Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Surviving the Paris Heatwave

M.I.A. I'm trying to keep cool with shutters shut, frequent tepid showers, (I even tried the damp T-shirt last night and it works. Hooray). Plenty of watermelon/pastaque. Did you know French ice cubes/glaรงon are actually sparkling water? Champagne would be nice too. Sooo classy. I have a new blue water bottle. Goodby plastique.
I would really love to sleep in our entryway. Stone cold. Living in a 
6th floor chambre de bonne has great views but freezing in winter and torrid in summer. C'est la vie.
Can you believe the sky Monday morning? Never saw anything like it.
Yesterday I dipped in a new pool, Piscine Keller and its outside in summer. Who knew. My 3-month city pool card (22€ for seniors) gets me into most of Paris' 38(!) community pools. Why did I move to Paris? ๐ŸŠ‍♀️๐ŸŠ‍♀️
Sunday I bought this hat (1€) at the Vide Grenier on boulevard Henri IV.
The community 'yard sale' costs 15€ To rent a space with tables provided. Most stuff is 50 centimes to 2 'bucks'. Not all of course but fancy antique dealers are MIA. There was also a 
Croix Rouge stand with lots of designer Max Mara at ridiculous prices. Keep an eye out for posters. These go on all over town on Sundays.
My latest doodles..for 
Elaine Sciolino's new Seine book map.
On Saturday I bought this boite/ bunch of tight peony/pivoine buds (10€) to paint for you. Almost immediately they bust wide open.wow
This afternoon at 14:00 precisely I have my annual visa rendezvous at the Prefecture. Please pray they let me stay on. And that I don't melt in the heat waiting.Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast. Share with a friend. Indulge yourself and 
Get Paris letters and watercolors in your mailbox๐Ÿ“ฎ xxx๐Ÿ’‹Carolg and Bear๐Ÿป still in Paris ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŠ๐Ÿป‍♀️

30 comments:

  1. Mary R5:29 AM

    Everything is going to be all right! So happy to know you're busy with comissions.
    Wishing you the best always!

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  2. I love this post!
    I feel for you ..of course we see the news..and know of la canicule.Must be so hot for you.I could not have imagined your entry way looked like this from the outside of your beautiful blue doors.
    How pretty Carol.
    Thank God you love to swim and the water..hope this brings you some comfort..I never knew ice was sparkling water in Paris.

    Wise authors that commission your work.
    All will be well;)

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    1. Awww.... thank you dear Monique!
      What a nice response. Almost all the entry ways on this street look like this. Horse and carriages drove through them. Stable is in the back, but we are the only building with a small garden in the courtyard. Very lucky indeed.

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  3. The worst is yet to come. We are being told 40 for Friday. It's very windy, which makes it more bearable. Good luck to you! A pool will probably be in my future, too.
    €15 with tables is a good deal for a vide grenier placement. We usually pay €3 per meter, and have to bring our own tables, which take up space in the car.

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    1. Wow they are sticklers for detail in the sticks. One would not expect that. Peep here spread their stuff around, taking up lots of space, overflowing..
      Today was supposed to be 93 and it is 83. Still it feels like 100 to me, especially at the non-AC Prefecture.

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  4. America, at least my part of it, is cool and soaking this summer and Europe so hot! That entryway looks like a little haven. I love the vides greniers. And lucky you with the very reasonable pool pass!Looks wonderful. I'm grateful you can dive in while it is so hot.

    Love your beautiful peonies (mine always are loaded with ants!) and your doodles. Best of luck in Visa-land!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie.,
      I PASSED. Yahoo..though I may pass out soon..sooo hot. And last minute I could not find my birth certificates :(
      Course they were in the file marked BIRTH CERTIFICATE ;o)

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  5. Bonnie L8:38 AM

    Wow! You are trรจs organized for la canicule. Good to hear Elaine Sciolino has a new book coming out...look forward to seeing your Seine Map in it. Stay cool

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  6. In Vancouver, we have had almost no rain in May or June. It is so unusual! You passed! The vide grenier is such a good idea. We live in an apartment and I always have stuff to donate or sell. In Paris, you don't need a yard, driveway or the expense of a big table. Beautiful peonies!

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    1. Thank you Madame!
      Your weather sounds as crazy as ours...
      We will survive!

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  7. That sky is amazing, I love the hat and, of course you passed - they would be fools to let you get away. I bought myself a bunch of peonies a couple of weeks ago as we can't grow them in CA and they are a favorite of mine.

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    1. A Very unusual sky for Paris!
      Peonies are delicate creatures. They dont like heat...prefer the shade or dark!

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  8. Vicki4:34 PM

    I do hope you are now celebrating a successful visa appointment. The PR you do for France should guarantee it. Wow, did the year fly by!

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    1. I celebrated in the pool along with a lot of other French people. I've never seen St Germain piscine so crowded! They extended the hours till 9:30.i will go at 7am maybe instead. It was very cooling though.

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    2. Time goes much faster here than in NYC...havingg too much fun?

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  9. I hope you made out well today at the visa office....fingers crossed and I SIMPLY LOVE THAT HAT-a well worn hat is my most favorite stay cool and stay well!

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    1. I just read the comments YEAH ON THE VISA!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

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  10. Jeanette S11:48 PM

    So glad to hear you’re surviving! That rooftop apartment must be an oven! I hope that movie theaters and libraries are air conditioned, too.

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    1. Paris metro stations are super cool underground. The trains create a breeze.
      I saw someone leisurely reading a book there. And you can stay till midnight

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  11. looking forward to your Elaine Scolino Map. Her Rue de Martyrs book was a great read

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  12. Abbey in TX12:39 AM

    The peonies are absolutely beautiful.
    And, I love your “people” sketches. They are so alive.
    I am sure France let you stay today at your meeting.
    You love it there and they should love you.
    (I have been reading your blog since before you moved).
    Hope you got good news !!!

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    1. THANKS Abbey
      ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ
      Another year in Paris!

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  13. I really want to see a picture of you wearing your new hat!!! I bet it looks great on you! I can’t imagine not getting your Visa renewed with all of the great PR your blog provides!!❤️

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  14. Sarah7:02 AM

    I SO enjoy your posts!!
    As an ex expat to Paris, every post brings me a lot of joy. Good luck with the heat (did they do paris plage this year?) and the visa issue!

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    1. Thank you Sarah
      Paris plage comes in July. I see tons of people hanging out along the Seine so there must be a breeze but I must go check to be sure..

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    2. Anne Marie7:08 AM

      I pray you stay in Paris, I love your letters and your watercolors.

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  15. Virginia7:22 AM

    When you are done with the hat can you send it to me?
    Loved this Paris Breakfast, especially peonies and cherries. (actually like them all)
    Do Parisians drink iced tea? Ice cubes made of tea don’t dilute the tea.

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  16. Lynn S12:19 AM

    I hope you’re able to stay somewhat cool. The European heat waves always sound so brutal. Southwest Florida is pretty hot right now too so I’m staying inside most of the time, in fact, all of the time.
    Do you have a walk up or an elevator? And do you have a courtyard?

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    1. Next post will be inside our elevator/encenser made by M. Schindler.

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  17. I got such a kick out of your line, about some Parisians are even wearing flip flops! Thank you for your beautiful shares- they are such a light in my little life here in Maine!

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