Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 19, 2010

La Demoiselle de Magasin......

"La Demoiselle de Magasin"
by French artist James Tissot
1836 - 1902
"Shopping is a chance to happen on a treasure"

Wishing all my lovely Friends a Wonderful
Blessed Christmas~time
with much Peace, health and contentment
in the coming year.

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee !!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Saucissons & a glass of Rose

Lunch ~ A La maison ~ in Provence
is very simple, starting with a trip to the
local boucherie for
les saucissons & les saucisses

Then onto the market for salad vegs.
Beautiful zuchinnis, tomatoes & grapes
grown, picked and sold by
this happy family

fresh fruits ~ your choice

A nice bottle of "Chateau Unang" Rose
a crusty bread
and Voila!!

Bon appetite
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things.......

(Les tournesols)
Just a few of my favourite things from beautiful Paris
~ pretty fleuristes with flowers spilling out onto the pavement ~

Elegant architecture especially those opulent Grey mansard roofs
with little dormer windows.
(the little attic rooms at the very top were often used as maids quarters
can you imagine the view they would have, looking out over Paris)

Laduree on the corner of Rue Bonepart & Rue Jacob
macarons in every flavour presented in prettily decorated boxes
Pistache ~ framboise ~ chocolat
Did you know that they also sell a collection of lovely room sprays & atomisers.
in the photo above you can see them displayed
Delice (Green) Othelo (black) Paeva (violet) Armandine (white)
This is how they describe my favourite
~ Caprice~ (pink)
"Laduree imagines a sweet & soft perfume evoking a garden
full of roses in the heat of Summer
A pale & bewitching rose, both delicate & voluptuous
Caprice is a bunch of roses, dressing up our interiors
in it's delicate & romantic wake"
Now how could I resist!!

Gateaux of every description
Berries lightly frosted with confectioners sugar.
Flan de peche or flan de pomme.
everything presented with attention to detail.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pretty little park in Paris.....

Just across La Seine from Notre Dame Cathederal is this delightful
little Park "Square Rene Viviane" perfect for whiling away
a few hours . To your right their are lots of bouquinistes
spread out along the river ~ with an electic mix of old books
paintings & touristy bric-a-brac.
To your left it's only a few steps to that magical little book-shop
"Shakespeare & Co" stocked from floor to ceiling
with Books! Books! and more Books!

If you make a purchase from this store they stamp it with their official store stamp,
which says " Kilometre Zero Paris "
a reference to the point in front of nearby Notre Dame - from which all distances
in Paris are measured.

~ Beaucoup de Bouquinistes ~

this lovely painting by Edouard Cortes depicts the bouquinistes
in the early 1900's
He was known as "the parisian poet of painting"
because of his beautiful Parisian city-scapes.
I hope you like it!
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