Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In The Pink............

Au Lapin Agile ~

I have shared with you before the joy in strolling the cobble-stoned
 back streets of Montmartre - far away from the maddening crowds
These two cabaret / restaurants are within walking distance
of each other and both painted in would you believe it -  pink!!

Both quintessential Montmartre bistros and both in their
 hey-day frequented by such artists as
Renoir - Toulouse- Lautrec - Picasso and Maurice Utrillo

La Maison Rose ~

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Provence - silk painting.....

Looking towards  Mount Ventoux in the Luberon

I thought I would share with you this delightful silk painting
spotted at a village market in Provence.
The square could be purchased and used as a scarve
 or just left on the mount and hung on a wall.

 The colours were so vibrant
and aptly depicted -  this beautiful area of the Luberon! 

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Market Day In The Vaucluse..........

Browsing the village markets at Caromb
Oh! how I would love to have bought some of those elegant chairs

 The main street of Caromb  - a totally non-touristy
  French village with lots of charm

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Ambiance De Brocante.......

I like nothing better than fossicking around in
 cluttered French provincial style shops
Whether it be bric-ẚ- brac or brocante

jugs - bowls - pots - books - linen

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Sunday, August 7, 2011


" Place De L'Horlage "

So many thing to do and see in Avignon but not enough time
I always battle with the decision  -whether to dash off and see the sights
or to just sit and soak up the atmosphere??
On this occasion I decided on the latter and was not disappointed
Place De L'Horlage is a hive of activity with street artists - portrait painters  -
the prettiest carousel (featured on my header) and even a speakers corner!

" Le Palais Des Papes "

Oh my! I wasn't prepared for the towering magnitude of this 14th century building
now clasified as a UNESCO world heritage site
It is one of the largest gothic buildings in the world.
Photos can in no way convey the enormity of this amazing place.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Free Home Delivery......

I sort of miss the sight of these little red vans that zip around the streets of Paris,
 delivering groceries to la maison Parisian
  always driven by a handsome French man of course.

And in case you're wondering what a teinturerie is - it's a laundromat!
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