10 Days in Paris...

Today I turn my blog over to Albarosa of Brillante Home Decor...

"Merci Fifi for the wonderful opportunity of writing about Paris in your enchanting Blog"
Albarosa

It was 8:00 AM of a cold December day when Linda and I arrived by train from Milan Stazione Centrale to Paris Gare de Lyon. We could barely sleep that night, rolling and tossing and turning...we thought it would be fascinating like taking the "Orient Express" but even if we paid for a first class Wagon Lit we spent the first hour laughing hysterically figuring out how to move around our luggage, not to mention undress or wash our face in that cubicle! Linda, more athletic, offered to sleep on the upper berth...I tried to read a book to avoid feeling claustrophobic.

Of course we fell asleep an hour before arrival so we had to rush to get ready.

The sleepless night was worth it, I always find it fascinating to arrive in the morning and right in the center of a city. The light was just starting to come out from the clouds. After a short ride by cab the first thing we did was to have a "café au lait" and a "pain au chocolat" while we were waiting for a guy with the keys of the apartment we had rented for 10 days.

The area was Le Marais, the most exciting, friendly and beautiful part of Paris. The apartment belonged to an internationally known photographer with whom I took a workshop in the past, Peter Turnley (the lucky and very talented guy lives between Paris and New York when not in Afghanistan, Brazil, Africa, around the world).

We had to drag our luggage up the last flight of stairs since the lift was stopping at the 4th floor (a 17th century building) and there we were in this Parisian bachelor pad with a balcony and the view of Parisian roofs and Parisian clouds and Parisian dawns and sunsets ( I assure you they are different).
and it was really charming and "très Français" (Linda kept looking for the washer, dryer, dishwasher, to no avail).

During the day we wandered everywhere, from the Musée Carnavalet, worth a visit to know Paris' history

to the Beaubourg for contemporary Art and for the extraordinary view from the restaurant.
to les Jardins du Palais Royal for a stroll and to admire the elegant stores under the arcade.
to Clignancourt for the Flea Market (Marché aux Puces) for interesting objects and people

We went to the most beautiful stores (furniture and fashion) , department stores, one day I even dragged Linda to a Christie's auction preview.

If we did not plan to go out for dinner or for crêpes we were going home with baguettes, Reblochon, Brie, Pâté de Foie Gras, tartes salée, cooked shellfish and of course lots of pastries and gateaux ("Cannelés"were my favourite sweet treats those days, baked in copper molds, caramelized on top to protect a perfectly moist - chewy heart) ....and fabulous bottles of wine, ça va sans dire!

On a windy night we went on a Bateaux Mouches' cruise and we silently absorbed the nocturnal beauty of Paris, drinking hot chocolate.


Of course we had to go for dinner at "Le Grand Colbert" feeling part of the movie "Something's gotta give" and we were actually seating in the same spot as Dianne (but Jack and Keanu did not show up...)
Another night at 1:00 AM (yes one in the morning) coming out of a restaurant we saw three Camargue horses standing near the wall...at first I thought...too much wine! but then we realized they were for real, so we ran home (luckily around the corner) and got our cameras.
We then spent an hour just looking at the people's faces coming along the street and suddenly seeing those beautiful animals, I took several pictures and finally what I call "a zinger" a perfect moment captured with the best exposure...click...a picture which looks staged but was instead totally natural and I still wonder if the two lovers ever saw the horses.

It was already 2 in the morning but people were walking by, still enjoying the night and it was December! What a city!

Paris is so magic and changes constantly but always remains the same! when you go there after a few or even many years she embraces you with her charm and her timeless beauty just like French women, beautiful no matter what their age is, real women with grace, esprit, and always sexy even with wrinkles and gray hair. The way they talk, their gestures, the smile, the twinkle in their eyes.

Think about the most famous actresses: Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Ludivine Sagnier, Emmanuelle Beart , my favourite Juliette Binoche and many others, they are just like that and they always have great roles to play (like in the past Jeanne Moreau, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Signoret) and even the new generation of actresses like Audrey Tautou, Marion Cotillard, the extraordinary Cecile De France exude personality and charme.

Style, elegance, timeless beauty, respect for the past and looking forward to the future,this is Paris...charmant.

Ciao,
A.

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Merci Albarosa!!! Sharing your FAB visit to Paris along with your BEAUTIFUL photography was DIVINE!!! Everyone please make sure you visit her site and see MORE of her photography... you will not be disappointed... I believe you will be inspired like I was to paint this... oooh la la a bread shop... my favorite thing to eat... yum...

Tomorrow for EARTH DAY... we head to Outdoors with Laura of Shorehouse Chic ... for a PERFECT day shopping in Paris!

15 comments:

Petunia said...

Dearest Fifi:

It seems as if it has been forever since I last posted a missive to you. I do love the photographs you are sharing today. It seems that Paris is picture perfect at every corner and just does not have a bad angle.

I have missed you terribly, Fifi but have been busy with one event or another trying to catch up on all I didn't do while I was so busy being in love. I don't think I will try doing that again for a while. Is it possible I am truly not cut out for full time work? Of course it is, Fifi! It never was a style I could wear well. But it sure is delicious fun to try on something you would never buy!

What a lovely painting you have done today. The purple chairs are just divine and I can see you and I sitting right there, sipping a bit of cafe creme while I catch you up on all the juicy Paris gossip! My goodness, this city is the best tabloid ever!

Sincerely,
Petunia who may or may not have heard somethinmg just a bit naughty about a certain someone we both know!

vicki archer said...

Lovely - oh, how we all love Paris. xv

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh! what FABulous photos...thank you for sharing your Paris adventure with us Albarosa! merci!

Fifi, dear...why does bread have to be one of our favorite foods...it is always on my hips!

Looking forward to visiting Albarosa's blog!

Bonjour!

me, myself, I said...

Oh how delightful - we all love Paris so..!
Stunning painting ^_^

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh FiFi! This was divine! Thank you, Albarosa, for your wonderful photos and commentary. I have yet to see Paris but you made me feel like I had!

Muffy said...

LOVELY!!!!

Mary-Laure said...

Wonderful black and white pics, so very Paris.

TRES BELLE said...

I love the post Fifi..so very informative and interesting. I am also in love with your picture. I am sooooo hungry for "bread".

Kris

Brillante Home Decor said...

Beautiful painting of the Café. Joyous colours as everywhere on your Blog.
À bientôt!

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh those photos take me back to paris. when girlfriend and i went, she met the most interesting guy on the plane.

Diane said...

That was a very pleasant trip! Thank you, Albarosa! I love your painting of the bread shop, too Fifi. Wonderful colors!

sunnymama said...

Wonderful black and white pictures of Paris!

Draffin Bears said...

Thank you Fifi and Albarosa.

I love the black and white photos taken around Paris, so romantic.

I will go and visit Albarosa's, Brillante Home Decor blog.

Hugs
Carolyn

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, what amazing photos!! And I love your analogy of Paris, Albarosa..."she embraces you with her charm and her timeless beauty just like French women, beautiful no matter what their age is..." SO true! Thank you for this lovely tour.

qerat said...

Beautiful article
Lovely pictures and the best description of Paris

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