A little bubble of beautifulness at Petersham Nurseries/Une petite bulle de beauté a Petersham nurseries

Petersham Nurseries

🇬🇧 There is in Petersham a lovely place I would like to tell you about. It’s a nursery! You might think this is just another place where you can buy all sort of plants but it is actually much more than that.

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Enjoying my local area/Profitons de nos quartiers

ūüá¨ūüá߬†It’s always so tempting to head to exotic places and only get excited at the sight of new amazing sites. I love travelling with an enormous passion but I think it’s important not to take for granted what we have got, sometimes on our doorstep.

That said, a couple of weeks¬†ago, I decided to head to one of my local Farmers’ markets. The market is situated in Barnes, a very charming part of London (south west). The Farmers’ market is more a group of gourmet and delicatessen sellers but good fun nonetheless. I wanted to practise my photography more, capture colourful scenes and I was not disappointed.

I made my way from our place on foot keen to enjoy a good stroll and look around me. I love all those colourful doors in the UK, it really brightens the landscape, especially since the weather is not always that good. All the roses seem in bloom so it’s a nice sight all around.

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The Chinese Lanterns festival by night/Le festival des lanternes chinoises en nocturne

As promised, here is a bunch of photos – and most spectacular version at night – of the first UK Chinese Lanterns festival which is currently taking place at Chiswick House and Gardens. ps: Obviously, if you are planning to go, it might be worth not looking at my photos as I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for¬†you.

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The Robin cafe/ Le café Rouge-Gorge

I don’t know about you but I am a bit tired of all those coffee chains. Don’t get me wrong, they are brilliant, you can find them in every corner of the city and everywhere you go, they serve pretty good coffee and a selection of teas and are great informal places to meet people. But I have always loved independent cafes. In Paris where I am from it’s still possible to find these and thankfully they are still plenty around London too and many other cities and they are to be celebrated!

Je ne sais pas si c’est vous √™tes comme moi, mais je suis un peu las de toutes ces chaines de caf√©s. C’est vrai qu’elles d√©pannent dans bon nombre de situations, surtout qu’on peut presque en trouver a chaque coin de ville et que ce sont des endroits tr√®s pratiques et informels pour retrouver des gens ou faire une pause. Toutefois j’ai toujours √©t√© une grande fan de caf√©s ind√©pendants qui ont nettement plus de charme et d’atmosph√®re. A Paris, ma ville d’origine, il y a encore bon nombre de ces caf√©s et heureusement il y en a aussi encore a Londres et d’autres villes. Mais il faut davantage les mettre a l’honneur!

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I would like to share with you my find of a wonderful little cafe near us in Southwest London

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Chinese Lanterns Festival/Les festival des lanternes chinoises

A mostly photography based post for today and on a Monday for a change as I just wouldn’t want you to miss on a cool¬†event: The UK’s first Chinese Lantern festival taking place at Chiswick House and Gardens.¬†I spotted it a while ago on Facebook and completely forgot about it until I got an email from my son’s teacher (they are currently studying China and the Chinese New Year at school) who reminded me just in time about it!

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A photo exhibition and THAT incredible smile/Une expo photo et CE sourire éblouissant

There are certain exhibitions I love going year after year. I always trot to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition with my pal Julie which rarely disappoints. But I love portrait photography and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition always calls my attention. Looking at a face and feeling the emotions, the story behind the face can be truly inspirational at times.

This year, I was absolutely gobsmacked by one of the photos.

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A peaceful corner in the city/Un petit havre de paix au coeur de Londres

Last Saturday was a real good January winter day: super cold, the air was crisp but the sun was there and really, this is awesome. I so much prefer it to all the mildness that we’ve had so far this winter. I love the fact in our Western Europe we still get 4 seasons even though Global Warming is affecting it all.

We decided to head out to London Wetlands Centre to enjoy the beautiful light.

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L’Homme and I love walking¬†and ¬†as much as we can
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