Monday, 15 January 2018

The other side of the hill...another Paris pic

This is a view from the Butte de Montmarte that the average tourist probably won't see, looking north down the steps Rue de Mont Cenis, only minutes from the Sacre Cœur yet as the street contains a water tower (interesting as it is) and little else people probably walk no further than the bars and restaurants before heading back to themore familiar views.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Paris window shopping off the back of a lorry.

While walking back to our apartment along Rue Joseph de Maistre in Montmarte we stopped at this window display at number 17, we couldn't decide what it was actually selling and with it being closed we couldn't ask.The name 'Tombées du Camion' didn't really help either! I have since done a little research and apparently it specializes in the sale of toys parts from the beginning of the last century, it offers unfinished doll heads straight out of an abandoned factory of the 30's  and you can also find doll's eyes made of glass, pearls to make jewels,lead typo of all sizes but also a wide choice of buttons, earrings and necklaces. The prices however are apparently very much of today, so be warned!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Saying 'I love You' in Paris is good in any language.

The ‘Le mur des je t’aime’ or ‘I Love You Wall' can be found in the small ‘Square Jehan Rictus’, Place des Abbesses, Montmartre, the metro stop is ‘Abbesses’ on  Line 12. It is made up of 612 midnight blue tiles, with the words “I love you” written over 300 times in different languages. This piece of ‘art’,by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito and it has become a meeting place for tourists and ‘lovers’.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Loches,lunch and 'Le Gerbe d'Or'.

Had to go up to Loches yesterday so decided to lunch at 'Le Gerbe d'Or'. which is the restaurant we recommend to the guests at our houses when visiting the Saturday or Wednesday markets. We weren't disappointed we had a good 'menu de jour', 3 courses with a glass of wine for 13.80 € served as ever by friendly and attentive staff.

Neighbrayhood watch

We went over to check on a friends wintering plants yesterday and their neighbour came over to check what we were up to.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

More on Paris...where to now?

This is probably what every visitor to Paris has done at some point during their visit, although now with the many great apps for the metro it may soon become a thing of the past.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Not in the pink in Paris...

Corner view of La Maison Rose,Montmartre, Paris

We have loved having the opportunity to spend Christmas in Paris thanks to family connections and have many fond memories.This year was no different other than we had a couple of small disappointments. First of all the restaurant we used to people watch across from the Moulin Rouge is now a 'Buffalo Grill' (shame on you Paris) and our little 'La Maison Rose' was closed, ah well everyone needs a holiday sometimes and it was Christmas day!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Window shopping in Paris

A present for your little angel perhaps? In the UK I've seen 'little rascal' on hats but this may be a step too far...spotted in shop window in the 5th arrondissement of Paris over Christmas. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

First musical soiree of 2018

Last night we were at our first musical outing of 2018. Dave and Patience laid on an evening of diverse musical entertainment with Dave joining David and Cally for their set of tunes that always go down well plus members of the local choral did their bit...oh and they were kind enough to let me have a go - fun night!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Back to Paris with a bit of posturing

This 'centre' was near our apartment in the 17th in Paris and made me wonder who would be on their client list...certainly a lot of politicians both here in France and the rest of Europe plus many more in the UK.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A good start...

Well, the first day of the new year got us off to a great start. After bringing it in with a bunch of friends at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny we then gathered together for brunch at our friend Dave's in Chaumussay where he, along with other friends Cally and Karen, had laid on the perfect remedy for anyone suffering any effects from the night before. There was of course plenty of sparkly on the go to remind us we were celebrating the arrival of a new year...though in most of our cases it was perhaps more celebrating having survived another one😉.

Pauline and I rounded of the day with our last bottle of Pouilly Fume from our cave along with our dinner...a good start to the year!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Ringing in the new...

Brought in the new year at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny last night with friends and neighbours, English and French - good fun.Lisa and Putch laid on a great spread.

Happy New Year...