French ponderings.....

French ponderings.....
Dreaming of France in The Land Down Under.......

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spring time...Let's talk flowers (C'est le printemps alors ..parlons des fleurs!)




When I think of what I like most about France, I often conjure up images of flowers.  So when I'm am lucky enough to be there,  I truly appreciate the beautiful floral vistas  on offer..

A pretty breakfast setting at the rear of  a Nice hotel. Just love the blue :)


How beautiful is this bed of pink tulips!  I came across these whilst taking a stroll through  my most favorite gardens ever.. le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.






A delightful Friday market in Cassis, on the Mediterranean
 
                              And  of course the magnificent lavender fields of Provence, those very same ones I have NOT seen up close and personal...
YET... 
     

 
But  I do grow some of my own....see above :)  I have a fantasy of owning our own lavender farm one day... with alpacas......yes I know alpacas aren't french...but who am I to question my fantasies!!



And last of all my french window boxes.. these guys need a bit of feeding to keep healthy, not quite the provencal landscape...but what can a girl do!





How is your spring garden going?  I'm praying for rain :)

A bientot,  Gigi

Monday, September 24, 2012

My favorite 'Pont parisien'

Pont Alexandre 111
photo by 'Gigi'
This has to be my favorite bridge in Paris..linking the right bank's  8th arrondissement, Champs Elysees, to the left bank's 7th arrondissement,  the Faubourg Saint Germain district. It is so beautifully ornate, with its gorgeous art deco lamps, and the four 17 metre high pillars topped with the amazing gilded statues. Each statue is named and represents a specific time in France's rich history.

As beautiful as the bridge is during the day, it is at night time when it shines in all its glory :) take a look here......


You could say that it comes with quite a view....n'est-ce pas?

Yes, a great choice of bridge for strolling lovers and tourists alike..well why not? ..it's been the backdrop to many a film, including the recent romantic Midnight in Paris, (I just loved this movie!)

When crossing this beauty  from the right bank  to the left bank,  keep walking and you will run straight into L'Hotel National des Invalides...an awesome building..oh yes..and the resting place of Monsieur Bonaparte. Don't do what I did..take too many fluids on the Champs Elyees,  and  skip the tomb for a loo! Such disrespect!

Hope you enjoyed, peep through the window again...

A bientôt Gigi :)