Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Views Along La Seine....

The top view looks across La Seine towards the beautiful Grand Palais with it's exquiste
Belle-Opoque glass domed roof - On the right side of the building is the
magnificent Georges Recipon's sculpture "Galloping Horses"

The beautiful gilded statue atop the pillar  is entitled "Fame of Agriculture" 
It is one of four gracing the elegant Pont Alexandre iii
So much beauty in one small snapshot!


The bottom view was taken from the Musee d'Orsay terrace
with a view across the river, to the Ecole du Louvre section of the Musee Du Louvre
Student attending this prestigious educational facility can take classes which include
Histoire de l'art - Archelogie - Anthropologie -Museologie
Can you imagine learning right there within La Louvre?

The pont leading off to the left bank is the Pont Royal

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heading Home.....

An elderly Monsieur heading home with baguette
firmly grasped behind his back
It is almost time for le dejeuner

A warming glimpse into French provincial life

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Rambles around Place Du Tertre....

Choices - choices 
There are lots of these portrait booths
and I guess the best way to choose is by by watching
 some-one having their portrait  done

This little booth had the lovely name of
"La Mere Catherine"

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Out And About In Cannes.....

Where the French go for Les Vacances d'été

Cannes isn't only about glitz and glamour
it's a holiday town with beautiful beaches and real sand that you can wriggle your toes in
stunning scenery -  amazing restaurants and wonderful weather.
And if you enjoy people and car watching...... you would love it!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Any which way is fine.....


Travelling along Quai D'Orsay with the elegant Air France building in the background
I can either turn left into Av du Marechal Gallieni which leads down to the
magnificent L'Hotel Des Invalides  -  buriel place to Napoleon Bonaparte

Or turn right and cross over the elaborate Pont Alexandre iii onto the right bank
passing Le Grand Palais and Le Petit Palais
Anywhere is fine by me!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Rich Jewelled Colours Of Paris.......

When I think of the colours that make up Paris
 I generally think of the soft subdued tones of beige - white - grey - crѐme - gold
elegant and sophisticated!

But Paris has another side - a vibrant richly jewelled persona
It can be seen in her fashion - food  - architecture and décore
and it never ceases to delight and amaze me!

From the lavish green copper domes of the Palais Garnier
to the spectacular art nouveau copula in Galleries La Fayette
and even to the delectable food halls  - boulangeries
and sidewalk awnings.

Reds - Deep Blues - Greens - Rich Golds - Violets

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Le Flậneur de Paris........

~  Some-where in Paris  ~

That's what I like to be when in Paris
a stroller a saunterer a wanderer
Charles Baudelaire developed and derived the meaning of flậneur to mean
-  a person who walks the city in order to experience it -

I would say to wander aimlessly enjoying the
sights,sounds and smells  - the colours of everyday life
being totally unaware of time and place
just being  -some-where in Paris -

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Friday, July 1, 2011

"A Long Lunch In Provence".....

~ Salmon Tartare marinated in citrus petals ~

If you want to spend a long lunch ... I can't think of anywhere more perfect
 than La Belle Provence!!
I joined my sisters under the mulberry trees at this unique Provencal farmhouse
for a delectable meal that lasted over three hours

~ Cucumber tarragon and youghurt gelee ~

~ Fillet of Beef Bourguinon with porcini mushroom sauce ~

~ Our delightful hosts Anne and Remi ~

~ French Parfait with locally grown peaches ~

Bon Appetit!

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