Paris Daydreams : Giddy Up, Buren


{Giddy Up, Buren : ink pen and watercolour Paris illustration by © Shell-Sherree}


Today, there is potential controversy here in our fairytale kingdom where boxes of macarons replenish eternally, and our favourite music is regularly punctuated by the gentle sigh of champagne corks popping while conversation and laughter bubble over long into the starry night. {And being a fairytale kingdom, there is no such thing as enduring sadness, trouble and strife.  We shall leave those behind for a respite while we're here.}

Today, for the first time, I have turned my illustrative fancy to Les Deux Plateaux, aka les Colonnes de Buren, aka the Buren Columns in the Cour d'Honneur in the Palais-Royal, Paris.

Actually, there's no particular reason why it hasn't happened to date ~ I bear them no grudge, although I'm aware they don't float everyone's boat.  They remind me of cylindrical peppermint humbugs, which could explain my partiality towards them.  I'm not sure why I was drawn to a wintery equestrian-inspired wardrobe choice on this very warm summer day here in Brisbane, but she does bear bare legs and strappy stilettos to counter the riding jacket, felt cloche and snowy-soft faux-fur muff.  Perhaps subconsciously I was hedging my bets to welcome differences of opinion on Les Multitudes de Humbug-Like-Doodads.  {Let's not stop at three aliases ~ so last year.}  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

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  1. Who am I to disparage the doodads? As long as I can rest my weary toes and sip champagne while dressed in a lovely gown, then doodad away.

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    1. You most certainly can do all those things here, Petrea. The doodads are ahead ...

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  2. Inspired choice -- J'adore that outfit -- frou frou and tailored.

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    1. Best of both worlds, Hiker. Thank you!!

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  3. I used to dislike those striped doodads (while admitting that they are a vast improvement over the parking lot that once occupied this space!)—but they have grown on me. They certainly make a great backdrop for this jeune fille in her frou-frou frock. And oh those shoes! (Though I know for certain that they would give me vertigo . . . but maybe not in your fabulous French fantasyland)

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    1. Merci, ma chère Alexa! I read that Buren wanted to create something to conceal ventilation shafts that would not dominate, so perhaps was a bit bemused at the attention they've been given over the time. As for the shoes, it's safe to wear them here !! {Hugh will catch you, anyway.}

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    2. In that case, I'm putting them on and leaving them on!

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    3. I just added a couple of centimetres to increase the risk rating ... {you're welcome, ma chère.}

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  4. I won't fall. I will ever so politely ask Hugh to carry me instead.

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    1. He's such a gentleman, I imagine he will intuit your need before you even have to express it, Petrea.

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  5. Ah, so nice to be in the Fairytale Kingdom with ever-replenishing macarons, champagne, good conversation, and lovely outfits to wear! (And not forgetting our elegant feline friends). Thank you for the treat :-)

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    1. Wise as always, Ms M ~ where would we be without our beautiful felines !

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  6. Simply stunning illustration! Like Alexa I wasn't a big fan of Buren's striped columns at first, but I always see kids playing on and around them when I visit, so maybe they have the right idea. Beautiful outfit and I love the hat. Oh and I did I hear mention of Hugh? Yoo hoo! Hugh!

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    1. He's just gone out to find you one of those hats, Katie ... {PS: Thank you! :) }

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  7. I'm a fan of the columns. They're great for the kids

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    1. So are peppermint humbugs, PA. I rest my case.

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    2. or hat boxes

      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/363384263656062101/

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