Posts Tagged ‘Luxeuil-les-Bains’

It’s Thursday once more. Am I the only one who feels as though the days are flying by? The good news is that I have all the Christmas decorating done, so my husband and I can enjoy it. The tree is in the garage until our younger daughter gets home this weekend and then she and my husband will decorate that.

On Saturday, I went to an open house at á la folie, a French pastry shop in Naperville. I enjoyed tasting their samples and then ordered a Buche de Noel to celebrate our last Christmas here. That got me thinking about France, so I pulled up three more doors from Luxeuil-les-Bains. They’re tasty in their own ways and also completely calorie-free.

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I had a very busy weekend, so I’m not inclined to do much walking today, so let’s just take a quick walk to a lovely butcher shop in Luxeuil-les-bains, Boucherie Giromagny. It doesn’t take many steps to get around the shop, but you’ll need to stop and take it all in anyway. Let’s get started!

I wish I could have some sort of scratch-and-sniff button for this post, but you’ll just have to imagine how wonderful it smelled. The hams hanging on the back wall are indigenous to this area. The meat here isn’t factory farm meat, but from the area and, I imagine, mostly or all organic.

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We’re in France, so should we get a bottle of wine? There are all other sorts of goodies as well. Step a bit closer and look.

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Today’s doors are un mélange, a mixture of Luxeuil doors. You’ll be happy to know that these are just a few steps away from the bakery and coffee shop, too. These are my entries for what I’d like to call Thursdoors, photos of doors from around the world shared on Norm’s Montreal site which, because of the amazing nature of the internet, can be seen on your device (almost) any Thursday of the year. Drop by and knock. One knock opens many doors.

Downward doors is a yoga pose similar to downward dog, but used by photographers taking photos of doors that are below street level. This pose shouldn’t be held too long, Yogi Norm warns, lest the photographer’s friends and family move too far for the photographer to easily catch up and because there are many more doors left to photograph. You have been warned!

I took care when shooting these three doors in Luxeuil-les-bains in France. I didn’t want to strain my muscles and not be able to make it to the bakery and coffee shop! (Full disclosure: I know you’ll be relieved to know that I held each pose for just the right amount of time and was thus able to fully appreciate both shops .)

The flowers certainly add to the ambiance of this door. Not so sure about the plants on the stairs. 🙂

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Luxeuil-les-Bains has a plethora of attractions, including les bains, the thermal baths that were enjoyed by Celts and Romans. I can show you two great bakeries, a coffee and tea shop for relaxation, a number of good restaurants (and several not so good), beautiful churches, an batch of sarcophagi, a bountiful farmers market on Saturday morning…and doors.

I’ve photographed quite a few doors over the last visits, so hopefully I’m not repeating myself (at least too much.) These three were almost next door to each other, making it easy for me.

You get some great tiles at no additional charge. Maybe we should have come back at night.

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Luxeuil-les-Bains is a city with lots of history, although the city’s been destroyed many times since its inception. But among the wonderful old, you’ll find bits of interesting new as well, including these two pieces of window art and some street art of flowers and plants from a high quality flower shop. Enjoy!

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Sometimes it just takes one and nothing else can match it.  This door from Luxeuil-les-Bains, France was the one for me and, I hope, for you in this edition of Thursday Doors.  It felt very Audrey Hepburn.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent

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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Oscar Wilde