Archive for July, 2011

Contrasts of Normandy’s Landscape

July 31, 2011 @ 8:58 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
 
Lush farm fields and stunning seascapes of Normandy

We travelled from Erquy, west of St. Malo, to Ouistreham, the easternmost of the infamous D-Day beaches.  Along the coast of Normandy, fishing and tourism vie with dairies and apple orchards to fuel the economy and paint the landscape.  Small, quiet villages wind along low coastal roads; and from the cliffs above, the beauty of the seascape is breathtaking. 

Broad farm fields spread from the coast inland with huge rolls of hay dotting the land.  We saw the boats of local fishermen locked in sea silt, waiting for the tide to roll in.  Despite bullet-pocked walls and the occasional reminders of German bunkers, it seemed innocent and untouched.

The same land so blessed with the beauty of limestone cliffs and pristine beaches, sweeping green fields and fertile soil is the final resting place for so many soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. 

Enjoy the landscape and yield to the working man!

 

 

 

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Along the English Channel

July 30, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Home from the sea in Erquy

 We wandered eastward along Brittany’s beautiful coastal roads, until we reached our stopover destination in Erquy.  We chose the quaint Beausejour Hotel for the night, a lovely rose sandstone building overlooking the sea, within walking distance to the typical Bretagne fishing village.  Looking out our window over the hill behind the hotel, we spotted two elderly women trekking homeward with their fishing gear in hand.  It was simply a pleasant moment to watch.

Exploring the harbor and village was a distinct pleasure.  Sandy beaches spread all along the seaside, curving out to the pier and lighthouse.  The harbor is spotted with colorful boats, and visitors fill every outdoor café table, overlooking the beautiful harbor sights.  In the evening, we wandered through curving lanes, until we came upon a warm trattoria-looking restaurant that seemed to “call our name”.  Indeed, we took our time to enjoy a wonderful pasta and salad dinner, a bottle of excellent wine and the warm hospitality of our Erquy host.

 

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French Artisans – New York & Paris

July 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Tres Chic Fashion Accessories at TALENTS

One of the many reasons France is considered a premiere fashion Mecca is devotion by artisans to their original crafts.  And that fashion sensibility flows through home decorative objects, jewelry and clothing, textiles, furniture and lighting. 

Once again Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris, will showcase the exceptional works of French craftsmen at the New York International Gift Fair.  Primarily aimed at foreign buyers and boutique owners, the CreatedinFrance® pavilions will feature 28 French exhibitors at the August 14 to 18 Fair to be held at the Javitz Center in New York City. 

You can enjoy a more intimate experience enjoying the works of talented artisans.  When you are in Paris, visit the Ateliers d’Art de France Talent Stores, where stunning displays spread across an assortment of exceptional creativity from more than 100 French designers. 

The shops are filled with colorful displays of the most beautiful and original works of art imaginable. At Avenue Niel, we explored TALENTS’ three, connected boutiques offering trendy furniture designs, unique jewelry collections and limited edition art pieces. C’est magnifique!

L'Ateliers d'Art de France TALENT Store on Avenue Niel

 

 

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Paris at Dawn

July 28, 2011 @ 7:53 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan

 

A brand new day in Paris

 

Paris is beautiful at any time of day, but dawn greets you with an entirely new beginning.  The choices to make, the places to go.  Naturally, a quiet café comes to mind – hot chocolate or café au lait and a fresh croissant, while we decide what to do with another wonderful day in Paris. 

We are in an outdoor mood, so we take the metro to Abbesses to enjoy some time around Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.  The highest point in the city, Montmartre offers beautiful views, and the sprawling grounds and gardens around the Cathedral make a pleasant place to spend some time.  Musicians and mimes entertain on the steps leading up to Sacre Coeur, and a host of artists vie for your attention in Place de Tertre.  At any given time, calm and city ‘chaos’ rival one another, but you can always create your own special moments.  

 

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