a night to remember

How about one more trip down memory lane to our time in Paris? On this day last year we took two very excited little girls to see the Eiffel Tower.  But first, they zipped out in their red berets to get our morning baguette….

ready for a magic day in Pariscan't wiat until they get to the apartment

And then we made our way to Île de la Cité to visit the Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Company (I had 20 beautiful minutes alone while the gang went to get snacks and then the girls came back for a peek and a purchase…The Little Prince, of course).

notre dameimagining the writers who gathered here....Then as we headed towards the Musée d’Orsay, Dimitri pointed out the art and book stalls along the Seine!!  Needless to say I loved the treasures on display and wanted to linger (and Raena showed a little interested), but my man (and my youngest) perhaps did not enjoy this stroll as much as I….

who is not having as much fun as me?old books!!!!

Once we got to the museum we all easily found a painting (or two, or three….) that we loved on the main floor. But what I really wanted to do was go see the Impressionist Wing.  Oh the fast paced zoom to the bathroom past all the masterpieces in this wing was hard to do (but when your kid has to go….).  Noteworthy that even during this focused dash, Raena stopped in awe (and struck a pose) as she came upon the Little Dancer statue by Degas.  Then she was off, spewing facts about the statue that she had learned during our studies earlier in the year and Alex and I were trying to keep up while my eyes tried to take in all the amazing art we passed.  After visiting the loo (of course at the END of the wing) we enjoyed a leisurely trip back through the Impressionist art where no photos were allowed.  May I suggest you just go see it for yourself someday?  I do hope to go back with Maddy someday (she had to leave the museum, poor girl, she got hit with the same flu that Dimitri had when we first got to Paris).she was so excited she had to do cartwheels

We had planned a quiet afternoon siesta back at the apartment before visiting the Eiffel Tower in time to see the light up.  But as we walked over (Raena did a few cartwheels too) and approached the tower, I found out that Dimitri actually wanted to go up to the top.  That wasn’t on my wish list for this visit, but when he said he wanted to, I said YES (after all, he had let me drag him through museums for days and days!).  It turned out to be a highlight of our visit to the City of Lights.  The lineups was long, but while Dimitri bought the first tickets the girls enjoyed ice cream under the tower and when we were buying tickets at the middle platform the girls kept busy playing “Eye Spy with my Little Eye”.  When we we reached the top it was well worth the wait – the view was breathtaking.  We looked over the city pointing out places we had been; it worked out perfectly that we saved this visit for our last night in Paris.

ice cream!!!my sweet french girlseye spyon top of the world in paris!We had timed if perfectly (by total fluke) and were able to see the light up happen just after we got back down on the ground.  I will never forget the moment when Alex was taking a photo of us with the lit up tower behind us and she stopped, lowered the camera and dropped her jaw and pointed in delight…..the lights had started to flash and sparkle (something we had not expected) and we all turned to share in the surprise!

an amazing light showAll that was left to make this a perfect night was for us to find a special dinner.  The girls were “starving” by the time I finished photographing the sparkly tower.  Perhaps that is why they braved the escargot appetizer (which they thought was okay but a bit weird). Oh we had a fantastic meal at a little restaurant with a peek-a-boo view of the sparkling Eiffel Tower and a sweet dog to keep the diners company.

hmmmm?our last dinner in Parisdrawing the towerfellow diner taking a nap between courses

The quiet walk back to the Seine and the Metro and then to our apartment was full of more sparkles…and my girls smiles were shining brighter than any of the city lights!  I will always remember our last night in Paris together…

one more look after dinnerhappy girlssparkling Seineheaded to our apartment in the Marais

Bonne Nuit Paris, je t’aime!

on this day…royalty reigns

On this day, one year ago, we were visiting Versailles and walking through the palace and gardens of royalty from days gone by.  On this day, 14 years ago, our puppy Luna was born.  On this day, today, we treat her as the queen she is with homemade dog treats to snack on while she reclines on our (new to us) royal couch.  Seems fitting that today was also a day to finish a painting complete with party flags and the words “WE ARE SO GOOD TOGETHER”!  Yes…YES, we are!!  P.S. I just noticed one of the floors at Versailles is very much the same as the floors our fancy couch sit on.  This day is certainly a regal one!  Now if only my kitchen table looked like this one….Ah well, at least I have my very own Prince Charming (and three sweet princesses)!

so good togetherparty in the gardens awaits.....hide and go seek in the garden mazesposerclassic beautiesroom to run in swirls!princessesbirthday candles for Lunacheckered floorour own checkered floor and royal  coucha royal day!look what card came in the mail thsi week a royal treata fancy tablemy prince charming

on this day

on this day, one year ago, we were on our way to Paris…..by road and train and lots of excitement…..there was even a parade en route that was for everyone who celebrated a decade milestone birthday that year (10, 20, 30, 40…..up to 90)….how perfect given I had just celebrated my birthday and Dimitri and I fit into the special 40th year section of the parade!!! The super fast TGV could barely keep up with the pace of my beating heart and the rainy streets that greeted up could not dampen our spirits as we got ready for a couple days of romance in the city of love!

on y va!parade for us!!travelling in style on the TGVso fast...ticket to ride, gifts from friends accompany mefirst glimpse of Paris....she looks back at us!I am HERE!looking for our apartment in Le Maraisdinner for twopuppies tooour first paris dessertour sweet apartmentplanning the next day with tea and much anticipation!

{ single moment }

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Soulemama.  birthday cake with dad and cait ...the celebration continues!

Please feel free to share your photographic moments, leave a link in the comments section for all to find and see.

artist of the month !

Guess who is the artist of the month for September at the Old Crow Cafe here on my little island?  I am so happy to say that yours truly has filled the art wall at this fabulous and funky cafe with a bunch of new art!  The theme of the show was inspired by a commission I have been working on for ages (you have seen it before here), a piece that makes me think of summer nights and play.  It reminded me that September really is the twilight of summer and so I went with that.  I painted some more evening sparkly sky and moon pieces (oh those big bright moons this summer had us all out late didn’t they!?), added a dash of inspirational art in similar blue tones, tossed in a collage in honour of so many visitors and feasts (including a pie party), added a couple of oyster catchers (I have been inspired by them all summer and they have waited patiently for me to bring them to life on the canvas), and topped it off with a “rain meets the sea” painting in honour of that touch of much needed rain we got last week.

Et voila, THE TWILIGHT OF SUMMER is on display for all to enjoy as we enjoy these last days in the twilight of the summer of 2014.  Won’t you please drop by the Old Crow Cafe and take a peek while you enjoy some great food!?!   P.S.  I already have a few red dots, so get there soon if you want to buy something (tee hee).

IMG_7484br finally finished it!!!are you smiling yet?love this one!!beach feet 2014feast on fruits and cakes in progresssnacktimeon the wall at the OLD CROW CAFE on Gabriola Island message of the month