves its mark, and mine DEFINITELY left an indelible one on me!Therefore, I know that nothing’s going to be the same again… it’s just IMPOSSIBLE!

And here I am, facing the sea and thinking that what can be expected from this point forth are the magical fluidity of every moment, and the sense of peace in knowing that my life will never be the same again.

Mark Twain once wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” I kind of tend to have the same opinion… and I think that if my family and friends react the way they do, it’s simply because they don’t know what it is to live abroad and then realize that none of the parts of your former life will be the same, that everything’s about to change. Why? Because you have brand new eyes, you see things differently; because you ARE different, you’ve changed; in a word, you’ve grown up (well that’s actually 4 words but… NEVERMIND!) I think that’s what Terry Pratchett meant when he wrote, “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

As far as I’m concerned, I needed to leave. I needed to leave to find myself and (also, I think) to realize I could actually be happy even after all the mess that had invaded my family (and unfortunately, the mess is still going on :s!). So, as I am facing that powerful feeling today, the feeling of a possible happiness, but above all, the feeling of belonging somewhere, I can assure you that I won’t let them change who I’ve become… because (and I hope I’m not arrogant saying this) I’m kind of proud of that person ;p!

Become who you want to become so that you can be proud of yourself (a little bit of pride never killed anyone, did it?!): that would be my advice for today ;)!

And of course,

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much love to all my readers 💛💛

xoxo

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★ 1 Wand & 3 Wishes ★ #2: A Rainy Pinky Girly spring in England!

A new wish list today for those of you, who plan to spend the ideal and “girliest” spring in England!!!

1 Wand & 3 Wishes #2

1. Un-teal the Clouds Clear Umbrella in Fuchsia – ModCloth 2. Dress – Topshop 3. Paul’s Boutique Wellies – ASOS

Hope you’ll like my selection 😉

With this,

Keep holding on to what you love (and speaking of, I think I really fell in love with those wellies :p) & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo


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What about a walk in Paris?!

Today I want to take you to Paris, but I particularly want to take someone over there. This person (who created Jamie Ward’s Fan Page on Twitter) has just turned 15 today, so it’d be kind of my birthday present. And who could be a better guide than a French ‘demoiselle‘? I mean, even if you’re not Parisian, you are French! and try to find a French person who’s never been to Paris? I personally don’t know anyone in that case, but if that kind of persons ‘exists’, well… SHAME ON YOU!!!

Consequently, so as to help this young British ‘demoiselle‘ to plan her little trip to Paris, I decided to share, through this blogpost, all my must-dos, must-sees & my diverse crushes in Paris ;)!

First, I’m going to give you all my favorite sights … It may seem (and actually it is) a bit touristy, but you can’t miss the following sightseeings (THERE’S NO WAY!!!)

Our beautiful reigning Lady, I’m obviously talking about the Eiffel Tower…

The amazing Musée du Louvre…

The gorgeous Notre-Dame…

Then if you want to have an old good “green time” & some fresh air, a little walk in the 14th arrondissement, in the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg (where, by the way, Cosette & Marius were supposed to have met #LesMisérables) or in the Parc Monceau will definitely make your day!

14th arrondissement - Photos from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

14th arrondissement – Photos from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Jardin du Luxembourg - Photo from Hello it's Valentine

Jardin du Luxembourg – Photo from Hello it’s Valentine

Jardin du Luxembourg - Photo from Hello it's Valentine

Jardin du Luxembourg – Photo from Hello it’s Valentine

Parc Monceau - Photos from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Parc Monceau – Photos from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Then I think, you can’t miss the majestic Opéra Garnier…

I’m just gonna add a few places, which have been suggested by Amélie, a friend of mine; The Place de la Madeleine (“one of the most Parisian place in Paris” she wrote), Place Vendôme,the Catacombs (“if you don’t fear the ghosts of the French Revolution” she made notice ^^ By the way, I L.O.V.E. that comment Amélie!) and the old house of Nicolas Flamel (“one of the oldest house of the town, which today hosts a great restaurant!” she eventually declared) (51 rue de Montmorency, 3ème arrondissement)

Photos from: *http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/22893861.jpg *http://www.pariswebtvquartier.fr/fr/tv-montparnasse/mon-quartier/musees-128/les-catacombes-de-paris-1359/ *http://vivrelemarais.typepad.fr/.a/6a00d8341d8a0f53ef017c37181609970b-800wi *http://toptravellists.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Night-Place-Vendome-Paris-France.jpg

Photos from:
*http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/22893861.jpg
*http://www.pariswebtvquartier.fr/fr/tv-montparnasse/mon-quartier/musees-128/les-catacombes-de-paris-1359/
*http://vivrelemarais.typepad.fr/.a/6a00d8341d8a0f53ef017c37181609970b-800wi
*http://toptravellists.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Night-Place-Vendome-Paris-France.jpg

As far as I’m concerned, my two very favorite places to be in Paris are, without any doubt, the Pont des Arts (where lovers are used to hooking padlocks on the bridge – I am definitely a romantic person, so this is (to me) a not-to-miss!!!! And my dear little British girl, if there’s a guy out there, who makes your heart beat, and if you wanna leave a part of you in Paris… well, there’s nothing else for it but to buy a lovely padlock ;)!) & the very stunning Montmartre!

Montmartre - Photos from: *http://www.ames.lt/uploads/images/Prancuzija/Paryzius_1.jpg *http://www.montmartre-guide.com/userfiles/moulin_rouge_01.jpg *http://www.montmartre-site.com/images/station-anvers-montmartre.JPG *http://cache.wanderfly.com/images/user/674/i-250731857_e670b9ff7ae1417e519b2761a1368549.jpg

Montmartre – Photos from:
*http://www.ames.lt/uploads/images/Prancuzija/Paryzius_1.jpg
*http://www.montmartre-guide.com/userfiles/moulin_rouge_01.jpg
*http://www.montmartre-site.com/images/station-anvers-montmartre.JPG
*http://cache.wanderfly.com/images/user/674/i-250731857_e670b9ff7ae1417e519b2761a1368549.jpg

Furthermore, I would like to add two must-dos, at least two things I really fancy doing when I’m in Paris… The first thing is the traditional little cruise on a ‘bateau-mouche’ on the Seine (which is a river boat), where you can enjoy DELICIOUS dishes, and the second one is the unmissable ‘rendez-vous’ 52 rue de L’Université (75007 Paris), where you can get a perfume made-to-measure (it’s really cool!!!! LOVE it :D!)

A little cruise on a 'bateau-mouche' - Photo from http://images.city-residences.com/3/Bateau_Mouche_by_javierly.jpg

A little cruise on a ‘bateau-mouche‘ – Photo from http://images.city-residences.com/3/Bateau_Mouche_by_javierly.jpg

Un Parfum sur mesure - Photo from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Un Parfum sur mesure – Photo from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Un Parfum sur mesure - Photo from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Un Parfum sur mesure – Photo from Et si on se promenait à Paris!

Now, the second part of this post is more related to foodies (and VERY Yummy foodies, please!)… Mmmm! I can already see you drooling over!!! You’ll especially find here all my good addresses (in a word, my favorite ones :p!)

Let’s start with the section I like to call “Lunch & Brunch” (it also include “Dinner” but the other two rhyme! :D)

The very stylish Maxim’s… (3 rue Royale, 75008 Paris)

My very cherished Café Pinson… (6 rue du Forez, 75008 Paris)

The lovely La Chambre aux Oiseaux… (48 rue Bichat, 75010 Paris)

If you want to taste the very delicate French flavors, there’s nowhere else to go but to Le Dauphin… (131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris). It may be a bit expensive, but it’s DEFINITELY worth it! Trust me!

Photos from: *https://plus.google.com/111853455275627146872/photos/photo/5869272619934947138?hl=fr by Markel Redondo *http://theskinnybib.com/2011/10/28/le-dauphin-inaki-aizpitarte-paris/ The Skinny Bib

Photos from:
*https://plus.google.com/111853455275627146872/photos/photo/5869272619934947138?hl=fr by Markel Redondo
*http://theskinnybib.com/2011/10/28/le-dauphin-inaki-aizpitarte-paris/ The Skinny Bib

And if you feel like having a pizza because you’re fed up with French food (which I truly doubt – and no, I’m not chauvinistic when I say that!), you can eat very good pizzas (if not the best in Paris, but this is only my humble opinion :p) at Pink Flamingo Pizza… (105 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris)

Pink Flamingo Pizza - Photo from http://www.leblogdelamechante.fr

Pink Flamingo Pizza – Photo from http://www.leblogdelamechante.fr

Pink Flamingo Pizza - Photo from http://www.leblogdelamechante.fr

Pink Flamingo Pizza – Photo from http://www.leblogdelamechante.fr

And at last, I’ll finish that post with the best places to have the so precious British TEA TIME!!! (I’m an addict as well, so no offense ;)!)

Well first, you’ve got the very renowned French macaroons maker, Ladurée, where you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the most refined macaroons (or should I say ‘macarons‘?! but not only ;)!) (21 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris)

The very girly and colorful Bogato… (7 rue Liancourt, 75014 Paris)

And eventually, the VERY, VERY, VERY Yummy Yummy Oh Mon Cake… (154 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris)

And here it is (at least, I think :)!) I hope you, guys, enjoyed this post & I particularly hope that it will be useful to my little British girl, who (I’m sure) will enjoy Paris 😉

Now, before I leave you with this, I just want to say what I’m used to say…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo (or maybe, for once, should I say… Bisous Bisous)

PS: When you’re in Paris, my lovely one (or my sweet British girl, as I’ve called you all along that post), don’t mind the taxi drivers (everybody knows they’re quite rude ^^, unless you’re lucky and you’ll get one a bit nicer than the others… but don’t be pessimistic if it doesn’t happen, I’ve never had a ‘sweet’ Parisian taxi driver neither :p!) But most of all, ENJOY!!!!


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A birthday post, A birthday Cake & Birthday Cupcakes for one of my loveliest friends’ Birthday

This post is (as you can read it in the title) dedicated to one of my best friends, who is turning 17 today!

And so as to wish her a very veRY VERY happy birthday, I decided to share with you 2 recipes; the first one is a birthday cake recipe and the second one is a cupcakes’ recipe (because… what would be a birthday without very delicious cupcakes to celebrate it?! Huh?)

These recipes come from the BBC – GOOD FOOD Website  (I’m sorry Nadia, but I’m in England and over here, the best recipes are mostly on this website! Well, obviously!!! IT IS A BBC WEBSITE! What better reference than the BBC even when it comes to cookery?!)

Well. Enough blabla for today! I would have loved to celebrate her birthday with her and cook these very yummy cakes together but about 400 kilometers away, it may be… COMPLICATED :s !

Birthday bug cake

Birthday bug cake on #BBCGoodFood

Ingredients

  • Easy vanilla cake and syrup mix (see recipe below)
  • 100g white chocolate (I used Milkybar)
  • Basic vanilla buttercream mix (see Easy vanilla cake recipe below)
  • 12 giant chocolate buttons , 6 cut in half
  • treat-size pack chocolate buttons
  • 2 chocolate sticks (I used Matchmakers)
  • hundreds and thousands
  • multicolored candles
  • red (or whatever colour you like) writing icing tubes (I used Asda)
  • multicolored candles

Recipe

  1. Bake the Easy vanilla cake in a greased, lined deep 20cm cake tin as in the basic recipe; drench with syrup and leave to cool. Leave the oven on.
  2. Break the white chocolate into cubes into a microwaveable bowl, and heat on High for 1 min (or melt over a pan of simmering water). Stir, then leave any remaining lumps to melt in the warm liquid chocolate. Once just-warm, beat the chocolate into the buttercream.
  3. Start the butterflies. Put the whole giant buttons on a flat baking tray on non-stick baking paper, then put into the oven for 20-30 secs or until the chocolate looks shiny. Take out, scatter with hundreds and thousands, then leave to set completely before cutting in half with a large non-serrated knife. For the ladybirds, pipe dots of icing all over the already cut giant button halves, then leave aside to dry.
  4. Spread the buttercream over the cake, then start to arrange the butterflies. Cut each Matchmaker into 3 – these will make the bodies. Press onto the cake, then stick four giant button halves around each body to make ‘wings’. For the ladybirds, place two spotty button halves together, then use a small button for the head. Scatter more hundreds and thousands all over the cake, then poke in the candles.
Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes on #BBCGoodFood

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds , toasted
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g natural yogurt
  • 175g butter , melted and cooled a little

(FOR THE ICING)

  • 225g butter , softened
  • 400g icing sugar , sifted
  • juice 1 lemon
  • few drops yellow food coloring
  • icing flowers or yellow sprinkles, to decorate

Recipe

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  2. To ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle.
  3. Ice one cake at a time, holding the piping bag almost upright with the nozzle about 1cm from the surface of the cake. Pipe one spiral of icing around the edge, then pause to break the flow before moving the nozzle towards the centre slightly and piping a second, smaller spiral that continues until there are no gaps in the centre. Slightly ‘dot’ the nozzle into the icing as you stop squeezing to finish neatly. Repeat to cover all the cakes, then top with sugar decorations or scatter with sprinkles.

Here it is now!!! I hope my lovely friend will enjoy making them and will enjoy them as well 😉

Once again, I wish her A SWEET 17th BIRTHDAY and send her lots of love from England xxxxxxxxxxx ❤

As far as you’re concerned, my dear readers, I’m sure you’ll take an extreme pleasure to bake a little bit, even if it’s not for a birthday, the ‘baking times’ are ALWAYS very nice times, not to say the best ones ;p (whether it’s while you’re making the cakes or then when you’re done and enjoying your mets (= dish) as we say in French ;)!)

Take care my lovely ones &…

Keep holding on to what you love and enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo

P.S.: Nadia, notice the cup of tea with the cupcake on the picture! (just to tell you that you’d better have one when  you taste these very yummy yummy little things 😀 :p xxx!)