Here's one of the artists who will be playing there:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
From a purely consumerist point of view (not historical or literary, because there certainly are those realms to talk about here), the Latin Quarter is to Paris what South Street is to Philly - the perfect place to get a bite to eat while walking down the cobbled streets, people watching, then popping in and out of shops or bars.
My street-side crepe was delicious - made with fresh eggs, cheese and ham. The eggs were so fresh that the yolks were bright orange! We didn't eat them while walking on the street though. We sat inside where the place setting was beyond humble ...
But what fun we had going to the shops and then having gelato in a cone, with the scooped icy delight served to us shaped like a flower ...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
About 300 artists hold licenses to work on the Place du Tertre in Montmartre. The waiting list to get a license is long. The artists' quarter at the plaza once attracted artists such as Renoir, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Picasso. Today you can go there and see works such as this ...
this place for cookies and macarons:
"Quais de Seine" - Acrylique sur toile, 2010
by NICOlas POULET
7, rue gaston Auguet 75018 PARIS | tel: 00 33 (0)6 60 67 45 99
this place for cookies and macarons:
This is where we had lunch ...
The food is so-so. So is the atmosphere. But my Nicoise salad was good.
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Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
The hilltop district of Montmartre was once home to a thriving church-owned vineyard that produced wines for the local cabarets and drinking establishments, before bohemian artist Picasso and his ilk arrived on the scene. With the urbanization of Paris, the district's wine-making legacy would have been lost if not for a group of artists who petitioned the government in the late 1920s to save a plot of land and recreate the original church-owned vineyard. That plot is the one you see above, the Clos de Montmartre vineyard. It's the only vineyard of its kind within Paris city limits, spans 1,556 square meters and produces about 1,700 bottles of wine per year. The bottles are auctioned for charity at the annual autumn Fête des Vendanges (Montmartre Harvest Festival). The Clos de Montmartre vineyard is not open to the public, but we caught a glimpse of it through the fence on our way to the Museé de Montmartre. For more information about Clos de Montmartre, click to visit the Commanderie du Clos Montmartre website.
Photo: Signage being put up for the 2010 Montmartre wine festival
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Some of the women in my tour group were surprised to learn that we had to PAY to use the toilet at quite a few locations while on our recent trip to Paris. (This wasn't new to me - as I've had to pay to go in other European countries.) One lady even suggested the U.S. could solve its economic problems if we took on this practice. Others were just miffed about having to search through their handbags for coins when they had to go really bad. Often, we went "two on a euro" just to speed things up.
But how bad can it be to use a pay-to-pee toilet facility that looks like and sounds like a nightclub? The colorful toilet paper lining the walls are like disco lights ... and the cool music they pipe in helps clinch the experience ... not to mention the extremely clean and modern stalls which are continually being wiped down by the young, hip staff.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Photo: Leaving the courtyard of our hotel.
Cobblestones can be hell on your feet. Especially if you're wearing high heels. (Remember, all the fashion guides on what to wear in Paris specify "NO white sneakers" - so if you are style-conscious, chances are, you will find yourself in heels at some point in time during your stay in the City of Light.) And in Paris, there are LOTS of cobblestones. So while flipping through a magazine in the doctor's office this afternoon, I found something that may not help your poor little tootsies when walking on cobblestones but will certainly protect your precious high heels and which I just had to share with you:
Behold ... SoleMates!
"High Heel Protector
At last, the sole-ution to wearing high heels in grass, cobblestones, bricks, wooden decks, and over subway grates! A high heel protector that is discreet and easy to use, the SoleMates High Heeler™ attaches easily to most stiletto and high heels." Ships Globally.
Get some for your Manhalo Blahniks!