Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Putting together the pieces

Thank you for all your lovely comments to me over the past couple of weeks. 
It has been a roller coaster of life. 
Today though I feel as though the pieces are coming together, it's like someone hid them for a while and I had to hunt. 
The over all picture is a little different to what I expected the box would look like. 
A little cryptic I know. 
My life is changing again. 
I might not feel fabulous right now.
but ..
It will be. 
Back to my beautiful belle France soon. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I am a little lost. 
I will take a little break from this fabulous life profile as my life isn't feeling so fabulous.
Today is a real day - it has hit me from out of the blue and yet somehow expected.
Today I really am a loss for words


Saturday, August 27, 2011

A trip out of Paris- Part 1.

Claude Monet
14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting.
He is also my favourite painter
I had to go and visit his home and gardens in Giverny. 
I have always wanted to do this but somehow missed the opportunity. 
On a beautiful Saturday morning we boarded a train at Saint Lazare in Paris and headed from 
Vernon-70kms to the West of Paris.
We were advised by one of our guides to hire on of these so we did. 
It was a fabulous 20 minute ride through the gorgeous  French country side to 
Maison Monet.
I was truly in Heaven, biking through the French country side with my two friends and feeling like school girls.
We passed by beautiful fields filled with wild poppies
Being a Florist I couldn't quite believe it. But this was just the beginning
There was so much more to come ...

Just a glimpse - the true water lilllies off the canvas for me. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Magical Montmartre

Taken from that lovely Park -Dianne
We went on a Friday and the markets were on
A feast for the eyes and the soul
Colourful characters such as these two 
Tea anyone?
We did stop for Lunch at the
Moulin de la Gallette...
miam miam!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Girls because you asked for it....

There is something about this wonderful shop that draws you in.

I know it's a do over but couldn't resist
The window displays usually stop you in your tracks!

The meaning behind the window..if you care to translate

The lovely thing is they change the window every week!

One day I will buy shoes from here.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Window shopping

The window displays in Paris are just lovely. 
I could spend hours literally window shopping.

I dont even remember what this display was of - but couldn't resist.

These little Ballet flats are good enough to eat!

Rue Saint Honorè didn't fail to impress.

Neither did Repetto- 51 Rue du Four, St Germain 

Nothing does in Paris. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Maybe you have been here

We spent a good part of one of our days looking for this restaurant- the Polidor. 
It was well worth it. The service was lovely and the food very good. 
Apparently it has been graced by quite the famous people for instance - Earnest Hemmingway and is actually spotlighted in "Midnight in Paris"
-which I absolutely adored and we saw while we were in Paris. 
It was wonderful coming out of the cinema at the Odeon and be in the very place you had seen on film. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A different View

Paris helps me see things from a different view. I love this capture of Notre Dame from the other side, 
not often photographed. The park here is lovely.

The inside of Notre Dame is always captivating to me. I love to just sit...listen -watch-and pray

These roses were covered in white dust but somehow still lovely.

Meandering over to the streets of the Marias - this is why I love Paris

Bon weekend!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Morning tea anyone?

 Whether it is tarte au citron

Petite Macarons
Cafè expresso and a petite Laduree chocolat

or...the ultimate in Naughtiness at Laduree..
Fraise Juice and I wish I could remember the name of this delicious thing. 
It was berry fruits with chantilly cream ---the most delicious surprise being the delicate taste of rose water.

Laduree - Champs Elysèes
75, Avenue Champs Elysèes -75008 Paris

Worth a visit and a stop for tea


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

To Market.... to Market

My dream was to live in Paris and live like a Parisian.
I was able to do this for two weeks. 
On a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday there is a market in my street. 

They sell Pain!!!!! In abundance

And Frais!!!!!........mmmm like you have never smelled or tasted before. 

We brought some special raisin Brioche home for breakfast

And of course those strawberries, the yoghurt in France is just to die for .
The best Petit dejeuner in town. 

Come and share some with me.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Simply Sunday

Sunday or any other day - it doesnt matter, the view never changes and thank goodness!
It's one of my favourite views in the world. Walking across Pont de Arts .....and looking towards the islands.

Walking across La paaserelle des Arts, one of the pedestrian bridges in Paris. On a Sunday or any fine evening in Paris it is a place where people come to celebrate. On the days we walked across it it was packed with people and their parties. The bridge is covered in Padlocks. The legend is - if you put your names on a padlock and throw the keys into the Seine, you will return to Paris....

One for each of us ---- A Bientot Paris.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Come for an evening stroll with me..

I will take you on a little stroll through our district the 6 è of St Germain des Près.
You know when you are in Paris when you see a window display like this!

And hats displayed in a hat shop like this!

And ... pass the famous Cafè de Flore

Perhaps the owner of this cute voiture will take us for a ride.

I think it's time for tea!
I can even remember what I had - but I didn't photograph so I will describe. 
Salade Perigourdine
Salade verte, foie gras, magret fumè and haricot verts
Green salad, foie gras, smoked duck and green beans

Or something else - Santè


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lets start at the very beginning

Luxembourg gardens on a sunny Monday

Not a bad way to spend the afternoon

This little old lady in the red berèt captured me
I'm sure she has a story to tell

Our little apartment's window and a world of Paris 
beckoning outside. 

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...
Our first impressions of Paris were -- the Parisians really "get" their own city. 
People were every where in the Park, street, bridges just enjoying their place. 
It was a Monday and the streets were packed, brimming with people enjoying the sun. 
Not a cell phone in sight or a laptop or mobile device, just people talking - sitting face to face, 
enjoying each other. 
Paris you have a lesson for me today and I think I learnt it.