Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Qu'est-ce que c'est ? Ice Skating at the ET! Mais oui, for the second year... Posted by Picasa

Of Course I can, its only been 40 years! Posted by Picasa

Whoa...! Posted by Picasa

Like riding a bike! Posted by Picasa

Never had any doubt! Posted by Picasa

What's inside? Posted by Picasa

Always ready to serve, Madame! Posted by Picasa

Chef Christophe makes it all look soooo easy... Posted by Picasa
Cooking Class at Ecole Ritz Escoffier Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Today's Bread Line Posted by Picasa
Market delicacies by land or by sea: Pigs ears & feet, sea urchins and fresh scallops...Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Impression Sunrise Posted by Picasa
Happy Birthday, Mozart!
It seems that there are always concerts going on at churches throughout Paris! On Friday evening we joined several hundred others in celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday by attending a splendid concert at St Sulpice where a select group from the Paris Symphony Orchestra and a quartet of Opera singers, backed up by a choir of 60+ voices performed The Coronation Mass and The Requiem. If you can't get to a concert, or hear the church's famed organ, don't despair, St. Sulpice has a little something for everyone…. For fans of The Da Vinci Code - this is the church with the “Rose Meridian” running up the face of an obelisk, which serves as a reference point for Silas, Dan Brown’s albino monk. The church has been so besieged by DaVinci Code tourists that they have posted a sign, in four languages, disclaiming "a recent popular fiction” (without naming it) and explaining the “scientific application” of this meridian. The disclaimer also states that a pagan temple never preceded the church on this site and that the initials “P” & “S” refer to Peter and Sulpice, NOT to Priory of Scion. For art lovers and historians - the church offers frescoes by Delacroix. For people watchers - Catherine Deneuve, purportedly, lives in a large apartment just across the square and has been known to attend services at St. Sulpice as did Picasso's mistress and model Dora Maar. The church has also hosted the christenings of the Marquis de Sade and the poet Charles Beaudelaire as well as the marriage of author Victor Hugo.
For the shoppers – Yves St. Laurent, Christian LaCroix and others have small outposts in the adjacent square. And for serious cooks – La Cornue ovens are sold just around the corner; they can be ordered in a “Brilliant Black, Grey, British Racing Green or Ivory porcelain enamel colors with satin nickel or satin nickel/polished brass trim, or all stainless.” Be sure to bring your Master Card…they start at $8,000 plus shipping! Scroll down to see more market and neighborhood photos…

Fresh Fish! Posted by Picasa

Does Last Season's Skirt Need a Little Perking Up? Posted by Picasa
A Little Redecorating, Perhaps? Posted by Picasa

Early Morning Metro Dash Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A brisk morning a walk to the Eiffel Tower yielded a never before seen sight for me...NO LINES!...even 1/2 hour after the tower had officially opened. A short walk away from the river, at the far end of the Champs de Mars, the long park that runs between the ET and the Ecole Militaire, is the little-publicized Peace Monument. It is a serenely beautiful, modern monument that celebrates peace in every language. Well worth the additional walk!

Early Morning at the ET Posted by Picasa

The Peace Monument Posted by Picasa

ET Through the Peace Monument Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A Taste of Honey...? Posted by Picasa
Mais Oui! Posted by Picasa

One Stop Shopping Posted by Picasa

Easy Sunday Lunch Posted by Picasa
Is it Sunday already? We headed out to our local street market to buy a few groceries, but mostly to enjoy the scene. The market vendors were largely the same as in the Spring. The only obvious change was what’s in season, both in produce and in clothes. We are continually awed by the variety of produce, cheeses, vegetables and meats available at these neighborhood markets. Several varieties of whole, skinned rabbits; numerous types of chicken and duck; a wide range of sausages; scallops in-the-shell; periwinkles; escargot (small, medium, or large; natural or in pastry puffs ready for the oven). Why would anyone cook? After two hours of gawking and buying and we headed home with our steaming poulet roti (fresh off the spit), escargot, mache & rocket for salad, roasted potatoes, lentils, bread, wine, cheese & fruit. No wonder we were ready for another late afternoon nap! I have begun to wonder if the late arrival really helped us adjust more quickly, or just delayed the reaction…?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Adding a little glitter to the evening... Posted by Picasa
A young Channel? Posted by Picasa