Corner of Rue de Flandre and Rue Léon Lepage
Up early to catch some of the rugby semi final but ended up listening to most of it on the radio on the way to Paris (a tight, tense game + negotiating Paris traffic = not a very good combo). I headed to Noemi & Eliot's for a brief hello as they had stuff on in the pm and then off to lunch at Alex & Vanessa's, with Lisa. Spent the remainder of the afternoon in Parc Monceau with them, little Liorah and Mirna who joined us. Paris is still beautiful. Drove home in the dark; tired and solo, not much fun.
Beautiful day in the Yvelines, perfect for Jen & Mark's wedding which I was shooting. The ceremony was held in the Mairie of St Nom la Bretêche which is just opposite my 'maternelle' (what is that in english - my nursery/kindergarten school?). Bit of a trip down memory lane... it made me want to come back when I have a bit of time and shoot all the places which conjur up pleasant memories. Really nice wedding, I was sad that I didn't have the energy to join the dancing and instead grabbed a lift back to Créspières and a bed. Getting old...
Henri is back from Bali and followed me on my todos, so we stopped by Place Jourdan for a pitta at Papay. Drove to Paris with Nora in the evening, arriving at Laure's place in Créspières (78 - the Yvelines, west of Paris) around 11h30. I grew up in the area so looking forward to tomorrow's daylight so I can survey the surroundings.
I wrote this woman's name down so illegibly that I'm afraid I can't tell you - What I do know is that she buys pretty much everything she wears in China and that she runs the Lune de Miel, one of the most popular Thai restaurants on the strip leading to st Gery, otherwise known as Rue Jules Van Praet. I met her in the Marolles area where she was scouring the second hand shops for stylish coffee spoons.
Second part of Marie Claire 'shopping à BXL' shoot... so lots of shops, pavement pounding and welcome discoveries which I'll most probably mention in the coming days, weeks, months. The idea of the 'shoppings' is also to catch some of the city goings on/vibe so here's one of those shots.
I proudly fulfilled my civic duty today and voted for the French socialist party primaries... it's been ages since my admin has been in order enough for me to be registered to vote anywhere, so it felt quite satisfying. I was so excited I forgot to snap a photo, and then failed again to shoot anything at Nora's brunch. Instead waited till dark... I posted something about these shapes a while ago, but rather than disappearing, a load more models have been added to the window display, it looks pretty funky.
Rain, rain, lots and lots of rain ... a small confession to make: I actually enjoy a proper rainy day on occasion. I don't suppose you should live in Brussels if you don't. Woke up early and transported myself + sleeved blanket onto the sofa to watch France beat England in rugby, a good start to the day. Caught up on a bunch of editing, bought some food, cancelled all plans, had some cancelled on me and planned myself a movie night (between films now!). No photos today but a tip for the next rainy day - Chez Franz on rue Frank Merjay, the sort of place that makes you want to sit down, order a glass of wine and lose a few hours. Also very nice for brunch on sunny days mind you, since it has a huge terrace. It opened quite recently in place of the Mont Chauve which had a grumpy owner, but good beers and a tasty brunch - and was one of my first hangouts in Brussels - RIP
Traipsing the streets today, shooting for a special 'shopping in Brussels' edition of Marie Claire. Since I don't shop much, I was on pretty unfamiliar territory within my own city and swallowed up loads of fashion related info (you never know when that might come in handy). I did a similar shoot in Antwerp a couple of months ago and, though Antwerp is quainter and generally accepted as more 'fashion-forward', the shop owners and salespeople were (as a general rule) much, much friendlier in Brussels - 10 points (I've probably opened a big can of worms now...). Here's one of them - Sophie, owner of Cachemire Coton & Soie.
This is not a hugely original subject or a very good 'spot', these typical flemish style buildings below the Mont des Arts are virtually impossible to miss! I'm fond of them though, so there you go.
Ciné-ONU organised a special commemorative viewing of 'Taking Root - The Vision of Wangari Maathai' at the Goethe Institute this evening. If you get a chance, you MUST watch it - it is a heartwarming, moving story and Prof Maathai is wonderful to watch; eloquent, thoughtful, funny, insightful. The shot is La Papaye Verte on rue Dansaert, one of my favorite Thai places in Brussels if not the comfiest.
Brussels Style 1953 - José Bové is born
The Musée des Instruments de Musique is not only one of the most famous Art Nouveau buildings in the city but also has a restaurant on the top floor with one of the best views of Brussels. The museum is closed on Mondays but a client needed a shot of the view so I had exclusive access which was nice. I took my view shots (I'll save them for a quiet day) and then had a bit of fun shooting the little people below. Making the most of what is predicted to be the last day of this heatwave, I then hit the Fontainas terrace for a couple of hours/drinks with Tom. I'll still cry if it rains tomorrow.
Brussels marathon & half-marathon today (tend to think that planning this the day after a Nuit Blanche is a bit odd...). I intended to be at the finish line to shoot some happy/tired/sweaty people, including Sophie, but I failed to make it up & out in time. Instead Sophie dragged her aching bones (my interpretation of how it must feel, she seemed totally non plussed) over to mine so I could grab a quick shot of her + medal. In other vitally important news, Arsenal lost to Tottenham, a sad day.