Sunday, April 20, 2014

For Fun, For Easter



So the Paradis family only got back from London on Wednesday


and we are not religious much so the Holiday sort of caught me by surprise.  Well, I mean the frantic crowds at the supermarket on Thursday did!  Here are some different celebrations of Easter that are more suited to me.  (Though I know many of you are eating something very special this weekend and I am all for that!)  


I don't know this for sure, but I've decided that these are Easter bonnets, and yes I'd like one.



It is spring after all and it would not be Passage Paradis if there weren't flowers in the mix.


Hope it was a lovely one.  However you spent your weekend.











Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Back from London - Some Highlights



We were lucky.


It was sunny most of the time.


There was so much yumminess.....


as always, and always something to smile about.....


moments of wonder....


and others of sheer


frivolity


and delight.




Hope your weekend coming up has a little of all this too!








Thursday, April 10, 2014

Instagram Me, Baby




Some of you many know already that I'm not really one of those "early adopters".


yeah, I still don't have a "smart phone".


and I prefer my "nature" heightened, in less stylized and nostalgic, a fashion, shall we say.


Except when I don't.

  Whaddaya say?  Instagraming, how long will it last?

















Tuesday, April 8, 2014

North Beach Impressions - San Francisco


I know, I know.......


Why haven't I posted these photos of North Beach before?


Maybe because I have three times this many of them.


It was so hard to go through and make a coherent narrative.


 It's such a rich and lively place of contrasts - East and West


 old and new


chic and charming


humble and haute.


Where to begin, what to say?


Except that I love it all.


And I worry that this part of San Francisco is endangered......


by Silicon Success.  It's progress, they say.  "It happens." 

Has San Francisco been made a UNESCO world heritage site yet?  It should be, don't you think?








Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia - Infatuation


A book that I found on a recent trip to London........


is full of treasures.


If I could, I'd move into one of these houses in a heartbeat.


Sadly, they are extremely rare these days.


What do I like most?  The lanterns?  The carvings?  The colors?


The sweet garden decor?


The perfect balance of light and heaviness?


The airiness?


The patterns?


I did say colors, didn't I?


The authors of this book won an award in 2005


for their previous book, Chinese Houses:  The Architectural Heritage of a Nation


I'm sure that book is just as gorgeous.

Find more about them both, click here.











Thursday, April 3, 2014

The 'Hood is Hot and Happening - Silver Lake








It's going to nearly '90 degrees next week!  Can't decide if that's a good, or a bad thing!


HAVE A HAPPY wEEKEnd!












Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Revisiting: Annie's Annuals, Richmond, California



Life can be psychedelic


if you want it to be.


Or if you just hang around


at Annie's Annuals.  Me?  I'd like to move in!


 You?