Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Blogger Break.......

It has been almost 2years since I commenced my blog-site
"All Things French"
with much encouragment from my niece who helped me set it up .
I remember thinking at the time that no one would want to
see my photos and I was so delighted when I received  2 comments
 for my very first post on "Maison Stohrer"
Because my photos pool is running low -I have decided to take a break until early next year when
all being well I will return to La Belle France with my camera in tow.
Thank you all for the encouragement and kindness you have given me along the way
it has been a delightful journey!

Merci et Au Revoir

If you have the time I would love you to visit my other site
"Adelaide and Beyond"

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Les Fleurs Dans Les Rues.........

Fleurs trailing from pretty window boxes
ironcast lanterns  - scrolled signage
and cobbled alleyways
all an integral part of that quaint old area
known as Montmartre 

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Lunch at La Maison d'Eugѐne........

Lunch in Provence is one of those things that everybody should do in their life-time
there's nothing else that quite compares to this experience
and especially, if like me -  you love good food!
This little Salon de thé  served a  wonderful lunch 
under a charming chesnut tree in the hilltop village of Le Barroux
Now that's as good as it gets!

Our delightful French host prepared and served our meal
salade composѐe 
followed by tarte tartin
locally grown apricots and figs
and freshly brewed coffee
and then was more than happy for me to take her photo

Merci Beaucoup Madame!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tourettes Sur Loup.......

~ Tourettes-Sur-Loup ~

I set out early one morning on the local bus from Vence in the hills behind the Cote d'azure
 with a plan to visit the wonderful city of Grasse and go dab dabbing
in the prestigious perfume houses of Fragonard Molinard and Gallinard
Along the way I stopped for lunch at this delightful little medieval village
with the wonderful name of Tourrettes-Sur-Loup

It wasn't long before the heavens opened and in the deluge
I missed my connecting bus to Grasse !!
no ~Molinard de Moulinard~ pour moi

This is one of the few pics I managed to take while the sun was still smiling
I must go back!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Parisian Reflections........

I've shown you this pic before taken on entering that wonderful
foodie heaven on Rue Montorgueil
La Maison Stohrer
(it's one of my favourites)

A mish-mash of reflections showing
 macarons - bottles of rose - signage - les fleurs
all the glitz and glamour of Paris' oldest bakery.

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at James' Week-End Reflections

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Splash Of Red......

~ Plaza Athenee     Avenue Montaigne ~

 Signature red awnings and red geraniums trailing over
delicate lace ironwork balconies
Red - Red - Red
or as the French would say
La Belle Rouge!

I love catching the splash of red amongst
the rich green of the chesnut trees

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At The Break Of Day..........

Streets swept and washed down
the lamp in the workshop glows telling me
the boulangere is hard at work
creating wonderful delicacies
for le-petit-dejeuner

Early morning in Provence is beautiful!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Reflections on La Sorgue.....

Early morning reflections on one of the many canals
which wind themselves in and around the pretty village of
L'Isle Sur -La -Sorgue in the south of France 

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Le Clos de Montmartre.......

Too early for the vendage!
this beautifully kept vineyard is a  parcel of land sloping down to
Rue St Vincent in what is known as the old Montmartre

I loved looking across to the little three storied cottage
and imagining Maurice Urtillo sitting at the window
 planning his next sketch of this bohemian neighborhood
or maybe Pierre Renoir - paint brush in hand -
putting the finishing touches to his  "Bal au Moulin de la Galette"
or maybe even Pablo Picasso industriously working at his easel
with one eye looking out onto - Au Lapin Agile - right next door.

Some-times in Paris it's as if time has stood still!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Holiday Snaps.......

Just sharing a few snaps from my recent holiday
in Palm Cove which is situated in far north Queensland
I hope you like them!

Beautiful golden sandy beaches

And for special occasions
you could dine under the palms

This gorgeous white chapel situated right on the beach
was the ideal location for small weddings
I couldn't help but take a peek through the windows!


Sunrise over the Coral Sea
Very early in the morning was the prettiest
time on the beach

Lots of walking tracks!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Red Carpet in Reflection......

Home to the Cannes Film Festival
the most prestigious film festival in the world
and in reflection you can see that wonderful red carpet
where the rich and famous strut their stuff.
Think George Clooney - Juliette Binoche -Robert-De-Niro

I walked the carpet many times just hoping that maybe
I stepped exactly where Richard Gere had stepped

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