Parisian treats

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We were lucky enough to have a few (kid free!) days in Paris recently. We were spoiled with stunning weather and enjoyed an overwhelming cross section of Parisian delights. Croissants, baguettes, red wine, patisserie treats on top of everything else Paris has to offer.

At the end of one of our days walking across the city, we came across a fabulous chocolate shop & of course I had to do “research”.

Gerard Mulot is the name of this cornucopia & we visited the St Germain de Prés branch. Shoulder to shoulder with tourists (99% female) at 10 at night, it was the place to be!

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Making chocolate into an artform.

Look at these glossy creations.

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Almost too good to eat.

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Almost.

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A bientôt, Paris!

secret gardens

On a recent walk in the hilly neighbourhood behind Vevey and Tour de Peilz, we discovered a few sweet little chemins (pathways)

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that separated lovely houses surrounded by their lush gardens

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now blooming with flowers

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and many shades of green.

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This gate in particular reminded me of my grandparents’ place with overgrown mossy greens and an enticing seclusion.  A little bit magic.

dancing in the street

Last weekend in Vevey was a dance festival.  It was part of a dance festival that takes place all over Switzerland simultaneously.

http://fetedeladanse.ch/vevey/programme/#s336

The girls took part in a kids dance workshop but the most fun was to be had when we joined a group of people dancing in the street.  Accompanied by a PA in a shopping cart with dangling disco ball, we danced in the streets & waved to passersby, people in cars, buses & people on their apartment balconies.

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So refreshing to be amongst Swiss people letting their hair down!

We saw a couple of performances – this one you can hardly see the 3 performers as they were at the end of an oval in front of a football match on the field behind and the audience watched them through binoculars.

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Pretty bizarre.

And this piece was performed at a bus stop and the dancers performed on the crossing when the light was green.

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It was funny seeing people in their cars confused or bemused by the performance.  After the show, we were encouraged to dance across the intersection ourselves, which of course we did!

Aside from doing a tango class (in French), the highlight for me was a performance of Swan Lake by a South African company headed by the incredible dancer & choreographer Dada Masilo.

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Included in the 15 franc festival ticket, it was on at the Vevey Theatre to a packed out appreciative crowd.  With men and women both in tutus, the dancers were wonderful.  The premise of Swan Lake was twisted to have the prince Siegfried be gay and fall in love with a male Ondine swan.  It was truly wonderful.  And again, to be in a room full of people transfixed by incredible art was brilliant.

http://www.steps.ch/Programme/Agenda-Detail?uniqueId=161179_161181_2014042720140427

 

 

 

chocolate des famille

Brought in the luggage all the way from Switzerland to Austinmer, south coast.  Drumroll please….

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One kilogram of chocolate – enough for a family. That’s right – take a close look.

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And yes it was pretty delicious!

Tasted even better as it was shared with so many family members over Easter.

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