Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pont Neuf .......


~   Pres de Pont Neuf   ~
 
I love the eclectic mix of colours on Parisian posters
reminding tourists of the many things to be seen and experienced
 in this wonderful city of light.
 
 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Misty In The Mountains ....

 
 
 Misty skies over the River Dordogne in the south-west of France.
Dotted along the ridge are many beautiful and historic chateaux - the one you can see
in the distance was once owned by Josephine Baker
 
 

 
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Night Skies over Paris ......


 
Crepuscule light over Paris
 brings with it a beauty unrivalled.
 
These pics were taken in and around Le Louvre
just after the sun had dipped below the horizon
leaving that wonderful soft golden hue
 
 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snippets from Sarlat ......


 
Looking out across rustic roof-tops of the pretty medieval village of Sarlat
nestled in the beautiful Aquitaine area of rural south-west France.
 
 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

An Elegant Entrance ........


Hotel Plaza Athenee  ~  Avenue Montaigne
 
Many famous faces have walked through this elegant doorway
with its stylish Hector~Guimard canopy
Rudolf Valentino - Grace Kelly -  Jackie Kennedy
to name but a few
 
.................................... 
 
Over the years I have summoned up the courage
to enter most of Paris's luxurious establishments
but at this doorway I have remained on the out-side
looking in ...... maybe next trip!
 
 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Fifty Shades Of Grey .......


 
 
 
Soft in the hazy light of an overcast sky
Paris is still beautiful 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Strolling The Avenues ..........


 
Place Francois 1er is a pretty little area nestled in amid the
elegant avenues of the 1st Arrondissement
I love to walk through the area and maybe sit awhile
and people watch .... is their anything better to do in Paris?
 
 
 
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Day At The Office ...................


somewhere along La Seine  ~
 
All he needed was a little camp stool and he would be set.
 
La Seine is always abuzz with artists selling their craft
they add much to the vibrancy of this beautiful city
I would like to buy a little postcard just to encourage them
but unfortunately
~  il n'est pas possible  ~
 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Snippets From Sarlat .....



Walking around Medieval Sarlat
in the delightful Aquitane area of rural France 
with postcard pictures at every turn.


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Le Flaneur .....


 
 
A Flaneur is one who strolls or saunters
and what better place to be a flaneur than along
the wonderful Rues and Avenues of Paris


 
I can walk for miles in this delightful city
loose myself and without trying find myself
in some little corner that I've never chanced upon before.
C'est la vie 
 
 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Soft Autumn Skies ........


Tuilleries Gardens  ~
 
Nothing nicer than a warm autumn day
relaxing in Paris's beautiful Tuilleries Gardens
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

La Belle Ėpoque .........


 
"Gallopin Brasserie" is a delightful Belle - Ėpoque restaurant
which has retained the charm and ambiance of Paris's most glorious era.
 
Painted glass roof -  original brass and mahogany fittings
and a wonderful clientele of journalists and Parisienne ladies
who like to lunch in style.
 
Can you see the waiter in the background with his
elegant pink vest !!! oh so classy.
 
I discreetly snapped this photo between foie-gras and crème brulée
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Brush of Rouge .....


 
~  Les Coquelicot  ~
 
I love how the French pepper their lives with
brushes of beautiful rouge
 
 
 
 
 

~  Gateau aux Framboises  ~
 
 
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Empty Chairs At Empty Tables........


~  Repas Non-Stop  ~
 
This little 24/7 café on Rue des Petits-Carreaux was usually
packed with locals and tourists sipping coffee and chatting
but on passing late one evening we found only
"Empty chairs at empty tables"
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Les Parisiens .....



~  On the steps of Le Petite Palais  Paris  ~

Soaking up the midday sun while reading a little Voltaire- Flaubert
or possibly my favourite .... Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Christo.




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"Dreaming of Paris"
 
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Souillac ......


Mint green shutters and hanging baskets
adorn the façade of this wonderful old medieval building
in the beautiful Aquitaine region of South-West France.
 
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer in Provence ....


 
 
Beautiful blue skies over the quaint hilltop village of 
 Crillon-le-Brave in the Vaucluse department of Provence
 

 
 
 
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

La Roque-Gageac ......


~  La Roque-Gageac  ~
 
A rainy day didn't spoil our day in this
quaint French rural village nestled along the cliff face
with it's wonderful old troglodyte homes
It's like stepping back in time.
 
 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bruce Willis in Town .......




I was fortunate to stumble across the filming of  RED 2
lots of big name stars right there on the streets of Paris
doing what they do best  .... making movies.

 
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Dome In The Mist .......




A misty vista of the magnificent green copper dome
at Le Palais Garnier in Paris


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"Our World Tuesday"

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Window Shopping in the 5eme........




Laduree Bonaparte is such a pretty shop
with little boxes of decadent macarons in all flavours
pistache - chocolat - fleur d'oranger - caramel-a-la-fleur.

I just love taking a peek through their windows!


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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Soft Grey Skies of Paris .......




No matter if the skies are grey
there are always people out-and-about in Paris.
These girls wanted their photo taken with  the majestic
Eiffel Tower as a backdrop ... of course I obliged
I hope they were happy


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Sunday, June 9, 2013

AndrOet ...............




Androuet at the bottom end of Rue Moufftard
crammed with the most amazing selections of cheeses

My choice for the day was " Delice de Bourgogne"
a decadent triple cream cheese - buttery textured and utterly sumptuous
 I devoured this with a hunk of crusty baguette
in the nearby little Saint-Medart church yard

~  C'est la vie  ~

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ducati's Reflected ......




I snapped these Ducati motor-cycle reflections amid
 the exquisite "Carolina Herrera Boutique Collection"
on Rue Castiglioni Paris

 

Double Class!!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Soft Parisian Skies ..........




~  There's a kind of hush all over the world  ~


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Skywatch Friday
A Piece of Heaven
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Jardin du Luxembourg .........


Snippets from my day out at the delightful Luxembourg Gardens in Paris
Very wet and very cold but nothing that an umbrella and a sturdy pair of boots couldn't handle.


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Sound of Music .....




On entering this majestic old church "St Etienne du Mont" in Paris' 5th arrondissment
I could hear wonderful singing coming from some-where
at the rear of the church .... on following the sound I found this
small group of children who had the most amazing voices.
A special moment in time

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

La Maison Rose ........




This delightful pink house was home to Claude Monet
 and his family for over 43 years

He painted it pink to match the delicate cherry blossoms, tulips
 and soft crab-apple blooms in Spring

 



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Monday, May 20, 2013

Passage Du Grand Cerf ........




I love this network of passages through-out the city of Paris
 which link street to street .... undercover and lit with the loveliest of lanterns
 


Just a stone-throw away from my vacation studio in the 2e arrondissement
these wonderful walkways gave me the benefit of being able to go out shopping of an evening
in a secure and sheltered environment

The architecture in these passages is truly amazing.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Florist By Night .....




 Some of the florists in Paris stay open at night
I love peeking through the windows into a wonderland of colour


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