Looking Back

I was going through my 2017 photos to try and pick a favorite but don’t really have one. I just have photos that mainly bring back good memories. I picked out over 20 but may have to spread it out over several posts.

We went to the States in January. We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona,

and Sante Fe in New Mexico,

and the White Sands Monument in New Mexico.

We went to the Maldives for my birthday.

A trip to Venice with a lot of Spritzs to drink.

We did part of the Camino de Santiago in May where I took this photo of a cow at dawn. It was very difficult for me, my first and last time, but Maurice is ready for more.

We went to England to watch some tennis and made a stop in London while there.

I spent the rest of the year in the States, mostly with my mother but visiting with my children before coming home in December.

I don’t know if this is my favorite photo but I do love the optical illusion of this building in hilly Montmartre.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2018. Thanks for making me a part of your lives.

A Chateau Christmas

I had read about the Christmas lights and decorations at the Vaux le Vicomte which is a chateau not too far from Paris. We took a train and then a bus and were quickly there. I had visited here years ago. It is really lovely.

We had a quick meal before touring the chateau. There were paintings all over the restaurant of beloved hunting dogs, like these two.

There were decorations set up in the stables too like this one.

The entrance to the chateau all decorated for Christmas. As it got dark the front was also lit up in red but we had to catch the bus back to the train station so I didn’t get a good photo.

A painting of the trial that took place when Fouquet, the owner of the Vaux le Vicomte was found guilty of using the money from France’s treasury to build his chateau and the very famous grounds which Louis XIV copied when building Versailles.  He probably wasn’t guilty but was framed by a jealous cohort but ended up spending the rest of his life in prison.

A Hansel and Gretel theme for the Christmas decorations.

A little wildlife seen amongst the trees.

A magnificent roof in one room over Christmas trees.

Lobsters as Christmas decorations in the kitchen.

Copper pots in the kitchen. Beautiful but lots of upkeep to keep them shiny.

 

Lights

After the Dior exhibit I thought I would take a bus to see the Dior store on Avenue Montaigne. I went a few other places as well and ended up taking two metro rides and five buses. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was worth it.

This was on Rue de Rivoli in front of a hotel.

I liked Avenue Montaigne much more than the Champs Elysees for Christmas lights. It’s a smaller street for one thing and I just liked the Christmas lights there more. This is the front of Plaza Athenee Hotel.

The lights on the Dior store.

The elegant decorations at the Peninsula Hotel.

A Christmas tree seen through the door of the restaurant there.

The tree at the Shangrila Hotel. I had a 12 Euro coke there at the bar. I love dark, elegant hotel bars.

I walked from the hotel to Trocadero to take the metro line 6 home and, of course, had to get a photo of the Eiffel Tower. As you can see, it was foggy.

Dior

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about an exhibit of Dior, the famous French clothing designer. There were lines waiting to enter, even if you had gotten a ticket for a reserved time online which I had. Some people, even with a ticket, had to wait an hour before entering. It’s getting near to the time when the exhibit is ending and maybe there are fewer people because I arrived early and was let in 20 minutes before my reserved time. The museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, was packed with people, and some areas were way to small to see things but it was still worth the time. He was indeed an artistic genius, as were the people who took his place when he died. I’m not a very fashionable person, but I do love looking at beautiful clothing.

I don’t know if this was done by some bored person waiting to enter the exhibit or not but I rather liked it. It was right by the entrance.

This was at the top of the stairs leading into the exhibit. It was done in lights.

I’m watching the TV series, The Crown, so this photo of Princess Margaret wearing a Dior gown on her 21st birthday caught my eye.

Dior loved the form of flowers, and the form of women as well, and many of his designs centered in some way with flowers. One of the exhibit rooms had the whole ceiling covered with flowers. All of the rooms were lovely and the clothing and other items were displayed beautifully and creatively.

A huge display in the last room with golden sparkle lights adding to the feeling.

He did perfume too. Isn’t this display pretty?

A look at some of the bottles of perfume done through the years. My favourite perfume is by Dior called J’adore. Such a lovely fragrance.

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone who stops by here a Very Merry Christmas!

Photos taken mostly in the beautiful Galerie Vivienne, a covered passageway from the 1800’s.

Christmas tree models in a shop outside of Palais Royal.

French pastries for sale.

The pretty lights outside of the restaurant, le Grand Colbert.

Inside the Galerie Vivienne.

Outside another shop.

A shop selling gorgeous Christmas decorations.

Christmas stars in a wine glass.

 

Le Train Bleu

I joined a friend for lunch the other day at the Train Bleu, a luxurious restaurant found in the train station, Gare de Lyon. Trains from this station head towards the south of France and all of the paintings on the walls are of the various destinations most painted around 1900.

 

 

 

A train ready for departure. Train stations are always freezing cold in the winter as there are high roofs and large openings.

The stairs on either side leading up to le Train Bleu.

The bar. People were pouring in, many with suitcases and you needed a reservation for a table although I think there were some low tables near the bar available. They were turning people away. Most of the clients seemed like businessmen to me.

Just part of the stunning interior.

The view from my table.

If you like rum, the dessert of Baba Rhum is right up your alley. It’s sort of a pound cake which soaks up the rum. I read that it began when the exiled king of Poland was in France. The cake that was to be served for dessert was too dry so they poured rum on it.

I dropped into the nearby CitizenM hotel to look at their fun lobby. It’s a very lively place.