Monday, April 26, 2010

Seeing Red in Paris

One of my favorite blogs is called "Paris Breakfasts". Carol (Gillott) does a great job of capturing the essence of all things Parisian, and she's a wonderful artist. A while ago she did a post called "Jour de Rouge" which got me to thinking. And I have made it a practice to photograph everything (well, almost everything) red during my sojourn in Paris. Here are some of the results.

At St.-Eustache:
On the street:
In the gardens of the Palais Royal:
At the Comédie Française:
At the métro:
Boats on the Seine:
Everywhere at the Musée du quai Branly:
In the métro:
At my local marché:
In the hotel:
In Monet's "Nymphéas":
In other paintings at the Orangerie--Renoir's "Claude Renoir, jouant":
In Soutine's "Le Garçon de l'étage" and "Glaïeuls":
In Utrillo's "La Maison Bernot":
In Matisse's "Odalisque à la culotte rouge":
And finally (for now) in Renoir's "Fraises":
I think it's safe to say that Paris is indeed "la ville rouge"!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Macarons at the Ritz

I'm so excited! I just registered to take a two-hour class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier (Paris) to learn how to make classic French "macarons". I will have this opportunity when I am in Paris in October just before leaving for another season at Chicago House in Luxor (Egypt). Our macaron flavor will be vanilla. I found out about this class thanks to the blog called "Paris Breakfasts". Carol just took the class and has posted a detailed "photo essay" about the experience. Évidemment, I went immediately to the Ritz Escoffier website and was delighted to find that there would be a class while I was in Paris. Serendipity at work! Of course, I will post a detailed report with my own photos after my class.

Women in Art

This is an amazing work of digital art. Be mesmerized by the morphing of the images!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

U.S. foods, Parisians just don't mix

My friend Nann sent this article from the Chicago Tribune to me and I just had to share it. I will never be able to look at turkey basters in quite the same way!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

La Saint-Valentin Heureuse!

Happy Valentine's Day! Eid el Hob Saeed! Unfortunately the cats in this Valentine greeting are no longer with us. Tony, on the right, was one of the sweetest cats I have ever had the honor to cuddle...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paris Chanson

I'm listening as I write to a great discovery--Paris Chanson:

"Do you love French Classics such as La Vie en Rose, Louise, La mer, Comme d’habitude, Ne me quitte pas...?
Welcome to Paris Chanson, the first and only radio dedicated to French classic songs.

"Paris is undoubtedly the city of light and the city of love. Its image and spirit has travelled the world thanks to the music and lyrics of traditional French singers such as Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Sacha Distel, Charles Trenet or Charles Aznavour...

"Let yourself be immersed into the golden age of French chanson and rediscover the biggest classics from the last 100 years, 24/7, by listening to Paris Chanson at or via iTunes, Facebook, Noxon iRadio and on your mobile with the Nokia's Internet Radio service.

As Craig McGinty of This French Life writes:

"The site offers you the chance to listen to an internet radio service dedicated to French music and aimed at an English audience.

"You can also detach the audio player from the web page, letting you browse the net with tunes such as Les Feuilles Mortes, by Yves Montand, playing along in the background."

What's on right now? Josephine Baker singing "C'est si facile de vous aimer"!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010