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ART, AUSTRIA, CULTURE, VIENNA

ERNST FUCHS MUSEUM: A HIDDEN GEM IN VIENNA YOU MUST SEE

April 24, 2022

Vienna is a powerhouse of art filled with museums and exhibitions. Since numerous museums are located just in the heart of Vienna’s first district, we often forget about the extraordinary places that are located in other districts, such as  in the Vienna’s 14th district.

Between 1886 and 1888, the famous Jugenstil (art nouveau) architect Otto Wagner built the opulent summer villa surrounded by nature for himself and his family. This outstanding villa is located in Hütteldorf on the border of the historical “Wiener Wald”, which today is open to the public as a museum.

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AUSTRIA, VIENNA, VIENNA RESTAURANTS

VIENNA GUIDE: FAVOURITE COSY CAFÉS FOR COLD WINTER DAYS

November 24, 2021

*NOTE: Due to the current raising COVID-19 infection number, a temporary lockdown is in effect from 22 November until 13 December. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will only be possible again after this period. Find all current information here.

There is nothing better in winter, than enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a warm Apfelstrudel inside a nice cafe. Living in Vienna for nineteen years now, I am a Viennese by choice. Within all these years, I have visited almost all cafes in my hometown, and I know what I am talking about. Literally, I spent a lot of money in Viennese cafes and restaurants, and I don’t regret it, here is why?

From traditional coffee houses where waiters serve drinks in abundant surroundings, to the modern coffee shops, Vienna has one of the best coffee houses in Europe. One of the reasons why I love living in Vienna– it’s filled with truly charming Viennese coffee houses but also there are a lot of beautiful Cafes in Paris style, which I love.  

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TRAVEL, VIENNA

10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN VIENNA IN FALL

November 9, 2019

While the wind gently pulls the leaves off the trees, golden and ruby red colored leaves carpeting the cobbled streets. You will be amazed by picturesque sunny parks, and the vineyards of Vienna’s surroundings. As one of the most beautiful cities in the World, Vienna becomes even more beautiful during fall.

Personally, I love Vienna in fall! A perfect time going outdoors and enjoying the crisp, fresh air of fall. You can experience the most picturesque surroundings of Vienna, or long walks through the vineyards. So, today I want to share with you, my favorite things to do in Vienna in fall.

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FLORENCE, HOTELS & RESTAURANTS, ITALY, TRAVEL

FOUR PERFECT DAYS IN FLORENCE

August 20, 2016

In Florence, everything is ancient and a piece of art. Today the city is going through a glamorous revival, with iconic art, edgy architecture and modern twists on regional food. Here is a summary of best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and many more…

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Planning to visit Tuscany and spend some days in beautiful Florence? You will definitely not regret it. As I’ve mentioned in the last article, this was my first time in Florence and it was better than expected.

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FLORENCE, HOTELS & RESTAURANTS, ITALY, TRAVEL

FIRENZE NUMBER NINE

August 15, 2016

Next to the Medici Chapel in the historic centre, Firenze Number Nine is a boutique wellness hotel that offers wonderful stay and a truly unique experience

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I seem to be traveling non stop at the moment. With a few last minute plans thrown, that means sometimes I spend a week or two at home between trips. I am enjoying every second of the whirlwind and I couldn’t wait to visit for the first time – Italy’s most enchanting city, Florence.

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CULTURE, FRANCE, PARIS, TRAVEL

MY PARIS CITY GUIDE

August 9, 2012
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*Disclaimer: This blog post is not connected with a recommendation to buy or sell any product, but guideline with personal favorite places.  

 
Musée du LouvrePhoto (c) DisiCouture
 
First, if you are interested to find a studio or an apartment to rent in Paris (Iles de France -75 Paris), this site is great and very practical: Homelidays
 
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View from Eiffel Tower. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Note: My most favorite places are tagged with stars ***
 
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68 Champs-Élysées & l’Esprit Boutique – Guerlain. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Vintage: Vintage store (dresses around 10 Euros)
32 rue des rosiers 75004 . subway station St. paul
 Le loir dans la théière ***: Café and restaurant with salads, quiche and pastries (for lunch and tea)
3 Rue des Rosiers 75004. Subway st paul
Mamz’Elle Swing ***: Vintage store (30’s, 40’s style)
35 bis rue du Roi de Sicile 75004. Subway Hotel de Ville or Saint Paul
Free’p’star: vintage store (dresses around 20 Euros)
8 rue sainte croix de la bretonnerie 75004. *Subway Saint Paul
61 rue de la verrerie 75004. Subway Hotel de Ville
Agora Presse: All magazines you need
19 rue des archives 75004. subway hotel de ville
 Princesse Tam Tam *** : A very cute french lingerie shop 19, rue Vieille du temple 75004
 
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Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Yukiko: Vintage store selling designers (Chanel, Lanvin etc.)
97, rue Vieille-du-Temple. M° Filles-du-Calvaire.
 Vanessa Bruno *** : Lovely french designer
100 rue vieille du Temple 75003
 APC: french label, selling great basics
112 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
Shine *** : Lovely store selling many labels such as See by Chloé, Luella, Marc by Marc Jacobs and many more.
15 Rue de Poitou 75003
 La belle époque: Vintage Store (1900 – 60′s)
10 rue de Poitou 75003.
open from Thuesday to Saturday (13:30- 18:30)
Isabel Marant: Great french designer. Love her design!
47 Rue de Saintonge 75003
Pretty box: Vintage store (50′s – 80′s)
46, Rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris
Esprit Vinyle: Vintage store, 57 rue Saintonge 75003 . M°Filles-du-Calvaire
 
 
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 The Pont Alexandre III. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
KiliwatchVintage and new clothes, books etc.
64  Rue Tiquetonne 75002
La droguerieEverything you need for your DIY, flowers (perfect for flower crowns), birds, ribbons, buttons, feathers …
9 Rue Jour 75001. Subway Etienne Marcel
Mokuba: All the ribbons in the world!
18 rue Montmartre  75001. Subway Etienne Marcel
Rue Montorgueil ***: If you are in the neighborhood, make sure to have a walk in this lovely street, full of bakeries, flower shops ans cafés.
Subway Etienne Marcel or Sentier.
Paul & Joe: Lovely french designer for both men ans women.
46 rue Etienne Marcel 75002. Subway Etienne Marc
Le fumoir: salads and meats.
6 Rue de l’Amiral Coligny 75001.
Iglaine: Vintage store
12 rue de la grande truanderie 75001. subway chatelet les halles
Kong: Nice restaurant located on the top of the Kenzo’s store. Great cuisine, and decoration created by Starck.
If you want to be sitted at the window, make sure to make a reservation before!
1, Rue du Pont Neuf 75001. Subway pont neuf.
 le pont des arts: One of the coolest gate in Paris.
I love to go there with my friends and have a nice picnic in the evening during spring and summer time.
Hotel Costes*** – for great cocktails
239 rue Saint honoré 75001
 
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Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Ile saint Louis: Cross the Pont Marie Gate, and you’ll arrive in the Ile saint Louis.
There’s some pretty streets there, and lovely antique stores.
 Berthillon ***: Delicious ice creams!
29-31 rue saint Louis en l’ile  75004. Subway Pont Marie.
Le marché aux fleurs: A beautiful market in an old style, for the pleasure of the eyes.
Place Louis Lépine 75004. Subway Cité.
 
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La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
 Shakespeare & co: Lots of English books, adore the lovely atmosphere there!
37, Rue Bûcherie 75005. Subway Saint Michel
 
Note that Saint Michel is really not the best place to go to the restaurant. I never had a good experience there, but still it’s worth to see!
 
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La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Le café de Flore: Famous and typical french café
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006. Subway saint Germain des près
Les deux Magots : Another famous parisian café.
6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 75006
Ladurée *** : Macarons, tea and pastries
21 rue Bonaparte  75006. Subway Saint Germain des près.
 
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Ladurée store on the Champs-Elysées. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Art Galleries: you can have a look in many art galleries all around The rue Bonaparte.
Taschen: great to find good books!
2, rue de Buci, 75006 Paris. Subway Odéon.
Pères et fillespretty restaurant located in a very nice street.
81, Rue Seine 75006 Paris. Subway Odéon.
 Le Coffee parisien ***: bagels and burgers (one of my favorite)
4, Rue Princesse 75006. Subway Saint Sulpice or Saint Germain des près.
 
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Opéra national de Paris. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
APC: french label, selling great basics
38, rue Madame 75006. Subway Saint Sulpice.
 Le jardin du Luxembourg: one of the best parks in Paris
 Le bon Marché: Perfumes, accessories, luxury and designers
24 rue de Sèvres 75007 Paris. Subway Sèvres Babylone.
 Mamie Gâteau *** :Very cute little restaurant, with delicious pastries ans french cakes.
66 rue du Cherche-Midi 75006, Subway Sèvres Babylone.
La grande épicerie de Paris *** : a supermarket with very fine food.
38 rue de Sèvres 75007.
mamie *** : Vintage store  (1900, 70′s)
73 rue de Rochechouart 75009. Subway: Anvers
mamie blues: Vintage store (20′s, 60′s)
69 rue de Rochechouart 75009. Subway: Anvers
 
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Moulin Rouge, 82 Boulevard de Clichy  75018. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
 Le Coquelicot des Abbesses: Good for breakfast or brunch.
24, Rue Abbesses 75018. Subway Abbesses

Hotel de Crillon*** – they have the best deserts on Earth. My personal favorite “Hot Chocolate with orange flavor” 10 Place de la Concorde  75008

Le Marché saint Pierre: In a retro decoration, you’ll find all kind of fabrics and buttons.

2, rue Charles Nodier 75018. Subway Anvers
La maison rose: Café and restaurant (best is sitting outside)
2 rue de l’abreuvoir 75018
 Les deux Moulins: The famous café at Amélie Poulain movie. The decoration has been been changed since than, but now it’s very modern, however the famous clock and a few furnitures from the movie are still there.
15, rue Lepic 75018. Subway Abbesses.
Floors bar & grill ***: burgers and bagels
100 rue Myrha 75008. Suway Château rouge or Barbès Rochechouart.
 Rose Bakery ***: fresh salads, tarts and cakes in a lovely restaurant.
46 rue des Martyrs 75009. Subway Saint Georges or Notre Dame de Lorette.
 Printemps: Perfumes, luxury, designers and decoration.
After shopping, I highly recommend to have a drink at the French brasserie under the sublime Haussmann dome.
64 boulevard Haussmann 75009. Subway Havre Caumartin.
 
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Galerie Lafayette. Photo (c) DisiCouture
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Galerie Lafayette. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Les Galleries Lafayette: Perfumes, luxury and designers.
40, boulevard Haussmann 75009. Subway Chaussée d’Antin
 Lafayette Gourmet: A supermarket with fine food.
40 blvd Haussmann 75009
 Tetrel Gaston *** : candies just like when we were kids.
44 rue des petits champs 75002.  subway Opéra
 Rue Sainte Anne: One of my favorite street for having wonderful Japanese food.
 Repetto ***: The famous flats, and everything for ballerinas in a lovely decoration!
22, Rue de la Paix 75002. Subway opéra
Place Vendôme: Jewelry Paradise from Cartier to Bulgari etc.
 Sephora: Huge store with perfumes and beauty products.
70-72 avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008. Subway Georges V.
 Ladurée: Macarons, tea and pastries.
75, avenue des Champs Elysées  75008. subway Georges V.
 Chloé: 54/56, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008. Subway Madeleine.
 Lanvin : 22 and 15, rue du Faubourg Saint-honore 75008. Subway Madeleine.
 Chanel: 21, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008. Subway Madeleine.
YSL: 38, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008. Subway Madeleine.
 Ladurée: Macarons, tea and pastries. 16, rue Royale  75008 Paris. Subway Madeleine.
 
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Hôtel Ritz Paris. (c) DisiCouture
 
Pierre Hermé: Macarons and pastries.
4, rue Cambon 75001. Subway Madeleine or Palais des Tuileries.
Colette *** : this concept store is selling all the fashion, high-tech, beauty, arts, music, books, gadgets or sneakers of the moment.
213,  rue Saint Honoré 75001. Subway Palais des Tuileries.
 
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 Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Le jardin des Tuileries: subway tuileries
Musée de la mode et du Textile (les arts décoratifs)***: there’s a really good library there. Lots of arts and fashion books. 107, rue de Rivoli 75001. Subway Louvre Rivoli.
 
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 Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Musée Yves Saint Laurent (fondation Pierre Bergé ): A must see if you’r a Yves Saint Laurent fan. You can see some of the famous clothes he made, drawings, videos.
5, avenue Marceau and 1, rue Léonce Reynaud 75116.
 Balenciaga: 10, avenue Georges V 75008. Subway Alma Marceau.
 Marius et Jeannette***: A restaurant with the most delicious fish dishes.
4, Avenue Georges V  75008. Subway Alma Marceau.
 Givenchy: 3, avenue Georges V 75008. Subway Alma Marceau.
 Dior: The outside, with this purple – lilac color is so lovely !
30 avenue Montaigne 75008. Subway Alma Marceau
Children books at The puces de Vanves.
Puces de Vanves ***: vintage Jewels, clothes, decoration, furnitures, books, vinyls.
Avenue Marc Sangnier or avenue George Lafenestre 75014. Open on Saturday an Sunday only, from 9 to 01 in the morning. Subway porte de Vanves.
 
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View from Eiffel Tower. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
 
Some more restaurants

 Le petit Villier (meat and salads): 75, Avenue de Villiers 75017 . Subway: Wagram
Crêperie de Josselin (but not crêperie josselin): 67, rue du montparnasse 75014. subway montparnasse.
 
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The Mirror Hall at Château de Versailles.  Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
Other sights
 
Cimetière du Père Lachaise *** : The famous cimeterre. Best on a sunny day in spring, or in the beginning of autumn when the leaves are red. Avoid on a rainy day, unless you want to be in a sad mood. Subway station Père lachaise.
Canal Saint Martin: Subway station République, Goncourt, Jaurès.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont: Subway station Buttes Chaumont
 Jardin des plantes: Subway station: Austerlitz, Censier Daubenton, Jussieu.
Le parc de la villette: Subway porte de Pantin.
Parc Monceau: Subway station monceau.
 
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Château de Versailles. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
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Château de Versailles. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
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Arc de Triomphe at Champs Elysees, Paris
 
 
 
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At the Pont Alexandre III. Photo (c) DisiCouture
 
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Musée du LouvrePhoto (c) DisiCouture
 
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Fool moon in Paris was so divine! (c) DisiCouture

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