You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*
Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?
Let’s be honest: Aren’t you dreaming about shooting the “one and only” travel picture ?! In Paris, you can combine a city tour with the option of learning more about photography (from a handsome French photographer!) thus benefitting threefold: 1) Checking out the camera in your hands (state-of-the-art technology at your fingertips!), 2) Discovering a district of Paris such as Montmartre, 3) Being creative and learning how to get your favourite travel shot.
My friend Laurie Buchet and I visibly enjoy our tour: Professional photo walks like these are fun and include a laugh or two by “our photographer” owing to the many many questions we ask! Check out the website of CreativeParis for more information about the subject: www.creativeparis.info
Bruno Gasperini jumps high with anticipation: A young, dynamic photographer specialised in architecture nevertheless loves to take people out for guided city tours featuring photography lessons. Here, we are learning what captures a “perfect moment”: Hitting the button in less than 1/250 of a second … I use an Olympus E-PL3 which I love for its handy size and little weight despite boasting great photography options!
Montmartre is, after all, a great spot for romance – and photography. “Love means chaos, so let’s love!” I like. 🙂
Meet Paris’ (secret) passages and know where to find “the best cheese cake in the world” (it’s true).
Cheese cake, tarte fondant … whatever you may call this delicious cake, here in Paris you will find every single option for food you can think of – including the price range that comes with it. My cheese cake, as delightful as it may be, amounts to €9,-! But it IS outrageously delicious, a melt-in-your-mouth kind of cheese cake found at Bread & Roses, only two streets away from the Place de la Concorde and the tourist traps of the Champs-Elysées. What do you think: Wanna jump in and have a bite … ?
Cheese cake at the Café Bread & Roses, Rive Droite in 25 Rue Boissy d’Anglas. Divine, folks 😉
Oh my, the aroma of French bakeries … We love them. Here at a place called “Bread & Roses”: How sweet the sound!
Original home-made French quiches are an equal delight, especially if you love goat cheese and spinach: My favourite for a typical wind-down Sunday brunch!
True wealth comes down to having wonderful friends. I count myself really lucky to rely on the many insider tipps my Frenchie friends show or tell me about the (less tourist) parts of Paris. For instance, did you know that the city of love is full of cute little passages, like this one next to the Métro station “Grands Boulevards”? It features international brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier right next to temporary art & jewellery exhibitions from South America, dusty book shops or simple glitz & glamour shops.
City passage in the heart of Paris. Just off the “beaten paths” (i.e. the grands boulevards), you move along with the pace of the “selected few”: Those who know (like us) and those who are in the know, such as the locals around here 😉 ) Very interesting and quite exclusive!
Sit down for a break: During winter, you only ever stop outside for a photograph – or you are lucky enough to find a free spot under one of those heat lamps that line the roadside cafés of Paris.
This sounds much more cosy, though: A warm welcome to “Le Stube” which is German and makes me smile 🙂
Art & Creative Stuff
Who would have thought? Sweet, tender flowers in December and a map that depicts Austria, my very own country of origin, at the “centre stage of this world“. Travel broadens the mind – and the city of Paris does so on all channels, including sensory marketing with sweet flowers right in the middle of winter month December. Wonderful!
I can’t believe this: Faint scents of spring are headed my way during a walk in Jardin des Plantes in the middle of December. This must be climate change. Or a special type of plant that just loves Paris … and passing visitors!
These flowers speak to me. Amazing! Spring, where are you?
And who says shopping can’t be creative? Right here, of all the places, right on famous shopping boulevard Rue de Rivoli, this huge globe depicts AUTRICHE (Austria) as aequatorial centre of a world made up largely by the continent Europe. Eurocentric or simply aesthetic? I guess the Austrians must have intervened somehow, maybe by sending the French some great wine, Mozartkugeln or both.
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Elena has recently published "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Chock full of inspiratinal stories, travel tips and advice, it offers everything you need for planning and managing your next creative escape, addressing beginners and experienced travelers alike. Here's how to get your hands on it