Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, June 30, 2014

I Love Pontrieux ......

Snippets from this pretty little village nestled
 near the pink-granite-coast in La Belle France
It has been awarded 4 flowers in the "Ville Fleurie" competition
and round every corner is a photo waiting to be captured.
In many of the windows I saw little heart signs with the words
"I Love Pontrieux" 
 I would have to say I too love Pontrieux !!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Glints of Silver & of Gold ......

~   viewed from the rooftops of Montmartre   ~ 
There's something delightful about foggy skies in Paris
it adds an air of mystery to the place.
This pic was taken early morning with those
first soft rays of sunlight picking up
 pretty glints of silver and of gold.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

La Maison Rose ...........

La Maison Rose ~  a quintessential French Bristo
in the back-roads of Montmartre

I've always loved the painting of this quaint place by Maurice Utrillo
a French artist who delighted in painting everyday life and street-scenes
in the quartier where he was born and spent most of his life.
I hope you like it!
 ~ La Maison Rose   Utrillo 1912 circa  ~
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Le Grand Cafe Capucines .......

Snippets from le petit-dejeuner at this elegant Parisian-Brasserie
crusty croissants ... jus d'orange .... un grand café-crème
just perfect!!
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Misty Morning Over Clos Montmartre ..........

~   Clos Montmartre   ~
Early mornings in Montmartre are often shrouded with soft mist
but I always think it adds a touch of old worlde to this very historic area
This pic was taken from the less visited back-end of the mount
looking across the lovely old vineyard towards Sacre-Coeur
where artists such as Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso
loved to paint and socialise.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Les Deux Magots .......

~   Les Deux-Magots   ~
This famous café is nestled in among other similar establishments
 in the salubrious left-bank district of Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
 Once Paris' rendezvous for the literary and intellectual elite
And so although I am none of the above -  I thought it would be nice
to drop by on a cold and misty day to do a bit of people watching!!
Rumour has it that if one stays there long enough
you are bound to spot some-one famous.
My coffee was superb and beautifully presented - the cake trolley sumptuous
the waiters cheeky and flirtatious ... but did I see any famous faces?
lets say I saw the arrival of a VIP guest creating that extra flurry
but who he was I've no idea  .... .  it was great fun guessing
and just maybe one day I'll be flicking through magazines
and say ah! that's the guy I saw at " Les Deux Magot"
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Storm Clouds over Cider Orchards ....

Brittany on the west-coast of France
 awash with pretty apple blossoms
"The apple tree takes what is freely given to it
and returns cider and pies and tarts and jams"
                                                                                                           from The Orphans-Tales
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Across The Rooftops of Paris .......

Last month I had the privilege of attending the wonderful photographic exhibition
of works by Henri-Cartier-Bresson in the Pompidou Centre
Not only was the exhibition a treat but the views from the top of the centre
were quite unexpected and had me reaching for my little point and shoot

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer-Time .......

Sunflowers in France mean it's finally summer-time.
Goodbye to long grey days with overcast skies
Bonjour to sunshine and of course these wonderful
golden tournesols


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