And a lot of candy was eaten. Some of it before I got to paint it, so replacements had to be bought ahem.
If you're traveling around France you MUST try out local specialties where ever you are. Even if you hate boiled sweets (les sucres cuits) it's a great way to get the flavors and culture of each region. So many of these classic French candies (at least 70 varieties) are bound up with memories of every French childhood. It's not enough to tie your scarf right.
Paris has many small candy shops specializing in these regional candies if you can't travel into France profond. Les Bonbons at 6, rue Brea 75014 is just closet-sized but packed with treasures.
I'm enthralled by these adorable tins in their window. Someday I'm going to Vichy just for the checkered tins. I almost ran off to Montelimar Tuesday to immerse myself in guimauve and nougats but common sense stopped me. I'll go soon. Marshmallow immersion is a must-do no?
La Mere de Famille at 35, rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 is another traditional candy haven. Their fait maison chocolates are pretty divine too.
Along with researching candy shops all over Paris (many tragically still closed for vacance like Servant and Olga Chocolatier) I dove into vintage French children's ABC books.
Ask any French person what is their "madeleine de Proust" and they will dream back to favorite sweets of their childhood. This attachment is never lost and kept alive by Paris' candy shops.
Enfin, back to my favorite Parisian candy shop, Le Bonbon au Palais at 19, rue Monge 75005.
Et voila! Right under the big jars of regional candy, the answer to my September Sketch letter prayers.
The original cahier (school notebook) of a close friend of owner Georges Marques' from when he was 8-10 years old and the perfect design format for my September letter. Georges lent me this precious notebook without my asking though I was dreaming, and click-click, taking pictures like mad. Before running off to the printer I showed Georges the finished art and he ever so slightly straightened the Bergamot bonbon on the left side. It made all the difference. Sometimes you need friends in high places ;)) yes I did misspell Bergamot and Georges caught it but...
Voila. If you want to see the whole finished September letter please visit Etsy. By the way I've moved to a bigger envelope so there will be less folds in the letter in case you plan to hang it on the frige. And there is an ALL NEW SHIPPING DEPARTMENT at ParisBreakfast Studio, so we can be faster, more orderly and spell your names correctly (hopefully, fingers crossed). Bon Dimanche!