Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shabby Chic on the Mont.......

My first thoughs on viewing my photos of  Place du Tertre were
 -what a difference a coat of paint would make-
but on reflection, I think that this unique area would be some-what diminished
with-out that shabby chic look.

What do you think?
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Musée D'Orsay.....

It's so nice that I was able to take photos (minus flash of course)
in this wonderful museum.  Although mine are far from quality photos
I feel a certain attachment to them because I have actually stood in front
of some of these amazing art-works - they are not reproductions they are the original works
At times I had to pinch myself !!

I understand that the museum now has a "No Camera" policy
but have been unable to verify this - Does anyone know the current policy!!

This oil on canvas "Homage to Delacroix"  was painted by Henri Fantin-Latour in 1864
that's Henri in the white shirt and Eduard Manet with his hand in his pocket.
I love the little spray of field flowers - it adds a touch of pretty
to an otherwise quite sombre painting.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Square René Viviane......

I've previously taken you to this little park (click here) on Quai de Montebello
and I think of all the places I would like to be in Paris
it would be sitting here in this pretty park

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Le Petit Dejeuner dans Le Terrace.....

The French know how to do breakfast well
and this charming chambre d'hote in Avignon
was no exception.
The Madame of the house had been up early
baking flaky croissants and nut breads
for our petit dejeuner
and on each table she served individual
pots of home made strawberry yoghurt
truly delectable!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pretty Touches in French Country Homes.....

I love the way the French dress up there homes
with those little special little touches.

bowls of foil wrapped sweets
with just a few discreetly scattered underneath

Gossamer curtains to add that touch of elegance to personal spaces

And soft throws on lounge chairs
should I sit on there?    I did.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sous Les Ponts De Paris.....

Beautiful Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris
with construction commencing in 1578.
I love to sit in one of the alcoves along the side
observing the comings and goings of river life
whilst humming in my head the lovely lyrics of the
song made famous by Dean Martin

"How would you like to be
Down by the Seine  with me
Oh! what I'd give for a moment or two
Under the bridges of Paris with you"

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Strolling up Rue Monge.....

Rue Monge is one of those Parsian streets that you walk up slowly
especially with 1 large suitcase in tow!

I commenced my walk at Boulevard Saint-Germain
duly noting the delectable "Eric Kayser" artisan boulangerie on the right
and Cafe Le Barnum on my left
At the corner of Rue des Ecoles  I passed a wonderful fleurist
"L'ile aux Fleurs" with big buckets of flowers spilling out onto the street
filling the morning air with their sweet perfume

Further up the "Arenes de Lutece" that amazing outdoor amphitheatre
built by The Romans in the 1st century AD.
A film company were filming and made many repeat shoots
 of children running onto the centre carrying huge bundles of colourful baloons.
I though it all looked so perfect but the producer would yell coupé
and then start all over again.

 Finally arriving at my destination the lovely -Hotel Acte V-  for a 1 night stopover
before moving, with my sister and her husband, into a studio in the 7th.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

St Remy-De-Provence........

~Brasserie Des Varietes on Boulevard Victor-Hugo~

Whilst staying in Provence we hired a mini bus and driver for a few day outings
this turned out to be an excellent choice because our guide and driver Alain
knew all the best little backroads, villages and eateries
plus with the cost divided between 5 people - it worked out very economical
and we were all able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Le Poulbot.......

This quaint and quirky little French Restaurant is situated in Montmartre
on the Rue Poulbot

It was named after Francisque Poulbot
affichiste and illustrator who was born in Paris in1879
and well known for his cute illustrations of
Parisian street children.
I'm sure you will recognise his work! 

~ Francisque Poulbot    1879 - 1946 ~

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Studio in the 7th......

Most of the Studios on the left-bank are small
but I found this one in the 7th arrondissment - facing out onto a Passage
very workable, reasonably quiet
and just a hop step and jump away from every thing I needed

chocolate mille feuille and tarte au cerises
tend to leave lots of crumbs


Monday, April 4, 2011

Ne Touchez Pas Les Fruits......

Is it any wonder that shop keepers in Paris don't want customers
messing with their carefully arranged fruit displays.
I learnt my lesson after an abrupt rebuttal
from the Monsieur at this charming magasin-de-fruits
on Rue Montorgueil

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Raffles Hotel" .......


On the stop-overs  between Australia and Europe
it's nice to do a little browsing around.
I love to visit the beautifully elegant Raffles Hotel in Singapore
one of the most famous Hotels in the world.

There's a lovely cool atmosphere   (those ceilings are so.... high!)
and a superb high-tea served in the "Tiffin Room"
I could almost feel the history of the place seeping into my bones
and imagined a bygone era with ladies dressed in their long finery
and the lights from those exquisite Austrian chandeliers reflecting
off the highly polished marble surrounds.
Somerset Maugham referred to it as
"The legendary symbol for all the fables of the exotic east"
I think he was right!

This early colonial establishment has featured in many films
including one named "Raffles Hotel"
which was shot here on location.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Un Petit Peu de Rouge..........

I love the splashes of red that light up Paris
On café canopies - ladies jackets - hotel awnings -  knee-high snug boots
and those masses of vibrant red geraniums trailing down from ornate wrought iron balconies

Rouge is  very comfortable in Paris
 je pense que Paris est trés comfortable avec le rouge


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