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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The French have yet to succumb to having
Christmas cards, home decorations, shopping displays,
and city holiday lights before December.

But in December,
bedazzles the world and
truly becomes the 
City of Light!


Coke Case Advent Calendar and a Winner!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

When I first started traveling to France
in the early 1980s,
waiters would shake their heads, and
utter, "tsk, tsk," whenever I ordered 
with my meal.
I've always loved Coke.

Getting glaçon (ice) was a real feat
in the '80s and into the '90s!
Now, getting Coke and lots of ice in France
are relatively easy.
Restaurant in Sarlat, France


Sunday, November 11, 2012

have always appealed to me.

In Paris, angels are easy to find, without really searching for them.
Famous ones dressed in gold finery top the Opéra House.

The sky on this day in Paris was reminiscent of an Impressionist painting
casting a glow to the top of the building and highlighting the
dazzling golden angels.

Who Changes the Musée d'Orsay Clocks?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Daylight Saving Time ends
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 a.m.

"Fall back" an hour.
Most Americans reset their clocks before
going to bed on Saturday, November 3.

So who changes the clocks in 
Musée d'Orsay?
Source: France for Visitors, copyright Catherine Balet
See this site for more images of Musée d'Orsay.

Vintage French Stamps & A Give-Away

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What is it about vintage French stamps 
that is so alluring?

For me,
browsing for stamps, old letters, and vintage postcards
in France
is much of the allure.

What could be more relaxing than
strolling through flea markets, browsing book sellers' wares, and
meandering in the passages couverts (covered passages) in