Monday, June 3, 2013

A Weekend in PARIS

I know I said that come this year, I would be a better blogger.  Okay, I lied!! It just seems that time goes by so fast. Then I think.......Oh, I need to touch up, lighten, adjust those pictures first, then I have to  put them in order, etc, goes the fun part.....I am going to start trying to do a bit more posting, without worrying about the text, the pics, etc....I will just load pics, and give you my usual verbal ramble..... So at least there is SOMETHING up to look at because if I wait until it is just perfect, It will NEVER happen.....EVER!!!
So here goes.... I just spent the last weekend in Paris. It was a quick long weekend with my husband, just us, and we hit the Flea's ( which fortunately he loves as much as I do). We strolled parks, ate food, and just enjoyed the city.
This happens to be my FAVORITE macaroon shop.  Macaroons are a French merangue cookie. Not the coconut marshmallow thing we call macaroons.

Only in Paris can you rent a Ferrari or Lamborghini by the 20min. segments. woo hoo

This is my favorite shot of all !!!   look closely.......... The dog on the right is walking a dog too.

The view from the balcony in my room.

Joan of Arc. May is the anniversary of her death almost 600 years ago. They still leave flowers in her honor. 
Imagine !!!   600 years

More homemade macaroons at a street fair. These are especially dark in colors....

Just one of many cathedrals in Paris. All built before America was even discovered. I am always in Awe of the artisians of yesteryear.

flower shops
A view from a window

Ever wonder how they get those hedges so dang straight???  Well look at what a little string and a stick  can do.

A typical bisto lunch

more flower shops

Look at the shape of the strawberries. They are long and oval.

A cheese shop....Can you imagine a shop with just cheese...and look how narrow it is, this is a typical size shop in Paris.

This is a FRENCH bulldog. I wanted to take him home.

This is Ralph Lauren's new store. He purchased this mansion and completely renovated it for his store and restaurant.

chic mannequins in the windows

The attic of the mansion is my favorite section. So rustic.

There is a section of Paris that we always go to on Thursdays, It is for dealers only and opens at 6am, and is locked up by noon. It is full of wonderful antique dealers. You can find huge bigger than life statues, complete rooms or tiny treasures. I have purchased so much here in the past.

This is a paneled room with massive wooden ceiling pieces

I love this man, off with his bouquets

so heavy, he had to rearrange

oh, a girl can dream.......I want this to be MY front door

Okay , I stood in the middle of traffic, trying to get this shot just right, the arch in focus and the cars around me blurring by. As my husband is sitting in a café on the corner trying to pretend he doesn't know the crazy amateur photographer about to get hit at any moment.

I didn't care, the shot was worth it...

Then I had to wait for the lights to come on....and a gasp of AHHhhhhhhh when they finally do!

This is a picture of what was over a wall into a building. I said to my husband..." I feel like charlies angels, spying over the wall". He said , "More like a peeping tom". Lets go!

Okay now the fleas begin.....oh the is a treasure hunt. Sometimes good , sometimes bad.

But in France its ALWAYS good.

We stopped to eat, at a corner bistro....mussels are a common dish in Paris. Mussels and Frites..(That's French Fries to us americans"

This is where I get all my furniture polish, and paste. It is only available in France. I use it on my wood furniture, and it smells like the Fleas of France to me.  I want to actually make a candle scent in this scent as well.

After the fleas we just went walking around Paris

Oh, yes please !! A CHOCOLATE Eiffel...about 45 dollars so a pricey piece of candy!

Even the carousels here are much better.

Then on the outskirts of Paris is a Park which we love. It is a piece of paradise. It is like central park of Paris.  It was built and designed by one man, well, he didn't physically do all the work himself, but he did all the planning. It is fantastic.


Yes, this is in Paris. Hard to believe isn't it.

Just another wonderful fountain on a street corner.

My husband and I also like this restaurant in the train station. It was built for the big Paris Exposition, and has been left untouched. It is such an opulent incredible venue. Just picture waiting for your train and having a quick bite to eat.  Well you still can, just like 100 years ago.



Here is what I love MOST about France. As most people who know me, know I am an avid animal lover, and France adores their animals as well. You are welcome to bring ANY dog no matter how big or small into a restaurant . Yes, I could bring Tank my bull mastiff if I wanted to.
Well here is this opulent restaurant and the cat goes simply strutting by. Ohhhh I love it. I know some of you probably think it unsanitary, I on the other hand find it very cool !

After dinner, my husband and I rush toward the Eiffel tower, because I see a rose colored sunset, and MUST get a picture of it.  So he obliges ( again) to my crazy scheme.  and we run at times to make it.

It was worth the run, although blurry on these pictures you certainly get the idea.

I have had such a request to take a group again this fall to Paris for a weekend of Fleas, food, and frivolity!!   Let me know if this is something you may be interested in, and we will keep your info. and keep you posted on the availability , pricing etc. When dates are finalized.
Of course it is limited to a manageable number of people so please let me know. 




Bohemian said...

Thank You for taking us along Virtually on your Fab Paris Weekend!!! And I'm glad you didn't wait for perfection before Posting... the Beauty of Blogging is to allow spontaneity and the Sharing of our Experience. I don't know that I shall make it back to France again, so going Virtually with Blog Friends is the next best thing.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

time worn interiors said...

tot said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your play list. I used to live next door to Louis Armstrong in Las Vegas. Brought Back a lot of memories. Loved you photos. Must have been lots of fun to take them. I would like more information about your next group trip. Just found your blog. Applying to purchase from you on Monday. Don't be perfect!
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Karen said...

I have never been, and now, thanks to your visuals, totally longto see it. :)

Thanks so much for giving me the opp!

Just popped over from your website ... so much enjoyed reading your blog.

I'll be back!

Cheers ... from Karen at The Well Seasoned Nest

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness. Thank you for that lunchtime trip to Paris! I love it. What a dream.

I'm longing to go to the flea markets. Which are your favorites?

Alana, Nest Vintage Modern

Unknown said...

Awesome blog, and I really think that the pictures look nice. This is my blog, and it's basic since I just made it like a couple of days ago haha. I post about anything, but if you have suggestions what I should post, just tell me since I like feedback.

Unknown said...

Awesome blog, and I really think that the pictures look nice. This is my blog, and it's basic since I just made it like a couple of days ago haha. I post about anything, but if you have suggestions what I should post, just tell me since I like feedback.

Unknown said...

Awesome blog, and I really think that the pictures look nice. This is my blog, and it's basic since I just made it like a couple of days ago haha. I post about anything, but if you have suggestions what I should post, just tell me since I like feedback.

Sandi said...

You are certainly living the dream! What a gorgeous city!!

Ignite Retail Design said...

Lovely images of a lovely city. I could relive my trip with your images.

Kathy said...

Exquisite captures of the beauty of Paris!

RustyClover said...

I'd love to know the deets of your paris trip. Went recently with family, which was wonderful.but would love to go back with like minded shoppers! Wonderful pics, thanks for sharing.

Through The Garden Gate said...

Wow!!! So Beautiful.....I would love to get more info. about your Fall trip...I am turning 50 in the Fall and that would be a great trip to take. I have been one time, but, the trip was planned out by others and I did not get to go to the flea markets.....please let me know. Hugs, Pam

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