I’m back to stalking dogs in bags. I often meet them in Paris. The rules of the métro and bus allow dogs to be transported as long as they are in a bag. So you can’t really avoid dogs in bags. And who would want to ?

This chap looks dashing in orange doesn’t he ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see my whole collection of Paris dogs, either in bags, baskets on standing on their own 4 feet – go to the Right hand side Section called CHIENS MIGNONS : CUTE DOGS

Time for some more cake !
I walked past this fine window on Sunday and marvelled at these 2 types of French cakes and their prices (€45). But these are works of art and created by master craftsmen who know what they are doing.
The name is well respected here in Paris. The name of the chocolate maker/patisserie maker is Dalloyaut.

The cake on the left is a religieuse so called because it resembles a nun shape. It is one large cream filled profiterole on top of an even larger one. And then glazed in fondant or chocolate.

Look at the metallic glaze on the cake on the right – wow. It’s a Faubourg, named after the fabulous street wherethis type of cake was first created, Faubourg St. Honoré – actually the home to these photos.

DIPTYQUE

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Do you know this brand of heavenly scents – perfumend candles, eau de toilette, room sprays ? DIPTYQUE ?

Their head office and main shop is close to our apartment and it’s such a treat to go in there and smell all the different candles. The gentleman in the shop is very knowledgeable and helpful and shows you how to knock the candles out of their glass jars onto a black velvet cushion in order to smell them !
I treated myself to a figue scented candle which will last for 60 hours of burning time.

I am going to visit this shop regularly as a treat for my nose !

CHINESE HOT POT

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One of the lovely events we school parents organise is GLOBAL CUISINE. A cooking demonstration where someone, either in their own kitchen or in a borrowed kitchen, demonstrates a dish from home country.

Today, Victoria who is Chinese showed us how to prepare CHINESE HOT POT.

The fondue pot sits in the centre of the table and everyone dips in their little wire basket which you can fill with prawns, mussels, scollops, fish, tofu, finely sliced beef, many different kinds of Chinese green vegetable, exotic mushrooms. You dip the cooked item into a sauce you make according to taste, using soya, sesame paste, sesame oil, bbq sauce, rice vinegar, chilli sauce.

We learned so much and ate so much but this food doesn’t stuff you or make you feel bloated and heavy – a similar feeling with sushi. And of course it’s a very sociable way to eat as you see from the photos.

PRESENTS

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With so much excitement and so many visitors staying in Paris for the weekend – I didn’t get round to opening my presents until 2 days after my birthday – it was like having a 3 days continuous celebration.

But great joy when I did open them up – among other treats was a watch and some fake Ugg boots from Keith and a Bridges of Paris book and some soap from my friend Ingrid.

Hurrah for birthdays, I say !

Linda and I finished off our molten hot chocolate at La Charlotte and just before she had to leave to get to the Eurostar, she said she would pop in and say goodbye to Keith + Hugh.
We mounted the 4 flights of stairs, I opened the door and there, right there – was standing my friends from England – Angela + Jude who had arrived secretly by Eurostar !

Not only were they there – 34 of my Paris friends arrived – secretly invited by Keith to celebrate my birthday – unbeknown to me !!!
My wonderful Keith had organised all this on his own !

As we females know, this is not easy for the male of the species to get all the details right and get it all to work but he did it ! He had expected only half of the invitees to attend and instead every one of them said YES so he had then asked everyone to bring a dish and wine.

The food was beautiful and diverse and Keith had made a huge chilli con carne.

It was just the most fabulous incredible evening with so many lovely friends and unlimited champagne which flowed and flowed.
And I didn’t have to worry about any of the organisation ! I just enjoyed myself.
Rachel had even baked a superb chocolate cake and I was presented with a gift which took my breath away – an easy fish + crustaceans cook book (my big fear-not knowing how to cook fish) and a whole day or 2 half days at the famous chef Alain Ducasse’s cooking school !

How amazing is that ?

I was so happy.

And of course Linda wasn’t leaving at all ! She had known along about the whole thing.
Very definitely the best ever birthday and the best ever party.

Now I have to tell you about my wonderful birthday – it was 15th JANUARY.

At midnight on 14th January, Keith gave me a printed instruction telling me to go to Gare du Nord on my birthday and wait by the barrier for the 10h17 train from London. No other info.
At 10h17 my mystery visitor arrived – my friend Linda ! Here in Paris to spend the day with me and not leaving until 8pm.
She had the day all planned out – she had researched everything – taking me for long lunch in a gorgeous restaurant she had researched LE GRAND COLBERT (it featured in the film “Something’s Gotta Give” with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson) followed by a trip to our favourite chocolate shop – LA CHARLOTTE DE L’ÎLE.

We had the most wonderful chatting, gossiping, swopping stories day – here are some photos. BUT THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING….

AVATAR

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Well….have you seen AVATAR yet ?

Go ! But be sure to see it in 3D, get those 3D glasses on and get caught up in the magical mystery planet of Pandora in 2054. It is so beautiful.

If you are interested in joining a lively debate on the film – there’s a very good thread on the website we produce for Hugh’s school.

Contributions are welcome. The website is PARTNERS IN ADAPTATION For the user name and password just email me to send them to you. You’ll find the discussion under the FILM FORUM.

While wandering through one of Paris’s many beautiful hidden covered passages in the 2nd, I discovered this rather wild and whacky window display which definitely caught my eye.

No obvious signage anywhere ; no big name badge at the door.

Just in tiny discreet letters under the window displays JEAN PAUL GAULTIER and then of course, I noticed his signature perfume bottle in the window round the corner.

Isn’t it great – the man has a sharp wit. Anyone own anything by JPG ?

REBIRTH

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After leaving Hugh forever suspended in time, licking the chocolate bowl (hmm that would please him), I am making a come back and moving time forward…….

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