Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
|My Corner ...|
When we first arrived in Paris, I had no idea the despondency I would feel before the "magic" place was found. The weeks living in an apartment wasn't so bad ... my friends would make this plain to me when I would complain about having no place to live.. "oh, the poor thing, she HAS to stay in a quaint little hotel in Paris ..."
But, the chase is on ... trying to find that perfect place, but for the moment,
There is no place like home!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
|Waiting for baguettes|
Yesterday I "strayed" to a NEW boulangerie. One of my friends and her husband (and their little boy) have opened their own boulangerie. It is exciting to me to visit "behind the scenes" of their shop in the 15th arrondisement, rue Vaurigard (btw, the longest street in Paris). It is charming, old shop they have really turned into something special. With its marble counters and large display windows (which she changes every 15 days, she has told me) and colorful terra cotta floor ... I feel as though I have stepped way back in time. The smells wafting thru the shop ... as I am saying "I will take one of those, and one of those ... and don't forget one of those café eclairs!"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
|Le Bon Coin Gallery Rue Montcalm|
The day was gorgeous and screamed for a trip around town. I had received an invitation to a vernissage in the 18e from a good friend in our Paris PhotoMeetup Group. Did I tell you about that? Always a good way to find your way around in a new city ... for those who like to travel with your camera, just google up Photo Meetup - city - and there you have it. We have an exceptionally good group that more or less live in Paris, so there are familiar faces each time there is a meet-up .. (take a look). Please join us sometime.
The exhibition was housed in a gallery in the 18e, right in front of the Bon Coin Café on rue Montcalm. Already the place sounded alluring ... , any connection to calm is attractive to me lately ... and since the 18e arrondisement has captured my interests recently, I have made it my new favorite arrondisement to explore. So, off I head to find my photo buddies ... The gallery has been acquired thru an organization called PAN, Paris Alumnae/i Network. PAN has been in existence since 1994, so not really new, but I had never heard of them before. It welcomes Anglophones from all walks and parts of the world, and life, something that sounds very interesting to me .. along with the very affordable dues that go along with these types of Parisian get-togethers. Their activities range from career development, social, educational, and cultural events .. many that have caught my eye as I took a glance at their website. Thanks, my friends, for telling me about this new way to enjoy another part of Paris.
But back to the Bon Coin ("A's"') photography exhibition ... we are always proud when one of OURS (photo group) is on display around town. It is a special moment, as photographers tend to relate to their pictures in emotional ways .... and when one is successful, as "A" has been, we all feel that warm, fuzzy feeling, too. A success was felt by all!
So another part of Paris discovered, along with a new group, PAN, to visit ...
Come along and Partager the fun!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The fall is here and that means the grapes are ready for picking, which also means it is time for Les Fetes des Vendanges at Montmarte. If you have not participated in this annual event, you really need to go! After all my years of living in Paris, last year was my first time for going to this largely celebrated affair, and now, I am sorry that I have missed many years of fun and celebration. So, don't miss out! The parade is the highlight of the fete, so check out the times on the website.
All regions of France are represented ..., so lots of entertainment, food demonstrations, wine flows freely, along with other delicious tastes and smells of the season. Starting today and thru the weekend, plan your time to include this fete des fetes!
On Saturday night, Oct. 9, in front of Sacré-Coeur, there will be Grand Feu d'Artifice en musique, some fantastic fireworks and music, by Jacques Couturier Organisation.
Friday, October 1, 2010
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!