Thursday, September 19, 2019

Home in Paris

1st day back in Paris. What do you do? I was greeted by none other than Mona Lisa when I got out at metro St. Paul.
A look in a patisserie is always a good idea.
My remedy for all that ails you (colds and flu you can pick up on the plane) is pomegranate juice. Squeeze it yourself at any Franprix hypermarché (3,99€). They have orange juice of course (1,89€) and pink grapefruit machines too.
Take a look at the cheese display for instant Parisian gratification. OK a real fromagerie is better bien sur. Still nice to inhale.
A walk over Pont Marie.
And a look at the Seine is de riguer.
The boat symbol of Paris will greet you,
"Fluctuat nec mergitur" (tossed upon the waves but doesn't sink, how I feel at the moment) at the base of the lamp posts.
The Autumn bears are out in force.Boulanger has a new sandwich onboard. Duck sausage with violet moutarde...I had to try it. Pas mal. Happy to be home again and off to the Loire today to LAMARINE FLUVIALE! Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. I mail 📮 out Paris letters and maps subscriptions every month + watercolors from my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris🐻🇫🇷

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bonne Maman, Maine

This is going to be short and sweet. Wifi is intermittent in my lovely, enormous room in Owl's Head, MAINE.  I've been here a week. When I arrived my host made a fatal error. They bought 5 BONNE MAMAN blackberry jam instead of hard-to-find raspberry. I took this as a sign to paint French jam instead of Maine rocks all week. Hooray.
Meanwhile I brought them 4 boxes of divine French chocolates + some bars.
I can happily recommend Pierre Marcolini (yes, he is Belgian) if you need chocolate gifts. Perfect in every way: variety, color, flavor, number, price.
My hostess in front of The Mariner's Grill in Camden.
Where I ate a single blueberry pancake chock-a-block with Maine's tiny berries + real maple syrup.
Of course I had a lobsta roll on a bun(?) and a pile of mayonnaise with some slaw included the day before.
One cannot visit Maine without going for a whole lobster at Archer's.
Oh and those rocks.
I was attending David Dewey's Fall watercolor workshop.
But mostly I was up at 3am painting jam jars. I stayed on Paris time (and got poked during class for snoozing. Zzzz)
Per usual I made a mess in my enormous bathroom with all my painting stuff. If you're into Bonne Maman there is plenty lurking in my Etsy shop. Is Lavender a flavor? It is now. Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. Paris letter and maps subscriptions + jam watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris (back on Wednesday)🐻

Monday, September 09, 2019

Les Bouquinistes des quais de Paris

PBer Bonnie was surprised I had never done a map of les Bouquinistes /booksellers along the Seine(sent out last week btw).
But I only started sketching them this summer. Plus chatting with bouqiniste B.near Pont Sully (who appears on the map 5x - find her).
Call me a copycat but I bought her men's denim jacket at the monthly 1st-Sunday Vide Grenier at Jussieu last weekend (a mere 5 bucks). Most of the open air booksellers have a command of many languages.
Marquis de Ravel AKA MATHIAS even speaks Chinese. His terrific figurative sketches are on offer as well as his specialty, French history books.
He mentioned that my book readers reminded him of Le Petit Prince with their flying scarves.
Paris' bouquinistes used to line the Pont Neuf back in the 1600s.
During the French revolution when the great mansions were vandalized their libraries often ended up  on the outdoor shelves of the bouquinistes. Looking at the old photos and today, not so much as changed.
This is an element of the old Paris anyone can enjoy by simply by strolling along the quais of the Seine between 10 and 6 pm. And its free to browse. In 1992 UNESCO designated the booksellers a world heritage site. Say, "Bonjour" as you would inside any French shop before browsing or taking pictures. And buy a book bag (5€). They lead rather eclectic lives being outdoors most of the time yet are quite friendly.
Lots of fun stories to tell too. B. told me she and her friends used to walk right inside any of the big houses on the Ile Saint-Louis other side of the bridge. There were no digi-code plaques back then to deter them.
The September Paris letter went out in la poste today. Hooray🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼fingers crossed (Please Mr/Ms US Post person) may they 💌 arrive during September without a hitch 🤞🏼🙏🏻🤞🏼 Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. Paris letter and maps subscriptions + watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris🐻📚

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Sennelier, Paris

On Friday I ran to art shop Sennelier for a fresh pen. A 'heritage monument' to art supplies you shouldn't miss on 3, quai de Voltaire. Bus 87 stops nearby.
It hasn't changed much since 1887.
By the way they still take a break for lunch like French country stores, so take note.
They're situated conveniently a 10-minute walk across Pont de Carrousel from the Louvre as reflected in their front windows.
Art students, busy making copies of the old masters onsite,  could race over and grab a tube of paint or stick of charcoal at the break. I used to grab M&Ms chocolate-covered peanuts at the class break but that's another story.
These numbered drawers have 'old days' written all over them. I'd love to  peek inside.
Sennelier has a terrific selection of Frenchie-looking journals for non-artists as well.
Someone asked what pen I use. Pens are a personal thing. Every time I've bought someone else's favorite pen it didn't work for me. One prefers not to think of the $$$ wasted on other people's choices...ahem. One flight up you'll find almost every pen on the planet. Test them out. 
The array of colors everywhere.
Always brighten my day.
Around the corner on rue de Saint-Péres you'll find the perfect art student outfit. And then the 95 bus will to take you back to realité.
Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. Subscription Paris letters 💌, maps and watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris🐻🎨

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Paris Ice Cream Chariots

Yes it is HOT in Paris (90 degrees). But not as hot as in July (104 degrees). The buses were free yesterday (so Parisians won't faint in the street)? What better antidote to the heat then ice cream/glace?
On Saturday post-pool I went to the new Pierre Hermé cafe at Odeon, 125 bd Saint Germain. They have an ice cream chariot outside. All flavors are based on Hermé's macarons. I got the 'Montebello'; pistachio + strawberry (3€) They said 'Ispahan'; rose, raspberry, litchi was their most popular. Inquiring minds etc..
The smallest size goes down so fast its hard to tell what it was other than cold. I have concluded Paris is 'Ice Cream City' second only to any town in Italy.
Paris is definitely first when it comes to chariots, ice cream or other-wise. Tell me this isn't so. Daily I have been hunting ice cream.

Sunday I bought small pots to paint from Picard,(no chariot sadly) the frozen food specialist (2€ each). Their cerise/griotte studded with black cherries is divine. Blueberry/mure is a good runner-up.
I saved my Hermé orange cup for painting still lives.
Yesterday I made ice cream rounds in the 6th post-pool.
Lots of chariots in sight.
Though I ended up with an all-pistache from 
Grom who has no chariot. You're entitled to 2 flavors. I have yet to try any other flavor in 12 years. Call me unadventurous. Admittedly if Pozzetto was next door like they are on rue de roi de Sicile, their pistachio wins the day.  Suggestions for today's ice cream are welcome. Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. Subscription Paris letters 💌, maps and ice cream chariot watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris🐻🍦