Monthly Archives: November 2012

Statue of football legend Zinedine Zidane in Paris

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Do you remember the legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane’s last ever match? It was the 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy. After full time the score was 1-1, so the game went into extra time.

The extra time also ran out, resulting in a penalty shoot-out, but before that something really odd happened. Suddenly, Zinedine Zidane, who had already announced that he would retire as a professional player after this match, violently head-butted Italian player Marco Materazzi in the chest, causing him to fall down. Of course, Zidane got the red card and was sent off the pitch, and Italy went on to win the penalty shoot-out and thus the World Cup.

I hadn’t thought about this for many years, until I suddenly saw the new statue outside the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. It’s really brand new, and as Hannes and I were walking by, a TV crew were there to document it. Zidane is perhaps more legendary than ever, six years after his career ended.

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Gothenburg over day

This next couple of days I’m spending in Gothenburg. I came for my mum’s birthday, but I’m also taking a day extra here for some errands and things like that. I even brought with me some Italian books hoping to get some studying done!

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Golden glamour and glitter

Christmas nail polish duo from H&M: Golden Glamour and Golden Glitter

Christmas nail polish duo from H&M: Golden Glamour and Golden Glitter

I got a new Christmas nail polish duo from H&M! To me, Christmas should go in white, gold and red, so this is just perfect.

Honestly, I can’t wait until December 1st to begin enjoying the festive season, so Hannes and I have started eating pepparkakor (Swedish gingerbread cookies) and drinking glögg (Swedish hot spicy mulled wine) already. This year, however, I’m limited to the alcohol-free options of glögg! It feels just like when I was underaged, which is still very fresh in my memory.

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DIY chain collar necklace tied with a bright neon cord

DIY chain collar necklace with a bright neon cord

DIY chain collar necklace tied with a bright neon cord

Here’s my latest DIY project. I started it last night, and it’s supposed to become a chain collar necklace tied with a neon cord. I’m using the same kind of nylon cord as in this necklace because it’s the only one I have at home.

In the end, it should look something like this:

PS. Tonight Hannes and I are finally going to see the new Bond movie, Skyfall. I think Daniel Craig is a great actor and he makes a good James Bond, so I’m really looking forward to it!

 

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Tips for a Paris visitor: Short guide to the masterpieces of Louvre

Tips for a Paris visitor: Short guide to the masterpieces of Louvre

Tips for a Paris visitor: Short guide to the masterpieces of Louvre

Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. It’s situated in the Louvre Palace, which is absolutely huge, and looking at every piece of art in its collection would probably take days and days.
So before going to Paris I carefully planned our visit to Louvre. We ended up spending about three or four hours there and while it sounds like quite a lot of time, that’s what it takes to see the most important parts of the museum!

Here are some tips and a short guide to the masterpieces you absolutely can’t miss when in Louvre.

The entrance of Louvre under the glass pyramid

To enter the museum you have to go through the famous Louvre Pyramid. This enormous pyramid of glass has become one of the symbols of Paris, along with the Eiffel Tower and the Triumphal Arch!

One of the courtyards of Louvre

My advice is to go on a Friday after 18.00, because that’s when there are fewest visitors, so you don’t have to wait in lines and you can actually see the art. Also, this is the time when everyone under 26 gets a free entrance to the museum (which saves you 11 euros, if you are).
There is also free entrance for everyone on the first Sunday of each month, but I strongly recommend you to stay out of there on that day, because that’s when the crowds are at their peaks.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Of course, you want to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa! Soon you will notice that she’s everyone’s goal. However, you simply can’t miss this legendary painting, because there are signs pointing towards it everywhere!

Here she is in the photo below (and yes, she’s all that):

If you're lucky, this is what it will look like when you get there. However, there are times when the room is full of people!

Another must-see in Louvre is, of course, The Dying Slave by Michelangelo. The Rebellious Slave is right there beside him, too. A lot of things can be written about these masterpieces, but I’ll just say once again that Michelangelo is my all-time favorite artist. I could (and have!) spend hours admiring his works.

The Dying Slave by Michelangelo

The Dying Slave by Michelangelo, Louvre Museum

Another remarkable Italian statue is Psyche and Cupid or Psyche revived by Cupid’s kiss by Antonio Canova:

Psyche and Cupid or Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss by Antonio Canova:

Psyche and Cupid or Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss by Antonio Canova, Louvre Museum

This is probably the most famous work of art depicting the heartbreaking love story between the mortal beauty Psyche and the divine Cupid, Venus’ son. (Although, they do end up having a daughter.)

Among the ancient Greek statues you will find the celebrated Venus de Milo, famous for her mysteriously missing arms:

Venus de Milo, Louvre

It was actually much larger than I imagined, and really well-preserved, too!

 

Another piece of art I was looking forward to seeing was The Lacemaker by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (you know him for his Girl With a Pearl Earring). This one:

The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer, Louvre

However, we wandered around in the Dutch rooms for quite a while, before Hannes finally saw it! It turns out that The Lacemaker is a really tiny painting, not larger than a postcard!
For some reason they put it in a corner, too:

While wandering around we saw quite a big collection of works by the Flemish painter Van Dyck and a wall of portraits by Rembrandt:

Now, these were my highlights from the museum of Louvre. If you’ve been there, I’m sure you have your own ones. And if you’re only planning your first visit, I hope you’ll find my little guide helpful!

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Thank you! (pregnancy update)

THANK YOU everyone for all your amazing comments and emails, I was completely overwhelmed and tearful while reading your kind words and wishes!
I’ve been wanting to go out with these news earlier, but something kept me from doing it. So I decided not to force it and wait until I’m ready.

I’m having a wonderful experience right now, which is incomparable to anything I’d ever felt before. Carrying another life inside feels like a miracle, and there’s no way I can avoid using this cliché because it really is true.
So far I’ve been having a pregnancy with no complications whatsoever and, luckily, I’ve been feeling really well, too. Basically, the same Antonia, but some kilos heavier. As you know, I’ve been able to travel and attend concerts and parties as much as I like to.

Many of you were concerned that I would stop blogging now that these big changes are ahead. However, I have no plans to stop updating Swedish Love Affair. On the contrary, I feel like I have a lot more to blog about now, apart from the usual things!

Thank you again for your support!
Talk to you soon,
Antonia

PS. A lot more photos coming up!

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Bébé means baby in French

Here are some great news I’ve been longing to share with you for a while!

xoxo

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