Thursday, July 18, 2019
When I think of Paris and France I often (and foremost) think of the food and drink. In Germany, the saying "eating like God in France" originated and it reminds of the excellent food you can get in our neighboring country. France also is the home of champagne and delicious wine. Eating in France is not only to satisfy hunger - there is a true food culture that starts with a good table, nice dishes and decent flatware. Eating takes time and a good dinner can last for two hours or longer. I am very fortunate to have experienced a decent amount of unforgettable dinners with French friends that weren't only delicious in regards to food, but there was also lots of laughter and lively conversation.
Almost everywhere there are street cafés that invite to sit and watch people. Just order a café au lait or a glass of kir (my choice).
A chocolat chaud is a delicious choice as well - and it's served with style.
Usually tables in a restaurant are nicely set, and you can find a set table with silverware and napkins even in the outdoor area of the smallest restaurants. After all, the art of eating is for the eyes as well. I always enjoy entering a restaurant that is inviting and welcoming.
Wouldn't you like to eat a three course meal here in the arcades of the Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris?
Post no. 4 for Tamara's blog event Paris in July over at Thyme for Tea.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
July 14th is what is called "Bastille Day" in English speaking countries. The French wouldn't even dream of calling it this way - here it is la Fête nationale or le quatorze juillet. In Germany we just call it "französischer Nationalfeiertag" which comes close to the French original.
On July 14, 1789 the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, a fortress-prison that not only held a huge cache of ammunition and gunpowder but also political prisoners whose writings were regarded unfavorable by the royal government. Thus the Bastille was a symbol of the absolutism of the monarchy (there were only seven inmates at the time of the attack). This attack became a turning point in the French Revolution which profoundly altered the course of modern history, replacing absolute monarchies with republics and liberal democracies. The French Revolution is regarded as one of the most important events in human history.
(The photos of this post are featuring the fountain in front of the Comédie Française in Paris)
This is my third post for Tamara's Paris in July blog event over on Thyme for Tea
Thursday, July 11, 2019
One of the places I wanted to see in Paris that I had never visited before (why not? I wonder) is the Marché aux Fleurs, the Flower Market. It's located in the heart of Paris on the Île de la Cité, in the vicinity of Notre-Dame. A lot of the market is covered - indeed, it is mainly formed by pavilions from the 1900s. Looking up offered my favorite part of them.
Birds like it up here, too.
There are tons of flowers and plants for sale, fresh cut or in containers, seasonal or more exotic, whatever your heart desires. Even Kaefer was fascinated.
Little decorative items were available as well, perfect for the many tourists to fit in their luggage.
Or maybe a garden gnome is something people really want - there is a big selection to choose from.
Of course there is a huge selection of seeds. I was so tempted to buy a few little packets and try them out in my garden, but I was pretty sure that customs would take them away from me. Sadly, no flowers from Paris in my garden.
The market wouldn't be complete if you couldn't get the one plant and its little scented flowers that I always associate with France - lavender. Just take your pick.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
No, this is not a photo for a wine ad!
Summer for me is the time to drink rosé wine. It is something I already did in Germany for many years and then had to stop when we moved to the US because there wasn't any decent rosé wine available. Everything you got was too sweet or didn't taste at all.
But this has changed over the recent years, and especially the rosé wine produced here in Sonoma County is excellent - dry and flavorful. Many of them are made from Pinot Noir grapes or Sangiovese; there is also quite a selection of Zinfandel grapes (which is my favorite red wine). I also still love many French rosés as well as the organic ones from Germany. We are lucky to have an excellent wine shop in town that has a huge selection of rosé wines.
I bought several bottles to try the different wines. I unloaded them on my kitchen table and thought how beautiful these bottles looked. I grabbed my phone (yes, not the big camera), brought the bottles outside, arranged them, poured myself a glass and took several pictures. And then I got to work. I have a new phone with a great camera (it's a Pixel phone and I love it) that has several modes for taking pictures and also some very cool processing modes. This one with just the gray and the pop of the rosé color appealed to me. I processed it further in Lightroom until I was happy with the image. It was easy to pick it as my June image.
Cheers! (or "Prost!" as we say in Germany)
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
This month I'm participating in the Paris in July blog festival and I hope that I can share with you my love for the French capital.
I have a "thing" for street lights, and in Paris there are so many beautiful ones, old and modern, elaborate and simple. Come with me while we walk the streets of this beautiful city.
Let's first stop at the Louvre.
Marché aux Fleurs
Of course we have to visit the Quartier Latin - this has been one of my favorite parts of the city since I came to Paris for the very first time in 1975.
What about we climb up to Montmartre?
The view from Sacré-Cœur
View of Tour Eiffel from Étoile
Oh of course, how could we cover Paris without going to Tour Eiffel? Not possible!
View from Pont Alexandre III
The light in the image above tells you where we're heading next - Pont Alexandre III. Without doubt the most beautiful bridge across the Seine in Paris.
The last street lights I want to show you can be found in three different locations in Paris.
Place Georges Pompidou
Place des Vosges (a favorite!)
I apologize that this is such a photo heavy post. Believe me, I have way more pictures of Paris street lights... Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed our little tour through the City of Lights.
You can find more Paris links on Tamara's blog here.