Friday, January 22, 2010

French Bliss

Oh, why oh why, do I love Paris? Maybe it's the pink cast from the flickering lights reflecting off Le Seine

the hues of blue embracing the commanding presence of Sacré Coeur

the soft pink blossoms that delicately frame the blush of youth

or the black and white images that capture a moment of timeless style.

Whatever the reasons, my love for beauty multiples exponentially as I discover the many corners of France. And although it has been eight years since my last visit to this land of fairytales, I have recently joined two of the most pleasant French blogs qui vont vous couper le I invite you to come with me under the magic archway

to Le Journal Gourmand de Sacha, where language barriers don't exist and you are permitted to indulge in calorie-free French bliss

and retreat to one of France's most densely cottage-populated regions.

Sacha shares her original photos of the land of her birth, her favorite recipes and her other blogs that will speak to your heart, no matter your level of French skills.

Another gem of a retreat is Rêver au Sud, where Marie-Ange lives in the South of France

and graciously invites you to tip-toe on the pea gravel of her jardin leading to her magnificent home

where she lovingly catches images of a relaxed French décor and envelopes you in the most eloquently written posts en français.

"Très belle semaine à vous qui passez" is her trademark au revoir

that will send you away floating on air every time. Please go visit these two lovely françaises and say, "Enchantée de faire votre connaissance!"

Now, some dreamy images of the reality of winter from the talented Trish at Trouvais...

Bon week-end mes amies!

Photos Credits:
Le Journal Gourmand de Sacha
Rêver au Sud


caren said...

OMGoodness! Such beauty! We visited Paris in October and your pictures make me miss it so much. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What an absolutely wonderful post! I have never visited Paris, but this makes me determined to go. My mother's first cousin's granddaughter married a Parisian and lives there with her two sons. She adores it.


Sheila :-)

KeKe said...

Thanks Anita, I'm going to go check the blog now and I just love Audrey Hepburn!!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anita,
What a great post on Paris, and I will definitely head off right now to see these lovely blogs fo myself.
Bon week-end!

Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

What lovely, enchanting images!
I will most definitely pay visits to both blogs, thanks so much for the tip.

Have a great weekend!

p.s. still praying!

Queen "B" said...

Aloha Anita,
this post is magical truly...i too share your love of France. It just completely captured me .You whisked me away on a wonderful journey..

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita...ahhh, how very very beautiful!!! You know I visit Paris in my dreams. I think I might have to get myself an English French dictionary as all about Paris captures me under her spell...beautiful post, Dzintra♥x

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GrandmaK said...

Oh my goodness...Thank God there are no calories for looking at the pictures!!! This was a grand tour!! Cathy

Jorgelina said...

Hi Anita!!
Absolutely wonderful post!
El campo de lavanda magnifico.
Que tengas un tranquilo fin de semana.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita...2 truly gorgeous blogs you have given us links to...Thank You...(I am in love with that food LOL)...You too enjoy your weekend...Dzintra♥x

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

This would have been the perfect post - however, I fear I've gained five pounds just from reading it and perusing the photos!

Gorgeous shot of Sacred Heart - and, even in this frigid weather, I would love to be taking a little cruise down the Seine!

Unlike the winter shots of my front yard, the winter shots of Paris are romantic! argh! I'm such a Francophile it's absurd.

Now, I'm off to browse your recommendation!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Gorgeous! I want to go! I could go visit my cousins in Marseille ... hmmm ...
another great post - thanks for sharing!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OH boy, I think I am in love - THANK YOU for sharing these blogs!!!!!
Just what I need to do is find a cottage thick area in if I don't want to go back bad enough...

The Dutchess said...

Dreamy dreamy dreamy.....I'm dreaming of a trip to Paris ma belle...:))))

Sacha said...

Merci Anita pour ce sympathique clin d'oeil à mon blog , j'en suis sincèrement touchée et très émue !grâce à toi j 'ai découvert l 'univers de Marie-France son blog nous offre un monde merveilleux et raffiné comme je les aime .. il est superbe ! j'aime beaucoup la Provence son art de vie délicat , ses paysages hauts en couleurs bercés de mistral et de parfum de lavande parfois je pense que la Provence est la plus belle de nos régions françaises
Ah ! Paris ! comme toutes les français j'adore cette belle ville !Le Sacré Coeur est également un de mes lieux préféré mon grand-père y est né ! mais j'aime tout Paris ( surtout ses restaurants et ses musées ...)!tes photos sont superbes et bien choisies pour illustrer cette ville .
Merci pour ce beau et amical billet d'une jolie américaine aimant la France la réciproque est vraie envers votre pays
Je te souhaite un agréable week-end

koralee said...

Oh dear this post...I have never been to Paris! I believe if I went I would NEVER come back to Canada! My sweet Molly hopes to head over to the UK for school next I will visit then! Your images are lovely! happy happy weekend to you!

La Petite Gallery said...

This is such a beautiful post .I am starting a new diet and the food was to die for.
What were the Blue plants in rows? Lavender? I really want to thank you for this nice post.


Marie said...

Oh no you di-int! How could you, my own cousin, post all those delightful photos of sweets when I just blogged about my weight.........seeing this, I'm afraid my dear husband will just have to accept me the rollie pollie that I am. I'm off to the kitchen to, I'm not that bad...anything sweet!

I still love you.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a beautiful blog. I have finally made it here, having noticed your comments and photo on other posts. I am an old lady just loving blogging and seeing places where I will never get to go to now. I have traveled in the past but never to Europe, just to Bermuda and many Caribbean countries. Thanks for the exposed to such beauty.

Chemin des Muguets said...


There goes the diet! Thank you for this absolutely delightful tour de France for the senses. I think we need to organize a real blogger visit to these magical places.

Good luck with the defense,


LiLi M. said...

Bonjour Anita! Let's wait a while to visit Paris, the winter is going to visit Western Europe once again this week and we need good weather to visit Paris! But the South of France is almost always good.
Thanks for another beautiful post and thank you for your lovely visits up in my little corner of the internet. Enjoy your weekend and once again; good luck on the defence of your thesis! Bisous, LiLi

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Goodness...
I was blog hopping today, and Anita I found your beautiful blog home. It is gorgeous. You have shared some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. I have always dreamt of Paris and you have made it real for me. Oh my gosh, such beauty. You are a very talented writer and photographer. Thank you so much for sharing.

I have signed up to follow your blog. I cannot wait to see where you take me next. I would love for you to pop over and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

I am going over to check the other two blogs you mentioned as well.

Country hugs sweetie from Country Wings in Phoenix. Sherry

Marina Capano said...

wow!!What a just beautiful post!!!
I love it!


Barb said...

Hi Anita,

Doing a little bit of catching up. Lovely post and the music is so fitting. I am dying to take the ladies to France. Gram promised and France we will go. I have a feeling that J&D may want them to be a little older but I could be wrong.

A week early? At least you are prepared.


Marie-Ange said...

Bonsoir ma belle,
M'étant un peu éloignée de la bloggosphère par manque de temps, je passais chez toi pour un joli moment, et je vois ton reportage sur ... MOI !
Je suis très honorée d'un tel hommage et très émue aussi.
Je te remercie de tout mon coeur de ta gentillesse et de ton amitié.
Je t'embrasse ma chère Anita et te souhaite une très belle nuit.
A Bientôt.

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, Thanks for the info. I had to stop over to look at everything a second time, Wonderful,,

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

What a beautiful escape Anita.
I so hope I can get to Paris someday. I would love it, I know. I will take a peek at those blogs, merci beaucoup!
Have a wonderful weekend! xOxO deb

Orangesplaash said...

Beautiful pics..and what a lovely post Anita. It reminded me of our trip to Paris in Christmas 2008. Paris is truly one of the most beautiful cities I have come across..!!

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Desde mi ventana said...

Je connais Marie Ange depuis 2 mois et Sacha depuis 2 jours et je suis d'accord avec vous,ses blogs sont magnifiques,et vous avez une façon très literaire et ravissant de les presenter.
Très jolie post,et les images......oh la la.
Bon dimanche Anita,

Desde mi ventana said...

j'oubliè vais entrer pour connaìtre TROUVAIS

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
I have always wanted to see Paris, thank you for taking me along..
What a beautiful post!

You have inspired a painting, but before I start, I must look in my pantry to see what I can bake. I now have an urge for something sweet!

Off to look at the two blogs, thank you dear friend. Blessings, Penny

Debbie said...

OMG ... one of these days Anita ... one of these days imona get to France!

p.s. you made me hungreeeee!

and, that first little kitty cat looks like my Gracie May!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Anita........what a magnificent tour.....I soooooooo long to be able to actually take it all in. Everything is soooo fabulous. I especially love the little English looking thatched cottage.....DE-LIGHT-FUL!!! I'm going to have to buzz right over for a visit. :-) Oh.......and the lavender! WOW! Isn't that something? So perfectly perfect.

Have a wonderful week my dear.....I'm praying for your big day! You're going to bowl 'em over!


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Anita....Thanks for the tour of Paris! I know I will never be able to visit there in my lifetime. I guess never say "never", though! It looks to be so romantic and historic. Food looks pretty good too! Have a good weekend too!~Hugs,Patti

Susan said...

Thank you for the sweet comments you left me. I believe I found you through Koralee's blog!
Your pics are incredible! The photo of the rows of lavender are unbelievably beautiful!

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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
I was telling Bebe about French Bliss... Well, you know Bebe, she just had to come and see for herself.. Oh she had such a grand time.. She asked me if we could move into that beautiful cottage, and when she saw the ice cream... well, lets just say I hope they were finished eating.. She made quite the mess out of it.
I thought we were in the clear and then I lost her! If you find her please tell her to come home. Last I saw of her she was near the lavender garden.

synnøve said...

Hello Anita :)
I had this blog listed on my blog, but sometimes I forget to join the list of followers! I love this blog too!


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Joy you bring. What beauty and fun. Delicious in every way. Blessings friend. Hope all went well.

Jacqueline said...

What a loverly...trip to Paris. I too, have graced the streets of Paris, but way back when in 1977 many moons ago. Your Marie-Ange and Trish at Trouvais have already been to Queens in Training school I see...what an enchanted life to live. Love to you, come and get your award today at Once Upon a Fairyland...You are doing excellent!

Charlene said...

Anita I LOVE this post. In fact everytime I visit your blog I LOVE what I see. My neighbors across the street are from France. Wouldn't it be a blast if a group of us put a trip together & went over & had all these folks show us around their beautiful world???? I would love that. I think I am going to put you on my bloglist so others will find your beautiful site too. HUGS! Charlene

Bonnie said...

Such beautiful images, Anita. Perhaps you'd like to gather a tour group together so we can all discover what is so magical about the City of Light!


Rosemary said...

I want to go to Paris right this very minute, and only if you come with me.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

JoAnn S. said...

what beautiful photos. I am having a French-American grandbaby in april. I hope to finally get over there, good excuse lol.

Me....bunny said...

I will definitely visit those blog. Can you believe my girlfriend invited me to go to Switzerland and France in April. She is going for business and wanted a traveling partner..but alas....I can not. Obligations and life permit me to pack up and traipse around Europe. The good news...I am going to New Orleans this year...that's kinda close to France..right?


Lynn said...

Your blog est tres belle. Bonne chance at your Master's Thesis defense next week :) I came over from Queen Mother Mamaw's blog, by the way. It's always such fun to meet fellow royalty. And such fun to try to remember a bit of my high school francais. My mom and I got to visit Paris two years ago and it was grand :)

The Painted Garden said...


What a beautiful post. I am an artist and love travleing to Paris and especialy visiting Provence. Your photos are wonderful and bring back delightful memories. Than you for sharing. I am off to visit the blogs you mentioned.
Have a lovely week.

Velva said...

Wow! I love Paris. I have visited Paris twice and each time, I can hardly wait to return. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

Fine Bessot said...

L'univers des blogs est impenetrable ?
Comment suis-je arrivee jusqu'a vous ?
C'est le charme extraordinaire du chemin parcouru sur le web, d'une rencontre, l'autre, avec en permanence un fil conducteur, celui de l'amour du beau !
Nous avons des liens communs entre Sacha, Ulla, vous et moi... et bien d'autres encores, Paris surtout, j'y ai vecu 30 ans !
N'est-ce pas fantastique de se rencontrer grace a ce merveilleux outil qu'est l' ordinateur, sans lui jamais je n'aurais su que vous existiez et je l'aurais regrette.
Amitiés de Fine.
PS. j'ecris sans accents, je ne sais pas si ils passeront l'Atlantique.
PS2. J'ai cru que vous etiez anglaise ??????

Rita said...

Wonderful pics dearest Anita. Your choice of charming images is always the best.
I've been recently invited to Paris... Though I'm a it reluctant to accept for several reasons, I might end up accepting the invitation one of these days as you're making me want to visit all the amazing places you are sound so fond of.
I'm now off to visit the two wonderful blogs you suggested. You got me VERY intrigued!!!
And, last but not least, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the defense of your thesis - it's this week, isn't it?
Both my heart and my mind are telling me you'll do wonderfully. Good luck!!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita never mind being late...usually it is me who is late LOL!!! I have had a ball making that bag...and I never tire of the writing on it...Looking forward to your artistic creations when you get to them...I am sure they will delight...Dzintra♥x

Val said...

tes photos évoquent si bien la beauté de notre capitale et les couleurs du Sud que j'affectionne particulièrement, et en plus ce post est appétissant!
bonne semaine

Violet said...

Oh what beauty! So fun visiting Paris with you this morning : ) Truly delightful! ~ Violet

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love Paris too. Anita, just got back from a long weekend and wanted to see your Pink Saturday post. This is so lovely. Stop by to enter my OWOH giveaway.

Happy Monday.


The Victorian Parlor said...

How beautiful! I love pictures and foods affiliated with France although I have never visited. Last weekend I made coq au vin for dinner and it was delicious (I'm trying to introduce hubby to some of the French delicacies:). I look forward to visiting the blogs that you listed!



Rattus Scribus said...

Dear Anita

I so miss our time in France and Paris in particular was magical. Seeing these pictures make me want to plan another trip there as soon as possible. The art, the architecture, museums, gardens, the food, the walks. Why or why do I love Paris? For all those reasons, but mostly because I was with you.


Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

oh thank you , you have taken me right back to Paris. Love nowhere more than that city of romance. Planning on making a post in a week or so myself. Dreaming of that lightfilled city from a dark and rainy Massachusetts.
Your blog is always enchanting..

Anonymous said...

Oh Anita what a beautiful post this is. I would love to visit Paris some day. I can just see myself walking down a country lane or exploring a quaint little village. I always wanted to visit the art district and of course the museum. The food looks fabulous. Thank you for giving us all a little bit of Paris to savor :>) Best of luck with your thesis. I will be thinking about you.

Patricia Cabrera said...

Enchanting as always.... so wonderful to vist *France* through here... you are wonderful Nita!!!
i will certainly check the always, you and your generous heart... God bless you...

Micki said...

I love Paris, but I haven't been there since 1972. I would love to see Disney World and visit there again!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Hello dear Anita,
Hope the studying is going well, I know you will be glad when this is over! I have a question when you have a spare moment, how do you say "jump" in French?

I want to do a layout of my kids where they are both mid air jumping! No hurry, study first!! love deb xOxO

Desde mi ventana said...

Merci pour ta visite de ce matin. Je te désire un jour très tranquille demain pour être dans une pleine forme le jeudi.

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Okay, so to use as a title for an action layout, could I say:
SAUT! Un frere et une soear? the two of them are mid air looking at each other?

Merci Anita!!!!!!!!xoxoxo

La Petite Plume said...

Your Majesty,

Why do you torture me with these DELICIOUS images:)))) Now I really want a decadent pastry, a treat, a something!! Well done! These images are breathtaking and I long for France:((

Royal wishes,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita
Little Fifi would like the honor of making your acquaintance when you have a moment.
Blessings, Penny and Bebe

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

My Dearest Anita
You are such a sweetheart to visit not once but TWICE to meet Fifi..
Thank you so much for your encouraging words.. It means so much.. I am so happy to know she has put a smile on your face.
Blessings my dear friend,
Penny & Bebe

Karen said...

Thank you for taking me on such a fantastic getaway to France! I didn't even gain a single pound! :> And I'm left with a smile.

BellaRosa said...

Anita amor, what beauty you always share with us! Thank you, I loved all the pictures and the wonderful new blogs...hmmm I wonder if my google translator will let me visit these blogs without the page getting tiny as I look at it :) Besos, Rose

BellaRosa said...

Anita amor, I forgot to ask you if you already had your important meeting yet and if so how did it go? I am hoping nothing but happy things for you and this outcome! Besos, Rose

La Petite Gallery said...

Just popped back in to look at this fantastic post.
Be happy,


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful getaway - just what I needed. Thank you so much!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Just peeking in on you to see how you are doing?
And sending lots of love your way!!!!

robin dudley-howes said...

These are magical and heavenly visuals. Thanks for the other links.

Nishant said...

I'm going to go check the blog now and I just love

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