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May Roundup

May 31st, 2014 · 2 Comments

The best kind of flowers are those that are bought for no reason except that they’re pretty!

Patrick and I had so many outings in May, I thought I would have time to write about each one, but it wasn’t to be.  It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, well I’m glad I took quite a few photos so they can do most of the talking for me.

First of all, we went to several Expos at the Porte de Versaille:

At this one we saw Ruben Sarfati, the young chef who first appeared on Un Dîner Presque Parfait and then was chosen for Top Chef.


If you like honey, you wouldn’t have been disappointed here.


There were food and wine stands where Patrick and I took advantage of sampling quite a few cheeses, wines and charcuteries.


That wasn’t all that was on display!  Plaisirs Coquins was a popular booth too!
Believe me, those aren’t professional photographers!


It’s so easy to get around Paris on a scooter and no worries about finding a parking space.  You just leave it on the sidewalk. (This is a great little hotel in front of the Luxembourg Gardens.  I use to live next door to this place for years.)


And because of our scooter, Patrick and I have been taking little trips outside of Paris that we normally wouldn’t visit.  One of them lead us to an American Cemetery in Suresnes.  Who knew?  You can see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.


The American who supervises the cemetery invited us to come back on Memorial Day.  He said they had a nice ceremony there every year.  Patrick and I decided to go and we weren’t disappointed!


French and American flags were everywhere.


I laid flowers on the tomb of a soldier from Pennsylvania.


It was also the 10th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées.  The museums throughout Europe were open until midnight, some until 1 a.m.  Patrick and I decided to go to four museums.  We only made it to three:

There were lines of people ahead of us at all the museums, but the wait was well worth it.

Les Nymphéas – Soleil Couchant by Monet
Musée National de L’Orangerie at the Jardin des Tuileries

Delacroix’s atelier at la Place de Furstenberg! Can it get any better than that?

Musée Eugène Delacroix

We got to the Luxembourg Museum around midnight. There was a queue waiting to get in.

I wouldn’t mind having Empress Josephine’s earrings!
Musée du Luxembourg

We also spent a day at Saint-Germain-en-Laye.  Friends of mine had lived here for years before moving to the countryside so I know it well.  It’s a nice little town and the chateau and the gardens are a great place to walk  on a beautiful day.



Another little town that is quaint and makes you feel like you’ve left the Île-de-France far behind is Rueil-Malmaison.  The little streets and shops had us thinking we were on holiday in the south of France.  We plan on going back and spending more time there.


We couldn’t help ourselves when we saw this butcher shop.  We bought some great filets here!


Every year in May neighbors get together and have a party.  It’s called the Fête des Voisins.  The goal is for everyone to get to know one another.  It’s a great excuse to eat and drink.  And you know no one is going to complain about the noise because all the neighbors are invited.



We were lucky to go to the Parc de Saint-Cloud at the right time.  They have one of the most beautiful fountains in France but the cascading waterfall isn’t always on.  It was this day.  Some people must be in the know because there were quite a few people with cameras for the occasion.

Patrick getting a little wet!

You have to keep panning out to get the whole fountain in the photo!

I had to sit down when we got to the end. (Not really, I love to walk.)

Maya Muses:  These were some of the places we went to in May.  I could write more about our excursions, but I’ll have to save it for another time.  We always end up at our favorite café for a drink before heading home.  No complaints here!


My flowers not only look beautiful, they smell divine! A lot of the lilies were still closed in this photo.


This morning three more opened up – simply gorgeous!


Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Food and Wine · Is Anyone Listening? · Paris - Paname · Travel

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pam // Jun 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Gorgeous bouquet–I love lilies and they smell so good! I enjoyed reading about your outings, I hope you write more.

  • 2 Lynn // Jun 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks, Pam. Believe me, if I had another 8 hours added to each day I’d have the time to write more on my blog. Then again, maybe not. I’d probably waste more time thinking I have the time to do everything.

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