Monday, November 1, 2010


One of the fun things in Paris is all of the signage on the stores.  Some of it is very old and some is very clever.  I am sure this is a Paris tradition as it is highlighted in the Musee Carnavalet, a museum about the history of Paris, with a room dedicated to signs.   I highly recommend this museum, it is in the Marais and you can spend several hours in it.  In fact Patsy and I got lost in it.   Plus it is free.

Apparently you could buy crowns at a store with this sign.  LOL

This is the original sign for La Chat Noir cabaret.

We wondered what this was for, a tailor or a scissor maker?
I have an idea I would have frequented this store.

Here are some photos of signs we enjoyed around the city.

This was on a small street near our apartment.

Love this wine shop sign.

This is much smaller than you would expect. 

Another wine shop.

I wish I had all of these copper pots

Had to take this photo in homage to Patsy's pig collection.

No idea why they have an alligator on the sign. 

Must be a good place to get escargot.

 Below are a couple of streets in our neighborhood.

For me the signs are one of the things that make Paris so special.  
Just walking around the city is so interesting.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Last Day in Paris

I can't believe it has been a month already.  I have loved Paris but I am ready to go home and see Jim, John and of course Lucy.  

Paris has really changed in the month.  This photos is of the summer flower beds at Luxembourg Gardens taken on my first day here. 

 I took this photo on Oct 15th the day Patsy arrived.  
This is one of our favorite places in Luxembourg we just refer to it as the stag. 
The winter flowers had just been planted. 

Today the stag looked like this. The mums are blooming.

Plus the leaves are falling.  Soon the trees will be bare. 

We met Susan and Bill for lunch at L'Amuse Bouche in the 14th Arrondissement. 
It has incredible food and very reasonable prices. 


 We had a fabulous lunch which included this pistachio & chocolate soufflĂ©. 
This is the before photo  

This is the after photo.  You all know how I feel about food and this was amazing.

  Happy at the end of our lunch
 After lunch we strolled thru the Montparnasse Cemetery.  I love the cemeteries.

 Next we came across a design shop with Christmas ornaments.  
Hint - there may be some French ornaments at the exchanges this year.  

We ended the day with a walk along the Seine.  

Notre Dame

Pont Nuef

Paris has been fun, exciting, beautiful, everything I expected and more but I am ready to go home.  
Thanks for following my adventure.  
PS - I plan on putting up some more post about Paris once I get home so stay tuned.

This is for you Karen

Today I managed to find the quilting fabric store I had ran across while I was here in '08. I had been looking for it all month.  It is a beautiful store with lots of French fabric some of which is manufactured in the states.  I took these photos for my sister Karen, the quilter.  

These are cupcake pincushions.

Sue giving us a close up

Karen - you will find out why I was in the store when I see you at the Thanksgiving.   I hope you are reading the blog.  This one is for you sista.  Love you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Grounds at Fontainebleau

The grounds at Fontainebleau are beautiful.  

A fireplace in every room; a chimney for every fireplace.