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Day 1: My adventures in Istanbul

After arriving in Istanbul very late last night (or should I say very early this morning) I quickly got into the swing of things this morning. This city is so alive, it’s pulsing, the vibe is wonderful.

I am as in love with this city as I was in India. Uh oh, another love affair.

What a better way to kick off my week of solo-traveling than a strong Turkish coffee?!

And breakfast of course. Their breakfast is just as I like it: savoury and not too heavy.

I walked around the lush winding streets that branch off the main street of Taksim (Istiklal Caddesi). The café scene is really on the mark, Turkish meets Europe, and they offer great simple menus.

I didn’t expect to come across so many vintage shops. The tiles make me want to have my bathroom inspired by a mosque.

Just off the main road mentioned above I came across two young fellows selling muscles stuffed with rice served with lemon juice. Words do not describe. DELICIOUS.

They were so friendly too!

If you haven’t had Turkish coffee before, here is a simple explanation: Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are boiled in a bronze pot and served in a small cup where the beans are allowed to settle. Sugar is added to taste. This method of serving coffee is found in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey of course.

Cats are everywhere. I was told that they don’t get rid of them because they kill all the rats. Cats kill the rats. That rhymes.

I walked past this family and asked to take a photo of them because I thought they looked so wonderful. They then invited me for tea (called chai) and home-made walnut baklava. What an experience!

It may be full of sugar but hell, we only live once!

Turkish men dancing in the street.

Pickles as a side dish with my kebab for dinner.

And to finish off my night before catching my z’s, some more tea!

Tomorrow I have another big day, so keep tuned! 🙂

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Vintage Champagne Flutes

Last week at the puces de Saint Ouen just outside of Paris, we discovered the wonderful vintage stands selling things that date back to the 20’s and before! I got these charming champagne flutes that I lusted after.
What do you think?

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Madame Chose et toutes ses belles choses

Madame Chose et les Batignolles

Ce coin du 17e est comme un petit village! Ils sont tous amis, ils se parlent, ils se connaissent. Il faut dire, Ă  Paris ce n’est pas tout Ă  fait courant. Dans le carrĂ© formĂ© par les rue de Levis, Nollet, Cardinet, l’avenue de Clichy et le boulevard des Batignolles, ce mini-quartier aux accents rĂ©tro regorge d’adresses mignonnes! Tu peux facilement y passer la journĂ©e.

On attend de voir des prix très Ă©levĂ©s mais son tout est de nous faire des petits prix, pour que ces objets soient accessibles Ă  tous. On a l’impression d’être en Provence un dimanche aux marchĂ©s de puces.

Cette boutique est ouverte depuis septembre, et propose de petits meubles pour nos appartements parisiens. MĂ©lanie a un super goĂ»t et trouve des trĂ©sors qu’on ne trouve pas facilement ailleurs! On trouve pour adultes et enfants, des chaises, des lampes, du linge de maison ancien reteint, des meubles, de la vaisselle et des horloges charmantes.

Ce qui fait sa charme, c’est qu’elle choisi elle-mĂŞme ses objets en province et en très bon Ă©tat. Sur commande, elle peut rechercher des pièces prĂ©cises et les transformer pour vous. Quelle fille douĂ©e!

Pots vintages de Belgique, entre €6-7 euros le pot.

Cloche Ă  gâteau vintage environ €65. Je l’ai Ă  la maison, je n’ai pas pu rĂ©sister!

Beaucoup de trésors que Madame Chose trouve partout en France, des vraies pièces vintages, et à petit prix!

OĂą acheter des belles choses?

Chez Madame Chose,
94, rue Nollet
75017 Paris

01 46 27 31 14