Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dreaming of Paris....

Two years ago for an anniversary celebration, my husband and I flew to Paris to celebrate. It was our second trip to this beautiful place and we decided to spend four days in Paris and then travel to Bordeaux for some wine tasting.

There are so many beautiful images of The City of Lights, mine just do not do it justice, as most of them were taken from the tour buses that navigate the city.

The landmark department store, Au Printemps.

...and not to be missed, some Christian Laboutin shoes....

This beautiful, rather baroque looking interior, was in a restaurant not far from our hotel on the Champs Elysee.

Vintage French and velvet overkill at it's best!

Still, I found it charming.

...and of course hidden little gems to be discoverd, like this tiny flower shop.

What made me stop immediately and go inside was that they sold my favourite plant...

Maidenhair ferns... here... in Paris, just like the ones in my garden!!

The interior was so special and more charming than the outside...

A tiny little cubby hole of a shop, full of character....look at the stone walls...
and stone, mosaic floor....

So beautiful!

I wasn't blogging then, so I don't have many detail pictures, which I surely would have taken!

...and here my obliging husband, at Laduree sipping his beer, while I enjoy my macarons and cafe!

This is my very "pedestrian" approach to Paris.  My dear friend Jermaine, from the beautiful blog French Kissed is hosting two trips to Paris this spring. They promise to be exquisite. As she so knowingly admitted, blogging has a way of opening doors for us that we never anticipated.  It is up to us to decide which ones we wish to walk through. Simply, the wonderful bonds and friendships which are undeniable through blogging are gifts enough, but when other magic happens for us, let the magic begin!

Please be sure and visit Jermaine at her blog French Kissed for all the delicious details!




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  1. Hello Nella,
    I have a serious need to visit Paris...Soon...thank you for sharing these images of your memories there...thank you as well for your always welcome visit to my blog! Hugs & xx Colette

  2. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'Ivy and Elephants.' I loved your pictures of Paris. My daughters went there a few years ago, and loved everything about it. We started a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with beauty, and you have many wonderful photos. My daughter just recently did a Paris post. It is called "French Nostalgia" on our side bar if you want to check it out. She was missing Paris too. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  3. Oh Nella, I forgot to mention...my daughter's name is Nel.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. I can see why you loved that flower shop. My eye went right to that stone wall before you wrote of it. I'm sure images of Paris are part of your dreams now. It's been so long since I was there. Seems like a lifetime ago so I love seeing it through your lens and your memories.


  5. love the pictures of Paris. I too love Maidenhair Fern and have it growing in my garden. This flower shop looks heavenly.
    Have a great week,

  6. Ah oui, PARIS!

    I am so happy to make your acquaintance my new friend! Enchantée de faire votre connaissance! I am a French teacher and nine years ago, I finally was able to spend 3 months in France. Alone for the first month, I went all over Provence, my absolute dream destination, then my husband met me in Nice and OFF WE WENT. Paris was our last visit and the eight days there was just not enough time. I remember the first morning we walked out of our hotel room in the Latin quarter and we were crossing the street. Patti Lupone, the Broadway actress and singer, walked right past me!

    Are you familiar with the blogs QUIDDITY 2 or French at Heart? You must visit my dear friend Dawne. Her photos of Paris are outrageously gorgeous. She has a special touch with some kind of photo enhancement and makes this magical city even MORE MAGICAL!

    Your comments are so kind; may you continue to follow your dreams, play and become what you dream.



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