I'm back ... back home, back to Paris, ... just in time to enjoy the holidays.
Its such a warm feeling being back with the one you love.
Happy Holidays to all!
|Notre- Dame of Semur-en-Auxois, for the children lost in the war|
Mr. T promised that if I let him rest on Sunday, we could "run all around" on Saturday, so of course, I took him up on it. I had done my homework about the area, and felt that my biggest opportunity for satisfying my curious needs to "search high and low" and "look around every corner" was in Semur-en-Auxois, just a short drive from our gite in Tivauche. True enough, the city wasn't far, the weather was perfect and the light was great for photos. Our first sight of the city forced "AWE", a city that dates back to the 12th century deserves an AWE! Our first stop was Notre-Dame of Semu-En-Auxois considered a remarkable example of Gothic art, construction began in the 13th century. Our fingers were hot on the shutter button, and after taking every angle of the church, the gardens, the city, the bridge to the city....etc. we called it a day ... what another great day in Bourgogne.
Planning some time in Bourgogne? Highly recommended!
I, on the other hand, am heading back across the pond for a while, to a place where internet is still a foreign word...posts will be sporadic, but I will check in from time to time.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you,
|One of the criteria ...|
This is a familiar view for me ... and I will miss it while I am gone. Luckily , Mr. T can keep a watch for me, just to make sure all is OK across the way. It is interesting how in days gone by, this closeness would have really annoyed me, this "vis-a-vis" as it is called, would have been enough to force me to complain loudly that "I have no privacy!" but, for some reason, here, in this place, I just don't mind. I appreciate it, and I wait to see someone move about over there. I feel as though I am a small part of something bigger, and I am secure in that feeling.
Its a lovely vue. One I will miss, but not forever...
The cooler days have changed the looks of the les fleurs at the florists on rue Cler. We have the cyclamens, decorative cabbages, the end of the hortensias, the red berries, and a lot of brightly colored foliage to add to your bouquets.
The weekend has also rolled around once again, so keep these flowers in mind if you have been lucky enough to have received a dinner invitation for the weekend. As invited guests, or les invites, the french are accustomed to arriving with a bon cadeau of chocolates or flowers. I really like this tradition, don't you?
|Champ de Mars|
Its happened. Overnight. The leaves have tombé sur la terre. This is always such a beautiful time in Paris. The walks by the Seine take on another dimension. The Jardin de Luxembourg becomes a monastery, a place of worship, everyone overcome with the colors that nature has painted on this season's canvas.
As leaves swirl down to find connection with where they arose, we, too, unknowingly are performing the same ritual.
This morning, I opened a magazine that I had stowed away for future reference of some sort, and out slipped a red leaf from last fall. Still perfect, still with its beautiful rich colors. What a nice reminder of the past year's fall adventures.
Go find your perfect fall leaf and tuck it away .... it will reward you someday.
I seemed to run into him everywhere I went... and each time we talked about getting together and sharing photographs of our latest voyages, about his research of the Seychelles Islands, about his wife and all the grandchildren ... on and on .... and of course, it never happens. I'm sure you know what I mean. It seems to happen a lot in Paris. The reason for this is simple. In Paris, you frequently meet new people, new and exciting people who you share common interests, or they are new in town and maybe a bit lonely ... or you just want to get to know them better, and so the discussion leads to the "let's get together sometime soon" conversation. These future plans are discussed with great excitement, can't wait to get together, when? where? How? and then ... never happens. This time, when I ran into him, I was determined to send him an invitation by text, telephone, or Parisian pigeon. And I did. And he accepted.
What a nice afternoon, sipping tea, and enjoying afternoon tasty delights! Hearing, in full, all of the things we had said we would discuss and much more ...
I am so glad I was determined. I really should be that way more often!
Partager the day and "les gouters" with a friend. You'll be glad you did.
|My Corner ...|
|Picnic at Jeu de Paume vu par PP|
Picnics are a way of life here in Paris. Especially if you are not used to the hours of eating in restaurants, which btw, is from noon to about 2:30. After that you need to find a brasserie or café to quiet those hunger pangs ... so, picnics are one of the best ways to get thru the day. Picnics in Paris can take place just about anywhere you like. Choose a nice paté, some cheeses and fruit, few slices of ham and sausages, baguette and a nice pastry to end with ... oh, and don't forget a sampling of wine. Here we have a couple who has found the perfect spot for that quick picnic as they wait for the Jeu de Paume to open.
Today, the weather has turned that lovely, romantic gray that Paris is famous for .. so, we headed to the Jeu de Paume to visit the latest retrospective and meet some of Mr. T's "imaginary friends" from Canada that he corresponds with regularly in internet photo contests, etc... So, of course, the photo exhibtion was very apropos for our meeting; and the "imaginary" friends took on a real reality before long. So glad Mr. T makes friends so easily!
The exhibition was a collection of André Kertész photos sharing his beginnings in Hungary, time spent in Paris (his favorite time of his life) and his many years in NYC (1894-1985); an Hungarian photographer who became one of the leading figures of avant-garde photography in Paris. A fantastic collection which left me with words to live by...
|Waiting for baguettes|
|Le Bon Coin Gallery Rue Montcalm|
While we were visiting our bons amis in Geneva, they were kind enough to take us to one of the most "famous" restaurant to eat the VERY BEST fondue in Switzerland. The famous restaurant, Café-restaurant des Ramparts in Gruyères is known for its moitiè-moitiè, which is a creamy fondue made of gruyère cheese and fribourgeois cheese, bit of nutmeg, and of course, some Swiss white wine. The recipe works well if you use REAL Swiss cheeses and wines. Alors, you need to start planning your trip now for the proper fondue. Winter is on its way!
While you are in the trés belle ville of Gruyères, take some time to visit the museum and bar of the famous surrealist sculptor/artist who made the film Alien famous, H. R Giger. His bar is quite unique and really not so scary once you've had a glass of wine or two!
Carnar, 13 rue de la Comète - 75007
This story is not for vegetarians!
We have just returned from a "Not for Vegetarians" weekend with some of our bestest buds from Paris, S and JP, who have recently demanager á Geneve. That is one of the good/bad parts of living in Paris ... which is ... (this is the good part) ... you meet lots of nice people, become close .... and (this is the bad part) ... they often move away. BUT, (this is the other part of the good part), they invite you to visit them wherever their new home may be.
So, we are invited to Geneva ...
Walking around the quartier, as often I do, this shop, Carnar caught my eye. First of all, I thought it was an Argentinian restaurant, which it wasn't ... but it was the next best thing. A Take-Out Argentinian store, a Vente au Public! As JP is in love with a good steak, I decided to venture in to see what it was all about....especially since the weekend for our Geneva BBQ was approaching, and I knew how JP would really be happy to see us with this cadeau in our luggage. The vendeures were very kind and helpful, showing all the cuts of beef, best ones for the bar-be, and suggested wines for each cut of beef. Also they have many side dishes and some desserts you can also add to your order. It takes a few days, so plan ahead, but it is soooo worth it (if you are not a vegetarian), especially if you know someone who really enjoys some delicious Argentinian beef. Right JP?
Our weekend in Geneva was a great success, with an open invitation ... I guess as long as we bring the goods from Carnar we will be visiting Geneva again soon!!
Take a walk by and plan your weekend BBQ
Tomorrow will be a challenging day. Another manifestation against the changes that are trying to take place in the social system of France. So, this is how it will probably look from my window tomorrow. there will be many disruptions of trains, RER, bus and metro ...plus I think the teachers are participating, so the children will lose a day of school. I guess , being American, the changes seem quite minimal - 60 years of age to 62, when in the good ole
US of A, it is more like 65 years old ... and we will be lucky if there are any monies left when we reach this ripe old age. So, what to do?
Enjoy the music and hope that it doesn't last for too many days....
You have to give the french credit for not letting anyone go hungry along the way!
Words of advice... When you are traveling to France in September...take care.
|Pont Alexander III - Paris|
Miam .. Miam...
The rains have returned to Paris today .. a bit triste ..., but there is still a bit of summer fruits to enjoy before the season is over. So Waste no time gathering up those last tastes of Summer ... those luscious peaches, plump blackberries, sensuous mangos, and sweet mirabelles at your favorite marché.
This is a lunch that my friend, J, served me the other day. I felt like I had just devoured an injection of health, magic, and even some extra "smarts." I proceeded to my new french professor's house, and wowed her with my progress, well nearly..... I did feel a certain amount of confidence after eating this delicious repas of summer fruits. This confidence cannot come soon enough, as we are interviewing for our 10-year residency card in a few short weeks. I realize that my french should (and I am most of the time understood correctly) be somewhat acceptable by now... but losing this southern accent is difficult! So, back to school I go for another round!
Anyone have their 10-year card that could give me some tips?
|Brocante 14th arrondisement Rue de Maine|
La Rentree is the signal for everyone to clean out their closets, and put it on the streets along side the professional sellers during the city's grand braderies (discount sales), vide-greniers and brocantes. There are several large brocantes and vide-greniers (empty the attic) scheduled for this month. The largest is in LIlle, La Grande Braderie de LIlle, the 4 and 5 of September, located a bit north of Paris. This is one of the biggest puces in Europe, covering hundreds of kilometers. Everyone comes to have a good time and eat moules-frites (mussels and french fires). But, if you don't have the time to travel to Lille, or you don't like moules-frites, try next weekend's brocante, 11 and 12 Sept., at St. Sulpice in the 6e; and La Bourse the weekend of the 18 and 19, September in the 2e. You are bound to find that special something for yourself!
I will be looking for you there!
PS Take a look at Chez Loulou for some really nice looking moules-frites!
|L'Escalier off rue Caulaincourt|
|Marché Maubert 5e|
|Snail on its way to Chantilly|
I've been hearing a lot about snails lately ... and this was after I found this little guy on the fence on his way to the Chateau of Chantilly. Apparently there is talk of the Fionacci numbers and how it relates to the basic DNA structure that we all share ... way too complicated for this read, but AS Byatt (one of my favorite authors) shares my interst in neurosciences, and she happen to speak of it, too... so where this is going I'm not sure... but I had taken a picture of a snail the preceding day, and I can only ask myself WHY?
But, it had to have had something to do with the beauty of nature that we encountered on our way back from Senlis. We had rounded a corner and then IT was en face! What a nice way to end our day-tripping! The Chateau of Chantilly! If you are coming to Paris anytime soon, and have a day to spare, try to fit this in. Let me know if I can help you, I will be glad to Partager Chantilly with you!
|Cathédrale Notre-Dame Senlis|
|Maybe we could live here someday?|