Sunday, June 23, 2024

La Roseraie du Val-de-Marne, 3-Day 🌹Sale, Confiture Parisienne, Lancôme Cafe de la Rose

Watercolor Artist studio with rose paintings
This past week was ROSE WEEK 🌹

Overhead view of La Roserair du Val-de-Marne gardens
Last Sunday I headed out to La Roseraie de Val-de-Marne to paint the roses 🌹 Take ligne 7 to last stop, Villejuif-LouisAragon end of the line. Then bus 172 (in front) for 10+ minutes to Sous-Prefecteur Eglise etc. It was windy, cold and looked about to rain any second. I got back on the 7train & came home 🏡 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Peonies in Paris

Artist studio with peony watercolors and peony still lives
On Friday someone commented,” Carol, i just love your peony watercolour sketches! Will you be offering them for purchase? I think of them as "A Suggestion of Peonies." 🌸 

A seed was planted. Late at the Sunday Bastille marché, finally headed home, loaded with pamplemousse, I noticed the flower stand was packing up. 

Friday, June 07, 2024

Monday, June 03, 2024

Jardins, Jardin - Bois de Bologne, Chanel l’Iris


For 4 days, May 30 - June 2, the Bois de Boulogne became an olfactory experience. Usually it’s held at Tuileries but because of the Olympics 

Large lavender colored iris in a garden
Plus total immersion in Chanel’s purple irises in bloom at Jardins, Jardin

Friday, May 31, 2024

Landline General Supply Store, update on Baguette 🥖 letter

Last night a triple book 📚 party, ‘Food for Thought’ night at Landlines General Supply store in the 11th Arrondissement  at 107 Avenue de Parmentier.

Jane Bertch of French Ingredient was there chatting, along with cookbook author, Carrie Solomon of Bohème Cooking, French Vegetarian Recipes. Carrie will be officiating at the French Summer Olympics.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Marché Normand, Baguette Stamp 🥖 Letter

Last weekend , another foodie Fête 🤸‍♂️Marché Normand for 3 days of feasting.

On Saturday after morning Butter 🧈 Class, an afternoon Champagne 🥂🍾 Tasting, & a book 📕 signing in the Marais, when I got home 🏠 I spotted tents ⛺️ along the Seine. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

French Girl’s Apartment

Yesterday Bethany said...I love your blog. 
Its absolutely sensational and the highlight of my days!! I was wondering if you could do a post on the typical French girls apartment. In the movies it always looks very thrown together, simple and chic. I know you must have insight on this!!!! That would be fantastic.
(This is a repost from 2010)
At first I thought no. But after careful reconsideration, I decided yes! I should show you that French girls are not so casual. In fact the opposite.This is the lovely clear entryway where I was allowed to drop my bag 💼 on arrival.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Caroline Mignot - L’atelier de Beurre

Yesterday I went to butter class 

L’atelier de beurre
 s’il vous plaît with Caroline Mignot. I got lucky 🍀 and won 🏆 a place.  Caroline is a delightful instructor. She is an expert at sharing the complexity of French flavors. She is, after all from Nantes, a vrai Nantais.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Carol Gillott ✍️ a Blog, ParisBreakfast-HuffPost Life


Paris pastries watercolor
Bonjour PBers! This is a repost tell-all interview from 2015 in HuffPost written by watercolor artist Susan Fogwell.
I’m Carol Gillott, an artist living in Paris. Every month I send out beautifully illustrated letters that capture the true Parisian experience. Sign up to receive these whimsical treasures in the mail.
Thanks for reading PB ❤️
☕️ If you’d like to support my work, you can buy me a KO-FI here  ☕️  ❤️ Thank you so much! 

Toy bear looksout window at skyline
There is only one blog I subscribe to and it's Paris Breakfasts by watercolor artist Carol Gillott. Gillott, a Francophile at heart, moved to Paris over a year 11 years ago, where she opens the door to her daily quintessential Parisian experience. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Birthday 🎂 Lunch in Nantes

 Nantes is not a bad place to spend your birthday 🎉 🎂 🥳

Especially when you dream of plateau de mer 

Sunday, May 12, 2024

What I ate this week in Paris


Last night I
did more dessert research 🔬 with Joyce (visiting from New York)

On Profiteroles. Joyce got a choux Chantilly, a simpler version sans sauce chocolat noir et glace 🍨 vanille.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Profiteroles I have eaten, Chez Clément Montparnasse

Last night with PBers Nicole & DeeAnn we had profiteroles for dessert 
We left a little bit on the plate, the way you are supposed to in France 🇫🇷 OK not much 🙄

Saturday, April 27, 2024

April in Paris 🌸 Letter

Back on April 8 I said, I was trying hard to get your April Paris letters done ✏️ and to la poste 📮

Early work-in-progress sketches… 🤸🏾‍♀️

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What Bag to Wear in Paris

3 Hollywood starlets with Fr purses American celebrities like to carry whatever Parisian IT $$$$$ bag is IN.
Young Parisian crossing a bridge
According to Vogue, ‘There’s a certain cool girl look’ Parisians have down pat. From perfect Breton stripe shirt to classic cigarette pants, Fr girls claim some of the chicest staples in a working wardrobe. 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

La Pâtisserie Viennoise, Diptyque

It may be Spring but hot chocolate/chocolat chaud ☕️ is always a good idea in Paris 
La Pâtisserie Viennoise is tucked away on a side street is easy to miss - 8 rue l'école de médecine 75006 Bus 86, 63 go right by it.

Friday, April 19, 2024

City-Pharma, Cafe Deux Magots letter

Some wise travelers know Paris is a Mecca for makeup and City-Pharma is their bargain land Holy Grail. At 26, rue du Four 75004
I met up with two clever ducks Cheryl & Debbie on Tuesday because they'd ordered the
6-pack of Paris Letters and wanted to pick them up while in Paris (instant gratification). 
(This is a repost from 2015 with additions)