Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Paris Letters

Just by chance I read about Janice MacLeod's book, Paris Letters in an interview while surfing the net. Little did I know it would change my life!
Like me, Janice came to Paris to find a new life for herself. Unlike me, she plotted and planned ahead how she could pull it off and sustain herself for 2 years of travel and freedom from a boring desk job. Also unlike me, within three weeks of moving here Janice met a charming rotisserie/chicken guy. They are now married! My curiosity was peaked. I went waltzing down rue Mouffetard to catch a glimpse of him. Voila. A perfect look-alike for movie actor Daniel Craig. I snuck a few shots.
Then came home and did some doodles. I had to meet the gal who snagged this cute guy. Turns out Janice is a long time reader of ParisBreakfast. It also turns out that over the past three years, Janice started sending out painted letters to friends from Paris. The letters turned into a business that provided income and a chance to share her experiences with others around the world. Each letter contains a hand-written story and a painting of Paris. Do take a look in Janice's Etsy shop. Of course you can see I was influenced. Janice has been incredibly kind sharing her expertise.
We met for coffee at Cafe Regis on the island.
Janice demonstrates the correct way to drink a cafe creme...
Then I followed Janice back to her turf on rue Mouffetard hitting all the high points mentioned in her book. Cafe TournBride is where she wrote in her journal daily (not too far from the boucher shop by the way).
This is where she and Mr. Right had their first beers. When does the plaque go up? Soon I hope.
I didn't know Hemingway lived here...
Does one have to learn all the cuts of beef to snag a cute bouchere?
Et voila. The happy couple.
Perhaps a cafe table is waiting for you in Paris? Do you dream about it?
Read Janice's book to see how she pulled it off.
I wish I had instead of winging it. By the way there's a boucher I'm kind of keen on..well I'm nuts for his chicken legs anyway. I've become a daily customer.
Today he wasn't there. Go figure. A new guy was in his place...hmmm. Janice's story is unique. I don't see a butcher in my crystal ball...
There is a nice story in today's Huffington Post on ParisBreakfast by the way. Do take a look.
*Kindle Alert!
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47 comments:

  1. Sweet piece in Huff Post!

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  2. omg CAROL...I just finished this book, just received my first letter from Janice and all the while was thinking of how I could get you two together..match made in heaven...too funny

    so glad you did so we could see more pics of "daniel"

    FAB U LOUS.

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    1. You seem to be clairvoyant Debbie.
      What else do you see in that crystal ball of yours?
      Do tell all.
      XxCarolg

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  3. What a nice interview on Huffington.
    Nice post and hope you find a special someone too.

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  4. crazy4paris4:39 PM

    What a wonderful interview in the Huffington Post! So neat to see your steady artistic endeavor acknowledged in this way. Bravo!

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  5. They are both adorable! We've bought chicken from that location before---never noticed the guy. But then I have my heartthrob already.
    Your way of moving to Paris is admirable, too!

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    1. Oh and his chicken is made with love. And if you marry him, he gives kisses for free right there on the street. Mmmm.

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  6. You are the first one I thought about when I recently read an article in one of my Canadian Magazines..:)about Janice.. and yes..what a cute couple:)

    Match made in heaven..you..she..he ..she..
    Visiting Huffington now:)

    Yay!

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  7. Fantastic spread on you in Huffington!!!
    Janice's calculations amaze me! But she had it easy - she did't have to figure in the cost of paint, paper, pastry, etc...... :-)

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    1. You have a point. Once I arrived I had to adjust my food budget. Out with the veggies. In with the pastries.

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  8. Your blog posts are the highlight of my day, thank you so very much for sharing all the joys and pastries you come across in the city of light. Don't know how long I'd last if lived so close to Berthillon, but this is coming from someone who's stays at a hotel across the street from Pierre Hermé and a stones throw away from Gérard Mulot. Would love to stroll the streets with you the next time I'm in Paris...so brave as well as talented!

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  9. Carol, interesting to read about how another fan of Paris made her dreaming reality.

    I really enjoyed reading your Huff Post interview. I would imagine that you are going to attract even more regular readers now.

    Congratulations to you, dear Carol, on all that you are doing...and many thanks for sharing your enjoyment that beautiful city with the rest of us.

    xo

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  10. Very nice stories, your post today and the HuffPost.
    Too bad your butcher isn't still there!
    Nice to see the Hemingway reference - the rue Mouffetard is mentioned a lot in most stories of Hemingway's years in Paris.
    I like the café Regis on your island, too!

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  11. Yes I must walk in Hems footsteps more!

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  12. How great for you to meet up with someone who adores Paris as much as you. Maybe Janices butcher has a hunky friend he can introduce you to :) Loved reading the article on you in the Huffington Post. Now everyone will be wanting to interview you, you might have to start wearing sunglasses as disguise when you walk around your petit L'Isle. sounds like life couldn't be better. :)

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  13. Haha I saw Scarlett on the Ile in big fat sunglasses and it was NO disguise at all.
    I should have such a problem ;))

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    1. We should befriend her. She must be lonely. All that untouchable glam.

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  14. Now I want to come to Paris too and eat and eat.
    It is 13'F here today. The winter that never ends.
    Such a super article in the Huffington Post.
    We miss you.
    Buster sends lots of love.

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    1. Buster's ticket is on the way...

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  15. Louisa May7:26 AM

    Fun to walk in Janice's shoes through Paris.
    Cinderella shoes really. She made so many dreams come true. You too!
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Actually the Cinderella shoes are the tough part. Oh to find comfy walking shoes that go with dresses. NOT EASY.

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  16. What a charming post .... I loved your story and hers too ... you encourage all of us to dream ...

    Karen in VA

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  17. What a sweet little story and hubba, hubba, he sure does look like Daniel Craig :)

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  18. Jane S9:42 AM

    ha ha -- my copy of this very book has just arrived!
    mais, I cannot hope to meet a handsome young Frenchman because I myself am "of a certain age" and it has been a long time since I was a cute young thing. (still cute, though, but "mignon" is pushing it!)
    imprudently, I have never saved much money,
    idea: I could save a lot of money in Paris by never walking into a boulangerie.

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    1. But money well spent in that boulangerie.

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  19. You make my day! Thank you so much for having the courage to do what so many of us would like to. Of course, you are very talented. Best wishes to Bear.

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  20. I just started this book! How wonderful that the two of you have met and she could help with the Etsy project. Such a brilliant idea for sharing your talents!

    And you had a Scarlett sighting, after all! ;) x Katie

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  21. Hi, Carol! Just read a review of this book and feature on her in a magazine called Chateline that I found this weekend in Canada. Sort of sounds like what you are doing with your Etsy thing! Thanks for sending the link. I'm off to check it out. How fun you could meet and that she's a bit of an inspiration!

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    1. I gave her a few trade secrets and she shared her watercolor know how. And she's FUNNY.

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  22. cyndi from SD10:40 AM

    Loved your post and the Huff Post interview.
    Have a wonderful day
    cyndi

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  23. Ann in LA11:12 AM

    So I just finished Blame it on Paris, now I have ordered Paris Letters, I read and love all your posts, you live my dream life!! I will be there 30 April, first stop rotisserie chicken! Great Huff Post interview!!

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  24. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Hearty congrats on the Huffington Post coverage, Carol! It is just wonderful to see you and your paintings and my personal favorite blog getting the attention all truly deserved!

    I am barely joking when I say that the French immigration types should view your work tout suite as it makes a better case for honorary citizenship for you than any other so-called 'essential papers!'

    Best, anne-craig

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  25. Fab post. Love the cover of the book..very inviting and love your sketches. and I want some of that chicken in the bottom pix. :))

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  26. Just went to read the Great article on you and your Art. :))

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  27. I loved the Huffington Post article & have put Paris Letters on my wish list.

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  28. WOW! The Huff Post article is terrific~great little paintings. I, too, have put Paris Letters on my wish list. when will YOUR book be out????
    great post as usual~Merci!!
    ~suzanne

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    1. Haha i wish I knew the answer to that one, but I think the subscription letters is the way to go.
      At least I think that today...

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    2. I ask the same question. I look forward to seeing it. How pretty it will be.

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  29. Carol,congratulations on the wonderful Huffington Post article and interview!
    So well deserved!
    Thank you,too,for your introduction to Janice.We have met several great authors through you;Cara Black is a special favorite!
    Lucky you to be living in the 4th,Ile St Louis! Is that fantastic or what??? I sort of had a hunch when you gave us the pleasure of pictures on your Marine post.
    You've made our day again,as usual!

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  30. I LOVE this story and have already purchased Paris Letters for my Nook. Can't wait to read it. I am now a follower!

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  31. Sandy8:15 PM

    What a great story, what a cute couple!
    I read a sample of Paris Letters-lots of ideas on saving for a long trip to Paris and she ended up living there.
    Are you married? I am too curious, I guess.

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  32. You are such a fabulous stalker! Great story.

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    1. HA! She's so good at it I don't even realize it's happening when it's happening to me. And she's already following Scarlett. I'll soon be following Carol.

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  33. It seems a silly thing for me to say dear Carol but I have dearly missed your posts. And the fault for that is all mine, because when I fell off the blogging wagon I apparently gave up some of its sweeter aspects like keeping up with you and your continual adventures. This post is such a brilliant example of the magic of Paris. Thank you for sharing Janice and I hope you find your special chicken roaster. Btw, JOY! We will be in Paris in June....alas for only two days (I snuck it in at the end of our trip this summer because my 7 yr old so dearly wants to see the Eiffel Tower). Any charming suggestions that might delight two teenage girls and their younger sister? Any suggestion would be grand. God bless you Carol and I am glad to be catching up with your posts.

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  34. Hello Carol from Australia.....so excited to have found you. My friend recommended your blog to me (she also bought Janice's book and now I have to have it)! You see, yes I do dream about a Paris Cafe! In fact, perhaps a reality for me. I have a daughter with a disability and my Son offered to us a Paris trip last year for a big birthday of mine. I had to knock him back as it is just too hard to get care for her. Well, blow me down, he has offered to take me (jumping for joy) perhaps next year!!!!!!!!
    So I just might get a coffee over there........(I want to eat and have coffee whilst there)!!!! Only thing is I'm not into planes but I feel if I knock back his very generous offer I will regret it forever!!!!!

    I'm going to have a look around now! Take Care and have a lovely day......Regards, Dzintra

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