Sweet Like A Lollipop

Day 13 - Lollipop Watercolor - Doodlewash

Though I was going to find some French candy to sketch since I’m currently in Paris, I didn’t get a chance today, so I made this lollipop instead. In truth, I’m not a huge fan of candy, preferring chocolate and other types of desserts instead. Today, we had café gourmand while meeting friends for lunch, which is my favorite dessert option of all, so it was a pretty wonderful day indeed. I snapped a photo so perhaps that will make an appearance in our upcoming prompt. Despite having not quite caught up on sleep, I’m doing rather well and managing to stay awake. Though, I’ll be glad when tomorrow arrives and I’ll be magically recalibrated to Paris time. The best part about the trip is that I’m walking like crazy, clocking in more exercise than I probably receive the entire year. This makes each baguette seem like a perfect reward and helps each baguette disappear properly, rather than leaving its marks on my waistline. With so many wonderful sweet and savory things to sample here, it still takes a lot of restraint to turn them down and not let my inner glutton take over entirely. Instead, I stick with my inner child who can get so wonderfully distracted by all of the sights and sounds that he doesn’t even notice that he’s skipped a treat or two.

Today, I chose a lollipop only because I felt like splashing several different colors around. I only remember having one or two as a child and mostly found them overly large and a bit cumbersome. But a pinwheel of color is always a lovely thing indeed. It’s winter here in Paris, so most of the color is offset by a perfectly gray sky and occasional light rain. The temperature is just a bit cool, but feels much colder when the blustery winds blast my face while rounding a corner of the street. But, I’m thrilled to be here with friends and family and so the weather is not really a concern at all. In these moments, I’m rather happy I’m not a tourist as this would be the worst possible time to come, save the cheap airline tickets. Yet, for us, it’s a wonderful time to be here as the sales are happening and so we’ll do a spot of shopping soon. My favorite clothing place is still waiting for me to arrive and pick up some fun things. And we have lots of plans made of lunches and dinners with friends and family, which is the entire point of the trip, so I’m excited for the days ahead! Assuming we keep managing to walk the several miles required to balance all of that lovely food and wine we’ve been enjoying.

Our little apartment is a lovely oasis to return to at the end of each day. It was a shop at one point, but has since been converted into a living space. I’d love to know what type of shop it was and what was sold here, but I can’t seem to find any information about it. That’s fine, as I can just invent the shop in my mind as I always do. Perhaps it was a place that sells lovely pastries and beautifully decorated cakes. Or, a tiny shoe shop or some other such shop that manages to still exist here in Paris, despite having already become extinct in the States. No matter what is was before, I know what it’s become, and it’s perfectly lovely. Tomorrow, we’ll have lunch with Philippe’s mother at one of our favorite little restaurants and then collect some things for a light dinner back here in the apartment again. These first few days pass blissfully slowly and I’m enjoying them as they last. By next week, everything will have sped up again and soon we’ll feel like we’re leaving just a bit too soon. For now, at least, we’re residents of Paris, enjoying each day as the locals might and enjoying it just a bit more knowing what we’ll be missing when we leave. Though, to them, days can seem normal and stressful, we have the luxury of living each one in a bit of a dream state, seeing only the good, making each and every day sweet like a lollipop.

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20 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    My just got back from Paris last week. She lives in Florida, and that was her only complaint about the visit – too cold. I told her it was that thin Florida blood, but maybe I was wrong, lol.

    • Sandra Strait 2 months ago

      That should be my ‘niece’ who just got back. Sheesh – I really should read what I wrote before hitting post.

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        Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

        haha! I gathered it was a female relative of some sort! 😉 Yeah, I should read my posts before hitting publish as well, but… yeah… I just hope it all makes a bit of sense! hehe

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Haha! It’s the wind!! I’ve no idea how it could possibly be colder than Missouri, but it is. Even Philippe mentioned it! lol When the wind stops, though, it’s warm enough to sit outside and have an espresso. It just never stops long enough so far! 😉

  2. Jodi 2 months ago

    ENJOY! Your apartment sounds so lovely – keep dreaming and imagining! It is what makes you so special <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 I’ll never stop dreaming and imagining! And I’m rather sure you share this same trait as well! 😉

  3. smzang 2 months ago

    Charlie says, “Today, I chose a lollipop only because I felt like splashing several different colors around. ”

    I think I feel a poem brewing. To be in Paris in a misty rain
    has a special aura. I’m seeing red umbrellas reflecting in the
    puddles, and can feel the mist on my face. That lollipop is
    a perfect addition to such a day. btw…Our first real snowed-in
    day here. Plenty to make a really fat snowman this time! Still,
    being in Paris when the sales are in full swing is a tantalizing
    thing. I’m just a bit envious.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Oh wow… actually I’m seeing photos of our hometown in the States and it’s covered in snow. I think it will all be melted before we get back so we’ll miss it entirely. I showed Philippe and he replied “awwwwwww” … we were both hoping for snow around Christmas. Here in Paris, it’s feel like it should be snowing, yet it’s just a crazy cold wind. You can be envious when we visit in May. 😉 hehe

  4. Lisa 2 months ago

    When I was a kid I used to get these fat sticks that were rather like lollipops. At least made from the same confection. They were sweet, but had little pops of sour in them. I have searched for them in vane since. And side note, when I spent three and a half months abroad walking all the time, I lost a huge amount of weight. The fact that I had been working in a donut shop before I left meant that I had a lot to lose. Lol. I threw out clothes before we left. More room for souvenirs.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      hehe! Awesome! I love that story! 😃💕 Yeah, my belt was already loosening in the first few days here. Perhaps my metabolism and I didn’t break up after all! lol Your donut shop was my Christmas beak… I have a bit more to lose while I’m here. 😊

  5. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    I remember getting one of these spiraled lollipops whenever I went to Disneyland! That was the only time I had this giants, so they were always a special treat. Nowadays, I’m a pastry and chocolate fan. Glad you’re enjoying Paris and all the wonderful food to be had there.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, Disneyland has them everywhere… they’re a perfect decoration for the place! hehe… We’re heading near Disneyland Paris tomorrow, but I can’t convince Philippe to take me back before meeting his brother’s family in the evening. 😊

  6. Mireya 2 months ago

    So awesome that you are in Paris. Paint a cute little building.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Mireya! 😃💕 I never seem to get any time to sit and sketch while out and about while I’m here. But, maybe I will this trip!

  7. LoriCtoo 2 months ago

    Ohhhh candy! I remember these large lollipops growing up. I always wanted one, but never had one. After I had my son, it sank in to why I probably never had one. They take days to eat and are a sticky mess! Your travels sound so wonderful. Good for you to stop and smell the roses along the way.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, these are just a sticky mess… I love the visual far more than attempting to eat (lick?) the actual thing! lol And this trip has been amazing so far… so glad we’re here!

  8. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    i remember wanting one of these so badly when I was a kid and when I finally did get one the taste was pretty disappointing. Guess I thought with all of the colors the taste would be somehow magical. They are still pretty to look at though!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      haha! Oh my gosh, I thought the same thing! 🙂 lol They taste horrible! I didn’t really like them at all. 😊

  9. Margaret Parker Brown 2 months ago

    “Making every day as sweet as a lollipop” I love that! 😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww thanks, Margaret! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed that! I think it’s a nice motto to have!

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