Paris, baby!

Queenie - Karim Nagi - Bellydance - Paris

Last weekend I was invited by the lovely Illina to teach a Technique Intensive in Paris. We met in London a couple of years ago, and I was delighted to spend a few days with her. She welcomed me with open arms, and I enjoyed sharing ideas and experiences with her, over excellent home-cooked food and the best baguette in the world.

L'étoile du Berger

The boulangerie – with constant queueing!

L'étoile du Berger

There was some time for sight-seeing too! I preferred to visit the palace of Versailles over the Louvre museum – only because I’m not a fan of crowded places.

I’ve always wanted to see it, and I’m happy I finally got the chance. It was really cold though, so I resolved to go back in summer to be able to spend some time in the gardens without freezing 🙂

Pictures from the Versailles Wikipedia page

On our way to the Versailles estate, we passed by an event with vintage cars. There was some fun live music, too! Yes, we sang along 🙂

Live band

The band!


It was cold!

Illina - Rolls Royce

Illina picked her favorite car – she went straight to the Rolls-Royce 🙂

Queenie - Fiat 500

My choice was… different 🙂 I love the old Fiat 500!

Expert at work 🙂

Obligatory selfie 🙂 Check out Illina’s remarkable eye colour!

That evening, Illina was dancing at L’Orient Palace in Coignières. 3 members of the association – Patricia, Anna and Maryse – joined us for a great evening with amazing Moroccan food and lots of laughs 🙂

Blurry photo with Patricia and Anna – and Maryse behind the camera 🙂


Moroccan Salad

Moroccan salad with a wedge of lemon – so good!



Tajine with chicken, prunes and almonds – yum!

Charming Illina!

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Loved the decor!

The next day, it was workshop time! Illina had scheduled a 3 hour Technique Intensive, which allowed me to teach some of my favorite techniques and new combinations. I taught the class in French – which caused some language giggles from time to time 🙂

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With some of the lovely dancers after the workshop



I really enjoyed this weekend. A big thank-you goes out to Illina and the members of the association for inviting me, and to the dancers who took my workshop.

Eiffel Tower

The perfect end to a perfect weekend

Queenie Eiffel Tower

Proof I was there 😉

Eiffel Tower Fridge Magnet

New souvenir on my freezer 🙂

I am happy I got to visit Paris again – I hope to be back soon!

Au revoir, la France!



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