Friday, 16 May 2008

A few days in Paris - April 2008

View from Sacre Coeur, Montmartre over Paris. As you can see the weather was great.
Had a great few days in Paris in April. I had not been before although I have been to other areas of France and really loved it. Would really love to go back again.

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Le Grand Bistro, where we had dinner. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
And really delicious Cotes Du Rhone wine with dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A view of Notre Dame Cathedral in the beautiful evening sun.

Funky fashion just inside the door of Galerie Lafayette
On Sunday morning we wandered down to the the area known as the 'Marais'. Lovely little streets and plenty of little shops open too. In the Place des Vosges there were a number of little Arty shops and I was really fascinated to see these wonderful sculptures in one of them. You may have to click the picture larger to really see them.
La Tour Eiffel at night (obviously) but when the lights all dance on the hour. Really lovely sight.
Another night view of the Tour.

A little vineyard hidden down at the back of the Sacre Coeur.

And more funky fashion.
Overall I would recommend Paris for a great break away. I did root out the shop La Drougerie, and would you believe!!!!!!!!!! I also bought some yarn. Will post pictures later, as I have not taken any yet.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Knit Lit

Recently I've been reading some Knitting fiction.

First up was 'The Friday Night Knitting Club' by Kate Jacob.This is the story of a single mother, Georgia, who has her hands full with her yarn shop and raising her teenage daughter. Her Friday knitting club is the place where friendships are made and problems are discussed and helped. This book was slow to get going and indeed I was half way through before I really got into it. I suppose I was slightly disappointed in it having heard all the hype about the movie being made with Julia Roberts starring. I will go and see it though for the curiosity.

Next was 'A Good Yarn' by Debbie Macomber.This is the story of Lydia who has had health issues. She sets up a sock knitting class in her yarn store and through it we meet the lovely people who attend it, and their interesting lives, and the lovely friendships created through it. This book also includes patterns for knitting socks. The characters in this book are well drawn and interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

I've just finished 'Divas Don't Knit' by Gil McNeil. This tells the story of Jo Mackenzie,who is recently widowed and has two small boys. She leaves London for a small seaside town in southern England to take over her grandmother's wool shop. This shop is very old-fashioned and Jo sets about modernising it and indeed updating the idea of knitting. This is a sometimes funny and uplifting book, with some lovely characters. A simple and enjoyable read.

These were really easy reads and great for relaxing.