(Les tournesols) Just a few of my favourite things from beautiful Paris
~ pretty fleuristes with flowers spilling out onto the pavement ~
Elegant architecture especially those opulent Grey mansard roofs
with little dormer windows. (the little attic rooms at the very top were often used as maids quarters
can you imagine the view they would have, looking out over Paris)
Laduree on the corner of Rue Bonepart & Rue Jacob
macarons in every flavour presented in prettily decorated boxes
Pistache ~ framboise ~ chocolat
Did you know that they also sell a collection of lovely room sprays & atomisers.
Just across La Seine from Notre Dame Cathederal is this delightful
little Park "Square Rene Viviane" perfect for whiling away
a few hours . To your right their are lots of bouquinistes
spread out along the river ~ with an electic mix of old books
paintings & touristy bric-a-brac.
To your left it's only a few steps to that magical little book-shop
"Shakespeare & Co" stocked from floor to ceiling
with Books! Books! and more Books!
If you make a purchase from this store they stamp it with their official store stamp,
which says " Kilometre Zero Paris "
a reference to the point in front of nearby Notre Dame - from which all distances
in Paris are measured.
~ Beaucoup de Bouquinistes ~
this lovely painting by Edouard Cortes depicts the bouquinistes
in the early 1900's
He was known as "the parisian poet of painting"
because of his beautiful Parisian city-scapes.
I hope you like it!
Have you ever been lost in Paris ? On my last visit I decided to hop a bus, any bus in fact and enjoy the sights of the lovely left bank. The bus was a number 84 and it wasn't long before I realised I was on a local bus doing it's rounds as it headed across La Seine and commenced it's daily run out to the "Porte Champerret"
We passed by that notable "Maxims de Paris" where Brigette Bardot caused a scandal when she entered the restaurant barefoot !! I thought of the many famous faces who had been regular clients to this opulent eaterie ~ Aristotle Onasis, Maria Callis and The Duke & Dutchess of Windsor.
It's still very popular today but unfortunately I didn't catch a glimpse of it's current owner Pierre Cardin. ............................................................................................. Further out we passed the elegant gates to that romantic park where Claude Monet painted his lovely canvas with the pink flowering shrub titled "Parc Monceau"
The park has 9 of these gold tipped, wrought iron gated entrances, designed by "Davidoud" The current watchman who lives above the rotunda at the North entrance, is a fifth generation watchman. What a lovely job and imagine being able to live right here at the park ............................................................................................ We finally arrived at the turn-around where many suburbian Parisians were waiting to board the Number 84, with shopping baskets and little dogs in tow ~ I smiled to see that many of the shoppers greeted the bus driver with the usual kiss on both cheeks or sometimes 3 air kisses ~ very cute! They were obviously regulars on this route.
We then headed back in the direction of Paris Centre, each time we stopped their were many "Bonjours" and Kissy~kisses as people got on or off and recognised fellow commuters. It was a wonderful experience to have taken this Bus ride because I caught a glimpse of the everyday Parisians going about their everyday tasks with little dogs in their baskets ever... so well behaved. In all I think it would have taken about 2 hours from ~go to woa~ but I remember it with much fondness & was very pleased to have been lost on Bus 84.
Just down the Avenue from the "Dior Fashion Boutique"
is the pretty "Baby Dior" it has the sweetest little diamonte slippers
with organza ties ~of course!!
Unfortunately I've caught the reflections of
Hotel Plaza Athenee from across the street ( no I didn't see chef Alain Ducasse stepping out) but the thought crossed my mind as I looked at my photos
what a wonderful place to be between these
2 Iconic Parisian establishments.
Princess Grace opened this little boutique in 1967
The lovely French assistants were most helpful
as I attempted to blunder my way through
chosing baby bibs ( bavoirs pour bebes)
~ bleu et rose~
Nothing pleases me more than to stroll around
Monet's beautiful rambling home & garden
at "Giverny" in Normandy.
Monet referred to this as
~ His greatest masterpiece ~
~ Self Portrait 26 years ~
image by Auriane Cauderlier
This large dining room is my favourite room
awash with the
prettiest buttery yellow
(don't you just love the chairs)
ornate Roccoco china cabinets
accented with pretty blue & white china
and the end wall decorated with
exquisite Japanese art works.
Through the door at the back you can see
into the blue & white kitchen
with every style and size of copper pot.
The guide told us that Monsieur Monet
loved his food !!
~ pretty little vignette ~
onto the beautiful garden,
ablaze with the colours of summer.
Strolling my favourite foodie street
in Les Halles district
Oh! and L'homme
walking with style
oh la la !
If !!! I could live right smack in the centre of
I think I would choose an appartment
right here in this lane-way off Rue Montorgueil
1 minute walk to the very best
restaurants -bakeries- fromageries
and ( of course) out-door coffee shops
I could even try out my very best French like
Je voudrais un cafe creme - s'il vous plait
avec chantilly !!!
Strolling elegant Avenue Montaigne gives me such a buzz!
it's known as
~La Grande Dame~ of French Rues
I'm always looking out for famous faces
entering or exiting one of the many fashion houses
Christian Dior~ Chanel~ Valentino.
What a way to spend a day!! Chanel had their windows decked out
in classic Black & White with lots of
beautiful bangles and beads
Oh! and not to mention
bags and scarves ~ Bien Sur~
across the way in the reflections, you can see
Versace with their pretty little cream
canopies over the doors & windows
One of the most impressive facades
belongs to this gorgeous shop ~Paul & Joe~
as I entered in through the lovely
wrought iron gates
& through ~une petite jardin~
I couldn't help but be overawed by the
beautiful entrance area
Delicate chandeliers~ antique mirrors
peach colouring so.. soft & pretty
................ One of the biggest jewellery robberies
of recent times
occured in this very street. Apparently the thieves
got away with over US $100 million !!
in diamond rings neclaces & luxury watches.