By no means am I an art connoisseur. Yet, I occasionally come across an artist or piece that speaks to me in a unique way. This was the case in Bayeux, France, at a special showing of sculptures created by Burgundy artist, Marie-Noelle Grange,
The clay figures--each possessing a Greek name--represent elegance and seduction; and most of Grange's works are female. Some figures depict peace and serenity, while others come to life in dance. In my mind, each one celebrates the core of womanhood.
Marie-Noelle Grange will gladly share how she began molding clay (Play-Doh) as a young child. After a short stint as a teacher (specializing in Greek literature), she turned her focus to her first love: sculpting. Now, Grange is publicly praised for her contributions and is actively pursued for exhibition.
For more information on her works, or to inquire about a purchase, contact Marie-Noelle Grange directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many travelers visiting the D-Day memorials and museums in Normandy, France, make the small town of Bayeux their home base; many make their stay inHotel Churchill. It's easy to see why--the owners and their staff are the friendliest around.
With a broad smile, witty sense of humor, and over-the-top hospitality, Rima Hebert welcomes you as if she were inviting you into her home. She takes great care to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Whatever you want, ask for it. Rima will do everything within her power to accommodate.
With so much to see in and around Bayeux, it's tempting to quickly rush out each morning after breakfast (and some of the best coffee in France!). If at all possible, hang around for a while. Rima is full of stories depicting life in Bayeux during WWII times. Her husband, Francois (originally from Bayeux), collects WWII memorabilia and owns a WWII jeep. No doubt, he'd take you for a ride! You will quickly pass several hours in fascinating and invigorating conversation, and most likely walk away with a new friend--as I did.
Hotel Churchill is located on Rue Saint Jean and is within walking distance of the town's two major sites: the Cathedral and the Tapestry.
I can't help myself. I'm weak. When I travel, food is in center court; the main attraction; the cat's meow. Of course I visit monumental sites and join in on local activities, but a countdown to the next meal is always nipping on my heels. Paris' dining scene only exacerbates my desire to eat--there are so many wonderful places to try! Here are a few I enjoyed this past week:
La Rose de France (24, Place Dauphine, 75001) - Located in a quiet little neighborhood on the nose of Ile de la Cite, this is a great lunch spot for anyone visiting the island. The salads are large in portion with fresh ingredients; and the plat du jour is a great value. With friendly servers and a huge local following, this is a delightful Parisian experience in spite of its touristy location.
Le Pamphlet (38, Rue Debelleyme, 75004) - This was one of my favorites of the week. Beautiful and charming, this restaurant wraps you in warmth the moment you walk in. The owner (dressed in Levi jeans and cowboy boots) works the dining room while dishing up a spicy sense of humor. The food is memorable. Le Pamphlet definitely deserves a repeat visit!
L'Ambassade d'Auvergne (22, Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, 75003) - Another one of my favorite meals in Paris. The lentil and bacon salad and cabbage cake (not at all what you would expect!) are out of this world! The chef and servers are quite the comedians, making the entire dining experience truly fun. Another dining locale worthy of a repeat visit.
Leon de Bruxelles (63 Av Des Champs Elysees) - A chain of sorts, this brasserie specializes in mussels. Simply passing by, I probably would not have selected this restaurant because it doesn't necessarily offer the charm and pizzazz of other brasseries or bistros. Yet, based on the recommendation of an associate, I am so glad I did. I tried the mussels steamed in a bleu cheese broth and it was beyond good. The mussels were larger in size and surprisingly tender. Leon de Bruxelles is simply a must when in Paris--check out their website for other locations throughout France.
Pasco (74, Bd de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007) - By far, one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. Interestingly, the owners (two friends) first names are Pasco, thus the name of the restaurant. One Pasco speaks beautiful English--a help when deciphering their simple, yet complexly descriptive menu. The food is beautifully presented and filled with surprises. If I could have had my way, I would have eaten three courses of the piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar.