Tuesday, 18 January 2022

T stands for the walk back

Hi everyone, this week has whizzed by so quickly. 

We have had few cold but sunny days so I have been getting on well with making samples with the new stamps from Crafty Individuals (to be released on Feb 4th). We have also have a few walks.

I also made a journal page for Erika's Art Journal Journey theme 'Let's Face It'

I made a background by sticking on scraps of book paper then a layer of gesso, before adding ink and some stamping using my vintage garage stamp and the numbers stamp by Crafty Individuals. The main image is a Stampotique character by Daniel Torrente, stamped onto some old packaging. The quote is sticker from Snarky sayings. 

Last week I left off where we went to get our Covid tests to return the the UK.
On our walk back to the hotel we searched for street art - not that it takes much looking for in the Butte Aux Cailles area.

We stopped off for coffee at a place we have visited a few times for pizzas. It's not far from the hotel.
I had a cappucino and hubby had hot chocolate and I am using them to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday at The Altered Book Lover.

So, back to the hotel....

The green Ibis sign shows where our hotel is

This road is almost opposite the hotel
This is just down the road from our window..
...and in the dark

Next week it will be our last full day in Paris - lots of walking involved and a park

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Very late - but lots of faces!

Hi everyone, I had a delay in making my calendar journal pages (had to write everything down in my notebook) as the art book I had has different (inferior) paper than it used to. I finally located one and set to making my spread - then totally forgot to post it.

I had Erika's 'Lets Face It' theme at Art Journal Journey in mind so there are lots of Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella stamps. The background was made by adding Dina Wakley paint with a baby wipe

Here is December's filled in.

We don't usually go out much on Saturdays - usually just a walk down to the butchers - today we didn't want any meat and intended staying in. This afternoon we looked at the sun shining outside and went for a walk along by the River Mersey

Wishing you all a happy weekend.
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

T Stands for the short route.

 Hi everyone, I am taking you back to Paris today.

We had to get a COVID test to return home, so on the Wednesday before our journey we opted to stay closer to the hotel, after all, the previous day We had walked over 25,000 steps.

Having spotted one place doing tests, we looked in and decided against having it done there, so walked up to the Mall in Place d'Italie for a drink and rethink!

This mosaic showing different areas of Paris is near the end of one of the avenues.

We decided to have a little look around the area and get some lunch

I love Chicken Caesar salads so that was my choice, hubby had a salade Niçoise. It was the best Caesar I had in Paris but sadly was spoilt by the fact that none of the staff were wearing masks - something we didn't notice until after we had ordered and it wasn't until we left that we realised that it was the only place that didn't ask for our COVID passes! Fortunately all of the windows were folded back and there was a gentle breeze passing through. The tables all had a good space around them too.

It is here that I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday - we had a jug of water and Tonic water with lemon - to was a very hot day.

After our lunch we decided to take a walk to find the Cité Florale. We passed a pharmacy and decided to go back there later for our tests.

I had heard of this area but only recently found how close it was to our hotel - about a 30 minute walk(some of which was stopping to look in shop windows.
It comprises of just a few roads but all with such lovely gardens

From here it was a very short walk to one of our favourite parks - Montsouris.
We had never entered by through this gate before
It led us into a part of the park we had never seen

The RER trains can be seen from bridges in the park

We always see joggers in this park

I will be coming back to Montsouris to show you more soon - it is always our last place to visit on our last day in Paris. We had a test to take.... back onto the road - had our tests and sat in a little park over the road from the pharmacy while we waited for the results.
Lots of chatter going on from children who were on their way home from school.

I hope you enjoyed this view of Butte Aux Cailles - it is such a lovely area and I will show you more next week.

Thanks for looking, Chris