An Afternoon with Hemingway…

We left off last week at the La Closerie des Lilas and a suggestion that this is a good spot to stop for lunch or refreshments...or better yet...both.  After a well-deserved break, the next stop is Luxembourg Gardens just a few steps from the bistro.   Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris The original Luxembourg Palace… Continue reading An Afternoon with Hemingway…

A Morning on the Left Bank…

  As I write this post, we are still in the deep freeze!  February has been a wickedly cold month, and Spring can't come soon enough.  I've already ordered some seeds and bulbs for my planters, and I'm anxious to get into the greenhouse to start organizing, readying it for what I hope, with a… Continue reading A Morning on the Left Bank…

The World According to Karl…

February 19, 2019... Karl Lagerfeld has died...   When I opened up my newsfeed early Tuesday morning,  I was shocked to see that Karl Lagerfeld had died in Paris.  In retrospect maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised.  At 85, he was not a young man... but he was always, always current, relevant.  There was an eternal… Continue reading The World According to Karl…

The Edit…

  Marie Kondo, at 34, has become a media darling, first with the success of her 4 books on "how to organize your home" and now has a popular series on Netflix.     Using her method of organizing called KonMari, Kondo asks her readers/clients to keep only the objects that "spark" joy.  She suggests… Continue reading The Edit…

Love Story

As we move along on our journey, we realize, like the dictionary meaning, that love comes in many different forms. Our personal love story is a reflection of our life experiences...starting with the unconditional love parents and their children share,  moving along to the first, intense brush with young love, (that emotional roller coaster), to the… Continue reading Love Story

Revisiting the French Pharmacie…

The winter months in a cold, dry climate can be a challenge for mature, sensitive skin.  I have fair skin, prone to redness (rosacea) and although I'm far from being an adolescent, I can have a breakout at the most inopportune time.  I haven't had cosmetic surgery (however, not ruling that out in future) but… Continue reading Revisiting the French Pharmacie…

Forging Beauty…

    My first trip to Paris in 1988 put me into a state of sensory overload!   That taxi ride from the airport into the core of the city left me in awe.  The architecture was so exceedingly beautiful and foreign to anything I had ever seen, the trees towering over the expansive boulevards and… Continue reading Forging Beauty…

Painting the month away…

  As I was putting away the Christmas decorations, I spied the paint cans and brushes on an adjacent shelf and thought, "No time like the present."  I started off in the front hallway by painting the interior side of my front door and the front hall closet.  Before the doors were an almost "black"… Continue reading Painting the month away…

It’s Hollywood…

The HOLLYWOOD sign...with a life of its own, a symbol of the Hollywood film industry representing The Golden Age of Hollywood...has stood on the side of Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills, since 1923.  Originally intended as an advertisement for a real estate developer, the sign read HOLLYWOODLAND,  and was to stay up for only… Continue reading It’s Hollywood…