Today we have a super quick and loose doodlewash of my breakfast this morning while in Paris. Philippe and I always enjoy a wildly simple little breakfast while here of a fresh baguette, orange juice, and butter. The latter of which is actually a little tub of butter that isn’t pictured as I ran out of time to sketch it. Philippe runs out to grab the baguette each morning while I make coffee. It’s hundreds of times more delicious than any bread like this we can find at home so the experience is always amazing. And, yes, perfectly mundane at the same time. In many ways, our time in France is very much like our time back home in the States. We tend to avoid crowds whenever possible and just live here for a couple of weeks. When I first came to Paris, several years ago now, I did every single thing on the list a tourist is expected to do on those first few trips. These days, I find it far more enjoyable to settle in and get a taste of what it might be like to actually live here. And, I have to admit that I really adore living in France. It may be several years from now, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Philippe and I ended up here for our retirement. Certainly somewhere a bit farther south, though, as it’s just a touch too chilly where we are now.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the apartment we’ve taken for this trip was once a shop of some kind. We didn’t initially know what was here, but did some digging, as we’re prone to do, and discovered the history is rather cool. Apparently, for more than 50 years, the building we’re staying in was the workshop of l’Atelier Mériguet-Carrère, a company specializing in highly-skilled decorative painting. When they moved out in 2015, the shop’s paint-covered plywood walls were cut down and preserved in pieces as framed bits of art. As I type this, one of those panels is hanging above me, and it’s quite beautiful. Also, it’s incredible to know that we’re staying in a space that once housed artisans. It seems a fitting space to sketch and paint, and I hope to have a bit more time to sit and enjoy it properly. These first few days in Paris are quite busy with plans, but things start to lighten up a bit as the days go by and I find myself with more time to relax and enjoy each moment. But, it only takes a little moment to make a doodlewash of some kind, so I’ll continue to do so each day that I’m here.
Today, we did a spot of shopping, and though I finally visited my favorite clothing store, Jules, I didn’t yet buy anything to take home with me. I normally buy a new wallet from this store, but didn’t like the options on display this year. Philippe and I instead went to Le Tanneur and each bought a lovely leather wallet at half price thanks to the current sales that are happening citywide. It was still a bit more than what I normally spend on a wallet, but it will last several years longer. And it’s super cool with a light pebbled gray leather exterior, two white stripes, and an interior that’s rather close to the color of Doodlewash blue. It was perfect! Since we’re here for a belated holiday, Philippe’s mother gave us Christmas presents when we arrived and I received an absolutely gorgeous hardcover book with thick textured paper filled with architectural watercolor drawings of Paris. It’s fabulous, and I wish I could sketch like that, but I just can’t be bothered with using a ruler. And I’m quite sure that those sketches took much more time than the few precious minutes I tend to grab for mine. But, I’m quite happy enjoying another fun-filled day here in Europe while still managing to sneak some time in to sketch a bit of breakfast in Paris.
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