Francophile Friday: Meet You at Le Mouffetard

ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm]
What's that?  It's the weekend already?  As the sun loiters around the horizon this Friday afternoon, these empty chairs are singing a siren song.  Let's rest our tootsies, clink glasses and graze on a slice of life at this little cafe overlooking rue Mouffetard in Paris.  {Thanks and bisous for the inspiration, chère Virginia!}  These are tables for two, but here in our fairytale, this seating arrangement will stretch to accommodate us all, like black elasticised pants at a smorgasbord ~ cough ~ I mean, like an Yves Saint Laurent caftan at a buffet.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

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  1. I think humanity gained 10 pounds the day they invented sweatpants.

    This picture is just lovely. Thinking about you often. Once everything gets put back into place, you deserve to go out and find this cafe.

  2. I think humility is gained every time I look at your talent on display here. This 1 is a 10 in my books!

    This picture make me wish I could just take out my colors, my pens & pencisl, brushes, and do something like this! Instead, I'll just send you my fotos of these cafes.

  3. Such great memories !!
    I've lived place de la Contrescarpe during 5 years and I often had a coffee there. 25 years ago, it was one of the last "bougnats" of Paris ! A bougnat was, first the man,usually an "auvergnat" (from the Massif Central), then the place where you could get coal and/or wood and have a drink. The husband was delivering coal whereas the wife was serving the wine !!
    So, 25 years ago, you could see bags of coal and bundles of firewood where are the tables and chairs now.
    Thanks to Virginia for the picture and to you for the great interpretation.

  4. First off, so, so glad to hear that the sun is on the horizon. I won't even try to be witty, but just say that I love this fairytale (they're meant to come true, you know) and your beyond-charming and evocative illo ever so much! (Did I tell you I'm off to Paris for 4 days in March—and will be searching for Shell inspirations?)

  5. Absolutely lovely, but why are those chairs empty? Can't you see me sitting there having scones and tea? I might be taking up two chairs since I also cleared a whole tray of maccarons.

    Thank you for always bringing us such beauty, Shell. Even floods can't prevent you from creating sunshine.

    Happy weekend!

  6. Lovely, enticing scene to start the weekend. Yes, there's plenty of room for us all....

  7. Such a quaint, inviting scene, Shell. It would be divine to sit in the sunshine and partake of a glass of wine or two with all of you. Perhaps one day . . .

  8. I've already got my stretchy pants on, Shell.

  9. Hiker ~ I've done nothing compared to the very many amazing souls out there. I hope the universe sprinkles them with magic dust. {That said, I will still be glad to sit there for real someday soon!}

    Aww, thanks, dear Cafe. I'm just lucky ~ fingers are much easier to work with than paws.

    Marylène ~ that's a wonderful story! Thank you so much for explaining the history of this charming little spot.

    Alexa ~ what's been achieved all over the place here in a week is nothing short of awesome. As for your Paris trip ~ oooh, how exciting ~ thank you! I'll be looking forward to them.

    PCN ~ I cannot imagine you taking up two chairs. Not even after a tower of macarons, let alone a single tray.

    Ms M ~ yes, there's no such thing as Standing Room Only here.

    Cali ~ may I lean towards at least two of the bubbly variety? ;)

    Always well prepared, Petrea!

  10. Such a lovely illo, Shell. A rendezvous at Le Mouffetard is a wonderful idea! I've been fantasizing about a trip to France lately. Francophile Friday is a delectable nibble!

  11. Hi Shell ~ Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Margaret is such a sweetheart to send you my way.

    I'm so glad your comment led me back here to your blog. Your artwork is fabulous and I am a new fan. I have just spent the past 10 minutes looking through your Etsy shop and admiring your work. I will be back...

    Enjoy your weekend! :o)

  12. Such lovely inviting scene! I love all the soft yellows. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all be magically transported here to drink endless cups of café crème and eat macarons and soak up the sun and just gab the day away.

  13. This little café will be just perfect for our gathering and of course you will be the guest of honor, my dear... Thinking about you.

    I am running off to tell Virginia of this post... We have so missed you.


  14. Voila! I"m here and love, love this one sweet Shell. I walked right past this charming café just over a week ago. I brings me such pleasure to see your wonderful illos. Merci mille fois.

  15. Susan ~ I'm happy to help your fantasy along. Um, out of context, that doesn't quite sound right, does it. ;)

    Hi, Deb @ PaperTurtle, and thank you! Margaret is a sweetie-pie, isn't she. And it was indeed a pleasure to visit you. Looking forward to catching up again soon.

    Katie ~ I confess, I would interrupt the flow of café crème for a bubbly chaser here and there, but both go well with macarons so I think it should still work. :)

    Thanks, dear Genie!! I meant to email Virginia and let her know, so that's much appreciated.

    Virginia ~ oh, I'm delighted to hear you were right at this spot again on your last trip. Thank you as always for the beautiful inspiration!

  16. Il y a une trentaine d'années, lorsque je vivais encore à Paris, j'adorais aller faire un tour à la Mouffe' pour faire le marché du dimanche car je n'habitais pas ce quartier donc en semaine difficile de faire ses petites courses du quotidien ...
    bisous ma Belle

  17. Gorgeous artwork once again! What a lovely cafe that would be. Have a glorious day, Kellie xx

  18. Must remember to pack black stretchy pants. :)

  19. VenetiaMicio ~ I'm very happy to take you for a walk down memory lane. {Sorry for the English, I'm being lazy this afternoon! ;) } Bisous...

    Thanks, Kellie. You too!

    Such handy garments for all kinds of things, Debs. ;)

  20. You can't see me, but I'm off to the side sitting by myself, delighted that my children are in school. I am having a mocha and a macaron. Ok. maybe five macarons. Plus, of course, Scout is nearby basking in the sun. (Hope you're getting a bit of sun yourself.)

  21. Margaret ~ I'm delighted on your behalf. And ever so pleased you brought Scout along! Thank goodness for sunshine ~ we've had some glorious days since things went belly up in the floods, and it's helped things tremendously.

  22. Your drawings are a never ending pleasure. I love your francophile Fridays.

    Glad no chook was hurt in the floods, and no caretaker either :-)

    The lost goldfish story is such a great illustration of the great Aussie sense of humour. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

  23. I'll stand! It's the least I can do to make room for everyone else, and I'll be able to turn gracefully this way and that to help myself to elegant little what-nots from both tables. Actually, now that I look more closely, where are the elegant little what-nots?

  24. Elastic pants and skirts have been my friends through many a long meal. If we sit around long enough chatting, I might need them at this delightful cafe too.

  25. Nathalie ~ I think we'd have taken turns swimming with chooks on our heads if it had been necessary. {I'm so glad it wasn't!}

    Mise ~ oops ~ I neglected to mention the charismatic waiter who's about to bring the what-nots outside for us...

    Amy ~ you raise a good point ~ elastic skirts are welcome too, by any stretch of the imagination.


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