Christian Dior Exhibition, Paris

I’d known about this exhibition since I came to Paris for vacation back in July but just never had the chance to do it until four months later! Crazy to think that so much has occurred in this short space of time…I moved to a new country, found myself a new job, a new apartment and cut ties with people who were just bringing in negative energy. Then I went to the Christian Dior exhibition, ha!

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It was a Wednesday afternoon, roughly an hour before closing so there was no line. The staff recommend a minimum of two hours to fully enjoy the exhibition but I’d say an hour is sufficient; 1.5-2 hours if you really want to linger on the details with a friend. I paid only 8 euros for my ticket as I am under 26. Full price is 11 euros but you save 90 cents if you purchase online. If you are lazy, like I am, I wouldn’t bother. However, they sometimes do let people with tickets in first.

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All I can say is that it is pure magic. From the first step you take into this exhibition, you are swept away into this world of dreams. You are under the spell of Dior and it reminded me why I wanted to work in the luxury industry. The core of it all was never the status; it was always about the passion that they put into their art and the freedom of self-expression. The byproduct of an educated society who are climbing to the top of Maslow’s pyramid towards self-actualization.

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The flow of the exhibition itself was smooth and logical. We started at the beginning, as we always do, with the man himself. Christian Dior’s life story, the difficulties he had suffered, how he got into fashion illustration, how the maison came to be, the success he experienced, his sudden death and his successors who followed. As I have always been fascinated with the occult and the supernatural (because I never believed that there was nothing more than what meets the eye), one thing really stood out to me and that was a prediction a palm reader had made for Christian Dior.

“You will be penniless, but women will be good to you, and it is thanks to them that you will succeed.”

Women still are good to Christian Dior today, purchasing iconic Lady Dior handbags and Miss Dior perfumes.

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Personally, Dior will always be a part of that ’50s glamour when women were sexy without trying too hard or showing too much. What also makes Dior so distinguishable, for me, is that waistline. Whether it be a dress, a suit or even a coat, Dior always found a way to accentuate the curves and show off the feminine figure.

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For anyone who wants to go to the exhibition, do not consider the photos to be spoilers. It is worth the visit!

 

Restaurant 14 Juillet

A Cosy Traditional Bistro de Quartier


I have been told by local Parisians that if you want authentic, traditional French food, this is the place to be! It might not look like much from the outside and yes, I admit, there is much left to be desired in terms of décor but it emanates a warm vibe and they serve food you will never forget!

The first thing I noticed was how welcoming the staff was, making little jokes here and there to instantly put one at ease. One of the waiters spoke excellent English which is definitely a plus for the tourists out there.

The whole meal cost 86 euros for two. We had a starter and a main dish each while we shared the dessert and the bottle of wine. The portions were absolutely generous and the wine was delicious; a good Bordeaux never fails to delight!

Address: 99, rue Didot, Paris, FRANCE

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10
Environment: 7/10
Pricing: 9/10

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OVERALL: 9/10

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DETAILS

Wine: Chateau de Carpia 2010 (25 euros)

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Starter 1: Salade d’avocat avec les crevettes roses et le pamplemousse
Absolutely loved this light, delicious salad with a Dijon mustard dressing. Dijon mustard is an absolute favourite of mine, perfect for making a honey mustard sauce if you’re cooking salmon.

IMG_8060Starter 2: Carpaccio de St. Jacques
This lovely dish is composed of a thin layer of raw scallops with a fresh dressing of lemon. It’s a special at 14 Juillet so if you’re a lover of raw seafood, don’t miss it! I personally am not a huge fan of raw scallops.

IMG_8063Main dish 1: Carpaccio de boeuf
Nothing more to say about this classic carpaccio dish complete with olive oil, parmesan cheese and rucola! It also came with a side dish of lightly salted chips. Carpaccio is perfect for a light summer dinner.

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Main dish 2: Coeur de rumsteak au St. Marcellin, gratin Dauphinois

The least visually stimulating dish but it is DIVINE and racked with calories! This dish is the absolute opposite of main dish 1. The beef was cooked perfectly pink and rosy on the inside but drowned in an odorous French cheese (called St. Marcellin) that was melted over the top. Extra carbs for this dish come in the form of gratin dauphinois; potatoes sliced and stacked between layers of fresh cream. If you are EXTREMELY hungry, you can go for this dish and skip the starter.

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Dessert: Profiterolles
Again, a generous portion! Which I’m not complaining about because with my salad and carpaccio de boeuf, I still had some space left for a little vanilla ice cream sandwiched between choux pastry dripping in one full ladle and a half of chocolate…

PS: A little extra recommendation for those of you who might be visiting 14 Juillet in a group of three or more people: TRY THE EPAULE D’AGNEAU CONFITE for me. It’s a 1 kg – 1.2 kg of lamb and was most definitely too excessive for two diners but I’ve heard it will give you one of the biggest food orgasms you’ve ever had and it’s a 14 Juillet special nonetheless!