Sunday, June 20, 2021

Eiffel Tower Nori


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   Yesterday I had the insane idea to take my Eiffel Tower letters up to the actual Tower to get some onsite pictures. Ha! Not so easily done. 

Metro 6 takes you in front of le Bistro de la Tour cafe.
Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris is right there. Maybe, I’m thinking inside their gift shop window, I can take a shot without asking anyone to hold up the picture?

Instead of course, I started browsing. Is this the little pig 🐖 I need in my life as a friendly reminder?

Instead I bought Nori seaweed which is supposed to be extremely healthy, full of much needed minerals and iodine etc. And a packet of Furikake Ume seed stuff which David Lebovitz says is healthy and adds flavor to anything. The pig 🐖 will have to wait.

Of course they have a complicated DIY Eiffel tower paper cutout thing.

Of course they have socks that look like sushi when rolled up.

Of course I fell instantly in love with this stunning red iron tetsubin tea pot.

In the main hall an exquisite Ikebana exhibit.

I went up for a quick glance at the Arts de Beauté exhibit. 

More lovely reds, a favorite color (aka) of the Japanese. Mine too.

After much dawdling, I left to do the task at hand. Asking an unknown French person in broken French is not easy. You’re invading their space, no matter how many “bonjours” you toss out.

Finally the Eiffel tower sellers took pity on me and offered to help. They were utterly charming. 

Plus giving me their opinions on my artwork etc.☺️

                   Do take a look at the Eiffel Towers 🍒

And you can add to your Eiffel🌸tower collection. So nice to see the Bateaux mouche on the Seine again. I saw one on Friday. A  maiden voyage? It was covered with balloons and everyone shouting and singing☺️ Parisians are so happy things are getting back to normal.
❤️🐻🐖🐝☺️Happy Sunday dear PBers☺️🐝🐖🐻❤️

Friday, June 18, 2021

Citron Tarte Doodles


Last Saturday I ran out to buy envelopes💌…

Somehow I ended up inside Carl Marletti’s excellent patisserie. There are ropes outside to control unruly crowds. So far no security guards or bouncers. Notice the Napoleonic tricorne hat dividers on the counter top! 

Of course I got his prize-winning tarte au citron meringuée. Was there a choice? Painting these tartes is like eating it again vicariously.

While researching Luxembourg garden chairs (I added new chair watercolors in my shop) I peeked into the newish Angelina cafe near the museum. 

They create special concept pastries to co-ordinate with the exhibits. 

Natch I fell for the lemon triangle. 

I shared the excessive sablé/shortbread crust with Saint Sulpice pigeons while sitting on a bench. The pigeons were happy as clams and would never neglect pie crust like some people😳

On Sunday the marzipan pink pigs acted as a swift deterrent from entering Gerard Mulot and indulging👏👏🤸🏾‍♀️ Maybe I need to carry a pig 🐖 with me at all times as a gentle reminder?

On Monday’s stamp run I only browsed and did not fall victim🤸🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️

Its not easy in this town. You’re accosted with constant temptation 😳 like the fraise de bois ice cream sundae from Berthillon seen on instagram.

I am thinking a tarte citron map 🗺 may be my next venture. Oui o non/yes or no PBers? 

Hmm…this Frenchie is not such a frequenter of patisseries me thinks…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Napoleon Paris Map, Les Drapeaux de France


Drum roll please. The Napoléon Paris map is done and going out Monday. On Friday I was supposed to go on a presse trip to the chateau at Auver-sur-oise, but dyslexia and karmic destiny stepped in again, to mess with my plans. After searching for #1 Blvd. Gouvion St. Cyr instead of #81😳 I realized my error, but the bus was gone. What to do with my day? Go to Giverny? Time was too tight for the train. Go to Champs-Elysées and browse Galleries Lafayette? 

On the metro I decided on Palais Royale. I haven't been in a year. And didn’t Napoléon dine at Le Grand Vefour with Josephine on the edge of the park. Research!

Heading into the park, I spotted a toy shop to the right of the arch, to the left of famous Cafe Nemours.
Le Drapeaux des France (also known as Boutique Noxa) is at #1 (quelle coincidence!) Place de Colette, 75001.

Inside a plethora of Napoleonic tin figurines 👏 Perfect for map research. And who doesn’t love tiny things?

Napoléon on horseback, wearing as always on campaign, his grey greatcoat fashion houses still copy. One of his 21 nicknames was ‘Redingote Grise’.

An intimate L-shaped shop, first opened in 1949, though it feels more like 1849. A lovely step back in time. 

If you look up you’ll see the original owner’s handy work who specialized in tin flags/drapeaux of all countries.

The shop owner, Benjamin Zerbib, explained how tin figures are made (all over Europe) by pouring tin onto stone molds. A single figure can have 8 arms later to be cut off. Many of the figures are painted onsite. They also resell collections.

And it is not just for tin soldiers collectors. If you love Alice or Tin Tin or The Tour de France, Boutique Noxa have it. Plus lovely little metal-framed glass boxes to hold your treasures and keep them safe from babies and hungry hounds.

Did you know Bonaparte commissioned 15 fountains in 1806 so citizens could have free, clean water? He also created canals Saint Jean and Orque. It’s embarrassing to admit I’m a blank slate 🤔as far as Napoléon goes. You can’t love ❤️France without acquainting yourself with his story. I’ve been in deep immersion since the exhibition. 

‘Boney’(his British nickname) was not just about 60 battles won. Though most of the Paris’ monuments we take so for granted as an integral part of the city (Arc de Triomphe, Place Vendome, la Madeleine) were created to commemorate those soldiers fallen in various battles. Who knew? My friend Louise in NYC even knew he invented folding camping furniture😳 

The story is told in detail on the grilles of la Madeleine how he beautified Paris. 

The Napoléon map awaits you on Etsy unless you’re a Paris map subscriber. Look! The Luxembourg chairs are at Palais Royale and a few are left in my shop. 
❤️🐻💋🐝BON DIMANCHE dear PBers🐝💋🐻❤️

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Sunday in the Park with Fermob


Alison of Glasgow asked, “Could you please do more maps with Luxembourg garden chairs besides Paris Parcs map? Tried to take one home last visit but they are too heavy for the plane”. I could have told her to take the Eurostar instead but thought better of it.

Next day as I went to buy more letter paper..voila. The Fermob shop was next door and Alison’s chair was in the window. My life is one karmic destiny after another.

 I went inside. They could not have been nicer. Stores the world over are selling Luxembourg garden chairs fortunately. 

Unfortunately they cost a pretty penny. You will find the mini version in most Paris museum gift shops to get an idea. Originally created by the Ateliers de la Ville in 1923. In 2000 the bidding was opened to update the chair. Fermob won and worked with designer Frederic Sophia to create a more ergonomic garden chair. The aluminum chair now comes in 24 colors and anyone can own it. So its no longer an exclusive with Paris parcs. 

This year Fermob added the divine color pale vert opaline, a seafoamy green to their repertoire.

Just next door is a tiny Japanese tea shop. The walls are ‘vert opaline’. 

Their celadonware would go well with the Luxumbourg. 

The florist down the street had the perfect pale green thistles. 

This has been my week of vert opaline. Pierre Hermé, master pâtissier and master of color has olive oil/vanille macaron to go with your chair Alison. 

Galeries Lafayette Gourmand had windows of Apéro accessories and pinky Rosé, plus one pale green bag as a color compliment.

The new  commemorative Napoléon stamp just out, is loaded with a variety of muted pale greens. Since quite a few of you now own the Napoléon letter, if you want to mention his name over here, please remember there is an accented É. I’ve been an idiot asking for Na-POL-lee-on books and getting strange looks. Thanks to chocolatier Vlady, it should be: Nap-po-LAY-on or Nap-POL-Lay-on or... Easier to refer to him as ‘Bone-a-par. 

Thanks to Glaswegian Alison I painted a bunch of the chairs...not a piece of cake but an interesting challenge none the less. Do you dream of visiting jardin du Luxembourg again soon?🐝💋🐻☺️