April 15, 2009

Red beret, French coffee, croissants...

Laura of Under the Sheets-Shhh returns to entertain you once again... take it away, Laura...

Thank you Fifi readers for your lovely comments from my guest post
last week. And thank you to Fifi for allowing me to guest. I really
enjoyed imagining that we could all meet in Paris at the Under the
Sheets café over some warm croissants and French coffee. My only
request is that we sit outside the café so we can people watch. OK?

Before visiting Pairs, my image of French women was that they were
stylish and confident. I wondered if they were raised to become such
amazing Parisian women or one day all of sudden embodied the French

And then I saw the movie Amelie. This changed my view of what Parisian
life could be. It also showed me a cast of characters that could be
living in Paris. And yet Amelie with that adorable haircut, spring
dress and always celebrating life showed me, I too could live in
Paris. Sometimes I could be draped in lovely Parisian fashion and
other times dress in my San Francisco boutique ways.

Amelie description “(Impish gamine Amélie (Audrey Tautou) lives alone
and works in a café. When she finds a trove of toys hidden for 40
years behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to
repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more
benevolent acts. A celebration of life, Amélie reminds us of the small
wonders that abound around us … if only we paused to look.)”

So the theme of today’s guest post is an American in Paris. Before I
visited Pairs, I pictured it to have overwhelming beauty, night scenes
with a beautifully lit Eiffel Tower, artists sitting by the Seine
River, women shopping and waiters preparing the restaurant tables with
table cloths before the rush. This was all true, but tourists do not
tend to see the family gatherings, daily life or work in one of those
Parisian clothing stores.It tends to take weeks in another city or country to feel at home and
to really understand their way of life. I am reminded of this when
tourists come to visit San Francisco. Most have heard of Pier 39,
Cable Cars and will go see the Golden Gate Bridge. But few know of Coit tower, the different San Francisco neighborhoods or the Ferry Building.

In my time in Paris, I remember walking down the Champs-Elysees to the
top of the L'Arc de Triomphe to see the city views. I was amazed at
the Louvre's architecture, the gardens of Versailles, the Cimetière du
Père (the most famous graveyard where Jim Morrison is buried), how
complicated the Metro is and watching little girls playing in water
fountains. So this American in Paris stopped and smelled the flowers.

Ah Paris! I wish I could spend more time with you. Instead I will have
to settle for my red beret, French coffee, croissants, movies and
memories. I hope to see you soon.

~Laura of Under the Sheets-Shhh blog


Merci Laura... once again... you have put together a FAB post for my readers... I'm think that in the future you should give us a tour of your city... San Francisco! Until then... let's pop over and see what the other Outdoor Wednesday participants are doing HERE!

The painting in this post (stolen from SFgirlbyBay) and more are available... visit my Painting du Jour Gallery and Etsy Shop where you can even find frameable notecards inspired the movie Amelie as you can see HERE.

Tomorrow is Tablescape Thursday... put on your best frocks... we are heading to Versaille for a special luncheon!


Helenna said...

Oooh I want to see that movie now! Sounds wonderful. Lots to catch up on your blog as I've been distracted by other things in the past few weeks. Nice to be amongst all your beautiful artwork again.

Helenna x

Char said...

I keep hearing I should rent that movie...maybe I will this weekend.

Joyce said...

I love all the splash of red in this post! Thanks for the info on the movie. xoxo

Kathleen Ellis said...

Thank you, Laura...for the wonderful thoughts and pics of Paris...and the movie...somehow that missed my radar...will have to rent that!

Fifi...I do so miss being in Paris with you...but I couldn't miss my brothers wedding now...could I? No, I definitely cannot...he is too sweet and it will be a lovely day...but I will be thinking of you!

A Lady's Life said...

love to find treasures some one left behind. Its like going into some ones secret life and knowing something special about them no one else knows. lol
Like these toys hidden behind a baseboard or pictures.
Imagine finding the owner of these toys so many years later and then falling in love or maybe something else happens.
Certainly an interesting intriguing story. Love it!!! :)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Thanks Laura and Fifi it was a Lovely post today. Enjoyed the Visitors viewpoint. Love the Eiffel tower photo and the cafe photo and the painting of course.

Ann Marie said...

I sure have been enjoying your adventures! Gosh, I can't wait to visit France!

Anonymous said...

I love your Paris Gallery. All the prints are beautiful!! It would be hard to pick just one.


niartist said...

Hi Fifi,
Sorry that you were inspired to paint today. I would have loved one of your paintings of my home.
:( Thanks for your perspective on the rug.

Helen said...

I am thoroughly entranced with all of this 'Frenchness.'

Sabina said...

I love Amelie!!

What a wonderful post Fifi - filled with so much fun!!


Ms. Tee said...

I want to see the movie Amelie now too! Thank you Laura and Fifi :)

SmilingSally said...

I enjoyed hearing about two fab cities. Thank you for sharing.

Angela said...

Amelie is totally worth watching.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Fifi..Sorry I haven't been around as much lately..... I haven't felt good. Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Betsy said...

Great post by both of you! And I do love that movie...

Renae Moore said...

Thanks to Laura for bringing back so many memories of my own trip to Paris so many years ago. Love the paintings as always.


Piper Jacquelyn said...

Oh, Amelie! What a lovely flick. Another reason to love Paris. And I want to eat a croissant right off your site!

alice said...

I am so fascinated with the "French woman" mystique too! So elegant, so confident... I really enjoyed reading the book Entre Nous- A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl... it's a rather interesting glimpse into the lifestyles and culture of French women!

Petunia said...

Dearest Fifi:

I have missed you so much and from I have heard not only from you but from others, you have missed me even more! I awoke this morning and decided to remedy the situation. I know in my heart I cannot continue to be most special to just one person. The demands and time requirements make it impossible for me to have kind of a social calendar that has anyone else's name penned in other than Raoul's! Oh, Fifi, he is a love and so charming and attentive in all the right places and at all the right times but I was about to kick a cat! I must be free to do what it is I was placed on this great earth to do! So many have missed me and I fear I am not doing my calling justice. Raoul has returned to Italy a single man. I have no doubt all the Italian ladies will be thrilled to hear their evening news and the update on his status.

I do want to note that my appreciation for all that is Italian has been greatly elevated due to my very close and deep affair of the heart with Raoul. They really have it all down there in the boot! It is fortunate that there was no call for my boot to meet his anything when I told him I needed to be free to be me! There were tears but we are all FAB now!

Petunia who is now back on the scene and although loved being in love for five minutes, loves her friends more!

Brillante Interiors said...

Amelie is a fresh breath of air! Very nice post and great images.
(I also love your paintings Fifi)

jeanne said...

Fifi, once again your post is a terrific read. Your guest did a fine job with her Paris observations. A beautiful city with so much to see. I love the photos and the art pics too.

Thank you...Jeanne

On The Wings Of Love said...

Loved your post ! Lucky me to have found your blog from Ma Petite Maison.
It's fun to find other artists and especially ones with the French Flare!

A la prochaine !!
Chantilly Grace

Mrs. Petrie said...

Amelie was such a magical movie. I loved her hair! I would probably look totally nuts if I had that hair, but I do love it so.

Nice Versaille post, too!

Draffin Bears said...

Great post Fifi and Laura.

I loved watching the elegant Fench Women walking around the streets of Paris, in their heels and pretty floaty frocks.

I see you have a photo of one of my favourite shops ~ Galleries Lafayette {little sigh}


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I absolutely love all of your beautiful paintings of Paris! So wonderful!

Fabulously French said...

Bonne blogging anniversaire! Love the post, it is fab!


L x


I adored Amelie when I first saw it. Your post makes me want to see it again!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

J'adore Amelie! And you are so right, Laura...when people come to NYC it's all Empire State Building and Times Square. I try to get them to the Cloisters, the Union Square Farmers' Market and on the Staten Island Ferry! :-) I tried so hard to take the roads less traveled when I was in Paris...even though I had to do the touristy things, too...I'd love to go back again some day and explore more!!

Wallflower Diaries said...

That's is one of my all time favorite movies. How can you not love her :)

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