Following the Trails of Van Gogh and the Impressionists

Van Gogh seems to pop up in many of my journeys.  I saw him down in Provence last spring.  Then we met up in Amsterdam so he could show me some of his work.  He even stays in Chicago at the Art Institute.  This time I acted like an Impressionist myself by taking the train…

Writers of the Left Bank in Paris

Well, I’m on my third walk with the company, Paris Walks, and this was another fun tour.  I love the idea of being a writer, and imagining the 1920s in Paris as a writer, so I had to go on the Writers of the Left Bank tour.  I appreciated seeing new and familiar sights, but…

Bastille Arts and Crafts Market in Paris

My title for this post is a bit misleading because my intentions were to post about a wonderful Marche in the Bastille with many artisans.  Unfortunately, the market was a bit of a bust.  The book said it began at 9, but it began at 10.  I didn’t mind the wait as I grabbed un…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

I am going to start with the obvious companion in my life: Kendra.  I adopted her back in 2009 from a pug rescue.  They found her on the streets after she’d been dumped by the puppy mill.  She was a fragile little girl with attitude if another dog got too close.  I call her the…

Place Monge Market and a Meal

The mist that hung in the air did not deter me from opening the door, and setting out to the market.  I shuffled down to Ile St. Louis, past Hemingway’s home, and through Rue Mouffetard to Place Monge where the market can be found.  Markets look so inviting in the rain with their covered roofs…

Photography Portfolio

I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I want to pay for a professional service to print my photos for customers, and I have decided the investment will be worth it.  I have seen the quality in the prints and shipping methods to know that if people like my photos and want to purchase…

Cook’n With Class in Paris Part 2

I think I was suffering from the tryptophan of the amazing meal we prepared last night because all I wanted to do when I got home was go to sleep.  Now that I have recovered from the food trance, I’m ready to talk about what an amazing experience I had.  There were several classes offered,…

Marmottan and Marches

I took a trip to the west side of Paris for a little culture and market shopping.  My morning began at the Marmottan Monet Museum.  I hopped on the metro to La Muette and walked through a refreshing park to reach the museum.  The Marmottan houses several Monets along with other impressionists’ work and a…

Cook’n With Class in Paris

Taking a cooking class in Paris is a good idea.  Taking a market cooking class in Paris is a great idea.  I browsed the different selections for cooking classes, and Cook’n with Class seemed to fit my personality best.  Hands on learning, “field trips,” eating, drinking, and good company.  We went with the chef to…

Let the Sales Begin!

The next five weeks in France is the equivalent to Black Friday in the states.  Today marks the beginning of the soldes (sales in English).  Everyone is out spending money and waiting in queues.  This sale happens only twice a year (now and in January/February), so you better get out and shop! Warning #1: Although…