Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Il Fait Froid!

rue de Buci Pieplate said yesterday...We'll be in Paris in quinze jours, and we're hoping that the temperatures will be up a bit.
When you start learning French,
one of the first sentences you learn is,
"La plume de ma tante est sur la table..."
Well long ago it used to be so.
at Chateau Vaux le VicomteThen you learned how to say,
"Il fait beau" The weather is fine. This trip in Paris, il fait FROID! Il pluie! ! ! B E A U C O U P ! It also used to be that starving artists in Paris... Faux feast at Chateau Vaux le Vicomte (something I can't claim to be for sure) a window at Chateau Vaux le VicomteWould now and then throw themselves out the windows of their unheated garrets... (something I'm not about to do for sure!) But I surely wish I'd brought my long johns (if I had any...) La Louvre is nicely heated by the way.. Inside anyway... at Place Madeleine Mustn't grumble about Paris grey skies... on the bridge at Ile St.-LouisAfter all I AM in Paris. Now repeat after me: "La plume de ma tante est sur la table."

32 comments:

pieplate said...

I was afraid of this. I'm hoping mainly that the night-time temperatures will level out over 45 F, so we won't have to bring those heavy bulky winter coats and try to do all our walking in *boots*. It might just be a good opportunity to eat those nice solid traditional dishes, though. But, you are right: Paris is Paris is Paris, et pour moi, c'est de plus en plus difficile a' y attendre. Merci pour cou-cou!

Anonymous said...

Great post! (I find silk long johns to be the perfect answer quand il fait froid dans le monde entier...and they take up very little room in the suitcase.)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I love the 10th picture down you took of the street scene. It's a wonderful shot.
Wishing you warmer weather.. But like you said..it IS Paris. and that IS the Louvre. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a charming posting. I love the way you weave your narrative through a cold and rainy Paris day with delicious humor. You made me feel as though I'm back there. I remember the strange phenomenon of just how bone chillingly cold it can seem in Paris. I know it's not actually colder there than than it is in other places but somehow it can penetrate in a way that feels different. At least that's how it's seemed to me. Not that I ever minded being in Paris, even frozen solid!

Anonymous said...

Places far away always look so enticing...
We tend to ignore the practicalities of day-to-day existence...
Practicalities which can impinge on our dreams at times...
I hope the sun comes out and warms you up in your ventures Carol!

Anonymous said...

A French saying goes:
"Noël au balcon, Pâques au tison" (=Christmas on the balcony, Easter by the fire place).
As we had a cold Christmas, we hoped for a BBQ, or at least for an Easter lunch out in the garden...
We made a fire on Sunday and another one on Monday instead...
Marie-Noëlle

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that what you are experiencing is something called:
"Les giboulées de mars"
a mix of rain and sun within the same day.
Typique of Paris I think...

Is the champagne glass half full?

Parisbreakfasts said...

YES! that's it exactly.
The Paris weather changes moment to precious moment.
Never doubt to take your umbrella with you when you go out, PIEPLATE!
AND Parisiens NEVER WEAR HATS!?
It's some unspoken TABOO! :(
I put on my hat when no one is around...in weak moments :)
When in Rome...

Anonymous said...

Funny how for the French it's 'giboulees de Mars' while the UK equivalent is "April showers"!
You captured the changeable - and definitely frisky - weather very well.... but yes! Paris is perfect in any season!

Di Overton said...

Ah, rain in Paris snow in Northumberland. What happened to global warming???

Unknown said...

What a coincidence! I'm sitting here, sipping my morning coffee, enjoying your rainy-day blog, feeling somewhat guilty in my cozy long-johns. I have an extra pair.
I'll be right over!

Anonymous said...

Il pleut, not il pluie.

Christiane

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

Beautiful photos of rainy streets. Something melancolic about it. Love the croquembouche!!!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Pas d'un chapeau! I think I would have to be the ugly americaine and stay warm avec my hat. Love the Christmas on the balcony , Easter by the fireplace. Great photos. Lovely post PB.
All best, Jan

Anonymous said...

repeating after you...
"La plume de ma tante est sur la table."
Only Paris could look so beautiful in the rain.
Of course, here in the Mojave ANY rain looks
beautiful to me.

Big hugs,
Barbara

p.s. I don't understand the new system for
choosing an identity. Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Il fait froid en Floride aujourd'hui... Mais ce n'est pas grave. Bisous a Paris!

Anonymous said...

I am getting addicted to your blog!

And you have visited Vaux-le-Vicomte... it is so close to my hometown.

Stay warm.
Aude

Anonymous said...

I like the logo on Café Jade's tables. The ashtrays on other tables make me ask: what about smoking in Paris now?
Kris

Anonymous said...

Chere Carol:

I so look forward to your artistic and humorous message quotidien!

It is as if I am having breakfast with you in Paris every day.

Merci beaucoup!

Cordialement,
Ron
P.S. And I'm not gaining any weight in the process either!

Catalina said...

Il fait froid encore!
but not all the time...:)

Lovely post! and the pictures are just great!

Welcome to France!

Parisbreakfasts said...

KRIS re: the ashtrays on the tables are for those smoking outside on the terrace.
Not indoors!!!non non non

PIEPLATE Bring light layers and double/triple up and you will be fine. Mainly keep an eye on the weather report. I brought a very thin raincoat with no lining and I'm paying the consequenses! ! !

No wonder everyone talks about the weather and no one does anything about it, but there are surely many amusing quotations from all that talk!
MERCI!

Anonymous said...

Next time you travel to Paris in winter/early spring take along silk long-johns. They are wonderfully warm when you are outside but not hot and heavy when you are in the toasty Louvre. They take no room in your bag. They have gotten me though many cold Christmas's in Minnesota.
Jan

Merisi said...

Snow in Vienna. Then sun. Then snow again. Tonight it looked as if Christmas were around the corner. Maybe it is. Wake me up when it's over.

I hope you do have heat in your artist's residence. And lots of hot chocolate. I can see you melting your chocolate bunny over a candle, lapping up the drippings.

Ann (MobayDP) said...

I dare say that I think it's time for Chocolate Chaud! :-)

© Shalom Schultz said...

I have to start reading this blog, first thing every morning!

Anonymous said...

It looks sort of "literary-moody," Carol, but I'll bet it is cold! Hope you're getting to do some fun inside things. I'd still rather see rain in Paris than in a lot of other places, though! Great post!
sue

flo said...

I know everybody says this but i'd absolutely love to visit Paris and the Lovre museum. god. but french is way too difficult for me, im learning but i cant say things in the right way :/ shame

Anonymous said...

I believe you have misplaced la plume. Ce n'est pas sur la table. La plume de ma tante est dans le bureau de mon oncle! Whoever that pen on the table belongs to, it's not you aunt. :-)
Keep your camera dry! And get lots of moody shots! Eat more desserts! Must keep up your stores of energy!

Anonymous said...

Cold or not, I'm still enjoying your trip vicariously.
I sigh every time I look at your beautifully-composed photos.

Anne Corrons said...

Your pictures where " il pleut beaucoup" are really wonderful. I love them!

a girl said...

You have no idea how incredibly jealous you make me.

Patsy Terrell said...

Le crayon est sur la table. :) First sentence I could say in French, I think.