Love, Loaf and Hugo

47 thoughts on “Love, Loaf and Hugo”

    1. Thank you lovely! It is special, especially when you stare up at its gigantic beauty and wonder at the industry of man.

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  1. Fabulous captures of Paris in B&W. Loved then all and took me back to those wonderful times in Paris along the Seine and Notre Dame. Baguettes really are the French way of life and nothing beats a fresh one straight from the Boulangerie. Yummmmmm 😉

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    1. Thanks Lorelle, ‘wonderful’ strikes the right note. As for the whiffs from a boulangerie, it drives me wild with greed. xx

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  2. As you know I adore Le Marais and felt quite homesick looking at your beautiful black and white photos. I see you took a photo of one of my favourite cake shops. Aside from those in the window they make divine brioche. Did you try its wares? If not, put that on your bucket list for your next trip http://www.auxmerveilleux.com.

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    1. Well I will be… I did look at it rather longingly, but how do you have enough appetite for all the bakeries that pop up,oh so frequently. This is marked for our next visit. I shall step in and devour those divine brioches then. Just thinking of the quality of the bakes in Paris makes me ginormously hungry. I am missing it all so even though it has been a couple of months! Cheers. xx

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      1. I inhale the aromas but don’t eat. Of course, most cakes I can’t eat because they include dairy and eggs. I have to rely on my my chief taste tester, my hubbie, for a detailed description.

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      2. Hmm that would be difficult but I bet you are used to it by now. It is a struggle every time I am in front of any bakery. Perseverance.

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  3. Thank you for transporting me to Paris with your enchanting prose and stunning B&W photos. The Lulu sequence is adorable and I feel like I’ve been drawn into a film with the wedding dress and nuns photos. And, as you know, gateau is always a big hit for me. Transport me to Hugo’s, now!

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    1. Danke schön, Caroline. 🙂 My words hardly do them justice — I think you know what I mean.

      Lulu was a bright spot in our trip. The bride-to-be and the nuns were my favourites too. They just added to the atmosphere of the Marais. To Hugo’s, here we go! *snap xx

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  4. Lovely observations on such a beautifully photographed city! I showed this to Lex and all he said was “Leffe” Oh well, so much for that! Hope Adi enjoyed his drink because there is a man here who is very envious at the moment 😉 – Neek

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    1. Thank you, Neek. Leffe is one of Adi and mine favourite blondes (ever since we tried it for the first time in Bruges). And that’s the one thing we love in America. The abundance of Belgian-style ales.
      Cheers to Lex and a pint of Leffe for him. Has he tried Duvel? That is our ultimate love. 🙂

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      1. Yes! Lex has tried Duvel and has a Duvel glass also. I’ve tried Westvleteren but honestly, it was too dark for me. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and keeping warm and cozy!

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      2. Westvleteren… I see it is a Trappist brew. I have not tried it. Shall keep an eye out for it.
        Lex collects glasses? That is neat. We just have the one Kwak glass. It would be amazing to amass the various Belgian glasses.

        The weekend is going well, thanks Neek. Experiments in the kitchen. 🙂 I hope yours is going swimmingly too. xx

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      3. Yes! Lex does have a Kwak glass too. His father was an avid collector and Lex inherited the glasses when he passed away. Hope your experiments in the kitchen are successful!

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      4. That is even better. To have such lovely glasses to inherit and the father’s love for the drink. 🙂 Cheers!

        The experiments were, thank you, Neek. Making me eager for more!

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  5. Such detailed observations of everything around. Brought back memories of the pianist on Pont St Louis, classical music wafting through Le Marais and relaxing in Place des Vosges. Love the black and white photography.

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  6. As someone who really didn’t like Paris the one time I went, your post made me want to go back! That photo of the Seine is gorgeous and the story about Lulu made me laugh! Lovely post 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Pam. It is our experiences that give or take away the charm from a place. I hope you do go back and see it again. You never know how you feel a second time. 🙂 I am hopelessly in love with Paris of course, and that little rascal, Lulu. xx

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    1. Thank you, Brianji. It is a beautiful poem! But I didn’t come upon it. It must read more beautifully in French.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I love love love this post, A! Baguette is love! The auntie named her male dog, Lulu? Sounds like a girl’s name though. Their pictures are lovely. All your pictures are lovely! They’re black and white but I can imagine how Paris sparkled last winter just by reading your story. I should ask my hubby to read this, maybe he’ll change his mind about Paris. You see he is one of the few who do not adore Paris hahah my opposite, I love Paris anytime of the year, especially in winter! 🙂

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    1. Thank you A. You are kind to indulge me all the way to our December wanderings. Lulu was such a darling, and I know, what was her mother thinking! I too keep thinking of Lulu as a girl — then again this is the age of gender neutral thoughts. Maybe this woman is keeping in stride with the times?

      Even mine was not that fond of Paris. This time he forgot all his reservations about it and properly fell in love with the city. What are your husband’s arguments against Paris? Adi griped for the longest time about the Parisian’s incredible snootiness. 😛

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      1. Ugh my hubby complained about how people were be a bit snobbish to non-French speakers but that was 15 years ago when we first visited Paris. Then he went again a few times on business. Our most recent visit together was 5 yrs ago, he liked the museums and the buskers and Disney, and our picnic by the Eiffel Towel. Maybe if we visit one more time on a holiday, he’ll finally see Paris the way we see it. 🙂

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      2. I think our travels are for the most part coloured by our experiences. I am happy to hear that Paris has been growing on him. And to that last lovely thought, Amor. xx

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