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Pâtisserie Ciel

Pâtisserie Ciel by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Pâtisserie Ciel by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Ever since the very sweet Cindy brought me a colourful and quite interesting looking cake (don’t you think it kind of resembles some sort of shower loofah/sponge thing?) for my birthday this winter I’ve had these little pastries from Pâtisserie Ciel on my mind. A while ago I decided to pay them a visit and have a little Japanese tea and cake session together with Christine. It’s always nice to find an excuse to indulge when you really shouldn’t, and catching up with lovely friends is just the perfect one. These treats came in a variety of different flavours like matcha, cherry blossom, vanilla, chocolate and yuzu (just to name a few) and I can warmly recommend the red fruits one that I had. Delicious! The only problem? I could probably eat a hundred of them since they don’t feel too heavy – I mean, they’re called angel cakes after all. …And since they’re made without butter I will keep telling myself that they’re not too bad for you either (don’t burst this little bubble of ignorance please).

If you want to find out more about Ciel you can click right here to read the piece I did for Condé Nast Traveler.

In the Kitchen

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Shangri-La's pastry kitchen by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

A couple of weeks ago, when the lovely Norma was in town, I was invited to the Shangri-La pastry kitchen (that just happens to have a view of the Eiffel Tower by the way, how cool isn’t that?) to shoot a little cooking lesson together with their very talented pastry chef François Perret. I always say that if I had a few more lives to live, I would be a chef in one of them. Or a pastry chef… I haven’t really decided yet. Anyways, then you can imagine how excited I was for this day to arrive. Not only did this little experience offer a very delicious tasting session, we also got to learn how to make the tasty little treats ourselves. But my favourite part about this day was to see how a pastry kitchen at one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris really functions on a daily basis. If they would have left me in the kitchen I’m pretty sure I could have kept watching everyone cook for hours and hours. Thank you chef François Perret, Norma and the beautiful Shangri-La hotel for this super fun experience that I won’t forget anytime soon.

These Doors

Blue Door

When I first arrived in Paris, which seems like ages ago now – even though it’s really not – I couldn’t help but be in awe of all the doors. Different colours, shapes, so much history, a bunch of different designs, patterns and details caught my attention every single second and I could rarely make it down a street without stopping for photos. Today I stop less often, which is a shame (although perhaps a good thing for my friends since I’m not running late all the time due to gawking at random doors) since they really are incredibly beautiful. Even though I’m getting used to calling Paris my home, I hope I never ever get used to all this beauty around me. Too cheesy? I know. But also absolutely true.

Weekend Mornings

Breakfast in bed by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Give me a couple of peonies and a croissant or two and I’ll be a very happy girl and have absolutely no problems at all getting out of bed. Now I’m off to brunch with a lovely group of people. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends and this first day of June!

On Instagram

On instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

It’s been raining quite a lot here lately and that’s why you can’t spot too many sunny photos among these Instagram photos but it’s been a great last couple of days anyway thanks to the very exciting print shop news, along with other things of course. Check out my Instagram for more photos and daily updates from Paris.

Café Louis-Philippe

Café Louis-Philippe by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Café Louis-Philippe by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Café Louis-Philippe by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Café Louis-Philippe by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I’m sure I’ve photographed this little café about a million times before but it seems impossible to pass this place without picking up the camera – the same went for yesterday when I was walking from a morning meeting at La Caféothèque close by. A super cute little spot in the middle of the city.

Parisian Pause

Parisian breakfast by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Running around doing errands, working on new projects, meeting friends, arranging photo shoots and doing everything there in between is keeping me quite busy at the moment, which unfortunately means less time with my camera to simply take photos for my own pleasure – something I plan on changing very soon. In busy times, no matter how much fun I’m having, it’s important to slow down and take a deep breath. I prefer doing this together with friends and several cups of tea and croissants.

Weekend Reading

Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

•   Alice Gao captured the beautiful roses in Jardin du Palais Royal better than anyone I’ve ever seen while she was here in Paris.
•   Ice cream and pretty flower – sounds like a pretty good combination, right? Linda Lomelino makes it hard to resist my sugar cravings…
•   I’m so lucky to have so many talented friends who I’m constantly inspired by, and one of them (who I’m sure I’ve mentioned around here a couple of times before) is Katie Mitchell. She’s an amazing portrait and wedding photographer based here in Paris but I simply adored seeing her adventures in Nepal a couple of years ago through photos in a recent blogpost. Another destination going on my bucket list!
•   … And don’t forget to check out my collaboration with SS Print Shop. You can read a little interview with me on Stephanie‘s blog about our launch, why I moved to Paris and what a typical day in my life looks like.