Friday, March 9, 2012

Francophile Friday: Cherubic on Rue Montorgueil

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Paris.  Rue Montorgueil.  On a corner.  Somewhere.  There's a gilded cherub to watch over you.

Thanks to my dear friend From Cali for the inspiration.  If I'd been prepared, I'd have asked her ahead of time for a specific location, but what can I say: I have no scout's badges in my collection of childhood mementos. {And if I did, I'd have bejewelled them.  Perhaps not quite as much as this.}

I might take some Fridays off here and there.  If so, this little angelic fellow and his kitty mascot can be your lucky charms until our next weekend together.  And I've selected a versatile outfit to suit this tricky trans-seasonal time of year in both hemispheres.  The shoemaker's elves have fashioned these ruffled beauties to complement it.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

28 comments:

  1. Even using this little Touch I recognized that cherub! Katie can probably tell you exactly where this is. Love your illo. You have brought back wonderful memories! Thank you!!!

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  2. There's nothing better than a corner somewhere in Paris, with a mascot peeking from the window.

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  3. It's enough to know that it's in Paris, with a gilded cherub—as you strap on your fab ruffled shoes and go dancing (is that a good guess, I hope?). Seriously, Shell, do you not realize that without you my life is completely lacking in whimsy and style? I'll be here in frumpy duds and flat-heeled shoes, waiting patiently, ma chère . . .

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  4. from cali ~ I'm always happy to whisk you off into the land of happy memories. Thanks for the lovely inspiration, ma chère.

    Hiker ~ the stories she could tell.

    Alexa ~ I'm sure you'd look stylish, no matter what your ensemble happens to be. But thank you! I'll mostly be here, just wanted you all to not be alarmed if I'm occasionally absent.

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  5. And thanks to Angie of Swede Dreamer for making me her featured artist today. I'm chuffed.

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  6. Wonderful ileo (as always)! You and Kitty always take such good care of us. You provide us with fashionable clothes and delightful weekend getaways, and Kitty keeps a good watch over us :-)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Dear Shell!

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  7. Thanks, Ms M. It's my pleasure ~ happy weekend to you, too.

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  8. OUI!! I have this same lovely face from my last trip. J'adore Francophile Friday!
    V

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  9. My goodness! Those bling shoes are the most things I have ever seen.

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  10. I could buy those bejeweled shoes, perhaps with the profits from the sale of my home.

    I'll be here, Shell, whenever you are.

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  11. That's just the sweet smiling angel I want watching over me, in Paris or anywhere! I'm not sure the exact location of this cherub, but Stohrer is at 51 rue Montorgueil and I know I'm always smiling when I'm eating a Stohrer pain au chocolat. As much as like those sparkly shoes, I don't think I'll give up my comfy flats.

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  12. Francophile Fridays make me yearn to be in Paris. One of these days I'll join kitty in the window. In the meantime, I'll start pulling together my fashionable wardrobe with your help. (I'll take the layers and leave the bejeweled shoes for a Hollywood starlet.)

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  13. We are very lucky indeed to have those two sweeties watching over us! Wishing you and you know who a lovely week Shell! xo

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  14. Dear V ~ there can't be many endroits left in Paris that you haven't captured with your beautiful lens.

    Margaret ~ they take bedazzled to a whole new level.

    Petrea ~ you might have to throw in Boz, so I know that would be absolutely out of the question.

    Thanks, Katie! The cherub gives us another reason to visit Stohrer, not that we need it. And much as I'm an habitual high-heel wearer, I concede I'll need flats in Paris!

    Susan ~ you strike me as a layers girl. And kitty would love your company.

    Thanks, Favourite Vintage Finds! And right back at you and you-know-who. Kisses from Ella.

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  15. This one of my favorite streets in Paris with an abundance of delish delights! You will be divine in those ruffled pumps, mon amie! Love the illo...

    Bises,
    Genie

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  16. Genie ~ the ruffled shoes remind me of a bag a girlfriend gave me several years ago. It's still one of my favourites.

    And a little birdie told me she's fairly sure this cherub is located on the corner of Rue Mauconseil and Rue Montorgueil right next to L'Escargot. Thank you, little birdie.

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  17. It's almost Fryday again, ShSh! I look 4ward to your next installment of Francophile Friday.

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  18. Cafe ~ always lovely to see you, whether Fryday or anyday.

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  19. I popped over from a photohunter's blog... I love your sketches! I also see that we have several friends in common through your blog favorites.
    It's a small world!

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  20. OH I"ve taken that same shot Cali! We think alike. And Shell dear, merci for putting my sweet Meeps
    (aka Meepsiedoodle) in the window! :)
    bises,
    V

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  21. And may I add that Sandi right above me, is a dear friend here in B'ham. We met through our blogs and now are BFF's! :)
    V

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  22. Sandi, it's lovely to meet you! Thanks so much for dropping in and I'm glad you've enjoyed visiting.

    V ~ 'Meepsiedoodle' ~ heh, how adorable! And it's a pleasure to meet your Sandi.

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  23. I do like your elegant drawings, so French! and this cherub is particularly nice.

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  24. Hi, Jenny ~ thank you, what a compliment! It's lovely to meet you and I'm glad you've enjoyed your visit.

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  25. Shell, I hope you won't mind if I hijack your blog for a second to tell your readers and friends of Pop Culture Nerd that they can vote for her in the Independent Book Blogger Awards! I was checking out the list and she was right there, so I voted! Go, PCN!
    http://www.goodreads.com/book_blogger_award

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  26. Petrea ~ ma maison est ta maison. I'm so glad you posted this, thank you ~ I'm out of the loop at the moment so I'd missed it. I'm going over to vote now ~ and not just because Pop Culture Nerd is one of our amies... her work is superb.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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