Welcome to French at Heart, a photography blog with few words, but many pictures of a country I love, France. All of the photographs were taken by my husband, Dean Polis, and myself, Dawne, and edited in Adobe Photoshop. If you like what you see, I would be honored if you'd leave a comment. And if you would like to learn our Digital Photography secrets, and make photographs like these yourself, [ oh, yes, you can do it!] we would be happy to lead you on an image making adventure to France with us. You may contact us here or at my email firstname.lastname@example.org
The new issue of Belle Inspiration is out, and it's a beauty! I'm thrilled to see my photo on the cover, and I have a photo tour of Normandy in this issue, as well. I'll see if I can get a link to that to post here, but in the meantime I'll post a few of the pix from the article. If you love Summer in France, French Décor,Photography, Versailles, Antiques, Paris... oh you know, all the things we love, well this is the magazine for you! You can subscribe to it here.
And there's a special treat this month, as Editor Mimi Bleu begins to tell us her story of how an American girl on vacation in Paris meets the love of her life , and never leaves the City of Light!
Dame Marie-- a village in le Perche
view from our room at Château de la Ballue
I am blogging sporadically these days, but I post everyday on my Facebook page, French at Heart .
It's been a long time since I've blogged, and to those who've come by and not found me, I do apologize. I hit the ground running as soon as we arrived home, and I've barely had time to look at our photos, let alone edit them. But I will share a few, because I know you all love France, like I do!
We landed in Paris early in the a.m. This was my first shot, from the rooftop of Galeries Layfayette
This year I made a point of finding this rue first. Great street art in Paris, Could be by Jeff Aerosol, but more likely by Nemo of Belleville. Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is considered the narrowest street in Paris. It is only 1.80 m wide for the whole of its 29m length.
I had to make a beeline to my favorite place, L'Ile St. Louis. Don't you just love the idea of a little island right in the middle of the Seine?
And wouldn't you love to buy your fruit here? Then it was off to the 6ème
and the famous place de St.-Germaine-des-Près [where supposedly Jean Paul Sartre drafted the philosophy of existentialism] And just a few doors away
e The most adorable Art Nouveau resto, and I hope to eat there on my next trip. But for now, a photo will have to suffice. Have any of you eaten there? More soon...
All over Normandy right now there is a profusion of Hydrangeas. The more acid the soil, the more blue the Hydrangea. Alkaline soil produces pinker shades. No matter the color, when we move to France, I want dozens of these bushes!
Colza oil is a nondrying oil obtained from the seeds of Brassica rapa, var. oleifera, a variety of the plant that produces turnips. Colza is extensively cultivated in France, Belgium, the United States, the Netherlands and Germany and Poland. In France, especially, the extraction of the oil is an important industry. In commerce, colza is classed with rapeseed oil, to which it is very closely allied in both source and properties. It is a comparatively nonodoriferous oil of a yellow colour, having a specific gravity varying between 0.912 and 0.920. The cake left after extraction of the oil is a valuable feed ingredient for pigs.
I did this photo 3 years ago as a study for a painting.
I have been offline for a few weeks with horrendous internet problems--part of the trade off for living in a rural paradise, I guess. But I think I'm back now, and in the meantime I have had another article published in the always beautiful "Belle Inspiration" magazine. If you would like to read my article on the Fairy tale village of Gerberoy you can click here.
As I start to think more about our upcoming trip to Paris, my longing sends me to the bookshelf to see if I can get a little closer to the City of Light through reading. I just finished Penelope Rowland's "Paris Was Ours" and it is truly a wonderful collection of essays written by 32 writers who, for a short time at least, had the opportunity to live in Paris. Now I'm I'm getting cozy and re-reading Cara Black's
and I'm reminded that the rue Montorgueil is in the Sentier. This is an area in the 2nd Arrondisement, home to the garment district, as well as to some shady ladies on the rue Saint-Denis, or so I've been told. We once rented an apartment right off the rue Montorgueil, and although I never saw the shady ladies, I do know that it's the garment district, as my friend and I brought back to the states an entire shopping bag filled with lace that we found discarded in the trash outside one of the ateliers.[ Maybe we were the shady ladies!]
We walked by this interesting place every day for two weeks, and for some reason we never ate here. But it remains one of my favorite buildings in Paris.
My favorite type of "shabby chic". What about you? Have you ever eaten here? And have you ever read Cara Black? I think her mysteries are "interactive" as you can read them with your Paris city map open beside you and follow her protagonist, Aimée Leduc through all those familiar quartier rues.
And what a beautiful issue it is, filled with all things romantic, feminine, fun, and French!
I've found lots of new Etsy shops I need to visit, and also several new blogs I need to check out. And at under $20 for not just one, but TWO subscriptions, it makes the perfect gift for yourself and a friend!
Thank you Mimi Bleu, for doing such a wonderful, creative job with your magazine!
There is still room in our
in Paris and Normandy
scroll down to see more samples of our photographic technique
Dean and I are leading a Photography Workshop in Paris and Normandy July 11-16
We would love to have you join us as we photograph the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and the streets of Paris, spend Bastille Day at Versaille, travel to Monet's gardens at Giverny, and sleep in a FrenchChâteau!
All photographers are welcome, from beginner to expert.
For more details, please email Dawne at email@example.com