Thursday, December 8, 2016


I recently switched allegiance to a new nail salon.
These little drawers for regulars' personal
polish reminded me of the restaurant Chartier,
in Paris, where some faithful customers
would get to store their own napkin in a cubby
much like these (although, granted, a bit
more elegant—it's Paris, after all).

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ABC Wednesday—V is for "vineyards"

And also for this spectacular view of those
vineyards and the rooftops of
Saint-Emilion, where some of the best
wine in the world comes from
and where every square inch of land is
given over to the vines.

BTW, when these photos were
taken, it was almost time
for the harvest.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Deck the halls with . . .

berries and bulbs and . . . orchids.
I pass this flower shop near Grand Central
Terminal nearly every day.  They
always have orchids on display, but for
the holidays they add all this plus

glittery white branches and
poinsettias too.  Their
windows are always a bit over
the top—in a good way.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, December 5, 2016

Greece? No . . .

This is in Paris's 14th arrondissement.
I got a kick out of the Greek-themed mural 
filling a 5-story wall next to a
Chinese take-out joint—in France.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at Backyard Neighbor
and Monday Mural at Oakland Daily Photo.]

Sunday, December 4, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday

In the foreground is the Tour Pey-Berland,
the belltower of the Cathédrale Saint-André, in
Bordeaux.  The church was consecrated
in 1096. Here in 1137, 13-year-old 
local girl
Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future Louis VII.
Most of the current structure was
in the 14th and 15th centuries, and as you
 can see from the scaffolding at right,
upkeep is ongoing almost 1,000 years later.

[To see more churches from around the world, go here.]

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Weekend in Black and White

I love these beautiful ballerina lamps, 
which can be had (for a price)
at the gift shop at the Opéra Garnier.

[To see more b/w images,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, December 2, 2016

skywatch reflection

Reflected in a Louvre pyramid:
fluffy French clouds in a
beautiful blue sky.

[Linking back to Weekend Reflections
and Skywatch Friday.]