paris is her playground


bonjour et bon samedi! it’s been a while since i’ve been able to sit down again and dig into the lives of last few of ladies from our summer trip. can’t believe how long it’s taking me to cover but each one has so much style, panache and lively, beautiful worlds that putting the posts together takes a lot of time and research.


today our featured lady is none other than the darling Mary Kay Bosshart. she lives in paris and it (as well as the rest of france) is officially her muse. you can check out her gorgeous photographs and catch her gallavanting through town here: she has a really interesting take on the city and shows us the side we rarely see…one that only someone living there has the ablilty to uncover since as we know, paris has so very many layers.


she lets us know about fabulously random events as well as the most important goings on around the city…like this one:

Two times a year (around May 10 and August 1), the setting sun aligns with the Champs Élysées. For a few breathtaking moments, the entire orb of the sun is visible under the Arc de Triomphe. 
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she’ll take you to the louvre, a castle, the musee d’orsay…all through the back door. mary kay is that kind of friend you’d have had in college. she makes you feel like you’re with a school chum with her easy laugh, joie de vive, and the way she sees the beauty in things both great and small.


she travels in and around the countryside and always takes us on the most marvelous photographic tours, introducing places that are off the beaten path yet not to be missed:

Château de Valenç

#chateau #LoireValley #history #France #ChateauValencay #Talleyrand


for example she says: The Château de Maintenon is one of Fodor’s “11 Must See Châteaux Outside of Paris”Via Fodor’s: Madame Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV, bought this already ancient château in 1675 with money given to her by the king. Louis oversaw its improvements, employing his staff from Versailles, including landscape architect André le Nôtre. Although Madame Maintenon loved the castle’s singular beautSee More

— at Château de Maintenon


tag along with her to the small towns in places you always wanted to go but never seem to get to: The lovely town of Bourges is located a mere two hours by train from Paris making it the ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Accompanying blog post:

#Bourges #France #LoireValley #travel #TravelTuesday#WeekendGetaway


and if you’re staying in the city, she will let you know where you can find incredible adventure that’s both off the beaten path and right under your nez:  You don’t have to go to Versailles to see over-the-top opulence. You’ll find lots of gold in Paris. Assemblée Nationale


as she puts it: I’m an American by birth, Swiss by marriage, resident of Paris with a Navigo Pass for the metro that I feel compelled to use. So I’ll be out and about exploring the city for the next couple of years. Switzerland, Germany, The Philippines, Indonesia, and Trinidad and Tobago are other countries that I’ve called home…


The rosy hue of sunset. Photo taken from Pont d’Iéna


let her be your guide…just tap into her feed and you have a friend on the inside! her taste and interests are wide and varied and cover everything from music to fashion to shopping, museums, villages, cultural affairs and of course, cuisine! these are a few of her recently featured events:


If you like fashion, don’t miss “The 50s” (“Les Années 50”) at Palais Galliera. The exhibition runs through November 2, 2014.


The annual procession attracts 25,000 people, both the faithful and the curious. The parade is lead by a group of pipers, drummers and frenzied dancers, who whirl and twirl to the music. Coconuts are broken along the route. The shell of the coconut symbolizes the illusion of the world, the flesh represents the Karma of an individual, and the coconut water is the human ego. By breaking the shell of a coconut, one offers their heart to Lord Ganesha.


If you’ve ever marveled at the transformation of the Musée d’Orsay, take a look atée-d-orsay-rénové/ARK7SK5T?projectId=art-project&hl=en-GB. “From station to the renovated Musée d’Orsay” is the story of the building via a virtual exhibition on Google Art Project.


One of my favorite secret courtyards in Paris. Do you know where it is? Clues: In the Middle Ages, the series of three courtyards was used as a passageway when King Philippe Auguste traversed the neighborhood.

she’s playful, sweet, smart and helpful. so get to know mary kay whether you’re in paris, going to paris or just love exploring what’s on the city’s agenda. she’s always out and about and is someone you’ll want to connect with. reach our and you’ll feel like you found a new old friend!

Mary Kay Bosshart

September 20, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis.


  1. Paul Militaru replied:

    Beautiful !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mary Kay replied:

    “Paris is my playground” — I love that idea! Thanks for your beautiful post, Claudia. Your words truly touched my heart. And, the amount of work that you put into your research is staggering. I’m so pleased that we had the opportunity to get to know each other during #EmbraceParis. Let me know the next time you’re in Paris so that we can go out to play together!


  3. Judi replied:

    We were in Paris in May/June and maybe I was just staring everywhere – as I love it there, but I did not see the ferris wheel anymore in Pl de la Concorde, like in the first pic here on Out & About site. Please tell me it got taken down or moved! Otherwise, I’m just going to have to go back and look more closely! Ha ha. I even have similar angle pics and no ferris wheel! hmm, who took it!? :-) Love those Chateau de Maintenon photos – putting that on my list ‘to do when in Paris’ next. I think that lost shot might be garden behind Musee Carnavalet? Out & About looks like they have fabulous tours!


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  7. Your Cottage White replied:

    Ok its time to go experience all of this again……


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  9. johnbwynkoop replied:

    These are the dreams fulfillment sightseeing about Paris and for think about Paris. Paris is the heaven of this earth……………


  10. Paris Decor replied:

    Paris is our playground too :) We at have been traveling to Paris several times and we just can’t get enough of that romantic city. We can’t speak French yet but we’re trying hard to learn the language. She’s so lucky to be able to live in Paris. It’s hard enough! :)



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