Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Lovely day


Yesterday was a lovely day. I walked out my door and this giant yellow brontosaurus was sitting there, removing pianos etc. from a window above. I crossed the street not to get crushed should it back up suddenly. 

The street cleaner and I stood there looking up, our jaws on the ground.

Yesterday I managed to walk on by this big lemon tarte without going inside. They know me too well in there ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Yesterday I finally did go inside adorable Besties, a new, HOT donut shop on rue to see what all the fuss was about. 

The owner is French, not British or American. They have flavors-of-the-month. 

April is peach-lavender. I went for old favs, framboise and pistachio (@4€). Bonnie and I were reminiscing. Do you remember those mini donut machines that produced the best little cinnamon sugared donuts? There was one in the 42nd street subway. Bonnie says I should get one and sell them on a Paris street. ๐Ÿฉ YES ๐Ÿ‘  

Yesterday I wanted to get peonies to paint at Marchรฉ Mutualitรฉ. THEY ARE HERE at last! ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️The woman ahead of me pointed at the pink roses to the vender. 
He said, “Belle o moche?” (Beautiful or ugly?) 
She said,”Moche s’il vous plait.”(ugly please). ๐Ÿ˜Š

Yesterday I got another flat of strawbs (kilo 2.2 lbs 7€). Better this time though still from Espana. The vender beside me, arranging new peaches, pointed to the smaller box of FRENCH Gariggette berries at the same price and whispered, “Much better!” 

On the way home, I rested my new treasures on a park bench. And myself as well.

My jaw dropped when a filming flatbed truck come by with an attached biker madly peddling. We all rushed to get a shot. 

He gave us the Victory sign! ๐Ÿ˜Š 

On the way home more surprises ๐Ÿฆ† Evidently its true. Ducks do line up in a row! Nothing like the simple gifts ๐Ÿ’‹

I hope you have a lovely day dear PBers ๐Ÿ“
Back to drawing the Paris map✏️ Where’s the whipped cream?

Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Strawberry Fรชte


Thanks to you dear PBers ❤️ I went back to buy more stamps on Thursday. Then I went dancing round town ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️ 

Some lovely Springie windows at perfumer Durance of Provence. 

The first peonies/pivoine are here ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

 I had high hopes of finding pink envelope stuffers for you at Nina’s Marie-Antoinette, but tragically they were closed. 

Further down rue Danielle Casanova , Boulangerie Eric Kayser announced,”Red fruits are back!!” Hooray ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️Are you a red fruit lover? ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“

I bought his many-splendored tarte but it was easier to eat than to paint ๐Ÿ˜Š

 In the window at Maison Plisson further down same street, a huge Fraisier gateau. I bought a jar of strawberry jam instead ๐Ÿ˜•

So tempted by the strawberry-citron-banana juice ๐Ÿค”

*News Alert! Pierre Hermรฉ has a new collection called ‘Gourmandise Raisonee’ (rational glutton?) of 30% less sugar/cream desserts, one being strawberry. FYI you pay more (10€) ‘Less is more’. I resisted.

Yesterday I saw a little French girl en famille, carrying a flat of strawberries. Monkey see, monkey want. This time of year you see people waltzing around town proudly displaying their flats of strawbs, never hidden inside a bag. Monoprix had them for a mere 3,99€ ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️ Course they’re from Espana, considered inferior to French berries, but what the hey. Plus the obligatory can of Normandy Isigny whipped cream. The French traditionally make a parfait of multi-layered cream and berries. Quite outrageous. La la la la la. 

Another foodie news alert*** write this down dear PBers ✏️ Berthillon has new little cookie baskets just big enough for 2 scoops. Natch I’m eating fraise ๐Ÿ“

Here’s a touch of complimentary green from fancy men’s store Charvet also on rue Danielle Casanova. And more touches of new green buds along the Seine as I lean over Pont Marie. Parisians are flaneuring around comme d’habitude. Bonne Dimanche PBers ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I went to buy French stamps yesterday


A Big, Big Merci PBers from Bear ๐Ÿป for keeping him in Paris with your love ❤️ for the Eiffel Tower/blossoms letter. Btw if you’re a letter subscriber your Eiffel Tower and all other orders are in la poste ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ“ฎ 

This is not me enroute to buy stamps. I wish...

I noticed the pavement was blocked off and thought,”Oh S***! I’m gonna have to walk in the street and get run over. Then I noticed they were repairing a patch of broken pavement and clapped ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you Paris infrastructure ☺️ Btw prepare yourself for Paris’ ‘Killer Bikers’ when you come. They run red lights, ride in crosswalks and dont wear masks. You have been warned. Elaine S. got knocked over by one idiot biker.

FYI: the metro is currently full of giant hunks of cheese if you’re into fromage and who isn’t?

I took Metro 7 to Chausรฉe d’Anton - Lafayette near Opera Garnier.

Galeries Lafayette may be closed but their Spring windows are fabulously goofy and colorful, designed by the very fabulous Mira Mikati.  Thank you GL ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️

GL’s Maison Gourmet is open and awaits just across the street. 

At 10 I used to go alone browsing in Wanamaker’s toy department and their magazine racks. Other kids took ballet classes. I went browsing. Walzing through their 26 foodie stations is a lovely way to pass some time. Print out this map for your next trip. 

Temptation lurks like land mines. I fell for the ‘Tarte Mandarine Thym Citronnรฉ’ poofie thing upper left. I am mesmerized by the names.

Be sure to ask for the fancy signature bags. Tell them, “C’est une cadeau/gift” The shopping bags are sturdy and make great little waste paper baskets. And Chic Parisians reuse them when they’re out shopping!

Carrรฉ d’Encre/Ink Square has everything for the obsessed snail mail writer. In the back are the 1st day issue stamps, none of which are suitable for international letters sadly. And none are self-sticking/autocollant. The glue destroys the paper evidently. Collectors don’t like that. Who knew? 

I’m stuck buying sheets/planches of boring, traditional Marianne timbres/stamps. Bet you didnt know what we call a sketch ‘thumbnail’ is called a ‘timbre’ in French. At the post office I attach my stamps and send them off to you.

There’s a brand new coffeecup bonus watercolor if you’re thinking of subscribing to my Paris letters. Bear thanks you again dear PBers ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️ ❤️๐Ÿป Would you like to see more single letters on Etsy? Let me know IN THE COMMENTS HERE PLEASE๐Ÿ™ Xxx๐Ÿ’‹๐ŸŒธ

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Le Floraison de Cerisier du Paris

 I was just finishing this month’s Paris Letter, when the BBC announced Prince Phillip’s passing, so this is my homage ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ And Isn’t it time for an Eiffel tower Paris letter? As a ‘Spring Special’ you can buy it as a single letter.


As always It begins with a doodle. PBer Bonnie picked the one on the right. Voila ๐Ÿ‘

But not an easy picture to draw. All those tangled, gnarly branches. 

All those @#$& fluffy cherry blossoms! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

This Japanese wood block print saved the day - use a visual symbol rather than go realistic. And the falling petals were perfect. I found this image in a French video, 1000 ans d'histoire des cerisiers en fleurs au Japon en 8 minutes. ๐ŸŒธAdd the subtitles(still in French but easy to figure out).

The same video shows how over time cherry blossoms infiltrated all levels of Japanese culture. 

BBC radio 4 is celebrating Spring with daily readings from the intriguing book, ‘Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman who saved Japan's Blossoms. Would you believe an obsessed British naturalist decided to save rare varieties of the cherry trees? The Japanese were letting many species disappear. Fascinating and beautifully read. 

Yesterday I went looking for pink on Champs-Elysรฉes. A delicate, fragrant cologne in the Pierre Hermรฉ-l’Occitane store, but no pink pastries from M. Hermรฉ. 

Do you know the Hot French designer, Tara Jarmon, much loved by chic young Parisians? A simple milkmaid’s pink gingham dress (245€).

Across the avenue Laduree’s windows have towers of pink macarons. I think they have a ‘cherry blossom’ flavor.

Their pink and green, witty Easter windows are still up. FYI: Easter lasts for 2+ weeks in Paris. Sadly there are no 50% off sales afterward.

In Guerlain’s windows at 66, Champs-Elysรฉes, beautiful petal pink perfume bottles, but they’re not open. Isn’t perfume as ‘essential’ as macarons to daily French life? 

This week I passed by the tiny, but oh so beautiful Square Marie-Trintignant in the Marais. Once a year it is full of blossoms for a week. And the next week full of petals. 

I picked up some fallen flowers and put them in my pocket. When I got home I cut the stems and dropped them in a dish of water. Et voila they revived! I hope you have blossoming ๐ŸŒธ trees nearby dear PBers. If not, live vicariously through  Parisbreakfasts ☺️๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ