Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Angelina's ... with or without crème....

Angelina's the beautiful belle-époque tea salon on Rue de Rivoli
is best known for it's scrumptous rich and decadent hot chocolate
served with or without crème

No wonder Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel
were regular customers 

I snapped this shot before crème and as you can see
it's like pure liquid chocolate

Of course no trip to Angelina's would be complete
without taste testing their macarons
( the mini variety may I add )
salted caramel - pistache - vanilla - rasberry

I can assure you they were all delicious but my favourite
was the salted caramel - miam miam!!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Parc Monceau .......

~ Pond and Colonnade ~

Parc Monceau a small but pretty public park which has inspired
many great artists including Claude Monet
nicely located in the more salubrious north-western area of Paris.

On the day I visited it was teeming with Posh-Paris joggers
and au-pairs walking their charges in beautiful French baby carriages.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Paris by Night ......

There is no lovelier time in Paris than the crepuscule hour
when everything takes on that soft apricot glow

Linking with
Skywatch Friday
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Chimney Pots Amid The Mist ....

~ Looking out over Paris from the terrace at Galleries LaFayette ~

I was disappointed on arriving at the viewing terrace to see
 the mist had all but covered this romantique city
 I took a few shots and mozzied on inside to check out
the shoes and perfumes and Pierre Herme macarons ( as you do )
It was only when I returned home and on sorting through my photos
 realised that the view from the top was really quite beautiful
I had been expecting clear blue skies and a view that went on forever
and hadn't embraced the beauty of a misty morning

Linking with
"Our World Tuesday"
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Red Awnings And A Waft Of Mimosa ....

Red awnings and trailing red geraniums which adorn the prestigious
Hotel Plaza Athénée are reflected through the front door windows
of "House of Caron" an exclusive Boutique perfumery
located on Avenue Montaigne Paris

As I stood near the doorway I could smell the most exquisite
fragrances of tuber-rose, cedarwood and Mimosa
wafting on the morning air.

Sometimes it pays to be
an enthusiastic photographer!

linking with
James' Weekend Reflections
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Maison Chaumet ....

Sitting on the edge of  Place Vendome
is this very prestigious jewellery establishment  - fondée en 1780
don't you just love it how the French add that
very important snippet of information fondée
and well they might because they were the official jewellers
to none other than  Napoleon Boneparte !! 

just looking through the windows gave me goose-bumps

Linking with
Madge's Weekly Top Shot

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rainy Day in Paris .....

I love Paris when it rains - it sort of glistens

In case you're wondering why there are no people in this scene
It was early morning  - I was making my way along Rue Montorgueil
to the "Eric Kayser" Boulangerie for croissants au buerre
and vienoisseries avec chocolat
you know those much needed items for Le petit dejeuner

Linking with
ABC Wednesday
V for Very early Very wet
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Reflecting on Monet .......

Claude Monet's waterlily pond at " Giverny" in the upper Normandy region of France
is where Monet lived and painted his best known pieces of waterlilies

When I visited last month there were no waterlilies in flower
 but it was ablaze with the colours of Autumn

Linking with
James' Week-end Reflections
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Chocolat .......

If you've seen the movie "Chocolat" starring Julliette Binoche
you might remember the opening scene where Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk
drift into a little french village and set up a chocolate shop.

These shots were taken in the quaint village of Beynac Dordogne where filming
commenced before moving across to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy

Linking with
"Madge's Top Shot"

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

At The Opera ......

"Palais Garnier Opera National de Paris"
the perfect place to find reflections

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James' Weekend reflections

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crepuscule Skies ........

~  Paris putting on her loveliest face  ~

Where else in the world do you see such
beautiful evening skies.  

Linking with
"Skywatch Friday"

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saint-Eustache in Paris ......

Chandeliers inside the stunning  L'Eglise Saint-Eustache
built in the mid 1500's of Gothic style
It was chosen by Mozart for the funeral service of his Mother Anna-Maria
and Moliere was both baptised and married here.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

River Reflections ......

Along the beautiful Dordogne River
in the South-West of France

To see reflections from other corners of the world visit
James' Weekend Reflections

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Le Bouquinist ......

Much of the Left Bank along La Seine
is peopled with these little bouquinist stall holders.
Many of them lovers of fine literature and old books
and ever ready to converse on the finer points of
works by Balzac - Proust or Flaubert
but others I'm sure are just trying to eek out an existence.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

L'Ardoise .....

I love these little blackboards or slates that advertise the
plat du jour or the menu du jour
they seem to appear all over Paris in cafe's and bistros
some are more descriptive than others but they
add that little French touch to any establishment
plus for me -  they stretch my language skill.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Reflections At La Roque .......

La Roque Gareac is a fortified village located in the Aquitaine area of South West France
where these little flat bottom boats called "Gabarres" take tourists along the beautiful Dordogne River

We had just returned from our cruise when I looked behind to see the trailing Gabarre
 almost completely reflected and so I snapped these shots to share on

"James' Weekend Reflections"

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brushed With Copper....

Time turns slowly here on a Sunday
while the rest of Paris is a bustle with tourists
Le Jardins du Palais-Royal seem to remain the
domain of Les Parisiens - somewhere to quietly soak up
their beautiful surrounds - lets say somewhere to
relax with grandeur

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mr Hemingway perhaps? .....

"It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly
I hung up my tattered coat on the rack to dry
and ordered a coffee - the waiter brought it and I took out a notebook
 from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and I started to write"
                                                                   Ernest Hemingway

This wonderful old Brasserie decorated in the Belle Epoque style
with brass hooks and coat racks and deep rich mohogany walls
reminded me SO much of the quote by Ernest Hemingway
I couldn't help but take out my point-and-shoot
and capture that old weathered coat.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

I Love Paris In The Fall ......

~  A Breath Of Paris Refreshes The Soul ~

The western tip of  L'ile de la Cite
with Pont Des Arts in the fore-ground

This is my contribution to
"Our World Tuesday"

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Paris When It Rains ........

There's something magical about Paris when it rains
and those lovely old-fashioned lamplights send
 wriggly reflections along cobbled lane-ways

This is my contribution to
James' Weekend Reflections

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