Market Light

We are now in Paris. If you go by my blog, it looks like we have been in Italy for several weeks but that was just my loading up some of my many photos and getting blog postings all put together while it was all fresh in my mind. After our trip we were home a couple of weeks getting the house and yard ready for winter when we aren’t in Provence-it can get very cold there-and came back to our apartment in Paris to get familiar with it as we haven’t actually been in it since we bought it except for moving in, find where we put everything and figure out how to get more storage out of what we have. We really miss the huge walk in closet that we had in our old place. We are thinking we will put some cabinets in the bathroom and buy another amoire just for starters.
The days are getting darker and shorter so when the sun comes out it’s always amazing. I love to be in a wide open place in Paris such as a big square like Bastille or Nation especially in the morning or evening as the sun shines its spotlight on the view in front of me. The other morning we were at a market shopping for the week mostly in shade as the entire market is covered with awnings and giant umbrellas to either protect from the sun or the rain so when the sun suddenly made its way into the interior of the market and hit some vegetables, I noticed.

This is what first caught my eye.

Head of cabbage with light shining through its leaves.

A closeup of said cabbage. I thought it looked so pretty.

Near Luxembourg Garden

(A posting saved from when I was last in Paris–May?)
Strolling down a rue heading toward the Luxembourg Garden, my friend and I were looking for a place to get tea. We saw a really charming window for children’s clothing called Bonpoint and I happened to notice a sign that there was a tea room there. It turns out that not only is the original Bonpoint, but that it was once a home as well. It’s a huge store and I loved how they displayed the clothing.

This was a “rug” painted onto the floor in the tea room downstairs. Lots of comfy pillows to lean against while having your tea.

Isn’t this a great display for summer clothing? I loved the silver fish and the blue on the wall to represent the ocean. So creative.

We headed on down the rue and found this little dog bar outside for dogs to get a drink -not a real dog seen here. We went inside and had a rather expensive tea as it was near the Senate and we think that probably there were senators there with us. We could have payed half if we’d been on another street.


I think I’m finished with my posts about my visit to England but I may post a few more photos. It was such a great trip. I came back to Paris on a Saturday for our move to our new apartment on Monday.(Let me just add that the trip was planned long before the move. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the move fell at the same time.) Maurice had done some packing but he was suffering from back pain and wasn’t able to do much. So I packed like a mad woman even putting the coffee maker in a box which Maurice discovered when he went to make his coffee the next morning. The men arrived and quickly got everything downstairs and into a truck. They didn’t use one of those machines that move things from a window down to the street thus saving us money-poor guys. They seemed to be okay with it anyway (The owner of the business was the one who decided not to use the machine, not us). Then we raced over to the new apartment where at least there could use the elevator for smaller things, tiny though it is. Boxes were stacked all over the place in our new apartment but really, it seemed to go very quickly.

So goodbye number 4. It’s been a great nine years.

Goodbye living room that we enlarged two years ago by knocking out a wall.

Goodbye kitchen. I really liked how it was set up and will miss the great dishwasher. The blue thing to the right is our air conditioning unit. The new owner bought it from us. I was sort of glad as it takes up a lot of room but I sure did miss it as Paris got very hot after we moved. We have good cross ventilation when we open the windows and a fan helps but still. We aren’t in Paris much in the summer right now so maybe it won’t matter.

Goodbye stairs. I won’t miss lugging groceries or suitcases up these. It got to be hard although good exercise. We got so we had groceries delivered and the delivery guy couldn’t believe we didn’t have an elevator. He informed us that all of the other buildings in the area did. What are you going to do? In our case, move.

The boxes piled up and waiting at our new place. I’ll show you a bit of it in the next posting. We only had a few days to unpack as a friend was arriving but we managed. I unpacked 32 boxes in two days. I’m still not sure where everything is.
The day everything was moved out of our old place, I did a finally cleaning, making sure the bathroom was all sparkling clean and vacuuming and then mopping the floors. I took the bus over to our new apartment with a mop sticking out of my little grocery cart on wheels. The next day, somehow, I managed to get our vacuum cleaner into the cart. Maurice, who couldn’t walk well because of his back pain but could ride a bike, offered to take it in the basket of the bike. I would love to have seen that-the body of the vacuum stuck in the basket, the hose wound around his neck like a boa. However, when the time came, it slid into my cart like a hand into a glove. The hose sort of slid in too and just the handle stuck up over the edge. I got a few looks on the bus. I’m sure everyone thought I was with some sort of cleaning company but I managed to move it pretty easily. I thought I was completely done when the guy who bought our old place called to inform us that I had left some clothes in the built-in dirty clothes hamper. Sigh. So one more trip back up those stairs with my cart to get the final load. I’m so glad I won’t have to take that bus back and forth anymore.


A few more photos of the brocante I visited near Pere Lachase.

Lots of silverware to be seen.

There was an interesting booth selling beautiful items from Japan and China. This was a set of instruments used by a surgeon. How’d you like to see that spread out if you were a patient? It was centuries old.

A lovely set of cups and saucers made by a French company whose name I can’t remember at the moment. My friend said I should go to the company where they make them not to far from Paris and buy seconds for a smaller price.

Aren’t these cute? It’s hard to find a full set but I decided against it. I did buy some cute glasses for serving after dinner drinks. They didn’t cost much so if I break one I won’t be sick.

Lookin’ For Bargains

There was a brocante near the Pere Lachaise cemetery so a friend and I took a look after a good Thai meal in a nearby cafe. The brocante was a really good one with lots of variety and reasonable prices.

I liked these froggy planters but I really don’t have a place to put them-plus, I will be moving soon. Do I really want two more things to pack?

A stuffed bear waiting for someone to love him.

I loved these leather books. They look so rich. There was even one in French on Churchill.

There are almost always picture frames for sale. I find it hard to buy a frame and then find something that will fit inside.