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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Market day in Vaucresson

One of the unique ways of French life, which is a throwback to olden times, is 'market day', usually held on a Sunday.   Each town or village has its own  open air market and the whole family goes to choose the ingredients for their Sunday lunch.
My aunt and uncle live not far from Paris, so we checked out the market at Vaucresson.

Fresh vegetables abound
Look at the huge olive selection....
...and preserves
No table is perfectly set without a bouquet of fresh flowers.....
 .......and don't forget the grand finale!

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.

Bon Appetit!

Thank you Nicole and Pat for your generous hospitality!

Goodbye Paris......South of France, here I come!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Encore Bonjour Paris

Our second day in Paris did not bring any better weather, so umbrella in hand again, we started on the left bank, and with the recommendation of  my uncle, stopped in to visit Shakespeare & Co.

If any 'starving writer' didn't have a home, they were welcome to stay at the bookshop and sleep under the stairs for as long as they continued to write.....stop writing, and out you go!

Time for lunch......found a lovely little Bistro just next door, so in typical French fashion, we sat outside under an awning, heated by an overhead lamp....all very cozy.

Great deal for lunch.....a main and glass of wine for 14 euros....perfect

curried chicken tagliatelle

duck confit with roasted potatoes

Needless to say, it was time to work off our meal, so we headed  to the 'Right Bank', passing Notre Dame, to visit the Marais quarter.

I was enthralled by the typical of Paris...

Even the boutiques had fabulous displays

Our last stop was the Place des Voges

with its colourful boutiques displaying local art

Before heading home we couldn't resist a stop at the Pont Neuf, boasting all the 'love locks'.  Lovers put locks on the bridge to signify their undying love for each other, then throw the key into the river.

The locks span the complete railing of the bridge!
Just below the bridge, is the head of the Isle de la Cite where there is a lovely little garden called 'Le Sqaure Vert-Galant'. It was on one of the benches in this garden that my Grandparents decided to have a child.  This is why my father wanted to come home,
 full circle to "where it all started".
I knew that Dad was thinking of me, as on our path back to the train, we came across a store that only sold orchids.....I was in heaven!

A little family time coming up.....

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bonjour Paris

Paris is a city made for walking!  There are both Grand Boulevards and narrow streets that were once cart paths, 
each equally enchanting to stroll.
With 2 extra days to visit Paris, we headed from home base of Versailles, by train into the heart of Paris, arriving at the Gare St Lazare.  That is the perfect starting point.
With my niece Victoria
Upon arrival, it stated raining, so walked quickly over to the department store 'Galleries Lafayette', which is an architectural wonder!  The main building has a colourful dome, 
which attracts many visitors.

Even better is the view from the rooptop!
As you can see, rain was in order for the day!

With umbrellas in hand, we headed to the Jardin du Palais Royale.
  Its canopy of trees must have shaded many royal courtiers


I just loved the juxtaposition of the old and  new with this 'water art'
Still looking for cover from the rain, we found this lovely little passage that had charming boutiques, with many tempting bottles!
Time for a lunch break... We found a lovely little cafe called 'La Bombe' near the Bourse.  The first clue that this is a place where the locals eat and not meant for tourists, is that the menu is all in french, and very limited.
Open faced ham and tomato

Steak tartare

Lovely Aunt Shirley
The clouds started dissipating, which allowed more outdoor visiting.
 Time to head back to the train, but not before admiring the very creative shop windows!

It isn't always about TIME....
.....but someone thought it was!

Another day in Paris tomorrow....... 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Paris in the Spring

Many years ago, I used to live in Paris.
It was a time in my life when I had no obligations, so taking a year to study, work a little and have some fun was great a start to adulthood.  
Paris in the spring can't be duplicated....the fresh cool breezes gently wafting over the spring gardens evokes a calming comfort.

My father was born and raised in Paris and we knew from an early age, after he immigrated to Canada, that he wanted it to be his last resting place.  To honour his wishes, many branches of the family gathered in Paris to say our final goodbyes.

 The gods were on our side as we were able to connect with family back in Canada through SKYPE, so they could be with us.
Dad would have been extremely pleased with the sweet and emotional send off to be with my mother.
Good bye are forever in our hearts!