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City Snapshot: Eiffel Tower After the Storm

We’ve had a string of crazy thunderstorm here in Paris.  I’ve been loving them – the big claps of thunder take me right back to Texas! Much like in Texas, the sun and the rain always seem to play a cat and mouse game with each other, swapping places every ten minutes.  During one particularly grey afternoon, the sun peeked out for the briefest of moments, giving the Tower an eerie and ominous look.

Sun shining on the Eiffel Tower during a Paris thunderstorm

Paris Diner en Blanc

Every year in Paris, thousands of well connected people dressed head-to-toe in white descend upon one (or two) of Paris’ most famous landmarks for what has become the world’s largest flash mob.  “Diner en blanc” (translation: dinner in white) started 25 years ago in Paris when a group of friends decided to get together for an impromptu picnic.  The leader of the group suggested they all wear white in order to be able to find each other more easily.  Over the years, the diner en blanc became an annual tradition, with thousands of friends gathering together, dressed entirely in white, for a spontaneous night out.  Membership is available by invitation only, and has grown to over 15,000 people.  However, only a very small handful of “heads of tables” know the location in advance.  Members gather at various meeting points, oblivious to their final destination until they arrive.  There are no permits, no blockades, no security lines, and no prior planning.  The members simply show up, set up their tables as quickly as possible, and hope that the police leave them be (and so far, they always have!).  The strictest rule of diner en blanc is that all members pack up and leave at midnight, leaving no trash and no trace of their presence.  Previous locations have included Notre Dame, Champs-Elysees, Versailles, the Tuileries, Les Invalides, Place des Vosges, and Place de la Concorde.  This year featured two locations, one at the Louvre and one at Trocadero.

Diner en Blanc, also known as Diner in White, a top secret invitiation-only flash mob in Paris, France where 11,000 people dressed entirely in white clothes spontaneously set up tables and chairs in front of historic landmarks one night a year. The 2013 Diner en blanc, held on July 13, took place in the Louvre courtyard and by the Trocadero fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photographed by Paris wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for vacation planning blog L

This year I had the immense pleasure of being a part of the 2013 Paris Diner en Blanc, and it was a night to remember!  For those who have not had the chance to attend, I put together a video with clips from throughout the night to give you a taste of what this epic dinner party is like.

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Diner en Blanc, also known as Diner in White, a top secret invitiation-only flash mob in Paris, France where 11,000 people dressed entirely in white clothes spontaneously set up tables and chairs in front of historic landmarks one night a year. The 2013 Diner en blanc, held on July 13, took place in the Louvre courtyard and by the Trocadero fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photographed by Paris wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for vacation planning blog L

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Urška Majer - Wow! This looks incredible!

Ling Wang - This is one of the delightful events I’ve ever heard of, and your photos are incredible, and truly showed the beauty of the evening. Thank you so much for sharing.

Carina - Gorgeous photos and it’s wonderful that you were able to capture it! The Diner en Blanc is a truly amazing experience – though I do recommend people watch the upcoming documentary by Jenifer Ash Rudick about the story behind the dinner and the ordinary desire of Monsier Pasquier that has turned into an extraordinary event. There is much, much, MUCH prior planning (albeit secret) that goes into the dinner. It’s meticulous and members don’t simply show up. As is stated in the film, the success of the dinner is due to the foundation of trust.

Anastasia Sunshine - These pictures are breathtaking. I have got to attend this next year!

Estrella Blanco - Je suis Estrella Blanco et je suis españoles et j’aimerais participar au dîner en Blanc 2014. Comment je dois faire por y participar.

Je vous remercie.

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G - Enjoyed your article and your lovely photos. I have to disagree strongly with your statement that there is no planning for this event and that people just show up! We know the date approximately 2 months in advance. The evening of the event, we still don’t know the location but once that is disclosed to us, we are given a map of EXACTLY where we should place our table and who we will be sitting next to. There is nothing random about the seating. If someone shows up off the street, uninvited, they will pitch their table in an unplanned spot and the symmetry of the seating is thrown off. Not to mention that the invited guests recognize them as intruders. This past year there were so many roaming, party crashers who didn’t even bother to dress in white that it was actually annoying. Please don’t encourage people to “just show up” without being invited.

stacy - Hi G, thank you so much for clarifying those things! I attended the event at both locations and I didn’t see anyone that wasn’t wearing white, other than spectators and tourists. I was actually encouraged by many official members to just set up and join in. I know some people may want to keep it selective, but I think the majority of members are happy to have outsiders join in, as long as they follow the rules and don’t take anyone else’s place.

Erica Schmidt - LOVeD!!!
Let as now when next year i’ll.
I’m amazed! for London to Paris I’ll be there!
Mercy

cecilia suarez - C’ est tres tres jollie Soirééé , je l’ aime beoucoup ;;;;;

Kinfolk Dinner in Paris

If you haven’t yet heard of Kinfolk magazine, prepare for a treat – for the eyes and the mouth!  Kinfolk is a magazine dedicated to food and entertaining enthusiasts and has some of the most beautiful photography and mouth-watering food recommendations around.  Lately Kinfolk has become well-known for hosting dinners across the globe, and they’re finally coming to the City of Love!

kinfolk dinner butcher block party paris

The lovely Lauren of Paris lifestyle blog Folies du Bonheur is hosting a Kinfolk community event on Saturday, June 22 featuring wine, cheese, charcuterie, and a talk from talented chef Anna Lise Kvan on where to find with best meat and fish in the city.  As with any Kinfolk event, there is sure to be a collection of amazing artists, bloggers, writers, and other creatives networking and sharing their stories.  If you’re going to be in Paris on June 22, come by and partake in a unique French fête!

Tickets and other info available here.

Lauren Lou - Omgoodness Stacy, I just came across this post. You are too generous with this share, thank you so much! xx

Lise - Stacy, thank you so much for coming! It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and to share a moment of happiness together. Hope to see you very soon!

Ready to Say Goodbye to Winter

Beautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog L

It’s finally Summer here in Paris!  It seems we skipped over Spring entirely and went right from freezing snow to hot and humid, though no one is complaining.  I love the winter, particularly the snow, but I have to say that even I am ready to put the winter away for the year and embrace warmer weather.  I have to say though, winter does make for some beautiful photos!  Here are a handful of images I have taken from throughout l’hiver.  Beautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog LBeautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog LBeautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog LBeautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog LBeautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog LBeautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog L

Beautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog L

Beautiful photographs of Paris covered in snow in the winter, taken by France wedding and portrait photographer Stacy Reeves for travel planning blog L

Lauren Lou - Stacy, your photos are stunning! xx

Ron - Great photos!