Monday, July 31, 2017

In Provence

I'm back from Provence with working wifi and no distractions to stop me from blogging except addressing envelopes.
Is Provence the fruit basket of France? Nicer than New Jersey maybe. Yes
I'm at the huge Apt Saturday marché here.
Everything looks so beautiful.
And tastes it too. A typical market lunch back at the workshop after a morning of painting. Bear is happy as a clam.
What they think you should wear in Provence.
What locals really wear. Mostly French ultramarine blue.
What they are eating at the above cafe in Goult, Luberon.
Everywhere you go, lavender. Especially in high-up Sault where you can still see the tail-end of the lavender season.
And buy directly from the producteurs, by far the best venders.
Lovely blue bottles of lavender laundry spray for your sheets. Lavender has endless uses they say.
I did not taste the lavender ice cream. Pistachio svp.
Nor the local nougat but I love looking at these big slabs.
A lavender- colored shop in Sault.
Colorful, woven straw market bags hang in Goult. All together we visited Gault, Sault, Villars, St. Saturnin les Apt, L'Lsle-sur-la-Sorgue, and Apt!
I miss the doorways of Provence. Have you been?
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Profile of Avignon

Yes I'm in Avignon, one day early for my watercolor workshop (attending not teaching).
2017 has been the year of ramparts for me. I am done with them!!
But life in the festival d'Avignon takes place in the street. Not to worry.
International performers entice visitors with snippets of their acts
Hoping you'll buy a ticket for the show later on
An endless parade of get-ups
National costumes
What ev. Please can I buy your parasole? It is HOT here!
A great little band...why didn't I buy their CD?
Signs are put up all over town for the multitude of acts.
More signs
There are plenty of quiet square to sit and read a book or drink an apéro..
My biggest fascination was the ice cream of JEAN LE GOURMAND.
All flavors are churning so absolutely fresh
Pistache, passion fruit, mango, coconut. I can attest all are excellent and 2€ a pop.
Def bring a fan or pick one up. You'll need it!

Friday, July 21, 2017

L'Été en Ville, Paris Plage

L'Été en ville...Summer in the city
You don't need to leave town
Just come to Paris Plage
It was jumping last Sunday
Yet sooo relaxed.
There was a lot of jitterbugging going on for sure even in the heat
To this hot hot band
Everyone was havin' a good time
Drinking lots of apéro classiques
The bars were busy
SUMMER TIME in Paris!!
There were oysters too like at the beach
Or you could cool off walking by the misters..
Or on the grass by the Seine.
I cooled off with a pistache, framboise gelato comme d'habitude.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paris Epicerie map

Food shopping in Paris is an obvious joys when you visit. Who doesn't have a favorite thing they long for when away & stock up on insanely while here?
La Grand Epicerie Paris at 38, rue de Sévres, 75007 is top of any shopping list.Very good for people watching on Saturdays. Where the chic love to shop.