Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Francophile Friday on a Monday: Vintage Paris for Bastille Day

{Timeles Paris Vintage : pencil and watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

Hello ~ bonjour ~ ciao!

And happy Bastille Day to you, my sweethearts.

You had a feeling I'd surface today like a pastel-tinted, ruffled submarine from the depths of my dark chocolate/latte/bubbly-{but-only-after-6:00pm}-fuelled sabbatical, didn't you?   I sure hope so!  And I will be back more regularly forthwith.  Thank you for being so patient and sticking with me. 

The inspiration for today's illustration has been sitting on my desktop ~ the photo, that is, not the exquisite creature in it ~ for a long time.  Ever since our Paris compatriot Katie sent it to me.  {Thanks, dear Katie.  I love it, as you know!}  

Let us seek out some pink éclairs as appetisers, and if our champagne flows too freely, there's always this option for a nap.  And on that note ...

Happy Belated Francophile Friday to you!

{I'm sorry for the grey tone to the background - somehow I've found my illos are now showing that way here even though they are scanning cleanly.  I'll be doing some site renovations very soon so I hope to resolve that issue then...}

13 comments:

  1. Merci for thinking of us, Shell! Happy Bastille Day to one and all!

    (I have been atop Notre Dame and I have seen those gargoyles, and I hope that kitty is photoshopped.)

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    1. Merci, dear Petrea! {And I suspect - and hope! - you're right about the kitty. The things people think of. :) }

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  2. Like Petrea, I was a bit startled by the size of le chat atop ND! Meanwhile, a very Happy Bastille Day to everyone and especially ma belle Shell—wish I could be sharing a bit of bubbly with you in Paris right now!

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    1. I wish we could have done that too, ma chere Alexa! We shall hold that thought.

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  3. Your blog is looking good! Glad to see you back blogging. Hope all is well.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! All is well - it's lovely to see you.

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  4. Hey! There you are! You've been missed.

    Lovely illo. I want that dress. And to be in Paris. :-)

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    1. Hey, yourself. :) Thank you, Cali ~ I've missed us all hanging out here together in our virtual Paris too. As for the dress, I keep opening my wardrobe hoping it has materialised. Not yet but early days...

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  5. Welcome back, Shell! Lovely illo and suggestions (although Macie says she'd rather nap on a plush sofa by a window that overlooks Paris. With tuna treats on a nearby table. :-) )

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  6. Oops, I'm a little late to the party, but maybe there are a few Bastille Day macarons left. You've done a fabulous job with this amazing Dior dress that I pulled from a March 1963 Saturday Evening Post from my collection of old magazines. Delightful to see you back here, and look forward to future posts!

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    1. Thank you for most deftly and beautifully giving the back story in one sentence, dear Katie. :) I love that photo you sent me. And although it's been a while between posts, the status quo is unchanged here: fresh macarons at all hours and your favourite will always be included. À bientôt ...

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  7. Your inspiration is so 1960's. The bee-hive do reminds me of my Aunt Wilma who has a thing for exaggeration.

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    1. I like the sound of your Aunt Wilma, PA. :)

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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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