Friday, April 29, 2022

Place des Vosges

Tuesday was a gorgeous day in Paris. I didn’t get out of the house until 6:23 pm for a late dash to the Poste. 

If I didn’t run to la Poste most days to mail your letters ๐Ÿ’Œ I stay inside all day drawing ✏️ like most artists. 

Sending letters from Paris
 is a very good thing๐Ÿ˜Š
On a whim I went into Place des VosgesGetting outside and inhaling l’aire frai (fresh air) will always fix you, 
Especially if its Paris l’aire frais.
A very good idea on a beautiful day. 
Menus reading is a fun pastime, imagining what you could order. Do you do it too?
I stopped at a cafe to talk to a giant Black Russian Terrier. He just arrived in Paris for a 2 month stay and no jet lag.
I ❤️ Love empty cafe tables. 
I wish I had the patience to linger. This is at Ma Bourgogne.
Black with red combo is always so chic…
This business (?) man’s dog’s paws were properly on the table. French table manners demand hands on table.
One of the many kicks I get out of living in Paris is shooting abandoned cafe tables. Each has a story to tell. Who was there? What was the conversation? I always plan to paint them later. 
I’m nuts for Cafรฉs Richard’cups and saucers. Some are colored blue and yellow—the Ukraine’s colors. 
I had to paint them.Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast. Please pass on to someone you think might enjoy it. If you like this post you can support it by buying my letters and watercolors from Paris. ☕️ ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Bon Weekend PBers

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Claude Monet’s China Cup


The real reason I went back to Giverny last week was not just tulips.

I remembered they had stunning blue and yellow china cups from Monet’s dining room in their boutique.

I was thinking of buying a single cup and saucer to paint.
The eggcups looked enticing too. Don’t you agree? 
Thanks to Marge M. ❤️ I found out this is Haviland Limoges! Very good taste M.Monet๐Ÿ‘
They used to sell Monet’s straw hat for a song ๐ŸŽต 
But that has disappeared. When you’re traveling and fall in love with something, the rule is: GET IT. Otherwise you’ll torment yourself your entire life. I’d meant to get one.
They do still have Frederic Dessard’s adorable miniature models. You can buy the entire dining room in a box and bring it home. Or visit his shop down the street.
A little tour around Monet’s dining room from my last visit. 
I thought I might paint this yellow chair. 
Or this bunch of yellow flowers. 
The view out the kitchen window is pure poetry. 
And the window light on this brass pitcher. Definitely an artist’s home. FYI I looked at the online boutique and there is no blue and yellow china to purchase. Dommage. They probably don’t want to ship overseas or deal with breakage. You will just have to go to Giverny, buy on-site and bring it home yourself.
Or…you could visit my etsy shop and buy a single watercolor Monet cup for a song ๐ŸŽต Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast. Please pass on to someone you think might enjoy it. If you like this post you can support it by buying my letters and watercolors from Paris. I promise it won’t break. ☕️ ☕️☕️☕️☕️

Monday, April 25, 2022

Bleu Blanc Rouge

 I’m so happy M. Macron is continuing as president of France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿคธ‍♂️

I went off on  red check painting tangent today
Especially since Sabra check spoons ๐Ÿฅ„  came into my life.
It doesn’t take much for me to become red-checked obsessed.
These are actually Real shoes from MuiMui! I’m always looking at feet. Maybe because I used to design shoes
I saw these the other day on the Metro. Someone can’t wait for Summer. 
Speaking of Summer, Maison d’Isabelle can’t wait to show off their Summer fruit Tartes. Perfect way to celebrate the election outcome๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 

A very Frenchy shop for checkered accessories 
Is confisierie Maison Moinet of Vichy. 
Their tins and boxes are irresistible. The town of Vichy has been making checked cloth since the 17th and 18th century. 
George Washington requested of his nephew living in Paris to send him Vichy check seat covers for Mount Vernon. 
The Vichy check is a common, everyday fabric, yet its an instant reminder of classic French bistros. 
And you can’t get more classic bistro than Le Fontaine de Mars. Have you been? Really fun. Well s’il vous plait raise a glass ๐Ÿพto Emanuel et Brigitte๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Some  checkered watercolors await on Etsy. Bonne Monday PBers❤️๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Maman at Monet’s Garden, Giverny


I went back to Manderley yesterday..

No I mean Giverny. 

With all the flower painting going on around here it seemed a very good idea and it’s been 2 years.

April is tulip month at Monet’s garden by the way. They even have a flower calendar.
PBers tell me they’ve been.
Once is not enough. Its always different every time you go and such an uplifting experience, like who doesn’t need that now?
Practicalities: Mornings seem less crowded. Normandy trains leave from Gare Saint-Lazar and it takes 45 minutes depending when you depart (32€ round trip). A special Monet shuttle bus meets each train. 
A funny thing happened while waiting on line to get on the bus. I burst into tears, streaming down my face. Fortunately no one noticed—too busy worring about getting a seat on the bus. But I had this thought wouldn’t my mother, Isabel have loved Monet’s gardens❤️ With Mother’s Day around the corner and the day before, radio BBC4 had a program on Missing Mother About daughters who lose their mothers at an early age. I was 24, not that young, but still too young in many ways. My mother had such a ‘green ’ thumb. She used to warn us not to touch the petals on her treasured Gardena plant on the porch. They would blacken. Of course I touched them. Isn’t it ironic. Here I am surrounded by lush flowers and painting them like mad?
Back to practicalities: bring lunch. No grocery stores on Giverny and restaurants may not be open during the week except the cafe at the Impressionists Museum.
I did buy this gorgeous jar of paint of course in the Monet gift shop. And they do have Normandie cookies and caramels…not exactly your 5 fruits and veg, but in a desperate pinch as a snack, t’will do.
I found a stone seat and drew amidst the tulips! You’re no longer allowed to paint. 
I only visited the kitchen 
And Monet’s blue and yellow 

Dining room downstairs. 
CakeboyParis is signing his new beautiful cake book today at the Red Wheel barrow bookstore near Luxembourg gardens today between 4 - 6 and I must run over. Have a Happy Weekend dear PBers. I’m  putting up tons of flower watercolors on Etsy. Do have a look๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ“