Sunday, August 09, 2020

The New Paris Letter

Ta Da This brainstorm hit me on ligne 7 going to ze POOL yesterday. We're in a week-long HEATWAVE/canicul. 90+ degrees. I bought another fan/ventilator only to discover I have to assemble it :(( The box is attractive.
I was going to do the GARE DE LYON facade for the letter and realized how boring that would be. Plus Bonelle said NO WAY! Btw there are many wonderful FRENCH TRAIN videos you must WATCH. Even classic French train NOISESDooo do dooo da.
Clearly I was subliminally influenced by New York City architectural historian, BARRY LEWIS
History of NYC's Grand Central Terminal. this view of the great train shed/verriaire seeped into the little brain cells. I took Barry's Cooper Union night classes over and over. Riveting and funny. He points out the influence of mid-1850s French Beaux Arts architecture on NYC design.
Like the former Orsay train station.
Plus who knew the gorgeous plumes of romantic smoke and fog we love in films like Funny Face and Anna Karenina, actually stank and were abhorrent? Barry knows these important little things. You will be very amused. BARRY LEWIS is a PBer too.
Way back when, I visited the ORSAY for a comic book convention.
Its still one of the great fabulous spaces in Paris, as are all the train stations.
But the Orsay has not been gutted and shopping mauled Merci Dieu.
Did you know you're not supposed to call it the 'D'Orsay'? I didn't till recently...its a snob thing. Now we know.Call it the ORSAY. Drop the d'.
Here's a divine Van Gogh from the Orsay fab Impressionist collection. Big merci Caillebotte brothers. And a cool matching view of the Seine. Please share PB with your friends. The NEW PARIS Subscription LETTER is shipping out 📮Monday (perhaps with a tip sheet so you can cut/fold yours to look like mine). Xxx 💋from Bear 🐻and Carolg❤️

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Paris Train Station Map

Parisians are rushing to Paris' train stations if they've not already left town.


Everyone has a wheelie suitcase + baby buggy in tow.

And a pup or two in their arms. I went last weekend to Gare de Lyon in the 12th arrondissement. It seemed a good idea for the July Summer map.

And nice to be a calm observer rather than a harried traveler. There are 6 major train stations in Paris, all built around 1860s to 1900s with art nouveau details.

Inside they've been mostly gutted to become complete shopping malls. Gare de Lyon has the most posh shops from Alain Ducasse chocolates and Pierre Hermé macarons in the Provence Hall 2.

Each train station goes to a specific region exclusively. Gare du Nord heads towards Amsterdam, Brussels, the UK (the Eurostar), along with LILLECalais. And so on. As a Paris tourist, unless you're taking a trip you don't give much thought to train stations, but they're wonderful microcosms of French regions.


Yesterday I went to Gare St. Lazare in the 8th looking for train schedules as envelope fillers. They are no longer available because of the virus.


Still you can practically can smell the Normandy briny Coast. The enticing video slide shows make you want to buy a ticket instantly. TER local trains are much cheaper and of course take longer than TGV trains headed south. Still they are very comfortable.


The interior train shed or verriere is pretty much as it was


Back when Monet decided to paint his first ever series of 10 paintings.

I miss traveling around France as much as you do. There are many places right here in Paris I haven't seen in 5 months! I hope to travel by the end of the month or September fingers crossed 🤞What's your favorite Paris train station? Meanwhile the pool 🏊🏼‍♀️ And parks are very nice. And I have clouds to work on. The July map is 💌 in the the poste 📮. Stay well dear PBers🐻 ❤️

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mini Heatwave

The 86 BUS usually goes to Odeon. On Monday it took a mini detour to Place Saint Sulpice. All the Older French Girls (OFG) onboard made mini noises of horror. This was no surprise for me. I knew what was coming.
We stopped instead close to Marks and Spencers, my 'candy store'.
I skip buying envelopes and the bank at Odeon and do small DANCE😄🐻 and go to town.
My haul. MandS happens to have very tasty strawbs for a mere 2,99. Who doesn't need a 'Ploughman's Lunch' sandwich now and then (Cheddar, ham, pickle).
Minus the mini citron cheesecake I ate on the way home...
You can see how strong the sun hits in Paris when the skies are clear.
The Paris sun fiercely bounces off the Seine as les Flics rush to resolve some catastrophe in their mini speedboats.
Les bateaux mouches are back. Hooray! Not over crowded like some boats at Niagara.
A French girl girds herself with shopping bags to deflect the sun?
Don't you love how the clever French leave mini reminders of A NEW EXHIBIT on cafe tables? I better run see this. 
A big HEATWAVE/canicul is expected to reach 102 tomorrow. Where's my hand fan and glaçons/ice cubes. Whenever there's a spare moment I pull out my clouds to work on...very cooling. Thanks for reading Paris breakfasts. Please share with a friend. And receive a monthly Paris letter/map in your mailbox + French mini bits and bobs in my ETSY shop. Stay Well dear PBers xxxCarolg et Bear 🐻


Monday, July 27, 2020

Galerie Lafayette Maison Gourmet, Notre Dame stamp

We are all 6-years old inside a Paris sweet shop. On the way to buy more stamps, I couldn't resist popping into GALERIE LAFAYETTE MAISON GOURMET. Dessert Alert! The ground floor is a selection of Paris' best pastry. You can save yourself a lot of time running around, but its also a test of your sweet tooth.
What did Oscar Wilde say? The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it". In French, Je peux résister à tout, sauf à la tentation”.  
Chocolate tresors from maitre Jean-Paul Hévin.
Perfect macarons from CHOCOLATIER Pierre Marcolini.
New strawberry babas from Yann Couvre. Its like Fashion Week here. New styles every visit.
A 4-pack box of mini ECLAIRS sooo tempting.
Galeries Lafayette's newest shop (they are constantly adding) is ice cream shop, La GlacerieA MOF chef who plays with shapes, color, geometry.
Cylindrical tubes of ice cream!
I finally stopped resisting and got a dip
 of Mange-Vanille. Could you resist?
Such a pretty avocado green square gateau of Matcha 'Opera' cake.
Inspired my sensible avocado green 
salad choice at Pret à Manger also inside Galeries Gourmet. At the stamp shop a brand new commemorative issued 17July for tresors de Notre Dame, created by line engraving artist, Sarah Bougault.  A single block with just 1 stamp. Impossible to resist. I bought 5 planches /sheets. Subscribe or renew to Paris letters/maps and receive your own Notre Dame beauty. Did you know the French are mad stamp collectors? Its why so few stamps are stick-on. The glue is destructive. There are new French issues almost every week. And almost none for overseas 😳 Your resistance in Paris is tested every single day. To give in or to resist? That is the question! 🥐🍦🍫❤️Please stay well dear PBers 🐻💋

Friday, July 24, 2020

Paris All-Red, Toute Rouge

Except for  the cafes, early morning Paris still looks confinement-empty. Its been a while since I've done an all-RED or any all-one-color post. 
Did you know they set up sample dummy tables with all the fixings to entice you? Perfect for still life shooting.
A cute VICHY RED-CHECK  sample table with matching checked
Bonne Maman jam jar.
A wild variety of tables and chairs have turned up in these extra-terresse. Someone is benefiting.
Parisian 'tour de France' bikers have taken over the streets. Its daunting and life threatening. In a city full of rules, bikers do not have to stop for RED lights! Why?
Choose between a'Petite Dejeuner Classique' (9€) or a 'New York Breakfast' (19€ !). Choose between a RED or GREEN cafe.
I'm putting in links to older RED posts otherwise how else will you see all 2,670 Parisbreakfasts post?
Metro RED is a Paris classic.
I love the blue skies coming up out of the metro...
Shades of RED on my inspo wall. My desktop in its current state of entropy and chaos. I'm listening to sunny 3-sister girl group HAIM right now. Do you want more Paris color posts? There may be some RED in my Etsy shop. Thinking of you dear PBers.❤️ Stay well please 💋 XXX