February 28, 2017

February in Pictures

"Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that winter's woe was past;
So fair the sky was, and so soft the air."
~ William Morris, "February: Bellerophon in Lycia," 
The Earthly Paradise: A Poem, 1870


February 28, 2017 (059/365)

I had a fabulous 50th birthday in Paris!
Merci, mes amis, for your lovely wishes!
I'm a very lucky girl! Bisous - XO
February 27, 2017

Tea at the Ritz

February 27, 2017 (058/365) Tea at the Ritz

« Et tout d'un coup le souvenir m'est apparu. Ce goût c'était celui du petit morceau de madeleine... trempé dans son infusion de thé... l'odeur et la saveur restent encore longtemps, comme des âmes, à se rappeler, à attendre, à espérer, sur la ruine de tout le reste, à porter sans fléchir, sur leur gouttelette presque impalpable, l'édifice immense du souvenir. » - Marcel Proust, A la recherche du temps perdu

A glass of Champagne
 Une amuse-bouche - petite madeleine soaked in warm caramel milk
 Lovely French interpretations of traditional English tea cakes
and original creations inspired by Proust's writings
The china is a stylized Madeleine pattern
 The famous Madeleine passage to read while enjoying one's tea
...and one more Madeleine.
A gift of a small tin of Ritz Winter Tea
Even the bathrooms are outré.
After tea, the sun appeared in the gardens.

February 26, 2017

Les Bouquinistes

February 26, 2017 (057/365)

“The whole of Paris is a vast university of art, literature and music.
It is worth anyone’s while to dally here...
Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.”
~ James Thurber, The New Yorker (1918).

Along more than three kilometres on either side of the Seine are 900 green boxes containing over 300,000 old books, journals, posters, and souvenirs. Present since the 15th Century, these boxes have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bouquinistes can rent up to four 6'x3' boxes for 100€ each per year. Only one of four may contain tourist trinkets, so if you really look, you can find some unique treasures.
February 25, 2017

La vie en rose

February 25, 2017 (056/365)

« Je vois la vie en rose. » ~ Edith Piaf

It's still February and I have four more days of rosy hues to share.
Paris is so beautiful, especially through rose-colored glasses!

February 24, 2017

Bonjour Paris!

February 24, 2017 (055/365) 
"I want to step out down the Champs-Élysées, 
from the Arch of Triumph to the Petit Palais. 
That's for me: Bonjour, Paris!" 

February 23, 2017

On y va

February 23, 2017 (054/365

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

February 22, 2017

Bon Voyage!

 February 22, 2017 (053/365)

“Le voyage, comme l'amour, représente une tentative 
pour transformer un rêve en réalité.” ~ Alain de Botton

[Merci à mes chères élèves qui m'ont offert cette jolie carte!]

February 21, 2017

Les Chaussures | Shoes

February 21, 2017 (052/365)

"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." ~ Marilyn Monroe

I believe Marilyn is right. I'm packing for Paris and the hardest part is deciding on shoes. There's so much to consider: weather, comfort, Parisian style. I'm limiting myself to three pairs since I'm only taking a carry-on -- good thing my feet are small. These on-trend suede, pointy-toed flats by Pour la Victoire are great for days when I want to dress up a little.  They feel very Parisian and the mesh detail reveals just a glimpse of toe cleavage (ooh là là)! I also love the little glossary of flirty French adjectives -- in the feminine form of course (albeit sans appropriate accent marks).  C'est chouette, n'est-ce pas?
February 20, 2017


February 20, 2017 (051/365)

“Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises.” 
― Mark Oliver Everett, Things The Grandchildren Should Know
February 19, 2017

Favorite Things

 February 19, 2017 (050/365)

“When spring came, even the false spring, 
there were no problems except where to be happiest."
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast