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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Candy Store

Do you remember when you were little and would walk in the candy store ? Or into any store containing stuff you liked ? comics books, cakes, colored pencils...

Well, this is how I feel every time I visit Championnet Carrelages in Paris.

I got off the plane on June 21st at Paris Charles de Gaulle. My daughter Mathilde, also a talented mosaicist, picked me up and we went directly to Championnet's. 

A dream come true ! Every time I get there I feel like Ali Baba when he got into the treasure cave...

I visit this place about once a year and bring back quite a load of tiles from them.

They carry an amazing choice of gorgeous ceramic; stone and glass tiles, from the most ordinary to amazing.

Not that much smalti, but their collection is growing and I brought back a few beautiful red and yellow ones this year in my bag.

I do not know of a better place to purchase tesserae
I usually purchase my glass tiles on line, and I am generally quite satisfied this way, however, in a few cases, the color of the tiles I received was not what I had in mind when I ordered. This happens because of your computer screen or your browser's  settings. The same thing can also happen when you order something printed on paper from a book.

No problem of this kind here, what you see is what you get !

After our visit to the candy store, Mathilde and I stopped by the Cafe de la Renaissance a few hundred yards from the Rue Championnet, where I enjoyed my first shot of French Express Cafe !

Do you recognize this place ? It is a very beautiful and traditional French Cafe, most everything  must date from the 30's, and part of the movie Inglorious Basterds was shot in this place. 

The following wee, after I installed Mariam in her new home of Normandy, I drove down to Provence with my parents.
A new shop had opened in Manosque, selling local farmers production...

I was back in the Candy Store ! 

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