I gather from watching the portrait artists
in Place de Tertre, that there is a lot of competition
between the artists to secure a model.
I would have liked to have heard the conversation
between these Monsieurs!
Do you think friendly or
Stay off my patch!!!
Isn't he so... clever!
I would dearly love to be able to paint
I fell in love with this beautiful painting
especially the rich cerise colour of the dress
but I procrastinated & settled for a photo of it.
Of course a decision that I now deeply regret!
When I can't be in beautiful Paris
I head over to my favourite coffee & cake shop
to console myself with something really spekky!
like the delectable
~ vanilla bean gateau~
I would love to be able to make those
beautiful big white chocolate swirls
my daughter chooses the
~viennese apricot cheesecake~
all served by our handsome waiter~bien sur~
and then for my petite-filles
a little treat.
umm!... if I close my eyes
I could almost be in Paris.
On the Pont Saint-Louis
I found this amazing jazz group
with the name of "Les Oignons"
they were great entertainers especially the girl
who not only sang but
performed amazing acrobats !!
she had that ~joie de vivre~
what a wonderful backdrop
anyone for an anti-stress massage ~French style~
I guy by the name of Andre "Tchouk"
trains up his anti-stress brigade
& sends them out onto the streets of Paris
with little folding stools.
They start with back, neck, arms
then legs and finish off with a
beautiful relaxing face massage
I certainly felt invigorated and alive
& to finish off , just a few paces away
is the fabulous "Berhillon Ice-cream Parlour"
And for you Madame / Monsieur ??
Rhubarbe - Chocolat - Pistache-
amande- noix de coco-
or the to die for
caramel au beurre sale.
The facade of this lovely old auberge in Montmartre is so pretty. the motto over the entrance says simply "aimer, manger, boire et chanter" Love, eat, drink and sing .
Well the eating and drinking I accomplished
but the other 2 may have to wait until
a more opportune time
the restaurant/cabaret served as one of many meeting venues for artists such as Sisley, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir and Vincent Van-Gogh who is said to have used the garden room for his model in the famous painting ~La Guinguette~ currently housed in the Musee D"Orsay
At the side is the cobble~stoned Rue Des Saules which leads down to the quaint "La Maison Rose" & "Au Lapin Agile" both much frequented by the same artists.
There's so much history in this area
every building has a story, I'm afraid I almost forgot
After browsing the beautiful fashion floors of galleries Lafayette
& dining in the cafe at the top
we were amazed to find this wonderful roof top terrace
with 360 degree views over the
surrounding Paris sky-line.
How close we were to the Opera~Garnier
home to the infamous "Phantom of the Opera"
with it's pretty chauvire dome
named in recognition of France's prima ballerina
Montmartre ~ so pretty
looking down on the wide tree lined
~ Boulevard Haussmann~
I have not been able to stop thinking about this amazing story!
courtesy yahoo news- by Marie-Noelle Blessing Paris Thursday 7 oct 2010 "When an auctioneer entered a dust covered old Parisian flat in June to take inventory of the deceased owner's possessions, he had the impression of creeping into Sleeping Beauty's castle
In the gloom of the flat that had been shut up for decades he came across a portrait unknown to art experts of a beautiful woman by one of 19-century Paris' most prized artists, Italian Giovanni Boldini
getty image (Marc Otavvi handout) "There was a smell of old dust" said auctioneer Olivier Choppin-Janvry. The painting recently fetched 2.1million euros in frenzied bidding.
The flats last occupant, who was the grand-daughter of Boldini's muse, had shut it up before World War 11 to go live in the south of france and never returned. The woman recently died at the age of 91 years, having paid upkeep fees for the large flat in central Paris for 70years without using it....."
getty image the woman in the portrait is persumably the grand-mother of the current owner
I simply love to shop! & I'm never happier than when I'm in "Lotions & Potions" ~ a little dab of this, a little dab of that. smoothing on lovely scented hand-creams and silky lotions whafts of deep warm oriental Pablo~ Picasso or a spitz of pretty soft spring Miss Dior Cherie This is where my heart sings ~ I love it all ! .................. Which begs the question If I lost you in Paris--where would I find you? would I find you with your nose buried deep into the musty covers of some antiquated novel ~over at "Shakespear & Co" on the left bank?
or maybe searching throught shelves in ~Louis Vuitton~ sniffing the soft scents of leather and searching for that illusive bag to rival all bags??
or trying on shoes at~Christian Louboutin~ Oh! I love the red talons -no no! the white with Louis heel are these too big ?? plus petit s'il vous plait! Merci Madame
possibly you're happy as a lark in kitchen gadgets mixers, grinders, stirrers, scrapers platters, big deep bowls in bold patterns?
Or did I catch you quietly slipping into ~La Paperie~ checking out those pretty little note-books with magnet clasps soft chintz papers with butterflies pinks & lavenders delicate little pewter photo frames sheer bliss!!
Or would you have travelled further afield across to that little foodie heaven "Stohrer's" and have your eyes peeled to the window ~ checking out the detail of every petit gateau mmmm! ................ maybe you're sitting quietly at a cafe on the ~Avenue Montaigne~ a lovely frothy cafe creme with a heart on top people watching! soaking up the ambiance wondering is that Johnny & Vanessa at the next table I'm sure it is ~ must text the kids !!
Tell me ~What makes your heart sing ?
If I lost you in Paris ~ Where would I find you ??