Friday, May 25, 2007


Just pretend you're sitting out at a French cafe this morning...
Merisi wrote this morning (impatiently I might add...)
Here I am, starving, and still waiting for my shot at Paris Breakfast!
Well pretend, Merisi this is your cup of cafe creme...
Why oh why do New York cafes think they can "pretend" to be Parisian?
Give up New York cafes!
Just look on any New York cafe tabletop
Do you see reflections like these?
Malheureusement (unhappily) you do not :(
Pretend your great novel is not going so well...
So what!
You're in Paris
The sun is shining
You can happily nurse your on cup of espresso till the cows come home
No one will care one way or the other...
Only in Paris.
Just pretend you're passing this perfect cafe table on your way to Gawd knows where...
You imagine coming back for dinner with an exciting stranger (Parisian bien sur)
Hmmm...the l'addition (bill) has arrived...
Hmmm...the dregs in your cup are talking to you...
Time to get on your bicycle and go off to the real world.
Still it's fun to pretend...sigh


  1. Anonymous7:24 AM

    Fantastic photos!
    Carol I am glad i got to spend real life with you in Paris;
    Wonderful post!!
    It makes me feel like I am there again with you.

  2. Anonymous7:44 AM

    Yes, it is true! There is NO comparison! Don't accept any substitutions!

  3. Oh, thank you thank you thank you!
    I was slowly wasting away. Now I got the strength up again to stroll over to Demel's, pretend to be in Paris. :-)

  4. Boy!
    Do I ever wish I was here too...

  5. ok thats it. you have inspired me: tomorrow i am definitely going to the cafe in my neighborhood by the kamo river in kyoto (check out their site: to drink some good coffee and study at a leisurely pace.

    love the cafe photos - i still haven't found a place like that in NYC myself yet, but have you ever heard of Waltz-Astoria? It's the closest that I can get to something like in Kyoto or what you show from Paris.

  6. Thank you for helping me dream! Lovely photos, especially #3.

  7. Anonymous11:53 AM

    Thanks for the escape this morning . . . with my body sore from work, once again you provide the perfect antidote!
    Enjoy your beautiful weekend mon ami et merci !

  8. Anonymous11:54 AM


    but in Paris a Parisian is not a stranger ;D
    The Stranger is the other!!!! ;D ;D ;D

    I do like the photo you took to the table with the building reflect on it :O

    Asuncion Aranda

  9. ...sigh...

    I loved sitting in the cafes in Paris and sipping espresso...

    Thanks for the great photos, really captured the essence of being there.

  10. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Dear Carol,

    Your photos of Paris this morning are simply perfection!! If there is anything more wonderful than your scrumptious water-colours (and I can’t think of too many things! J) then it would have to be your real life inspiration . . .photographs of beautiful everyday life in the glorious City of Lights. Thank you for your exquisite blog, it inspires and delights more than words can say!

    I have tried to leave comments before, but somehow it doesn’t work for me. I do not have a blog and so I click on anonymous, and then proceed, but for some reason my entries never actually appear on the comments post. I thought I would try and email you directly, to express my great appreciation for your lovely work.

  11. Anonymous5:15 PM

    You inspired me to go out and buy the new Canon. Got a case for it, too. Now I'll learn to use it!
    I'm pretending to be in Madrid!

  12. I`m pretending...I`m pretending......

  13. Anonymous5:23 AM

    Soon it will all be a memory...but what sweet memories!! Pretending ain't so bad.

    Meilleurs voeux!!

  14. It's Saturday morning, the first day of a three day weekend here, and I am starting off my day pretending to drink my espresso or cafe au lait in PARIS, thanks to your pictures.

    WHAT could be better than that? (okay, actually BEING there, but this comes a close second!) thanks so much....

  15. Anonymous11:21 AM

    It all looks dreamy, except for the cigarette smoker at the next table. I always need a reality check so that I don't long too much for Paris. I don't think any city does the sidewalk cafes like Paris, and other French cities do. Why is that?

  16. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Thank you, Carol. Viewing lovely, romantic pictures of cafes in Paris is just what I needed after a particularly challenging week.

    There's an area in my patio garden that now houses a rarely used swing. Soon the swing will taken away and replaced by a Parisian-style cafe table and chairs creating a place where I can sit and "pretend".

  17. What a great post! It makes me want to go to Paris...I'm only six hours away...why don't I go more often?

  18. Love your blog. I was in Paris last year and can't wait to return. There is no city like it.

  19. How very lovely indeed my trip to Paris through your eyes.
    Love Jeanne ^j^

  20. You have an artist eye, a poet eye, whatever you will draw, photography or describe will become beautiful. You are a fairy who changes everyday's little things into a magnificent adventure.

  21. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Oh yes, that refelction on the table....Ahhh, Paris...No other place like it on the face of the earth...How I long for it...My French roots call.....xxo

  22. Carol, you have been tagged. Apparently, going around the net is the idea that bloggers tag each other - adding to viewers and interest in blogs (not that you need that from your huge fan base). However, your job now, if you choose it, is to tell us 7 things about yourself and "tag" 7 other artists/bloggers (not the same 7 I chose). I hope you see this as a compliment because I, too, am addicted to your blog and view it daily to see what you've shared with us all - I've never wanted to go to Paris but you are wearing me down!!

  23. That was fun! And now I think my poor broken-heart desperately wants to return to Paris again. Sigh.

  24. well, I was in Paris last week ( and the week before).
    I love the place.....

  25. Wonderful cafe shots, as usual~I wish i was there right now!

  26. Thank you for these beautiful photos! It is really a lovely dream!

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