Friday, June 28, 2019

Marche Aux Fleurs, Heatwave

Its really not that bad. Please don't believe everything US papers are saying PBers.

Parisians, comme d'habitude, are taking the heatwave in stride.

Some are even wearing flip flops. People are dressed for a picnic. No scarves. No coats. There is loads of shade on Paris streets.

And breezes coming off the Seine.

Our little pocket garden is cool. Everyone is shocked. "What? No AC in Paris? You gotta be kidding!" Well all that AC in NYC emits a lot of hot air. Whereas Paris nights have been positively breezy, in the 70s. Easy sleeping. And though the daytime temps may be in the 90s, humidity is a manageable 39%. Dear PBers, I muchly appreciated all your good wishes for my annual visa appointment. Toute va bien🥂
Thanks to your moral support❤️.

Post-visa rendezvous I wondered into the 
MARCHE AUX FLEURS-REINE-ELIZABETH-II to cool off. It was the perfect antidote to weeks of stress. Lush hydrangeas, floral scents, photosynthesis. Heaven.

I discovered the stand, 
AU BORD DE L'EAU, a crazy mixup of vintage antiques, perfumes, jams, lovely bouquets. I got chatting with Lionel, the owner. I said half in jest,"Of course you got to meet the Queen when she was here." "Oui, bien sur", Lionel responded.

Et voila! A news photo of Lionel presenting flowers to Queen Elizabeth at the re-naming ceremony. Do visit him when you come to the 
Marché aux Fleurs, Allée Célestin Hennion, 75004.

A peek inside my frigo full of melons, yogurts. Keeping it light.

The life-saver wet T-shirt.

Ta da. My elevator/ascenseur. Many asked if I climb up 6 flights. I wish...
Next week I'll be 4 days 
on the Rivieraone of my favorite places, painting watercolors in exchange for board
. I'll finally visit Grasse, the perfume center. Any other suggestions are most welcome. Thanks for reading Parisbreakfast. Share with a friend. Indulge yourself and Get Paris letters and watercolors in your mailbox📮 xxx💋Carolg and Bear🐻 in Paris🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️🏊‍♀️


  1. I would rather be hot in Paris than cool anywhere else. Love your attitude and beautiful photos.

    1. Francoise Sagan, "I'd rather be depressed in a Jaguar..."?

  2. Bonnie L1:45 PM

    I love this just exudes COOL! A girl should always have a bottle of champagne in the frigo, no matter the weather.

  3. Lynn S4:20 PM

    Watching the women’s match and they are hot!
    Glad you’re catching the breezes.

  4. Glad the heat isn't getting you down - enjoy The Riviera. We stayed in Juan Les-Pins in 1992 and found it charming.

    1. Thank s Sukie,
      I was thinking I should pop in there on the shuttle train...
      So 1920s

  5. So nice to see scenes of Paris!! I wonder if you ever would not be able to find something new. And of course, Paris will keep you!
    The will paint cool stuff while cooling off?...In Maine, generally 70's these's even been in the 50's at night recently...

    1. Thanks Rita,
      Its effortless to find images in Paris if your eyes are open.
      It really is. Its always an adventure when you step out the door.

  6. ..So funny!! Our refrigerators!! ����

    I have been living on watermelons these days !

    1. Yes our ridiculous tiny refrigerators stuffed to the brim ,

  7. Not only am I relieved to hear how livable it is despite the temps, I am positively beaming at the photo of your refrigerator, replete with champagne! Clearly your priorities are impeccable! Melon, yogurt and champagne, only chocolate is missing from my ideal summer diner!

    1. Oh course I have chocolate in the house.
      Are you kidding me?
      Never put chocolate in the refrigerator darling!!!
      Mon dieu ;((

    2. Jeanette Sklar4:19 AM

      How could I have doubted you??!?

  8. B & B9:04 PM

    You sure do know how to live, Carol.

  9. Bonjour Carol!Yay! Good to see..because of course we watch France 2..and our Mtl news always has France..I agree they are making it worse I see than it is.
    I see St -Rémy went up to 110F..when we were there last Sept a few days were well into the 90's..we still walked for miles on ened..I would close the curtains in the AM before we left..and it was just fine when we came home.
    There was a wall unit in one of the bedrooms..and a fan.But still I was ok w/out.
    I know many need air.My daughetr and her 11 yr old son are going to Belgium and Paris..Noah said:Nana ..she doesn't have air conditioning or a tv..!(The friend my daughter will be staying with in Belgium)
    My daughter never had airwhen she lived at home..this is the first home we have had it and apart from true canicule nights..not working.I like ambient air.

    Grasse..when we wnet we parked at a bad soon as we set foot and asked for directons..we were told to get out of that area..unfortunately we had already walked into the area we were told to get out of.After our experience the previous yr..we could not wait to leave..Oy .

    Tourrettes Sur Loup is charming..violets violets violets.
    Pick up a bottle of Nicolas Alziari olive colorful..and reds or blues..a town we ate in the square of..we ate in the main sunny courtyard..every table had them shining in the sun.
    We did not go to Eze..but it shoud be nice.Cannes..Nice..Menton..all pretty Cannes..the boardwalk..people watching and sketching..the shirtless men playing cards on the beach..the luxurious beachfront restos.A whole different life.
    Tourettes was our fave.Poterie Tournesol..the friendly people the beautiful streets.

    1. Oh I LOVE your picture of the places you visited Monique.
      Nicolas Alziari was my favorite place in Nice maybe...the packaging! Wow

  10. LOL me again..ST-PAUL-De-VENCE♥

  11. I was in Grasse last year and really loved it, but I'm a scent lover. There is a tiny square. Seek out Olivier Durbano's shop right off the main square. He and his shop are charming and he makes nice perfume. I also very much enjoyed the Fragrance Museum, especially the first floor with all the Egyptian and Greek history.

    1. The museum is at the top of my list and the flower fields.
      Getting very excited

  12. Eze is quite charming and the gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Saint Jean Cap Ferrat are gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you paint.

    1. Oh I wanted to go there 2 years ago. I will try to make it.
      So many wonderful things!!!
      Thank you ❤️

  13. Anonymous1:59 PM

    If you can get to Eze, you'll have the most amazing hill-top view of the Mediterranean. La Turbie is well worth a visit also. Spectacular.

  14. GwenEllyn2:15 PM

    Your photos of Paris just make me relax and smile. I especially like the watermelon - with the champagne on the side. :)

    Stay cool!

  15. Lionel Viviano-Au bord de l'Eau2:49 PM

    Thank you so much carol
    So much ... such nice pictures ....

  16. So spot on Carol.
    It’s 33 in London today! They are unused to the heat too. Basting their lard out in the open and looking like boiled lobsters. Chaps that is. The women are much cleverer.
    So pleased you’re having a watercolour break.
    Look forward to seeing that.

  17. Did you hear me? ST Paul De Vence:):):)

      How am I going to do all these wonderful things???
      In just 4 days...Oh my

  18. Karen9:24 PM

    On you trip to Nice........Take a side trip to Cimiez, Nice's most luxurious section. Your first stop should be The Museum Matisse. It's housed in a lovely mansion. It has a large collection of Henri Matisse's works. You will see his paintings, gouache cutouts, engravings, and his book illustrations. That might be something of particular interest for you. Look for the dancing paper dolls. It's open Wednesday thru Monday.

    Then, visit The Museum of Marc Chagall. They have the best collection of Chagall's later works. I think it's closed on Tuesdays.

    Enjoy Nice ~

  19. I got such a kick out of your line, about some Parisians are even wearing flip flops! Thank you for your beautiful shares- they are such a light in my little life here in Maine!

    1. Oh so glad to hear Stacia
      My blog gave me the courage to wear my flip flops home from the pool!

  20. Bonnie12:25 AM

    We toured the Fragonard factory which was also a wonderful event! Here’s the link to that: Parking can be a bit tricky in this "village serré”.
    Also this museum: Musée International de la Parfumerie
    And this is one of my favorites since I’m a specialist in “things Provançals” :The Provence Art and History Museum, also in Grasse….LOTS of fun stuff for you to draw!
    A wonderful place to eat : Au Fil du Temps (good for lunch or dinner but you’ll need to reserve since it’s small).
    Bon Voyage et Bon Apetit!

  21. Everett12:30 AM

    Enjoy The Riviera and a Grasse ....we spent a month in Nice and one of our greatest days was hiking Cap Ferat just off of Beaulieu Sur Mer. The Rothschild house is worth a day also......bon chance

  22. Owl's Head12:31 AM

    The PB stroll through Paris today was just the thing to make me smile. Thank you again.
    What is happening with Notre Dame? Is the restoration process under way?
    Stay cool

  23. Jan R1:11 AM

    From what I understand the 400 bus goes from Nice to Vence and return. I haven’t taken it yet, but will towards the end of September, which will be well beyond your time there. I don’t think there is any need to book ahead for Galerie Maeght, but understand that the 400 bus stops close by.
    The nearby village of St Paul de Vence is a very pretty village, touristy, but super pre, and could be interesting for your paintings. Vence is also a pleasant village, and has the Matisse chapel, which is only open at odd times. Nice, as I’m sure you know, has the Chagall, Matisse and contemporary art museums.


  24. I am glad you are surviving, Carol! I don't have air here -- only wish I did a few days a year. I love the market and marche and what beautiful displays. Steamy hot in Paris is still Paris!


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