Thursday, June 20, 2013

Paris, Toujours, Paris!

The marriage of my niece Alexa Carmona Corcellut to Jeremie Masseau in Rambouilet, France was a family milestone that we did not want to miss.  Many members and extended family members of the Carmona family considered it a reason to have a family bonding in Paris, in my eyes, the most beautiful city in the world.  The celebration of young love, aaahhhh, what a beautiful reason to be in this romantic City of Lights! 
Alexa was a radiant bride and my sister Loudette and fave French bro-in-law, Jean Pierre, were beaming parents of the bride.  To Alexa and Jeremie, we give you our love and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness, and togetherness. 

Jean Pierre Corcellut, Loudette Carmona 
Corcellut, Alexa & Jeremie Masseau. 
the officiating priests, and Regine Masseau
Marisa Chan is "Dalagang Pilipina" in a
Lulu Tan Gan jusi and pina ensemble
Aunties and uncles of the bride-
Mayenne Carmona, Marisa Carmona Chan,
Leana Farrales Carmona, Annie Carmona Kuhnke,
Thomas Kuhnke, Charlie Carmona. 
Gingle Angara, Annie Carmona Kuhnke,
Millie Williams, Marisa Carmona Chan,
Mayenne Carmona and 
Leana Farrales Carmona
The brides's cousins-Marco Carmona,
Stephan Carmona Chan and Evan Angara
Nobody goes to Paris without visiting the shops. Brother Charlie finally bought the boots of his dreams!

Are we shoe-shopaholics? Marisa, Loudette and I showed our true colors!

A brasserie in every corner is always a welcome sight for the hungry.

A drive to Lisieux for Marisa's yearly pilgrimage to Saint Therese, the Little Flower, was a must!
The body of Saint Therese lies
St. Therese's photo  says "I am your sister and your friend"
Pria Gonzalez in the garden in front  of the Cathedral at Lisieux
a weekend visit to the Villa Toscana in
Brussels, home of my friends,
Marie and Jean Pierre was a respite
from my hectic schedule in Paris.
An invitation by Yanou Collart, to the L'Art du Jardin" at the Grand Palais, (one of the city's great hallmarks and a place to hold important expositions)  in Paris was a great experience.  The exposition showcased all the suppliers of everything and anything that pertained to gardens, plants, outdoor furniture,  and replicas of some country houses. 

The renowned glass ceiling 
of the dome of the  Grand Palais
A Bling studded bicycle that is used
by a superstar in his country house
Yanou Collart and I tried one
of the outdoor chaises
The House of Dior in the country was quaint
Yanou Collart greets renowned French
Fashion Icon-Haute Couturier Hubert de Givenchy
and his friend Philippe Venet.
Monsieur Givenchy was Jacqueline Kenndy's favorite
French couturier and dressed up
Audrey Hepburn in all her movies.
Two Filipina ladies modeled for him
in the late 80s- Tetta San Augustin and Anna Bayle.
 "Flora Tournicota", rows of spinning spinning pinwheels 
and flowers laced with a musky and floral perfume, 
Aqua Universalis, by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian
One can go around in bikes in Paris and there are many stations where one can rent them.

One of my favorite churches
at the Place de la Madeleine.