I took this photo last December not knowing that Marie, our concierge (J), and I would enjoy a dinner here in April. We sat adjacent to Alan Alda, his wife, and another couple, but left them to dine in peace.
However, I was humming the theme from Mash off and on.
Don't you think that this would be a great place to ring in the new year?
It was a dark and snowy night but the twinkling of la Tour lights up the December sky.
(Taken from the Suresnes American Cemetery, in the suburbs of Paris, only five miles from city center. The 7.5 acre cemetery contains the graves of 1,541 Americans who died in World War I and 24 Unknown American War Dead from World War II. The cemetery is located high on the slopes of Mont Valerien)
Suresnes American Cemetery 123, Boulevard Washington 92150 Suresnes
Hoping that all the little French girls get the dolls of their dreams for Christmas. These are sweet, but ma chère amie Winterludes has the most charming and detailed dolls and she even weaves stories around them.
We met on our mutual birthday in November at a salon de thé in Passage Jouffroy and each exchanged a handmade cadeau. I cherish my little Winterlude doll with her exquisite hair and little dress, a delightful gift from a dear blog friend.
The grand dome sheltered the 66-foot tree in a traditional decor in 2009. The boxes were re-wrapped for a different color scheme in 2010. The giant red Christmas balls of 2008 were stunning. The "rock'n mode" for 2011 is quite different as seen in my post last week.
Let's hope that we just "rock away" from this year's theme when the season is over. The poster for Galleries Lafayette seen in the Métro stations just sums it up.
Galeries Lafayette Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
There has been much said about the gaudy interior of Notre Dame de Lorette, but I found it elegant, adorned with 19th Century art and a Cavaille-Col grand organ.
The painter Eugene Delacroix lived nearby and was christened here in 1840.
The other stories of this large church refer to the "kept women" of the surrounding neighborhood. Many wealthy men of this period had mistresses as well as wives and it is said that all attended Sunday services.
Interesting, n'est-ce pas?
That little fact was not included in the church literature I picked up in November.
"On Wednesday 14th December, 2011, George Whitman died peacefully at home in the apartment above his bookshop in Paris. George suffered a stroke two months ago, but showed incredible strength and determination up to the end, continuing to read every day in the company of his daughter, Sylvia, his friends and his cat and dog. He died two days after his 98th birthday.
Nicknamed the Don Quixote of the Latin Quarter, George will be remembered for his free spirit, his eccentricity and his generosity. He will be buried at Père Lachaise cemetery in the good company of other men and women of letters..."
With so many options to dine in Paris, how do you find a great, reasonable meal?
Certainly, you should check internet reviews, but I would offer that reading blogger favorites may be a good place to start. In June of 2010, Virginia (Paris Through My Lens) introduced me to Le Reminet. She had met Meredith Mullins for déjeuner at Le Reminet at Meredith's suggestion. The prices are quite reasonable at lunch if you guard your wine consumption and select from la formule. The meals have been excellent and the friends I have sent there agree. Often I enjoy a bit of a splurge at lunch and have just a light salad or baguette et fromage for dinner.
Le Reminet has a lovely aubergine-colored entrance, a charming ambiance,
and it is situated on a narrow street in the 5ième near Notre Dame.
On Rue Daru in the 8ième arrondissement, this Russian Orthodox church is nestled in a predominantly Russian neighborhood. Although there are no photos allowed inside, the exterior is elegant, in the shape of a Greek cross. Each branch of the cross is terminated by an apse, topped with onion dome turrets.
Picasso was married to the dancer Olga Khokhlova in this church in 1918. The cathedral celebrated its 150th anniversary in September this year, and just a week ago a charitable auction featuring works of 29 Russian painters living in Paris was held to benefit restoration of the cathedral.
From Place de Catalogne, la Tour suddenly came into view. When you look at this historical structure, can you imagine it clothed in green plants? There is a company "Ginger" which is proposing to drape the tower with a mantle of 600,000 plants. The story was leaked in Le Figaro, that there would be 12 tons of tubing attached to the tower's struts. "Thousands of hemp or sack-cloth bags would carry soil and a large variety of plants would be added gradually over the second half of 2012."
Can you imagine la Tour covered in living plants from head to toe?