Paris Le Père Lachaise Cemetery – Part 2

“Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” Chopin

“I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.” Chopin

“They want me to give another concert but I have no desire to do so. You cannot imagine what a torture the three days before a public appearance are to me.” – Chopin

“One needs only to study a certain positioning of the hand in relation to the keys to obtain with ease the most beautiful sounds, to know how to play long notes and short notes and to achieve certain unlimited dexterity. A well formed technique, it seems to me, can control and vary a beautiful sound quality.” - Chopin

“I don’t know where there can be so many pianists as in Paris, so many asses and so many virtuosi.” – Chopin

Paris Le Père Lachaise Cemetery – Part 1

Edith Piaf is buried here, if you’ve never heard her sing GOOGLE her. She had a beautiful amazing voice and the movie about her life with Marion Cotillard is really good as well.

“Death is the beginning of something.” – Edith Piaf

“All I’ve done all my life is disobey.” – Edith Piaf

“I want to make people cry even when they don’t understand my words.” – Edith Piaf

“People say that I could sing the phone book and make it sound good.” – Edith Piaf

“Singing is a way of escaping. It’s another world. I’m no longer on earth.” – Edith Piaf

“Tell me what you’d like to hear me sing. I’ll sing whatever you like, after which I’ll take up a collection, if you don’t mind.” – Edith Piaf

More from the cemetery:

Ave Maria Paris

Our first night in Paris our friend Melanie took us to her favourite place to eat in Paris. It’s called Ave Maria. It’s a fun little place, casual and the menu has everything from chicken skewers with peanut sauce to African, Brazilian and Indian dishes. The waitress was nice but adamant that the front window booth was for five people. Therefore we couldn’t sit there because there were only three of us. It was pretty empty when we arrived but by the time we left there was a line up waiting and after having eaten there I could see why. The food was DELICIOUS!

For my main course I had French Brazillian “Escalope”… Herb marinated turkey breast, breaded with crushed almonds served with pepper cinnamon sauce. Accompanied by basmati rice and salad. I thought I had taken a picture but now I can’t find it. That’s okay for me, as I will never forget it and I could have had a mug of the cinnamon sauce. It was SO good (if anybody has a recipe for pepper cinnamon sauce please share it). I really want to go back to try more of the menu, so Paris is back on the travel list.

For dessert I had ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE a lovely Raspberry Tart. Lovely cinnamon and coconut cookie, a lovely mousse of mascarpone, vanilla and raspberry, ‘nappe’ with a lovely passion fruit sauce and a lovely touch of raspberry sauce.

I think the picture speaks for itself (absolutely divine!).

 

Louvre

On this trip to Paris we walked up to the Louvre but we didn’t go in. We would have had less than an hour to wander around inside and for the Louvre that really isn’t enough time. Also I had been to the Louvre when I was eight. I have my memories and seeing the Louvre again I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go in, I liked my memories the way they were. I remember the Mona Lisa, before she was put behind glass. I remember wandering through with my Mom and being in awe of the paintings, sculptures and the building itself. I still have postcards from that time. So on this trip although I said “Hello” to the Louvre I didn’t stop to get reaquainted. Next time I would like a day just for the Louvre so that I can go and properly greet and spend time with an old friend.

Walking up to the Louvre you see Louis XIV on a horse. It’s beautiful and the back drop of the Louvre is perfect for it.

The Louvre.

A large blow up man? Sheep? Superhero doll thing? …. anyway looks like it’s trying to escape or maybe it’s waiting for small children to walk underneath it to capture and bring inside for an art lesson.

A Stroll Through Paris

Walking through Paris you see a lot of great people. Some very stylish and dressed in a way that is so well put together without looking like it was an effort. This lady I loved, she had full make-up, hair done up in a bun, I love the shoes and matching bag, the shawl over the coat. The ankle nylons are just the icing on the cake for me. Love it! Also she was carrying on a full conversation with her dog. This is how I would like to be when I get to her age.

I stopped to get a picture of a sculpture in a park and suddenly heard a GROAN…. then an AHHHHHH…..

Good lord what was that? It was the sound of effort and almost obscene. It also kept going GROAN…… AHHHHHHH…….. pause……. GROAN……. AHHHHHH…… pause………

Then I saw him, it was a man doing exercises on a bench. Oblivious to people looking at him lost in his own world. I laughed, I did. It was the funniest thing I had seen all day and I couldn’t stop watching. Then I had to get a picture.

GROAN

AHHHHHHH

GROAN

This is the sculpture I had stopped to get a picture of “La Musicienne, 1937″ Bronze Henri Laurens (1885-1954)

Arc de Triomphe Paris

The Arc de Triomphe…. I squealed when I saw it. It’s one of the sights that I remember the most from a trip to Paris when I was eight years old. There was at that time a great arcade (as in video games) up the street, the arcade was one of my favourite things about Paris at that time. This might be an argument for why you shouldn’t take an eight year old to Paris. Now I squeal because it conjures up images of the winner of the tour de France. I love cycling and knowing I’m standing where the winner of the tour stands was pretty exciting to me. Not so much to my travelling companion Becca, who is a tennis fan but she indulged me and let me squeal and spew cycling stories. No cyclists in site though, I’ll have to come back in July.

It is HUGE MASSIVE so impressive and beautiful.

 

Christmas Market Paris

When we arrived in Paris the Christmas Markets were still open. Lots of people wandering around with vin chaud, looking at the stalls. There was still a little train running with Santa and reindeer.

A little bear looked like he had enough and was about to throw himself from the roof, okay he’s skiing but I still think he was trying to escape.

There was a creepy doll stall, all the blank stares and I think the one in the green jacket was a little Chucky just waiting to be taken home.

There is food lots of food. Cheese, meat, bread everything you need to make a pretty inexpensive lunch or snack.

If you want something hot there are lots of choices as well, like these sausages and potatoes.

Of course you need a glass of vin chaud to go with the food. Hot wine and there are choices there as well, red or white and some are sweet, some are more spicy. Perfect for keeping warm while wandering around the market.

To top it all off there are of course chocolate filled with a sort of marshmallow filling in different flavours. So many choices it’s hard to choose.

The market was fun and although it was cool out it was the perfect temperature to enjoy the fun atmosphere and the vin chaud. I didn’t buy very much mostly just looked, I almost brought home a stuffed donkey because he was so cute. I don’t need a stuffed donkey and with only carry on luggage I didn’t really have room for him. Instead I bought handmade soap that smells wonderful and by the end of my trip all my clothes smelled like it as well reminding me of my first day in Paris.

 

Thai Food At The Clarendon

My first night in London we arrived hungry and tired. My friend had worked all day and so both of us wanted something quick. Becca who loves good food suggested we go to the Clarendon for Thai food and it was really good. It used to be called The Nobody Inn but has changed it’s name to the Clarendon. I like The Nobody Inn more but the food was still really good.

We started with shrimp toast (VERY tastey!):

Then had the battered mushrooms:

Then I had the Thai Green Curry with prawns:

All the food was really good and just what I wanted after a long travel day. Also pretty reasonably priced. The service was great and the food came out fast and hot. I look forward to going again and trying more of the menu.

Clarendon is in Islington, 92 Mildmay Park, London