Last weekend you might have been a spectator of Paris Marathon if by any chance you occured to be in the French capital with about 57000 runners from all over the world going for 42 km! But if you’re not a professional athlete or a daily runner there is some other alternative for you too and this is one another thing why I love Paris so much!

It’s called Color’run and it’s being held since couple of years now (first Color’run took place in USA in 2012) in partnership with Sephora and sponsored with many other brands. The objectif is to run 5 km through color foam (made from the flour I guess) crossing each of these four “gateways” where you are litterary being showered with the colorful powder (1 color per passage as shown above).

Why? This is called the happiest 5km of the Planet because it is so much fun. Indeed, it was a healthy and funny athmosphere gathering happy and joyful people making a course and having fun while getting those bursts of color throws all over the body.

First we had to suscribe to be added on the list of participants. Once the confirmation received they kept us informed about the rules and giving us the approaching countdown. Each of us had a kit with T-shirt, glasses and some other accessories that we had to put on. The idea of a possible costume show-off made me go creative and customize my outfit. So I thought of a tutu skirt – a rose tutu skirt the idea of which seduced my team girls and we decided to wear it all and come closer to our team name “Vesna” (“spring” in Russian) though atfer watching the pictures I think we should have called ourselves “Swan Lake chics” 🙂

Music, dances, photographers, a lot of colors and a concert right in the middle of Trocadéro in front of the Eiffel Tower…all this and a lot of “happy faces” as I called it yesterday were available in Paris. Not mentioning THE amazing chance of running in the middle of parisian streets or even in the tunnel as if we owned the city. I think we did.

Many thanks to my friends for talking me into this and for the perfect company. See you here next year, ballerinas 🙂



The fashion week is over and the Women’s Day is also behind us. The rare spring sunshines are heating the city. Everyone is trying to benefit from every single hour in the sun either by walking around the streets of traditional neighbourhood of Marais, or reading a novel sitting on the benches in Jardin du Luxembourg, or strolling in Jardin de Tuilleries hand by hand with their beloved ones along with the serenade of excited doves. When the clouds disappear from the grey sky of Paris, everyone tries to absorb the vitamin D and appreciates highly the moment.

In my case that would be the Sunday shooting as a duty. With these spring hot and cold days I was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. I’m going to make three posts with the Eiffel Tower behind me and I want you to tell me which of these shootings you liked the most.

Well, the first outfit is my favorite one as it’s composed of my fetish color – the rose (if you remember I’m a big lover of different shades of the rose). I didn’t want it to look kitsch though, that’s why I put on my off-white coat with golden engraved buttons. I feel like a queen in this coat to be honest. My velour boots, gold chain strap purse and THE rose scarf added a very gentle and feminine touch to this early spring trendy outfit.

…to be continued. Next edition coming soon.




This is not a secret that Paris is one of the most visited cities in the word. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre Museum – this list is not exhaustive. The tourists are part of Paris and I guess today we can’t imagine Paris without its numerous international guests. But what if you have already visited the most famous spots and are looking for somewhere that you won’t run across the crowds of tourists and still enjoy the beautiful parisian dream? Well, Paris still can offer many unusual places where you can disconnect from the big city and enjoy your time.

We will start our Journey from Paris 11 (the 11 district of Paris). It spreads from the Place de la République, continues to Bastille and ends up at the Place de la Nation.


This is one of the symbolic places of Paris where manifestations and other types of public movement events are organized and held. At the center of the square there is a statue of Marianne who is the personification of the French Republic as it was erected in honor of the anniversary of the French Revolution. She is holding an olive branch in her right hand and a board engraved with the Human Rights. At the bottom of the statue you will always find flags, candles, pictures and other stuff that people leave here to commemorate something. This place can both be over crowded during such events and quiet and welcoming the other days. You can actually find during the lunchbreak or at the end of the working day a lot of people having their meal here, or groups of friends chatting and sitting on the steps. In other words, this is a rather popular and welcoming district. 

PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE, PARIS                                                                                                                                                                                         Statue of Marianne

You can actually find some interesting restaurants in this area. Before arriving to the square there is this family restaurant – El Rincon Espanol with plenty of spanish food, tapas, etc for spanish speciality lovers.


Those who will choose the French food are welcome to this unusual restaurant called “the Pharmacy”. Bon appetit!



Well this place is known for the Bastille prison which was destructed in 1789-1790 during the French Revolution. At the center of the place there is the July Column which commemorates the events of the July Revolution. The Place of Bastille or simply, Bastille is one of the busiest districts of Paris with La Roquette, Oberkampf and Rue de Lappe streets and their funky night clubs, bars and boutiques. One of the most famous feature of Bastille is the Opera Bastille.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      July Column                                     

OPERA BASTILLE                                                                                                                                                                                               Opéra Bastille

PLACE DE LA BASTILLE, PARIS                                                                                                                                                     Panoramic view of the Place de la Bastille


La Roquette is the busiest street of Bastille. It’s well known for its nightclubs and numerous cafés and bars where people just can hang on and have afterworks. If you walk down the street, you’ll run into the Rue de Lappe with its numerous bars, the Fontaine de la Roquette (historic fountain built in 1846), Bastille Theatre, etc. At the end of the street you will certainly come across a little park where you can have a rest, read your favourite book, or whaterver you please to do in the arms of nature.

BASTILLE                                                                                                                                                                                         Rue de la Roquette

FONTAINE DE LA ROQUETTE                                                                                                                                                                                 Fontaine de la Roquette

BASTILLE THEATRE                                                                                                                                                                                             Bastille Theatre

MAURICE GARDETTE PARK                                                                                                                                                                                  Maurice Gardette Park

MAURICE GARDETTE PARK                                                                                                                                                                                  Maurice Gardette Park

When you are at the street La Roquette there is a little passage called “Passage des Taillandiers”. This passage is very special to me as one of the most important dance studios of Paris is situated right here – Studio Harmonic. I’ve been going there already for 6 months and I’m pretty satisfied of the dancers high level. There are a lot of young famous dancers that I knew there such as Yanis Marshall, Inès Van Damme, Nathalie Lucas, etc. Once I even came across into the famous French news presenter, Claire Chazal who seemed to take classical dance courses there. This studio offers a huge list of different dance styles as classical dance, modern jazz, street jazz, salsa, oriental dance, hip hop, etc.

WITH YANIS MARSHALL                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Yanis Marshall


Rue de Lappe is the right street if you’re looking for original bars to have a drink with your friends and to find yourself in an authentic parisian underworld. Bar des Ferrailleurs, Habanero, La Chapelle des Lombards and a lot of others that you could try as there is a big choice!







Finally we approach to the hidden unusual spot of the Bastille district. The most fascinating thing about it is that you can literally walk along a place not knowing that behind the closed doors there is a spectacular and secret yard. One of these places is the Cité du Figuier – a hidden yard where actually there are people living. It is situated at 106, Oberkampf street in Paris 11. When you arrive there you might walk a little bit trying to find the entrance for couple of minutes (as I did) but no worries as you only have to open the big green entrance door to access this beautiful court. This place carried me away into a different epoch since I saw these really cute colorful houses full of mistery. Couple of blocks down you can find the Museum of Edith Piaf and different interesting restaurants and bars.

CITE DU FIGUIER                                                                                                                                                                                              Cité du Figuier

CITE DU FIGUIER, PARIS                                                                                                                                                                                              Cité du Figuier

CITE DU FIGUIER, PARIS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cité du Figuier

CITE DU FIGUIER, PARIS                                                                                                                                                                                               Cité du Figuier

MUSEUM OF EDITH PIAF, PARIS                                                                                                                                                                                   Museum of Edith Piaf


This visit to Paris 11 is not over as there are still a lot of other places of interest that I have to discover. I will keep you posted. You can still share your experience and add some ideas that I haven’t mentioned in this post. See you! Bisous