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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Paris Dreamin'

Moulin Rouge Bleu

I have a friend who just wrote and said she and her husband are headed to Paris in May.  She asked for suggestions concerning les Brocantes, and things to do and see in around the City of Lights.   Well, first of all I have to say that I'm thrilled for her and hub, and I'm maybe a little envious! I've never been there in May, but I know it's magnifique then!
First I'd tell her to  subscribe to the two newsletters I mentioned in the last post.  Parler Paris keeps me up to date on everything that would interest a tourist, written by the savvy ex-pat, Adrienne Leeds.  Also this web site gives locations of many of the beautiful passage ways that the city has to offer.  Our very favorite is Galerie Vivienne.

Break the piggy bank and definitely plan a meal at Le Train Bleu, then save money the next day by sightseeing in the Marais, lunching in the Rue des Rosiers on a huge, filling, delicious Falafel  [5 Euros], then going to the free museum up the street, Le Carnevalet. [See my Paris page above] Find out more of what's happening in the Marais by subscribing to this .
More in the next post!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Paris Dreamin'

This is a Mixed Media collage I made a few years ago to remind me of Paris.  As if I needed reminding!!!!

Parfum et Ladurée 

I had surgery about a week ago, and while I'm not in awful pain, I still don't have the energy or desire to be creative right now.  So instead, I'm taking time to catch up on my reading, movie watching, and net surfing. I've just finished a wonderful book, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, which I highly recommend, as it was written in France during the German occupation. The  author died at Auschwitz before it was finished, but the first two parts that she completed are excellent.  Now I'm just getting into The Girl Who Played with Fire , the second in Stieg Larsson's trilogy. As soon as I finish it we'll rent the film, as the first one was excellent.  Also saw a great French film the other  night, MicMacs , directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of our all-time favorite, Amelie. [ Which I watched for the umpteenth time again last night!].   Also watched a very sweet French Rom-Com, Heartbreaker  [L'arnacoeur] which had my DH fleeing to his office to work on his computer, but mom and I loved it.

I've also found a few great French blogs.  I subscribed to French Word-A-Day, written by Kristen Epinasse, and caught up on many back issues of
And I found

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