Behind the Red Umbrella in Paris…

Bonjour! I am one of the people behind this this red umbrella in Paris. When this striking, super cool photo arrived from Paris photographer Juliane Berry, I was delighted. What more could I ask for, as a keepsake from my honeymoon in Paris?

Here it is:

(I then saw it on Instagram, Pinterest and even saw it painted by a few people (one guy sent me one of the paintings), a tattoo on someone’s arm and it was used on the front of a magazine Le Style, and a book too! Quite an incredible feeling to see my umbrella in so many places!).

Ingredients for this photo? One wet September morning (6am to be exact) in Paris, with an umbrella due to the rain, impractical Louboutin heels that I have not worn since, trench coat…(oh yes, and one husband. It was our honeymoon). Long story short, he did not like having photos taken, so the deal was, we pay a professional photographer for the morning who would know all of the best locations AND take the photos! It really was the best idea. (Side note: we are now divorced as we just wanted different things in life).

Finding the right photographer?

I googled “Paris honeymoon photographer” and chose the pictures I liked the most (soft pastels, natural, warm, and breathtaking), and then emailed the photographer (Juliane Berry) directly.

At this stage, Paris was still a distant dream, and the concept of actually being IN those beautiful scenes was still not something I believed could really happen – but Juliane wrote back, and voilà ! Here we are!

Here are some more photos from that shoot:

Juliane’s talents, enthusiasm, open mindedness (she navigated around puddles at the Trocadéro to get the right angle – true commitment ! ), the rain, the red umbrella and of course the Eiffel Tower, all came together very nicely. We also walked around Notre Dame, the Quays by the river Seine, Île de la Cité,  Île Saint-Louis, and little cobblestone streets with colourful buildings that we would never have found on our own. I have to say, it was the nicest part of our trip.

Now, fast forward 6 years later? I am actually living in Paris. If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be living in Paris, I simply wouldn’t have believed you!

Here I am looking delighted – photo by Juliane Berry in 2016.

To celebrate my new fresh start at life, I met Juliane again in March 2016 at 6am at Carrousel du Louvre – the big archway from the movie Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn.

I will always remember the thrill of running through central Paris just before 6am to meet Juliane, feeling like a princess in my black dress with hair and makeup done thanks to Onorina Beauty, and then seeing Juliane holding 10 red helium balloons beside the Carrousel!

Here is one from my iPhone:

Here are some photos from that location:

The shoot was Audrey Hepburn inspired, but of course they are very big shoes to fill and I cannot even attempt to start doing that! But thank you for the experience!

We also went to Tiffany’s, complete with a hot chocolate from Angelina’s (Juliane’s idea) and a croissant.

Here is a photo:

Then we went across the bridge at Bir Hakeim and I sat in a few places with the stunning view through Parisian streets, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, and a new red umbrella AND balloons:

Such a fun day. I was on a high for weeks! At the time I was living in Turin doing my Masters so it was a fun weekend to Paris from Milan which was quite easy to fly over.

(Pretending to smoke – don’t even know how to smoke!). All in character, of course! Such fun!

The next fun chapter came about in 2017 I was in the South of France working there remotely, and the idea of doing another photoshoot in Paris with Juliane. This time Amelie inspired! Again, huge shoes to fill, but the inspiration was the streets of Montmartre and the quirky character and her adventures around Paris.

Voilà !

Walking in Montmartre:

We went to the Wall of Love, Cafe, Abbesses Metro stop, fairy tale houses on the streets of Montmartre..

Such a dream! I feel VERY lucky.

Now I’ve finally moved to Paris after unexpectedly meeting a fabulous guy here in Paris when I came for the Amelie inspired shoot last year!! Nearly 6 years after my first visit in 2012…I am now living a very different life, in this beautiful city, and was fortunate enough to be here for some pretty impressive snowfall when I first arrived. It was absolutely magical!

Here is a photo from last week at Champ du Mars:

I had the honour of being the person to appear in Juliane’s photos of the snow in Paris! More photos to come❤️❄️


Good morning from London!

I love the quick service between Paris and London. Just a two hour journey from city center to city center. I can’t rate it highly enough!

I’m going back to Paris this afternoon, and arrived on Wednesday. Just a quick visit for some dinners with friends!

Paris again 

I’ve been in Paris now for nearly a whole month, and have mostly been working and doing regular every day things, but today I have a day off of personal admin and work, and chores, and am enjoying a walk along the river to wherever I end up.

Usually my day begins at around 6:15am and I work until 1:30pm, then have a nap and go out and buy a baguette and crepes for breakfast, practice my french, and then go to bed!

Here are some snaps from the last month:

Rooftop + bar + castle – Belgrade has it all

Here I am looking pleased, on a rooftop which is inside the Belgrade Fortress in the Stari Grad – old city – where I am staying. The fortress is on the confluence of the River Sava, and the Danube river, in a lovely park called Kalemegdan which I like to run in!

For centuries, the whole population of the city was within the walls of this fortress, the first mention of the city was in the 3rd century BC by the Celtic tribe of Scordisci (thanks Wikipedia). Phew – so much history and fighting on this spot. However now it is a very pleasant place for sitting around with a vodka soda on the roof, bopping to house music, watching the sun set into the rivers.

Before the fortress, my friend took me to a bar on the river front which was also stunning. Belgrade has countless bars and cafes, and restaurants and clubs, and excellent prices. Yesterday when work finished, I walked to a spa near my apartment and had a massage and facial for 2 hours, and then lunch with my friend at our favorite terrace restaurant.


Merci! Molim! 

This morning I was saying Merci beaucoup, and tonight I’m having to remember my (limited) Serbian in Belgrade.

I got the direct flight from Paris to Belgrade (2 hours), but it was at 9:55am which involved an overly enthusiastic driver calling me at 5:33am to say he was 15 minutes early, which is significant when you allow 20 minutes for waking up, eating porridge and getting dressed!! Porridge ended up in the bin, but I got to the airport in the end ! 

My friends were waiting for me ! Milica and Aleksandra!

Paris – I love her more every time ❤️

I’m working from here for a while, in a new area to me: Batingnolles. I’m very impressed! My apartment is in an old Parisian building and is all white, light and airy. I work from the comfort of my bed in the early mornings, watching the sun rise over the rooftops of neighboring buildings. 

Today after work, I will walk to Montmartre to exercise by running up and down the hills there. 

Yesterday I attended a party at Pont Neuf, on a stationary boat which was stunning. The day before, I wandered around Jardin Tulleries and Palais Royale, and am greatly enjoying being able to soak up Paris in a relaxed fashion! I decided to come back and spend 5 weeks here, and take ballet classes, and acoustic guitar lessons too. 


Le Panier – the treasure of Marseille! 

After work on my last Friday in Marseille, I scurried down to Vieux Port for my Manicure – which in France – is done very well.

Then, I wandered to the old town of Marseille called “Le Panier” which means “the basket”, because during Greek and then Roman rule, it was a marketplace.

Pastel coloured buildings, narrow streets, and no cars made it a pleasant place to wander. There are murals, working workshops, little boutiques and restaurants, and in the side streets, people hanging their washing to dry, on lines under their windows decorated with potted geraniums! It’s really as pretty as a picture.