Saturday, April 19, 2014


Thursday Jeanne (365 Dresses) and I went to Malmaison, Empress Josephine's residence near Rueil. Just a short ride on RER A or ligne 1 to La Defense and then bus 258 upstairs in the bus terminal stops right at the chateau. Well a nice walk down the lane at any rate. Entrance is 6.50 euros.
Et voila..
You're there and it's not nearly as crowded as Versailles but every bit as beautiful
And possibly more serene.
The d├ęcor inside is just as riveting. I thought the audio added a lot of nice details(2€) You'll know the architects of the Empire were deeply
Inspired by their time in Egypt. There are obvious Egyptian influences throughout.
We followed the couple in period costume..
They seemed to know the ropes...
Many, many fabulous beds
Why ever am I sleeping on a Tempurapedic travel mattress on the floor ?
Of course we didn't get the chance to test the mattresses...they may be soft as marshmallow/guimauve...
Remember to look up.
The ceiling decor is gorgeous
Josephine was fond of Teal and expert at billiards it's said...
She looks quite glam immortalized
In the many portraits.
And Napoleon is of course
All over the place 
The Corsican makes quite a handsome bust.
Did he import cedrat citrons for the occasional snack from his homeland?
Yesterday I sashayed into La Bonbon au Palais and noticed something new. I seem very well acquainted with every damn candy in the place...hmmm.
But this cedrats confits was new to me.
Instantly Georges was unwrapping the preserved candied fruit.
They come as big as melons or footballs by the way...
The top comes off and it's filled with aromatic confit on the sides.
Georges insisted I try a bar of Corsican nougat with bits of cedrat adding an acidic touch to the sweetness of the almonds. Do take a short but very serene trip out of Paris to visit Malmaison. Then pick up some Napoleonic, Corsican snacks at Le Bonbon au Palais 19 rue Monge 75005.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ducks in Paris

I was missing one of my ducks in a row for my visa appointment Tuesday. Also I used paperclips to hold together my 3 passport photos (a big no-no) thereby creating a ding that would make them useless. Another re-do.
But when you weigh things up Paris is worth all the fuss and bother isn't it?
In New York I never saw a pair of ducks while enroute to the pool at 7:45 am.

I never crossed bridges daily many times over and such beautiful bridges at that.
There are 36 public pools in Paris and I've dipped into at least 12 of them.
In New York I couldn't read about the best lemon tart at 5:30 in the morning..
Then rush over post-pool to taste MOF Arnaud Larher's winning tartelette at 93, rue de Seine 75007
For breakfast! Miam/YUM!!
At Larher they didn't know why there'd been such a run on their lemon tarts recently till I showed them the story. Aren't these fun and witty? Easter Sunday (chocolate) eggs with faux toast points or is it soldiers..?
I've been passing this hairdresser on the way to the pool most days meaning to get a much-needed haircut.
Admiring this Frenchie cut. Post-depressing visa appointment I waltzed  in and Monsieur Claude
Did his best to make me look like the 20-something in the window/vitrine. Please note I've slept on it here...
Only in Paris can you grab a shot of a red ballerina shoe at a stop light. And later notice she's got stars tattooed on her foot!?
Yesterday Jeff (who draws everyday when he's in Paris) came by to draw the view out my window. He said I should be drawing it too.
This morning I gave it a whirl, the first of many future efforts I hope..
Why not go the 'full monty' and do a watercolor while I'm at it?
I've yet to draw/paint the Eiffel Tower.
Maybe a future sketch letter to-be?
The Monthly Sketch letters make it possible for me to stay in Paris (along with the visa office...ahem :).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Visa Day

Tick tock.
Today is the day of the 'postponement' appointment for my visa.
Ta Da.
A torrent of papers is required.
Nothing gives me more aggita then organizing pieces of paper .
AND they are mostly in another's all Greek to moi ;((
You do it please.
Calm isn't in my repertoire.
Will I be waiting for 5-6 hours?
Qui sait ???
Will I get to wear Teal
This summer like my ex-L.L.?
And ride a pink scooter?
I hope...
Everything will not be coming up cherry blossoms.
Padam Padam Padam...
NO, Bear didn't get it.
He forgot to wear his bowtie.
We have a postponement end of month with positive assurances provided we find the missing paper, get it translated and remember to dot our i's and....
DO NOT use a paperclip on your 3 required photos.
You will have to redo them.
It makes a dent on the photo.
5 hours ispent n the visa office = nogood.