Saturday, May 20, 2017

I still love Trouville-sur-mer

I went last August for 3 days and then again with C. On Monday-Tuesday to lovely ole Trouville-su-mer
Its in Normandy in case you were wondering, 2 hours from Paris. Depart from Gare St. lazare.
I still love the Marché de Poisson - 6 stands of super fresh crustaceans. Nothing cooked. Go across the street for that.
My pre-birthday lunch. OTT to say the least.
Natch I did a watercolor of said homard/lobster. Email me if interested.
We did eat across the street too at Les Vapeurs, loadd with turn of the century paraphrenelia
In fact we thought we were at Le Central..they are right next to each other.
Never mind. Our meal was superb!
Extremely yummy Normandy oysters. FYI, Prices are somewhat higher when you sit down at a white tablecloth place vs. the raw bar across the street.
Natch I painted my huitres/oysters.
French poster artist par excellence, Savignac's artwork is everywhere - its his home town.
I still love the wild, crazy French Victorian architecture in Trouville
Encroyable!
We attempted to sketch this
First time for Carolyn and she did better than moi
IMHO...ahem
Not much has changed from when Monet painted it...
We took the little tourist train (8€) up to see more houses.
We took the little boat to Deauville too (1.20€ for 2 minute ride...I could have stayed longer on the boat). I ate this lieges chocolat in Deauville(7,90€). Why oh why? I will go back soon I hope. You too!Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast.  If you'd like to receive Paris letters and mapin your mailbox, stop by my shop. 
Bon Week-end!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ParisBreakfast May letter..a work in progress

When Spring rolls around Parisiens get delirious about plants for their petit balcons.
Not sure why this surprises me. Maybe in New York only the 1% have a balcon to fuss over.
Look at this! Scented grass (rosemary, verbena etc.) for your petite terrasse.
Every Parisien's dream, La Compagne à Paris (the country in the city) There does seem to be a Green revolution going on in Paris.
At my local whatever shop Bü, all kinds of DIYs
I have yet to try any. My thumb is every color but green.
I went back to Grand Palais' Jardins exhibit for more plant immersion.
Mainly the gift shop, now a plant store plus all too many gorgeous books.
Spring green tea tins to die for. Who cares what's inside. So many beauitful things. You Must go!
Time 'to tend my own garden/jardin' as Voltaire said. Get back to the drawingboard for the May letter art.
My ongoing obsession with hot air balloons (and sheer terror of extreme heights), why not paint flying flowerpots viewed from a Paris balcon?
Taking things a step further...
'Paperdoll' time. Let's cut and paste and move bits around!
1st version, Bear approved his likeness. Whew. I heard noises outside my door. Must be the concierge. It was my proprietor (landlord). I invited/shoved him in for an opinion.
"No good" he said. "The revised Eiffel Tower is wrong, wrong, wrong". 
Oh. OK. Time for a do-over. Must stick with original Eiffel Tower!! You can see the final letter on Etsy. 
By the way the green bug thing is from Grand Palais' gift shop.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

'Paris in Bloom' May map, Nina's Paris

Thanks to discovering Georgianna Lane's book, PARIS IN BLOOM, this Spring has been the Springiest ever...chasing after wisteria, lilac and blooming cherry trees.
When we met up I gave her last year's May floral boutique map. Cross-referencing her list of favorite shops we were on the same wave length.
When I suggested collaborating on a map Greorgianna was delighted. I've been tearing around
Tracking down her favorites. Here's outside Flower.fr on 14, rue des Saint Peres 75007
Inside utterly serenity.
Paris' floral boutiques don't seem to mind browsers and you can take pictures, unlike Paris' patisseries, though I'd ask first.
I was at Au Nom de la Rose today buying a bag of rose petals. WikiHow says you can iron them between 2 pieces of absorbant paper at a low temperature - a speedy way to dehydrate them. I thought they'd make nice envelope stuffers for the floral map. Except it didn't work! Humph
Clever Nom de la Rose displays most of their flowers on the street. Luscious, silky roses sitting in old tin cans on rusted garden chairs. As tempting as strawberry tarts.
Inside they were trimming rose stems. There are 17 shops all over Paris, many closet-sized.
Have you been to Nina's Paris at 29, rue Danielle Casanova, 75001 near Place Vendome? One of the nicest tea salons in Paris. Georgianna had her book party here. Some kind PBers took me for afternoon tea.
Simple and elegant.
Nina's teas are a collaboration with the King's vegetable garden (le potager de roi) at Versailles. They have exclusive rights to use the Marie Antoinette roses for their signature teas and for the apples too.
Their chocolate bars and soaps! Too pretty.
Its a darling intimate space. I much prefer it to the grand overly-fussy fancy hotel teas.
How do they get those fresh rose petals to stay on the wall?
When you're flower-focused you see flowers everywhere. 
Nina's gave me their adorable tea tin flyer for this month's envelopes. Plus perfume card and ribbon. No dried rose petals though. 
Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast.  Here's the envelope stuffers for May's 'Paris in Bloom' floral map and the new bonus watercolor if you renew/subscribe. Perfect for Mother's day.
Enjoy Spring PBers!