2008


I hope that 2009 will be the best year ever for you. Thanks for the visits here during 2008. I’ve made some wonderful friends.

There are all sorts of reminders of food in Paris, not to mention the actual thing.


A sign for breakfast, not your American one.


Drink anyone?


A shot of some onion soup that I had one cold day. It didn’t come out all grilled but I had to add the toast and then cheese myself. It was very good.

It is really cold in Paris right now, staying in the 30’s all day long and with a stinging little wind. If the clouds and moisture were in the right mode, I’m sure there would be snow. We bundled up today and made our way down to the market on Nation. There are some things that just taste better on cold days like stew or roast chicken but today we decided on Choucrute a dish that seems more German to me which, it turns out, it is as it comes from Alsace, the part of France across the border from Germany, a country that it has been a part of several times in its history. The ingredients of choucroute are native to Alsace with cabbage made into sauerkraut, pork and potatoes-food that will stick to your ribs. You can pick out all sorts of pork at the market stall that is selling choucroute. My favorites are frankfurters, a thick sausage with a satisfying crunch when you bite into it, and a lean ham that has been cooked over a fire. The other pieces have too much fat in them for my tastes.
When I got home I put the sauerkraut into a pan with some white wine and chicken broth, top it with the meat and let it all cook for twenty minutes or so while I also boiled up some potatoes.
We ate it with a glass of Reisling from Alsace and it was a wonderful way to warm up on a cold frosty day. The only thing missing was a fire in a fireplace.

I’m back. I have been on a ski trip for Christmas with some of my family and was unable to get any Internet access for some posts I had written ahead of time. We had a great time. Now, back to Paris.

The Canal St Martin is always interesting to visit. It’s especially fun if a canal boat shows up and you get to see them work the locks.


The boat waiting for the water to rise in a lock before it can move on.


A friendly guy on the back of the boat. I thought he was the captain at first but I don’t think the captain would be taking photos.

Peace on Earth

Good Will Toward Men

I haven’t had much luck finding many beautiful Christmas windows this year. I don’t know if there are fewer or if I just haven’t been looking in the right places. Red always catches my eye so most of the photos I did get have that color in them. (I think I might have done a post of red at Christmas last year come to think of it.)


I liked this red candle. I have a green one burning in our apartment right now.


If I had a Christmas tree, I’d think about getting a few of these. We aren’t going to be in town this Christmas so didn’t buy a tree.


These little guys were in the window of a Russian shop in the Marais.


They always roll out a red carpet at Palais Royal and there are usually pine trees too but not this year.

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