Day 498 – On the Road Again

  
Actually drew most of this while on the bus. Taking notes on what our guide was saying, drawing a sketch of the Bayeux tapestry which was incredible, a view of the French countryside around the D Day landing sites and our lunc in Arrowmanches at the 6 Juin restaurant. Best lunch of the trip. Baguettes to die for and fabulous chicken and of that gateaux. Delicious. 

A few things I learned from our guide: 

The French call the English Channel Le Manche or the Sleeve.  wHo knew?

The trees in France are full of huge balls of mistletoe. When our guide was asked why there was so much she said because in France we keep the mistletoe because we kiss a lot!

Thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend. I am in the mountains at a trout farm!

Margaret xxx 

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 Sketched during our dinner – Could be called “Waiting for the Bill!”

Jean Cocteau’s self portrait

We actually sat below some original Jean Cocteau sketches in a restaurant we ate at called Bouef Sur la Toit.  I have been meaning to share his sketches with you but the wifi on the boat made it impossible. So today seems like a good day to do it.

Beef on the Roof which was a Paris jazz hot spot of the glitterati called  Les Enfants Terribles back in the 20-40s. Coco Channel was a member of this circle as  were Charlie Chaplin, Arturo Rubenstein, Josephine Baker, Maurice Ravel and Maurice Chevalier, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus, Igor Stravinsky to name a few..Bouef launched the careers of  singer Juliet Greco and singer/song writer Charles Trennet.

 

The restaurant on Rue des Ecoles…call for reservations…great food and music too!

Whimsical  – Three Men in a Tub?? Notice even the great Cocteau made mistakes!!!

  Mistinguett was one of the most successful French performers of her time 

  Coco Channel I think 

  Another Chanel?

 

  Probably Chanel????

Very rudementary but I like the lines…and the goat!!! Wonder if hes up on the roof too???

 

More about Le Bouef Sur La Toit ripped from the menu!!! 

Day 496 – 🇫🇷🇫🇷 The French remember🇫🇷🇫🇷

  The Canadian D Day cemetery at Bény Sur Mer. It seems appropriate to post it today with the fighting in Paris. War again in France. Our guides grandfather was a French resistance fighter killed by the SS when he was caught. 

Today I heard a silly journalist on CNN say Parisians were not used to fighting in their streets. If you asked our guide she would tell you they still remember WW2. Bullet holes from WW2 still pock mark the buildings. The church at Ranville was full of bullet holes and huge chunks of it were missing from WW2 fighting.  

🇫🇷 The French remember with three museums to the D Day invasions. This is the Canadian museum at Juno Beach were 5000 Canadians died.

🇫🇷 There’s one at the American invasions site and one at Pegasus Bridges were British paratroopers had to seize a bridge BEFORE the D Day invasion. 

🇫🇷Our guide’s grandmother found bodies of 132 Canadian POWs who were murdered and buried in a mass grave in her yard.  They still find WW2 bodies routinely in Normandy. So yes they remember!! 

Stay tuned for more Frenxh sketches. There are at least 33 of them. 😳

Thanks for reading.

Margaret xxx

Day 496 – 🇫🇷🇫🇷 The French remember🇫🇷🇫🇷

  The Canadian D Day cemetery at Bény Sur Mer. It seems appropriate to post it today with the fighting in Paris. War again in France. Our guides grandfather was a French resistance fighter killed by the SS when he was caught. 

Today I heard a silly journalist on CNN say Parisians were not used to fighting in their streets. If you asked our guide she would tell you they still remember WW2. Bullet holes from WW2 still pock mark the buildings. The church at Ranville was full of bullet holes and huge chunks of it were missing from WW2 fighting.  

🇫🇷 The French remember with three museums to the D Day invasions. This is the Canadian museum at Juno Beach were 5000 Canadians died.

🇫🇷 There’s one at the American invasions site and one at Pegasus Bridges were British paratroopers had to seize a bridge BEFORE the D Day invasion. 

🇫🇷Our guide’s grandmother found bodies of 132 Canadian POWs who were murdered and buried in a mass grave in her yard.  They still find WW2 bodies routinely in Normandy. So yes they remember!!

Day 496 – 🇫🇷🇫🇷 The French remember🇫🇷🇫🇷

  The Canadian D Day cemetery at Bény Sur Mer. It seems appropriate to post it today with the fighting in Paris. War again in France. Our guides grandfather was a French resistance fighter killed by the SS when he was caught. 

Today I heard a silly journalist on CNN say Parisians were not used to fighting in their streets. If you asked our guide she would tell you they still remember WW2. Bullet holes from WW2 still pock mark the buildings. The church at Ranville was full of bullet holes and huge chunks of it were missing from WW2 fighting.  

🇫🇷 The French remember with three museums to the D Day invasions. This is the Canadian museum at Juno Beach were 5000 Canadians died.

🇫🇷 There’s one at the American invasions site and one at Pegasus Bridges were British paratroopers had to seize a bridge BEFORE the D Day invasion. 

🇫🇷Our guide’s grandmother found bodies of 132 Canadian POWs who were murdered and buried in a mass grave in her yard.  They still find WW2 bodies routinely in Normandy. So yes they remember!!

Day 487 – only five miles of walking

  I found this November 9  post stuck in WordPress land. Evidently the boats wifi never let it be posted.  
Quai Grenelle-where our boat docks. 

 Today. We are pikers.  We went on a Seine boat ride instead of chasing all over town. So instead of 9 miles only give. Instead of THIRTEEN stair flights just Trois. 

I sat In the lounge of the boat with an actual interesting view of Radio   France building and people out walking the Seine on this beautiful fall day. Everybody wears black here which was great for this sketch since it made all the figures show up. Evidently it’s the color for the season. Hmm no red no brown just lots of black with occasional grey. And bright red lipstick. Don’t forget the lipstick. 

 
Our pianist. Mom would love his music. Lots of show tunes.  Frank Sinatra. Porgy and Bess. I actually am sitting about five feet from him aS I type. He’s just playing his heart out. 

  
St. Pierre church in Monmartre. A lovely small church next to Sacre  Couer. We rode the funicular up the hill to Sacre Couer or it would have been 20 stories today walking. 😳

  
Of all the sketches today this one is screaming for paint. Maybe tonite. 

 Here it is outside. A lovely little church that almost got torn down about 100 years ago but the people of Monmartre decided they wanted to keep it. 

  

Sacre Couer next door to St Pierre. Monster sized in comparison. No photos inside.  Not allowed. The. We toured the area and back to the ship for lunch. 

 Then we walked a mile along the quai to out boat tour of the Seine. Gorgeous day for the sail.   

The Louvre from the river.     

    Notre Dame  
  Incredible bridge named after King Alexander of Russia. Over the top decorations.  
The stairs that run down to the bottom of the funicular in Monmartre. I did walk down!😳

Day 495 -🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 Last leg home 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

🇫🇷So sharing some photos I took from the terraces at the Pompidou Museum which is just a few blocks south of the bombing sites at Place de la Republique. 

🇫🇷Almost done with my repacking. Could have taken what I packed for Atlanta because it was warmer in Paris and rainy instead of leaving it behind in wet cool Atlanta.  The last day in Conflans near Paris was the only day we needed warm clothes. 

 
🇫🇷 But first a WIP of the different meringues I are from Paris to Normandy and back. Yummmmm
🇫🇷My favorite snack while in France. No idea how many meringues I ate while in France. I should have counted. Enough for a diabetic coma when u add in the wine we drank like water. Ps no hangover. Supposedly the lack of sulphate a makes all the difference. 

 
🇫🇷 From the Eiffel Tower our view was rain rain and more rain but those preordered tickets worked like a charm. 

 
🇫🇷Straight to the head of the blocks long admission line for a quick zip up the tower where it actually had the gall to rain on us!!😢     
   
🇫🇷The tracadero. Still Gray and rainy. 

 🇫🇷L’ecole militaire. No sun insight. 

🇫🇷Saturday at the Pompidou the views were amazing. The sun was finally out!!!  So was the art.  

  
🇫🇷Eiffel Tower on the left far far away. 

🇫🇷My favorite. Montmartre and Sacre Couer glowing in the morning sun. Yes we finally saw the sun after two days of rain. 👍🏻😊
   
🇫🇷The plaza in front of the Pompidou 

 
🇫🇷 Lower level. Paris was out doing what Parisians do on a warm sunny fall day. Enjoying the city.  
 🇫🇷 Bubble fun  
 🇫🇷 I want one. The kids loved it. 
   

A few more from the fifth floor of the Pompidou.   


Interesting square with several kinds of buildings gothic to modern. Quite startling. There were very cool acrobats and a lot of street artists on the square. 
   
The wild assortment of buildings on the square next to the Pompidou.    
 Awesome art work in the fountain. Looks a lot like Nikki in the gArden a few years back at the Atlanta Botanical Society. 

  
 

One more drool over the meringues. Isn’t the cat face to adorable. I have to get these painted I think.  A little cerulean and yellow ochre will make them even more delicious. 
Thanks for reading. 

Margaret xxx 

Day 494 -Vive La France!! 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

   
🇫🇷Feel free to use this image. Posting France sketches on my website and will continue til they are done. 🇫🇷

  
Gussie and Bob in front of pregothic Saint Sauveur Eglise in Les Andelys. 

First a Bob joke. We discussed whether or not to do the climb to Chateau Gaillard. Bob told me it was the third worst climb on the trip and many were known not to ever return from it. Lol. 

Started in 1220 and finished 100 years later Saint Saveur Eglise was one of the first churches with Gothic elements. A rooster or chanticleer  tops the spire as they do most churches in France. They represent the denial of Peter and from the blog myfrenchheaven.com “Thereafter, the kings of France will adopt the cock out of bravado. When meeting their rivals who treated them as roosters, they would say that the cock is a brave and early rising fighter.

The cock is also the bird of light and faith, the enemy of evil and darkness, etc….”

🇫🇷As most of you know we are just back from the best trip ever is Viking from Paris to Normandy and well not quite back because of the bombings. We stayed in Conflans near Paris and disembarked from there instead of a few blocks from the awesome Eiffel Tower. 😒🇫🇷

 Leonard Porkchop Zimmermans Happy sticker I stuck on a street post near the Eiffel Tower.  He’s blanketing the world with these free stickers. Check him out on Facebook. 

 
  
🇫🇷A chilly nite in St Germain en Laye section of Paris. 🇫🇷

The day after the bombing Parisians were out doing what they do best enjoying the city. 

  

Richard the Lionhearted’s Chateau Gaillard in Les Andelys. The chateau and the town were built in the lye twelfth century. Of course they had to build the chateau before he permitted them to build the town. Hmm 

  
Les Andelys from the boat. So charming. Did I say that already!!?

  
Map of Les Andelys borrowed from the Viking bulletin board. It changes with each port of call. 
  
Garden in Conflans 
  The rooftops of Conflan  From the Chateau Mountjoie. All the chateaus sat above the river to command the river. 

   The Cpunt of Montjoies tomb in the Conflan church. Too cool. i have read about crusaders tombs but never seen one. 

  The tomb below the church window.   The Viking chefs favorite fromagerie in Conflans and  Tetons de Venus. Yes it means nipples of Venus. Wonder if hers were encrusted with mold? Guess they are by now. Lol

  More mold encrusted cheeses. 

That’s a lot of mold to make that delicious cheese!! 😳 Of course my son Ben said that’s how they make cheese. I guess like everything else in the US ours is sanitized before we see it. 

  
The Viking chefs favorite chocolate shop in Conflans. Lots of deliciousness there. 

  
My sis at the Eiffel Tower on a rainy gloomy day. 

  
Sacre Couer. 

Well enough photos for the day. Go forth and book a Viking cruise. They are awesome. There were people on our cruise who had been on six or seven. Some had done the Seine cruise more than once. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret in Atlanta recovering jet lag! 

How to terrify terrorists

I adore Paris and France. Truly one of th most beautiful spots in the world as is the country. Stay tuned while I post more French sketches. Make art not war!!

The Only Sure Weapon

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A few hours after the Paris terror attacks I got two texts from friends in quick succession. Both, in summary, said: ‘I’m angry and sad and can you help me understand?’

Some context: a decade ago I went back to University and studied terrorism. The events of September 11th 2001 had developed into war in Iraq and one line in a book wouldn’t leave me. It read: ‘The world is not working for countless millions of its inhabitants’.

I went back to one of the best departments of World Politics there is. I was taught by some of the most experienced and intelligent academics on this subject. I’m nowhere near their level of understanding, but I know a little bit about terror.

I can tell you about the tactics of Brigate Rosse and Baader-Meinhof and give you the need to know on anti-federal US terrorism in the 90‘s. I…

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