Marie Bouttecon
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The girl on fire 360°

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Wish you were here

When I travel, I look for two things; first, I observe beautiful and authentic places and I get drunk on colors, patterns, textures and symbols. Secondly, I speak with locals, I love listening to their stories, points of view and their secrets! I speak to people everywhere, from luxury settings to markets and souks, street sides, coffee shops and even taxis. I like to explore to the fullest and capture the atmosphere by taking pictures with people I meet. You'll always find me travelling with my Caran d’Ache pencils and my Moleskine sketchpad.

I'm really pleased to share my latest journeys here

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Mamamia Miami

May 2018. Exclusive tour around Miami & Florida until Key West!

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México!

May 2018. Across Yucatan, Campeche & Quintana Roo lands. I spent time discovering the amazing culture of the country and stayed in stunning refined haciendas. 

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Alhambra vida mia

April 2018. From Cordoba to Granada, from Seville to Carmona, my roadtrip in Andalusia was absolutely amazing. Such a unique experience: The prettiness of these places, the artistic beauty of the surroundings and the mild climate & unspoilted nature; This trip was an essential phase in my creative approach. I derived enormous aesthetic appreciation from the wilderness of those places and was inspired by the organised gardens, the materials, their strutures, engravings and patterns. Hope these pictures allow you to seefor yourselves the beauty of the surroundings

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Mystic Jordan

Janvier 2018. Jordan is a land of one-of-a-kind experiences; it's where people find adventure and explore faith, dive into rich history and culture, tour and admire wildlife and nature, immerse themselves into delectable cuisines, and achieve peace and wellness. The hospitality of the Jordanian people does not compare to anywhere you've been before. There are numerous natural and man-made wonders that Jordan also has to offer. I enjoyed so much my journey and it would be a pleasure to share my experiences and good addresses with you my kind friends.

The Dead sea: is the lowest point on Earth at 420m below sea level, is a place to rejuvenate and restore my mind, body and soul. The curative properties of the Dead Sea have been recognized since the days of Herod the Great and Queen Cleopatra. Float in the buoyant warm super-salty water, treated myself to a soothing massage, and tried the renowned healing powers of the minerals right from the sea’s muddy floor.

Petra Treasures: Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Greco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th century. UNESCO sites. I complained about horse and donkey mistreatments, don't hesitate to do the same, animals are sensitive and full of saoul.

Jerash temples: Here you can walk around this Greco-Roman city which is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the world. There are so many secrets to find in Jerash!

Wadi Rum: some mint tea, a sunset in the desert, the sweet life with my bedouin friends, nights in the camp with a bonfire, camel & horse ride, red sand, sun... happiness

Aqaba & the Red sea: at the boarder with the Saudi Arabia and Israel - Surrounding by pink mountains, a blue warm water and the sweetest life!

Amman: Between traditions and youthful energy and dreams. you must test good cuisine there!

I visited the north Umm Qais, Irbid, Madaba, Dana and more and more and more... I organised the trip by myself, if you want to visit the country and if you need my good addresses (hotel, restaurant, places...), don't hesitate to contact me via my website, it would be an honor to share my full experience with you!

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Let's continue the journey

...Together...

FASHION IN PARIS

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December 2017: Amazing to witness all of this creativity: the splendid Christian Dior exhibition, the creative studio of Yves St Laurent & my couture D&G story as ambassador of a brand that inspires me so much, I was definitely impressed of my last trip in Paris. There is never a dull moment in that city! I find that I extract a lot of inspiration from my visits, which in turn inspires three of my biggest passions: art, fashion and jewelry. The three come together so effortlessly here and I always leave feeling stimulated and motivated. 

CHRISTIAN DIOR/ COUTURIER DU REVE/ If you’ll be in Paris anytime this month, the brand new Christian Dior exhibition at the Musée des Art Décoratifs is the one show you must not miss. The exhibition is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites me on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Hurry and go there quickly... is one month left to visit it!

YVES ST LAURENT/ FONDATION PIERRE BERGE/ Take the time and visit the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, opened its doors with a unique retrospective display of Yves Saint Laurent’s work, presented on the legendary premises of the former haute couture house.

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A design week in UAE

November 2017: I visited the biggest watch event in the Middle East, the Dubai Watch Week, comprising five days of nonstop horology, exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions (see more in my news). I took the opportunity during the same week to visit Dubai Design Week and explore designers' work (graphic, architecture, unique products...). Later, I moved to Abu Dhabi to visit the new Louvre Museum and its amazing architecture (A very Bond mission...). I was also very lucky to meet friends in Dubai and discover more of the city in a privileged way. Thank you my dear friends!

 

Special note: Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat island is the new museum to discover!  With its massive, intricate roof and man-made pools and canals, designed by the amazing French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum was a project 10-years in the making before finally debuting to the public in early November. The site is unique, the silver dome is visible from afar and the architecture is amazing. Because I was in Dubai, I decided to visit Abu Dhabi just before I left the UAE. Sadly, the museum was closed on Monday, the day that I visited. Still, I have to admit that I have come to appreciate the outside of the museum. I hope to be back very soon and for you guys reading this, please don't hesitate to visit this breathtaking place.

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Marrakech

September 2017: Intricate wooden carvings, decorative archways, alcoves with plump silky cushions, mint smells, warm colors -  the call to prayer and the royal palaces.

Special note: The Jardin Majorelle - it took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the 'Ochre City'. When you discover the magical place, you amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; you walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; you hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex. I recommend that you visit this stupendous garden and the new Yves st Laurent museum in Marrakech!

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Sicily

Septembre 2017: Mia Dolce vita - it was the second time for me in Sicily and this last road-trip was magic. I started my journey in Palermo and visited Marsala, Agrigente, Caltagirone, Ragusa, Modica, Syracusa, Catania, Taormina... and all the beautiful spots all around. It was an amazing trip, full of artistic culture, dolces, fashion & good living.

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I still have much to discover! What will be my next adventure?