Maison.. de la Chantilly…

Maison de la Chantilly…

“A ouvert… ses portes…

Il y a… quelques semaines”….

Opened… its doors…

A few… weeks ago…

We literally stumbled.. on this “petite boutique”…

With its lovely eclectic.. light blue and white façade…

Cosily ensconced on the charming rue Cler.. dans le 7ème arrondissement…

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Brooklyn.. Rive Gauche…

After last year’s spotlight on Japan.. in its annual cultural theme.. Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche… has yet again launched it’s effervescent rendez-vous with the autumn season.. its “Made in Brooklyn” exhibition…

Visiting my favourite “grand magasin à Paris”.. with my arm still in a sling having fractured it recently.. I was transported to the enchanting, dynamic, exciting “arrondissement de Brooklyn”.. in New York…

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Casablanca.. “We’ll Always Have Paris”…

“Play it… Sam…

Play… ‘As Time Goes By’ “…

The sublime “Ilsa” (Ingrid Bergman)… her expressive face… sad, tender, nostalgic… implored her former lover “Rick’s” (Humphrey Bogart) friend and house pianist Sam… to play their special song upon spotting him playing the piano… as she entered the establishment “Rick’s Café Americain”…

“Le tout Paris” and I… were bewitched, enthralled, and mesmerized watching the iconic film “Casablanca” yesterday night…

Magnificent… love…

Dazzling… passion…

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Of Human Tragedy…

Having fractured my arm recently…

I reluctantly settled down to catch-up on reading the latest chaos going on in this turbulent but beautiful planet of ours.

The first headline was…

“Tiny victim of a human catastrophe”…

Followed by… “Two little brothers, one epic tragedy”…

Also…

“Europe’s despairing leaders”…

“We can’t cope with this tide”…

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Forget Everything.. and Remember This…

Everything that has happened along the way – forget it…

Forget about the first love that broke your heart.

And forget about the last break too.

Forget the time a friend you thought was best pushed a knife in your back.

Forget the words and the spite that resound in your head.

Forget the trauma that injured your flesh or your bones.

Forget the rejection you felt when someone failed to recognise your value.

Forget the tears that cleansed your soul.

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Twelve Shades.. of Shame…

“Twelve… Years…

A… Slave”…

Rather…

Twelve…. shades…

Of… shame…

How…

Did human psyche… dip into the depths of its…. pathological disintegration…

Why…

Was such demeanment… humiliation… and chilling cruelty… inflicted upon fellow humans…

The much praised 2013 period drama… an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Soloman Northup… “Twelve Years a Slave”… was imposed upon us on the small screen… “la télé”…

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The Yearnings… of a Woman…

When… young…

Rummaging through much loved books… in an old musty library… I touched on a novel which fascinated me…

It was… “The Sheik”…

Not only did I read the book voraciously… I also watched the film starring… the incomparable “Rudolph Valentino” and Agnes Ayres…

Both left an indelible impression on me…

The novel is about a young British aristocrat… a Lady Diana Mayo… who is kidnapped by a dashing Sheik…

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Café Pouchkine.. Boulevard Saint-Germain…

Café… Pouchkine…

St. Germain… Paris…

An… invitation…

Having been through a traumatic few days… it was a pleasant diversion to be invited to the official “ouverture” of one of our much appreciated destinations… the newly opened Café Pouchkine on the left bank.

Andrey Dallos… the founder of the world renowned… Café Pouchkine in Moscow… is already the owner of three cafés in Paris… having already opened a small patisserie | salon de thé in the Grand Magasin Printemps… which we find strikingly beautiful…

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