Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Venice 2014

As usual every year I made my annual trip to the Venice carnival.  This year it was a bit later due to Easter being later.  The benefit of this was the most fabulous sunny warm weather!  It was a complete joy to sit out on a deck with a spritz and a bite to eat....
Flying over Lake Garda en route to Venice.

First sight of Venice from the air.

One of the speeding private water taxis!

La Serenissima complete with snow capped 
Dolomite Mountains behind - that's rare to see!

Island of San Girogio Maggiore.

Bridge of Sighs at sunset

Sunset looking towards The Salute.

A close up of The Salute.

A bright morning looking to San Giorgio - the 
light was sooo intense!

A church courtyard - but better known 
as the Questura in German film adaptations 
of the Donna Leon Brunetti detective 
series of books.

Reflections on a canal.

Lovers locks on the Accademia Bridge.

These lovers were obviously determined 
to fit their lock somewhere!

The gondola repair yard at San Trovaso.

The view to the Campanile and Doges 
Palace from the Dorsoduro.

Another bridge, another boat, another reflection.

Lovely still water reflections.

A lovely mascot on a gondola.

These beautiful camellias were in bloom 
near the Accademia.

The grandeur of bygone days 
hidden in the bushes.

I was lucky to capture a solitary 
gondola in the Grand Canal!

A carnival person on the Accademia Bridge.

Of course I was heading for Gelateria Nico 
when I went over the Accademia Bridge...
...there I enjoyed an Aperol Spritz with 
crisps and a pizza slice....

...and the hot chocolate is TDF!!....

...then there is the very famous ice cream - 
raspberry, peach and amaretto here...
..and one can always take an ice cream 
to walk home with ...pistachio and amaretto!  
And no I did not have all of these on the 
same day!!!

A lovely wintry sunshine over the lagoon.  

I will post some carnival photos in another post.  
I hope you enjoyed the sights and some flavours
of Venice!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Paris Shops and Food

No trip to Paris is ever complete for me without at trip up to Montmartre to Restaurant Durer for their onion soup:-
The best soup a l'onigon!

And then one must have a tarte au citron too!
I now buy my macaroons from the 
Grande Epicerie in St Germain as their 
flavours are not so fancy as Laduree and 
the macaroons are generally nicer but 
they had this "Passion Individuel" cake so 
as I love passion fruit I thought I would try this!

I was not disappointed - the coconut and 
passion fruit worked well together and 
the cake was simply divine!
The new Roger & Gallet shop on the rue 
St Honore is gorgeous and the packaging is 
wonderful - just for soap and shower gels!!  
This was way more fun than buying Hermes!

Chanel's offerings on FSH

Some fab looking shoes in a shoe shop. 

Beautiful clothes in a boutique near my 
hotel.  Tres chic!

The ceiling in the Opera Garnier by Chagall

The fabulous chandelier.

The Corps de Ballet in Onegin - pretty dresses!

Isabella Ciaravola (in brown) with Evan McKie
(in black, guest from Stuttgart Ballet) as 
Tatiana and Onegin - she retired at the 
end of the Onegin run so it was nice 
to see her before she left.

The Champs Elysees by night.

And the statues atop the Grand Palais.

Hope you enjoyed my  Paris travelogue.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Paris - Hermes Windows

As you may have seen elsewhere the current display at Hermes 24 Faubourg St Honore is pretty spectacular as usual!

Seen during the day the Hermes Horseman.

The Village Royal on the way to FSH.

I take my photos at night which lessens the 
reflections! Hermes crockery.

The big corner window was full of amazing

Flamingos and Kellys!

Where do they get their props from?!

The corner window in full.

Hermes jewellery.

The pink window.

Not much you cannot do with a saddle eh?!