Sunday, 18 December 2011

Thank you Barbara ..

for the lovely postcard
Coranado ...San Diego..

My great friend Barbara has a fab blog which
you can read all about it here ...with
fantastic photos!!

Big Thank you to you.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

It arrived !!! Thank you Sally ...

Yesterday a postcard came through my letter
box from

Antalya Turkey

from my great  friend Sally in Norfolk..

read all about her fabulous walking trip here!!

A super read and you will see all her recipes too!!

Today a postcard came from

Maine USA

sent to me by my cousin from Italy.

Both postcards were a surprise !!

Big Thank you to Sally and my cousin.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fab Four ........

Not 1, 2 or even 3 ... but 4 Fab postcards from my blogger
friends who have been away..

The first one is from Abbey .. who sent me a card from

Macarella in Menorca .....

beautiful clear seas and sunshine ....that is what I need!!

Abbey has a wonderful blog , Happy Frog and I, which is
full of interesting posts,
a joy to read, so I hope any new readers go over and
have a good read. I love her blog.

Linda sent me a surprise postcard from Hong Kong,
where they(Linda and husband) spent a fab holiday their daughter.

Linda moved to Italy with her husband in 2004, as
an adventure (and empty nesters!!), I am sure they made the right choice,
and they live in such a beautiful area.

Her blog is full of adventures and photos of life in Italy
and of course other trips they have been on!!!

The "Star" Ferry - Victoria Harbour - Hong Kong

The city all lit up!

My friend Jennifer LOVES Ireland
and LIVES in PARIS!!!

She went on a tour for 10 days,
ended her trip in Dublin, had fun
and meeting of family too.

Jennifer used to blog, I hope this
trip can entice her back, we would
all love to see more photos...
Wouldn't we!!

I know her job does keep her VERY busy.
A very well deserved break :-)

and Di (aka Trubes) sent me a wonderful
card from their (husband Ian)  trip to Northumberland
where she met up with a blogger....
and had a fantastic time.

She thinks of me whenever they are on a trip!!!!

Alnwick Castle  - Northumberland

A HUGE thank you to you ALL
A great surprise and to get them
them within  a day of each other
was amazing!!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Another lunch date in Paris ...!!

Update - Mystery cafe is ..

It's called La Consigne , 71 bd du Montparnasse.

 This time it is Brigitte (   Karin could not make it..:-(    ) ... Barbara, Jennifer, me and Dawn ..

We were in a Montparnasse Cafe/Brasserie  .......
sorry not sure of the name .. but whatever
it is , doesn't matter , because it was brilliant ..
What I can tell you that it
is ACROSS the road from Starbucks!! 

We all met at Starbucks (the easiest) at around 11.30  
and then went for coffee, which turned into
lunch ..... and we left our seats (same cafe) at just after 3pm!!!!!

Brigitte, Jennifer and Barbara had to catch up with other things ..
so Dawn and I walked to St Michel ... Window shopping on the way,
and we rounded our day off with .......

An excellent day with wonderful company ....
we had such a laugh as usual..


Thursday, 22 September 2011

A Postcard to cheer you up on an Autumn day .....

My dear friend Di (aka Trubes) and her husband Ian

Alpes Maritimes.

A beautiful area of France ..and they
had a wonderful time. ... Who wouldn't??

(you can click on the map to zoom in or out) and see
more of the area.

As I look out of the window on a dull grey day ...

I know where I would love to be !!

In the Sun .... If not in France ... anywhere to be warm.

BIG BIG  Thank you Diane .. .. ♥♥

Monday, 19 September 2011

Hopital Saint Louis - Paris ....

There is a lot of history behind this hospital ..
please read the link above... so much info.

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Starting with the fact that  68 000 died in Paris from one plague of 1562,
and one hospital was not enough.. that was  Hôtel-Dieu.

These gates lead to a lovely enclosed  garden , where
it is open to the public .. children can play,
you can picnic  or just sit. 

Karin taking her photos!!

Karin taking close ups of the pictures drawn on the path ....

The Maltese Cross.. which I was so surprised to see, especially as this is where
my father was born, I felt a special connection.

I have just had another surprise after googling the cross..It is
also known as the Amalfi cross!

The Order of Knighthood of Malta erected a  pavilion for the baths
and one consecrated to the treatment of the leprosy

Walking in Paris with a friend who lives there .. takes you beyond the tourist spots!!
Always a surprise beyond the beaten track.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Friends that lunch ........

We made our way to visit Karin for lunch and weather permitting we were going
to picnic in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont .. it was a little bit iffy so we had our picnic in the  apartment.

We had such a great time together , chatting about this and that, actually a lot of subjects, and enjoying each others company, it didn't matter where we were.  

Jennifer, Barbara, Dawn, Me and Karin

Brigitte couldn't make it :-(

Thanks Girls the day was brilliant.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A Parisien Boulangerie ....

On our walk Karin took me to this Boulangerie..
it is fabulous .. and very busy!

Du Pain et Des Idees

34 rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris

10ème arrondissement

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If you are ever in this area .. DO visit... !!

Read all about this fab place in the link at the top of the post.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

How very annoying.... Hotmail account Hacked...

To wake up to this news is so annoying ..
Not just for me but for others that received the email.

I have no idea who got the spam emails ..



I have sent out emails to as many as
I can , explaining what has happened.

SORRY ... Lets hope it is sorted now!!!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Congratulations ... Karin and Paul are getting married today in Paris......

My wonderful friends Karin and Paul
are getting married today

... whilst they were on holiday in Canada
they had a Commitment Ceremony on the banks of
Cumings Lake......

It looks beautiful.

 The link to Paul's  blog post  is above.
You will have to read it!!!!!

Congratulations to Karin and Paul ....
I hope you have a fantastic day!!!
Love and best wishes
 from Anne xx.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Our walk continues .....

Amazing sculpturing.!!

The  July Column.. (Colonne de Julliet)
Place de Bastille.
The column was was created by Jean-Antoine Alavoine 
It is made of bronze and stands 52 meters tall.

The Bastille  was a fortress, formerly
known as Bastille Saint-Antoine and used
as a prison.  All that remains now are paving stones
and remnants in the road too! (hope I got this right).

Spirit of Liberty called the "Génie de la Liberté"

Fancy a game of Petanque... which is a form of boules. 
The goal is  to stand inside a starting circle with
 both feet on the ground,
and  throw hollow
 metal balls as close as
possible to a small wooden ball called
a cochonnet (piglet)
or a jack!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Our walk in pictures..... Paris ...

As you can imagine, I cannot remember
all of where we went or all of what we saw.

It was a fabulous day ... that is what counts.

I hope you enjoy the photos that I  took whilst walking with Karin.

click on this photo to enlarge.

I love seeing the bands just on the bridge....!!
I could sit, listen and people watch for hours.