Category Archives: France

out with the old and in with the new…

we have lived in the same house for over 32 years which was newly built when we moved in…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-32-yr-old-kitchen

the original cabinets and laminate counter tops were nothing fancy but they served us well over the years (I really liked my stainless steel sink a lot too)…magpies-nest-enclosed-back-porch

since the contractor that did our recent renovations did such a nice job and there happened to be a 25% off cabinet sale we decided to get new white cabinets and counters to update our kitchen…magpies-nest-open-kitchen-shelves

that means moving everything out (Mr Magpie built these shelves for us years ago)magpies-nest-dream-shelf

over the weekend we enjoyed some cherry apple canelé baked at our local Le Pain Quotidien bakery… they were almost as good as the first ones we got to try at a Sunday fresh air market in Libourne, France back in April…
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our tour director introduced us to a gentleman that still made them the old fashioned way brushing the fluted metal molds with beeswax which gave the cannelés a special crunch on the outside YUM (that is a new heart rock that Mr Magpie surprised me with above)…

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it was such a special happening right there on the street that we did not get any good photos of that encounter (the old metal pans were a thing of beauty)…
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2016 has been an exciting year of changes for us…

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not sure how plugged in I will be while the renovations are going on the next couple of weeks because the main computer has to be moved and that is the only way I can do blog posts or comment…magpies-nest-autumn-days

here’s wishing you a Happy November (ALREADY!) and a Happy T Day too as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

joy in the garden…

joining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest TAP Transfer of Carcassonne CastleI created these pages earlier in the month before the tragedies of Nice and Rouen…

Magpie's Nest Beeswax flowersusing  bits of Misty Mawn collage strip… beeswax dipped book text flowers… stamped strips of paper… TAP transfer of Carcassonne castle on canvas paper… paint and rubber stamping with computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Joie Dans le Jardin“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.” -Maya Angelou

♥~ French Travel Journal 2016 Complété ~♥

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trafalghar BEST OF FRANCE tourmy art journal from our Best of France Trafalgar tour in April is  finished (we were most fortunate to have Krista Taylor as our tour director and Frances for our bus driver which made for a perfectly wonderful time)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Travel Journal Samplerthanks to everyone for supporting me along the way by visiting me here…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz assorted French Journal Pagesa special shout out to Susi and Valerie at Art Journal Journey along with all of the talented hosts and participants each month…

1 Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffelmy altered Tour Eiffel lady was among my favorite spreads

Magpie's Nest French Travel Journal 2016 Covera bit of coffee dyed netting and it’s a wrap ~♥~ Merci beaucoup!!!

Eze Cité Médiévale

on the same day we visited Saint-Paul du Vence on our Best of France tour we also got to spend time in the medieval hill top village of EzeMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze viewlocated between Nice and Monaco…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze Franceit is also called “the eagle’s nest” because of how it is perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea…Magpie's Nest Eze street 2we opted out of the extra excursion most of our group took to the Fragonard ParfumeurMagpie's Nest Eze street 4because strong smells do not agree with me…

Magpie's Nest Eze street 5 heartthat gave us time to walk around town instead…Magpie's Nest Eze street 3it was not very crowded on that Wednesday in April…

Magpie's Nest Eze Streetwe climbed and clicked photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze doorsuntil we rejoined our group for dinner…

Magpie's Nest Fragonard stickers on postthe lamp post above was covered in stickers that had the letter “F” on them stuck there by people who had been on the perfume tour in the past (you can click twice on the photo for a closer look)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Eze woodworking shopwe had the Traveling Tea Cup with us and snapped some photos with thoughts of  T Stands for Tuesday (you can see the box the tea cup and saucer travel in behind the rail on the left below)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cup in Eze a brochure we brought home had a lovely map which inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal

Magpie's Nest TeodoroI added a favorite image of young Teodoro even though he is Italian and not French…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Medieval Eze France journal pgsalong with strips of Florentine paper which added to the medieval feel with touches of gold and blue paint…  part of a label from some sparkling wine was the last thing I added to my pages for the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge… it may take me awhile to visit everyone because Jim is working on our computer and there seems to be one problem after another 😕 I had to stand on my head to get this to post

Principauté de Monaco

 the Principality of Monaco is the world’s second smallest country (the Vatican is smaller) located on the French Riviera…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monaco Mosaicknown for its glitz and glam and hedonistic life style…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Prince and Princess of Monacowe enjoyed the beautiful views which included a visit to the cathedral where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Monaco mosaicpreparations were being made for this year’s Grand Prix and our bus rode on part of the race route which would be closed later on in May for the famous Formula 1 race…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monacoworking in no particular order in my French Travel Journal Monaco ended up as the last page even though we visited on the second day of our tour… joining Art Journal Journey for their MAPS challenge here

last time I saw Paris…

the first cut into my large sheet of Paris Cavallini & Co. paper was the hardest so I decided to use two nice sized pieces for the first pages in my French Travel JournalMagpie's Nest places in Parisalmost too nice to cover up adding a couple of images from a French book and the baguettes from a bread bag……

Magpie's Nest linen pouchadding a stitched linen pouch on the left hand page filled with ticket stubs and such (Chris’ lovely tag is in there too)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Map of Parisjoining in again for Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty & Jim Szymkowicz“The last time I saw Paris,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris sightsher heart was warm and gay,

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris ImpressionsI heard the laughter of her heart in every street café.” -Oscar Hammerstein II

La Tour Eiffel …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Springtime in Paristhe Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure when it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz The Iron Ladyit’s use as an important radio tower helped save it from being torn down in the early 1900’s after some Parisians thought it an eyesore and possibly unsafe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz La Tour Eiffelthe “Iron Lady” is an iconic symbol of France attracting more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world (approximately 7 million people per year) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz from arc de triompheevery seven years 60 tons of Eiffel Tower Brown paint freshen up all 986 feet of her…

collageit was only a 20 minute walk from our Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel to the tower…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cup at La Tour Eiffelthat filled us with excitement each and every time we saw her…Slice of Galeries Lafayette Paris Map a wonderful Jean-Paule Goude image that I enlarged from a Galeries Lafayette map inspired two more pages in my French Travel Journal (turning her in the opposite direction I added one of our photos of the Eiffel Tower for her body along with more French ribbon trim)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Postcard from the pastthe postcard on the left hand page was sent to my parents by me from the tippy top of the tower years ago (at that time they added a special embossed emblem and stamp when you mailed your card from the tower)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz postcard upjoining again with Art Journal Journey’s MAPS challenge and Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz April in Paris Tour Eiffellastly here is a 17 second video I took of the wonderful light show that happens each night for five minutes on the hour…

ooh la laa how we enjoyed that twinkle stepping out of our hotel just a little ways…

 

 

 

 

Le Mont Saint-Michel

the traveling tea cup and I are joining T Stands for Tuesday today with a little trip to Normandy, France…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the traveling tea cup
built in the 11th century the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey Church has been an important pilgrimage destination…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel it was exciting for me to return to a place that was magical so many years ago when I stayed there as a solo traveler…

Magpie's Nest Lady in the windowback then before the addition of the bridge high tides would completely cut off traffic…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz bridgethere are about 3 million visitors annually (even on a Tuesday in April it was crowded)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz the mont  there are 900 stairs from the bottom to the landing of the nave at the top along with lots of cobblestone streets…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz spire renovationwe wished we’d had a little more time there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont St Michel with sheepgood reason to return again one day…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Mont Saint Michel journal pgsI created two pages in my French Travel Journal using original text from two old books (the postcard lifts up and is from my nine week trip to Europe long ago… I sent a postcard to my parents almost every day)…Magpie's Nest Promise Everything early pagesI was also inspired to create two pages in one of my gesso journals using a vintage map of the abbey on pages I painted black…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz left and rightthe ‘tell me everything’ image is a moo card enlarged and printed in black and white…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz tell me everythingthis spread is for the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz LOVE ALWAYSI had been playing with this image days before the horrific Orlando shootings… the French calligraphy was from a friend back when I participated in swaps… a dried rose mirrored the rose on the vintage plate…  the bee is painted tin…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Love Always I wish you

I used Pixlr Express to alter my photo…

~♥ “Je te souchaite” = “I wish you” … LOVE ALWAYS ♥~

 

Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz a few atlasesmaps have always been a favorite thing of mine so imagine my delight with the new MAPS challenge at Art Journal Journey this month…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French travel journal and michelin'sit will be the perfect opportunity to create more pages in my French Travel Journal

Magpie's Nest Saint Jean de Luz beachon our Best of France tour we got to spend a few hours in the Basque fishing village of Saint-Jean de Luz

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz by the seathe red and white buildings were all very neat and charming looking…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Friperieit must be a bustling place during the summer months…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz fishing netsa map page torn from my 1974 Michelin guide to France was a nice beginning for this spread along with a couple of our photos…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Jean de Luz Journal Pgs ~♥~ thank you for your visit and Happy June ~♥~

 

Avignon …

Avignon sits in the heart of Provence, France…

Magpie's Nest Papal Palace Avignonin the early 1300’s it was the seat of the Catholic Church for about 70+ years…and home to the Palace of the Popes with a beautiful castle and cathedral surrounded by lovely gardens…

Magpie's Nest Liberte French Flags Avignonlots of towns in France have a carousel…Magpie's Nest Avignon Carousel Belle Epoquethis two story one in the main square in Avignon was lovely…

Magpie's Nest around Avignon the Palais des Papes was the largest Gothic palace ever built by Pope Clement V, who abandoned Rome in 1309…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Statuarysuch rich history…Magpie's Nest Avignon BridgeAvignon was immortalized in a song you may have heard about the famous medieval bridge which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

Magpie's Nest Le Cafe du Rocher Avignonwe hiked up the hill for a great view of the Rhône River and recharged our batteries at le Cafe du Rocher while we watched a mother duck and her ducklings play in the fountain…

Magpie's Nest Avignon France ProvenceI was not much of a shopper on our trip concentrating more on collecting memories and photos…

Magpie's Nest Provence Rest Stop Gift ShopBUT there were temptations (Linda the poppy mug made me think of you!)…

Magpie's Nest Avignon Rest Stop Ladies Bathroomin the Provence region Lavender is a big attraction and I just had to snap a quick photo of these full length bathroom stall doors at a rest stop (designed with privacy in mind…they are not uncommon throughout Europe)…Magpie's Nest Paper Napkins back at home after coming across three different napkins in my stash I got busy peeling away several layers and tearing and pasting pieces of napkin for quite a long time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pressed LavenderI added several sprigs of Lavender that I had pressed from our garden hoping that “fleurs partout” translates to “flowers everywhere” (French Lavender fields won’t be blooming until around late June – July I believe) …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Flowers Everywherejoining Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday and Art Journal Journey today for the last day of Erika’s lovely JOURNEYS challenge…Magpie's Nest Avignon angel on Tpot(Avignon angel photo layered with Diana iphone app onto my teapot/cup photo)

~♥ thank you for visiting ♥~

 

Arles…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles impressionsArles is rich in history that goes back thousands of years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles ruinswith the houses mingled in with the Roman ruins…

Patty Szymkowicz Bleu Blanc et Rouge in Arles France on our walking tour I got distracted by some clothes hanging on the line which I thought was a perfect salute to France’s bleu… blanc et rouge flag…

Magpie's Nest Arles France 1944 text book pagethe well preserved Amphitheaters are ancient…Magpie's Nest Arles Van Goghwe got to walk in the footsteps of one of Arles favorite sons…

Magpie's Nest Van Gogh garden inspirationinspired by the setting and light Van Gogh produced nearly 300 paintings and drawings in the 15 months he lived in Arles (he spent some of that time with another favorite son Paul Gauguin)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Doors Windowsthis UNESCO world heritage site had so much to offer…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles street art samplerin the short time we visited we saw some interesting street art too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arles Francewhich inspired two more pages using several of my photos cut and collaged for AJJ’s JOURNEYS theme (I wanted to give better credit to the artist but I could not read the name or find a link even after a good bit of searching)...

 

like a dream…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz DREAM art journalstill inspired by Erika’s JOURNEYS theme at Art Journal Journey I created a spread in a “dream” art journal that I started in January 2015…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Dream suppliesa trip to my favorite papercraft store in nearby Clifton got me playing with a new butterfly stamp and some silver gilding flakes (Elizabeth that is the La Blanche stamp I mentioned to you)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Nuvo Gilding flakeshard to capture the beautiful shimmer of the silver on camera (it does show up a bit better if you click on the photo)…

Magpie's nest Patty Szymkowicz Like A Dream journal pagesbecause I was using what I had handy this spread could have easily gone into my French Travel Journal but my Dream journal was feeling neglected so there it is…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Paul de Vence FranceI may go back and change the words I added on the top of the left page to “HER journey was like a dream” ♥

Saint-Émilion

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion cobblestonesSaint-Émilion is a village in the Bordeaux wine region of France (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Arch their history goes back to prehistoric times…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion garden and wisteriathere were wonderful photo opportunities at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz welcome to Saint EmilionI could snap photos of windows… doors and arches all day long…

Magpie's Nest Saint Emilion Church yardthe Gothic Collegiate Church Cloister built between the 13th and 14th centuries contrasted beautifully with a more modern art installation there…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art installation Collegiate Cloisterwish we knew more about that…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz speak english with french accentthis sign made us giggle with its great sense of humor (many Europeans speak two and three languages at least)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion up highI created another spread in my French Travel Journal printing some of my artwork onto a used and flattened teabag (more about the process here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz St Emilion beginning pgsusing one of my hand carved stamps on tissue paper and my arch photograph on the left hand page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Bordeaux Francethe peeled wisteria napkin pieces attached with glue stick were the final touches for my spread …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz abandoned convent grapevinesthis is my tenth entry for AJJ’s JOURNEYS challenge… 

Magpie's Nest St Emilion hillside~♥~ thank you for your visit ~♥~