Winter Beach

Maurice and I made a quick trip to our beach place. Things are pretty dead there in the winter but it was a nice break. (This was before Christmas).

The local church was prettily lit.

A little jazz band was there playing Christmas music.

The Wednesday market was small compared to summer but the florist was still there.

I had a good seafood salad with a tropical twist.

There had been a big storm the week before we arrived and sand was piled up along the beaches. Some of this is protected sand dunes and I’m wondering if they will clear away some of the sand or leave it.

Another beach view. The fences are almost totally covered.

A little of the music that I recorded.


Various Christmas things around Paris:

Pere Noel, or Santa Claus,

A Christmas cake, rather over the top.

I like to drink Christmas tea all year long.

This looked good-matcha flavoured.

A cozy corner in a tea place.


Here and There

Some photos taken around Paris:

Signs of Christmas are starting early around Paris.

Isn’t this cute? I love those reindeer.

Cour de Saint André des Arts, an ancient street with a lot of history having to do with the Revolution.

An entry into a little place serving seafood. I’ve never eaten there-maybe one day.

A decorated bike out on a side walk for a business.

White Christmas

Before heading to the States I made a quick trip to Galeries Lafayette to check out their Christmas tree. It is under their glass dome and is different each year.

img_2650 What you see as you enter the store in the perfume and cosmetic section.

img_2651 The other side. It was made of thick white paper by the way, as was the ferris wheel.

img_2654 Close up.

img_2657 The top from the fourth floor.

img_2656 I went to the fifth floor hoping to see everything from above and found the other side of the dome.

img_2658 So I went back to the fourth floor for this view below.

img_2660 The windows with viewing areas for children. It was polar bears also made of white paper.

img_2666 I took a bus over to Bon Marche just for this shot. They were doing a Christmas with snow theme.

img_2664 I liked their windows better last year. They had snow balls doing various things.

Merry Christmas!

We are in the States catching up with friends and family. We started out in New York City which I always enjoy. A cold front arrived with the high being 17 degrees one day while we were there which kept us from doing as much as we wanted but we still had fun.


We saw a few lovely Christmas doors but not as many as I had hoped.

image We saw the Christmas tree at Rockerfeller Center along with a whole lot of other people.


The decorations at Saks were fabulous. They had a flashing light show to go with whatever Christmas music was playing.


Another great window at Saks.


One of the festive lions in front of the New York Public library.


Always exciting to see the Empire State Building especially when it has some Christmas green lighting it up.

A Merry Christmas to all who come here. It is much appreciated!

A Merry Little Christmas

During the winter months this cheese, Mont d’Or arrives. It is made from the cows (both in Switzerland and France) that produce the very good, and hard, Compte cheese but once they are brought down from the summer pastures their diet changes, milk production slows down and this cheese is made. It is made in rounds and smushed into a round cedar box which gives another layer of flavour. You can cut it out in wedges to eat and it tastes fine this way, sort of like a brie, but the best way is to put slivers of garlic into the cheese, add a little white wine and then wrap the box in foil and bake it until the cheese is soft and bubbly.

Until it looks like this.

And then, like other dishes made in the alps, you can serve it with potatoes and ham or dip bread into it like fondue. It’s very tasty. It’s very rich, as you might imagine, and no dinner is required after having this for lunch.

I would like to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas. I so appreciate each of you who bothers to visit my blog. It has been such a blessing.