Thursday, May 05, 2016

Roussillon, Vaucluse

If you will insist on having homemade apricot jam for breakfast in the Luberon, then you must go off to Roussillon (an apricot-colored town) immediately if not sooner.
I did go yesterday and am still reeling.
Roussillon is a hill town (village perché) set on cliffs of the most extraordinary colors and a huge source of earth colored pigments, raw and burnt sienna, ochres, umbers.
Regarde! Wow
Roussillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Roussillon lies within the borders of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon. In the French natural regional parks, new economic activities may be developed only if they are sustainable.It is noted for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. Ochres are pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. One of the former ochre quarries can be visited via the "Sentier des Ocres" (Ochre Path), a walk of either 30 or 60 minutes through the old workings. Thank you Wicipedia.
The town is just as stunning
I was absolutely certain
I would find an outfit head-to-toe terra cotta
Even a terra cotta T-shirt that said,
It doesn't exist.
Not even a scarf to speak of in these fabulous colors :(
By the way, if you see pigments on sale there labeled 'Apricot' do Not buy them. There is no such color except  in makeup and wall paint etc.
Some watercolor sketches of Roussillon. This may become a print...if you'd like one, let me know.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Croissant d'Amande research and Saignon

I have been doing daily research on the croissant d'amande in the Luberon. This straight-up boulangerie is in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt. Hands down they can beat out Paris every day of the week in the croissant d'amande arena. I'm ready to put good money on it.
FYI, a croissant d'amande is a day-old croissant flattened, filled with almond frangepane, sprinkled liberally with slivered, toasted almonds sprinkled on top. Provence being the home of French almonds, I'm guessing (and hoping) they are usung the local product, thereby achieving a far better tasting end result.
Naturally when we went to another hilltown the other day, Saignon, I felt obliged to do a little comparative testing.
Chez Christine is a cosier pastey shop.
Their croissant d'amandes are bigger and pricier, but not necessarily better.
Still you must factor that you're sitting under a red umbrella at chez Christine's cafe
With a stunning view of Saignon's romanesque church perched on a hill. All the towns of the Luberon seem to be perched on a hill (why getting wifi here is rather frustrating...ahem).
One mustn't grumble but Angelina could really clean up in the hot chocolate area here.
Nestle's, please go away from all Luberon cafes and stay away IMHO.
I would love to meet Mireille, the owner of this charming facade in Saignon. Pretty adorable you have to admit oui?


I'm in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt
This morning
Supposed to be painting the marché
In the cafe instead for the decent wifi in all of Provence/Luberon!
The weather is gorge.
Wish U were here PBers!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fleuriste Paris May Map

*Please put PRINCE's THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD on repeat while you read this post.
I've been running all over looking for the most beautiful fleuristes in town this week.
There are far too many to draw in just one map. More fleuriste maps to come dear PBers.
Stephane Chapelle is a don't miss surely. Even their workspace is exquisite 29, rue de Richelieu 75001
Just a few streets over stop in La Palais Royal.
Don't sit down in this chaise SVP. It's an artwork FYI. is a charming tiny shop 14, rue des Saint Pères 75007
The shop front and window are filled with plants for your miniscule jardin on your petit balcon.
Inside wildly romantic. Visit their online shop for more dreams
Paris loves green. Paris loves gardens. A wonderful green garden truck I passed while getting lost looking for flower shops.
Moulie is across from the Assemblee Nationale. The Assemblee has a terrific gift shop if you're into blue-white-red tri-color teapots, towels, pencils. I bought a blue-white-red tooth brush FYI.
Around the corner from Mouliepatisserie Pradier is famous for their chocolate eclairs on 6, rue de Bourgogne 75007. You've been warned.
Inside glorious Adriane M. 4, rue Saint-Dominique 75007
Just say you'd like a carte de magazine (biz card)
Pretend you're an events planner with many weddings up your sleeve.
Same thing with prestigious Lachaume 103, rue Faubourg Saint Honore 75008
Be brave. If I can do it so can you. Its worth it. Mona Lisa move over.
May day is coming up Sunday. Les muguet are all over town. And in chocolate at Hugo et Victor.
SPRING has sprung in Paris!!
As I was running to my print shop I spotted this sign. I've no idea what its about, but all my May bouquets for you are in la Poste on their way.Yay.
I was planning Parisians in the rain for the May Fleuriste Map.
The change in the weather turned umbrellas into bluebirds.
R.I.P. Prince.