Sunday, April 29, 2012

Eglise Saint Armand

There is some fabulous stained glass at our church. This is Eglise (church) Saint Armand in Thomery, from the 13th century....

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Closed Crêperie...

This crêperie looks too adorable, friends have raved about it and online reviews give it a five of five.

The pigeons seem to be the only occupants for the moment, though... I've passed by twice recently, and even the menu is behind closed shutters.

If only the pigeons could talk.

That's not an optical illusion, by the way... The roof is buckling a bit, but surely not for the weight of all those bird feathers!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Yet Another...

...American-style food makes its way into France.

Now, why can't we find traditional pepperoni pizzas in the frozen section or at all the pizza joints? Chorizo-style sausage is not the same for me...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rose Colored Glasses?

I don't really get this campaign... It says, "Before, I was bald."

The ad is for sunglasses.

There is another with a sideshot of a naked woman that says, "Before, I was an exhibitionist."

Sorry, photo not available.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perfection from Le Patton

An awesome lunch last week at Le Patton in Avon. This was the lunch special, filet de julienne avec pomme de terre.... I am not sure what type of fish was served with the mashed potatoes, and I've never had a butterfly made from vegetables, but what art! And tasty, too. I failed to photograph the salad, even though I skipped the wine, but here is the dessert: a cream concoction with chopped pineapple at the bottom.

The topping was a light crumble, and the wafer thin cookie was as delicious as it was elegant....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wisteria Lane...

All right, Desperate Housewives fanatics... Who lived at number 7?

This is just across the famous bridge painted by Alfred Sisley in Moret-sur-Loing...

Wisteria, known as glycine here, is making its way out everywhere. Long live pretty purple flowers!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Field of Dreams

Surely there is room for another steel replica here?

This canvas sits at the entrance to Barbizon, a town known as a "village of painters," that attracted such artists as Henri Rousseau and Jean-Francois Millet in the 19th century. 

The real Eiffel Tower was constructed about 60 kilometers to the north of this farmland....


Moret-sur-Loing, about ten minutes from us, is picturesque even when it's cold and drizzling...

This 12th century medieval town was a great source of inspiration for the British impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, who lived here in the late 1800s. His painting, The Bridge at Moret-sur-Loing, hangs in Musée D'Orsay...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Somewhere... ♪♫♪

We had a torrential rainstorm yesterday, and this was the view from our balcony afterwards.... It was so vibrant!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

And it's in FRENCH!

I liked this little store in Moret-sur-Loing... Didn't buy anything, but I appreciated that there were many things that were actually written in French. There is nothing like looking for a truly French gift only to find words like breakfast, lunch, and dinner all over them.

I am always amused when I see the words, "Vitrine en Cours" in a shop window. It means they have not finished creating the display. Looked good enough to me.

Friday, April 20, 2012

So, now what?

Packaging here, like in so many countries, has become ridiculous. This stuff would definitely rip my hands up if I tried to get into these scissors with anything other than scissors...

I understand the problem with unsalable goods, but let me just add my sheeshes and grrrrs here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Forced Flowers

I love how they cut out the sidewalk to plant these tulips...

Nature wins...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another Gas Price Update

Here are the prices at the grocery store around the corner from my house; they're as competitive as anywhere else in the area, and... yowza! They've been creeping up for awhile.

I buy the middle one. At 1.67€ a liter, that's 6.32€ a gallon. According to that converts today to $8.28. That compares with $7.57 in January. Quite a hike.

Bernard buys the gazole (diesel) for his van, so at 1.43€ a liter, that's 5.41€, which is $7.08. You know, the cheap one.

Thankfully, we don't need the really high level stuff. That checks in at $8.58 right now!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

School Delivery


This was parked outside the cafeteria yesterday... I'm sure there's a good explanation. And not just that Heineken's new slogan is "Open Your World" and ours is an international school...

Not a fan of Heineken (no beer at all, ick) but this ad is cool... Gotta love a tux-wearing, basketball-playing flutist, even if his gymnastics skills are lacking.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Year...

This translates to: 45 years old: a good year for the brain. We'll see. Age 45 begins today for me! Good timing.

This is this month's edition of Science and the Future...