Friday, April 27, 2018

Au Revoir Paris

Time to say farewell to Paris, but it’s nice knowing that there will always be two cozy chairs waiting for us at the Tuilleries or Luxembourg Gardens.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Have I mentioned the chocolate shops?

Don't bother trying to find any chocolate in Paris—we bought it all! This amazing store was founded by the royal pharmacist to Louis XVI. He invented candy coating for medicine to give Marie Antoinette and her pals, and from that a chocolate shop was born.

inside DeBauve and Gallais

At Meert, another old time Store in Saint-Germain des Prés. Here I am making my selections... "Two of those and two of those and ..."

We interrupted the chocolate store tour for lunch. 
Which included profiteroles, covered in chocolate of courses!

Below, the colorful squares are from Pierre Marcolini, another fancy shop right next to our apartment. I bought one of these for us and it was an awesome dessert for our picnic dinner at Luxembourg  Garden. Always a sweet ending!

Paris Sketchbook: The Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral, with a splash of pink cherry blossoms — at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: Macaron madness

All the pretty colors and flavors., but Psst... here's a secret. I don't actually like mararons. Well, let's put it this way, it wouldn't be my first choice in a French patisserie. I'd much rather have something buttery or chocolaty!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: Aaaahh, choux!

One can find all manner of confections made with a basic choux recipe. Here is a delicious one—chocolate eclairs!

Paris Sketchbook: Qu’ils mangent du gâteau!

Let them eat cake!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: L'opera gateau

Ode to Parisian opera cake!

Paris Sketchbook: Cherry blossoms galore

I simply can't resist painting the beautiful cherry blossoms again! April is Paris is glorious!

This pretty specimen was at the Jardin des Plants (which, yes, means garden of plants. It’s a pretty cool botanical place set up by I think Louis XIV; there’s a zoo and arboretum and geological museum too.)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: A fine cartouche

The hammered copper cartouche on the Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris is spectacular. They don't make bridges like this anymore.

Paris Sketchbook: Painting + picnicking

Painting + picnicking in the Luxembourg Gardens—that was a good day. I sketched this stag sculpture in the Luxembourg Gardens today. The tulips were standing at attention, the birds were singing French chanteuse melodies and all of Paris was ‘a moveable feast’ of picnickers—including Dan and me. Our own private stag party!

To market, to market...!

Yesterday morning our Paris apartment fridge had only the bare necessities (a bottle of champagne and some chocolate bon-bons), so off we went to the Edgar Quinet outdoor market (in Montparnasse) to stock up. There, we bought a cornucopia of fresh culinary delights, including these small, but oh-so-sweet Cavaillon melons.

The strawberries here are always so ripe, red and sweet. There are different varieties too, including the elongated ‘gariguette’ strawberries, which are the small sweet ones seen all over the markets, and available only from March to mid June.

At a market today—two types of strawberries.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

All the pretty clothes

Fashion wise, it seems that nothing is de rigueur in Paris these day, and anything goes, but this hip look with the French striped sailor shirt never goes out of style.

Parisian women can rock any style—

Red trousers

and flirty skirts

Friday, April 20, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: Cherry blossoms

Ahhhhh, April in Paris. The sweet fragrance of all manner of blossoms in the air here is heavenly, particularly the chestnut tree blossoms. — at Saint-Germain des Prés.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pretty chocolates!

Bonjour from Paris! The temps will be in the mid 80s today—mon dieu! Hope all the pretty chocolates won’t melt in the heat.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paris Sketchbook: 2018

Well here we go again. There's just something about this city that keeps pulling us back. Come along with me, won't you?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter to all!

I watched the Miss Potter film this week. Twice. It's the story of the lovely, creative, and somewhat eccentric Beatrix Potter, who created of all the darling Peter Rabbit and friends books. I have to say after viewing the film, that Beatrix was one hell of a woman. I deeply adore her passion and commitment and have most definitely invited her to my dinner party in heaven... whenever I get there. (The list is getting longer every year, I am going to need a large table!)