Wednesday, April 24, 2013

There's No Doubt

that for those of us

who dance to the rhythm

of her influence

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seize her passing moments 

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rummage through her past

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and who discover

the child within


 find her

simply irresistible.

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there's more to  

French life than 


So for our  

third and final year 

of the

Paris: Simply Irresistible 

link party

 on May 17-24 2013

let's go

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  Let's uncover


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the Loire Valley

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  The Côte D'Azur

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and more.

If you would like

to participate

here's what it's all about:

1. Post on anything about 
   France that you find 
   "simply irresistible."

2. Examples can be food, wine,
   gardening, language,music,
   literature, architecture,
   personal travels, fashion,
   antique shopping,friends,
   favorite places to stay...

3. If you want to stay within
   Paris, ALLEZ-Y (go ahead!)

4. If you are interested
   just leave me a comment
   and I will begin the list
   of links to your blogs
   where you will present
   your post on Friday May 17.
   You can leave the same post
   up to the 24th or change
   it daily. C'est à vous
   (It's up to you).

Take my button and link

castles crowns and cottages

and put it on your sidebar

and your post to show you

are participating.

Then visit all the other

posts that will be 

listed on my blog for

that week.

More details will come

in the next

several weeks 

as we get ready to

meet new blogger friends

be creative

go outside of our boundaries

and just have fun 









prince snow farm said...

i would love to join in!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh my goodness, KNOW I am in!! I can't wait!!!

As usual your photos are stunning!!!!

Thank you, my dear friend, for organizing this!!! xoxo

The Dutchess said...


Karena said...

I always adore your images Anita!!
By the way...

PS I am having a Paris Book Giveaway!
Art by Karena

YONKS said...

Hello Darling Anita,
I hope to take part but at the end of that week are off to France myself. Maybe I will wait a week and post from France.

Your perspective is beautiful my dear!
Much love

It's me said...

O yes yes yes !!!...three times in France with my best friend from far away !!!..i can't wait !!! it......j'taime !!!!

France nous sommes la!!

1 said...

Count me in Anita!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Sounds like a fun party, Anita. As always, your images and prose are justlovely.
~ Wendi xo

Splenderosa said...

Well, OMG, you KNOW I'm in !
I'll put your link up too, Anita.
My post will be about the Riviera & environs so no one better try to out do me. :)'s I'm happy to be included, my friend.

The enchanted home said...

Sounds like fun...but I am reluctant to commit since my schedule these next few weeks is crazy and most of my posts I have done well ahead of time. But boy is it ever tempting because there is NOTHING I love dreaming and talking about more than amazing beautiful inspirational France!!!! If I can swing it, I will let you know...if not I will so enjoy seeing all the beautiful posts to come!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh my dear you can count me in! I cannot wait to see what everyone links. I discovered so many new blogs last year. A beautiful and magical post as always.

Xxoo Elizabeth

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

What fun! I have enjoyed our other French soirees and would like to go along this year please. Merci and will share the link.
Hope that you are having a lovely birthday week, dear friend


Unknown said...

How fabulous is this post? You had me at Robert Palmer lady but your images are sublime. I adore France and the south of France so would love to be part of this fun little soiree. So happy you are BACK!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Yes, Count me in, dear. It was so much fun last year. It will be right after my birthday too. Nel is going to be excited about this, as she just visited France. I think she would live there if she could.

I am in love with the picture with the camera, and the little boy with the red balloon.

Now, I'm off to tell the girls, they had a good time with it last year.

Love you,

Vintage Home said...

Always so much fun over her, I can't wait to see it all!

Suz said...

I have nothing french to post but a lot of wishful thinking but I will be visiting and commenting on the all the blogs that participate.

Unknown said...

What a great idea Anita. We hope lots of people participate. Lovely images. They made us smile this morning. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Martina said...

Put me up Anita, this sounds great! A trip to Francem even if it's just virtual, makes my heart sing! Have sent you an E-Mail - have a look!
Best wishes for a lovely day!

Lynne said...

It would be a joy to be a part of this magical and inspirational event!

vicki archer said...

Of course Anita... count me in... xv

Deana Sidney said...

I will try since I had so much fun doing it last year... nothing like a virtual French vacance!!!

Leslie said...

Oh how I adore Paris Anita and I cannot wait to go back. This will be so much fun:) and your pictures are always the best.

Thank you for visiting me today. There are many of us that are sensitive to cows milk .. so I suggested the goat cheese as an alternative. It's very good too:)

It's actually sunny today and I hope to get out and do a little gardening although I've been told to wait until after Mothers Day as our mornings are still chilly.

Have a wonderful day Anita!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh yes... I can't wait. This will be the virtual event of the year. Count me in.. OH! Must not forget Bebe, count her in also.
Beautiful post Anita..

Unknown said...

I would LOVE to participate but the thing is I can't post your button on my blog!Pathetic I know, I 've just finished trying to make my own button and failed...

La Petite Gallery said...

I feel as though I were there. AH Paris, and I never danced there.
The Lady with crossed legs, as my Dad would say, "Those are Thoughbred legs."
Wish I had long legs. Oh well they
wouldn't look right at my age.

Tattered Tiques said...

Oh I just love this idea! We may need to join in, indeed. I'm just in love with that picture from it is a dream to see fields of lavender in France of course!! Thanks so much.

Leslie said...

Hi Anita! I'll just enjoy watching from the side lines :) looking forward to it!


Unknown said...

Thanks for offering to help!I 've tried many variations, and usually it results with no image and sometimes with the right html code.

Unknown said...

Of course, Anita...count me in...see you in Paris ;-) xx

Unknown said...

Thank you for letting me participate even without the button! 'll see you in France! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Isn't this wonderful! I love this, my friend. Love it. I'll have to join you next year when I have got a handle on blogging via IPAD. But every image was divine.

Hope you had a swell birthday!



myletterstoemily said...

this will be such a fun party to 'crash' as
i can't ever seem to get my act together
and join.

thank you for the lovely french photos.
france really is so much more than just

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you for coming over dearest.. Oh yes, Bebe and I will be there with bells on!

The Ranchers Daughter said...

WOW. I'm just mesmerized by the beauty of your blog and your photographs. So pretty!

I'm hosting a Firmoo Sunglasses GIVEAWAY on my blog right now, hope you come enter :)

The Rancher's Daughter

Bilancia Designs said...

I remember what fun you (and others) have doing this!
Looking forward to seeing all the creative posts!!
Perhaps a visit this weekend?
I'll get the computer ready and perhaps Mooinie and Charlie will make an appearance! Or the "girls", Snow and Stormy! ha ha
Time for me to feed the boys their spoiled.
We'll talk soon.
Miss you very much. xoxo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Anita what a beautiful post....I think I shall sit back and enjoy the travels! Waving to Dzintra xo

millefeuilles said...

Count me in wonderful Anita! My, how the year has passed by so fast since the last glorious Parisian Party chez Anita! Who knows? I may even get to go to Paris this time! (I was there last week.)

Much love,


Ivy Clad said...

Ooh! What fun! I can't wait to see what all of you come up with. A visit to the Loire Valley is on my bucket list!


wendy said...

Oh my, but what can I say. It will be fun to enjoy travels.........wonderful places and experiences from you and others through this little magical trip.

Tammie Lee said...

whoa, that film of Gene Kelly is awesome, what a fabulous dancer!!

so much beauty overflowing in this post, eye candy indeed!

Tammie Lee said...

my sister is in Paris right now, for four days, swoon.

hi-d said...

Hello Anita!

Oh, so fun that you'll be doing this last time???

Count me IN! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by recently. I am doing well. M and I have been keeping busy with swimming lately. And yes, I am starting to grow...and am tired a lot. haha...

Take care,

Anonymous said...

i'll be attending
that lovely
countryside viewing...
count me in!

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, Thank you for visiting me today, it feels like a smile, and a great big hug has passed my way every time you call in!
I can’t promise to join in, but I will certainly be back to see all your lovely posts and to visit everyone who does join in. If inspiration should happen to come knocking on my door, I will let you know but at this moment in time, I’m not sure what I could contribute.
I wish you lots and lots of warm air and no snow! Have a wonderful day Barbara x

Stacey said...

I look forward to this every year so I'm ready! How fun to extend it beyond Paris too! May be the best one yet! XX

Maria said...

~ Dear Anita....always the warmest comments and kindest thoughts...Thank you! ~ I am dreaming of Paris most nights....We have decided to visit next year on our silver wedding anniversary....~ and I am so excited, my friend! I really am....We did pass through many moons ago, when we visited Euro Disney with our children..~ I knew you would see the magic in the full pink moon, my friend...Without those rosey tinted spectacles... hehe....~ Take time to dream, lovely YOU...Maria x

Marie Söderberg said...

Oh Anita!

I just love your always makes me in a GOOD mood.

Have a marvelous weekend

Unknown said...

Bonjour Anita! Just checking back in. Stylemindchic is my only blog and I have posted on travels to Paris and Provence in the past and they are some of my favorites spots. I am looking forward to this 'French' event and will grab the link. Merci
for hosting!
xx, Heather

Kirsten Steen said...

Whoo hoo! Count me in. I can't wait!
Bises, Kirsten

Madelief said...

Enchanting photographs Anita! Although I have been to Paris several times, I am afraid I did not take that many photographs. I would have loved to join you otherwise.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Madelief x

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh won't this be so F U N ?!?!?

Looking forward to it my dear!
~ Violet

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Anita count me in!!! This will be so much fun!!!! I have tried to email you but it keeps coming back to me! I just need to check your url to put on my sidebar of beautiful blogs!

Anonymous said...

Eeeee!!! I would not miss it for the world. I am thrilled, but sad to hear it is the last. :( Oui! Count me in, love.
I hope you are on your way to a most delightful weekend.

Rhissanna said...

I used to go to Picardy and Normandy a lot. Every Summer. But my biggest French delight is cheese. I'm SUCH a cheese snob! Let me see what delights I can find. What a lovely idea, Anita!

Karena said...

Anita thank you so much for visiting. Yes, I thought I had written to let you know I received the lovely note, Thank you for your loving generosity during this time!!

Art by Karena

Ann said...

That sounds fabulous Anita
I love the French countryside
its laid back lifestyle and picturesque natural surroundings.

Sylvia said...

My beautiful Anita, Despite my pretty busy schedule lately, I just can't miss it!!! It was such an unforgettable experience for me last year. Thank you for this wonderful idea and for giving me an opportunity to connect with so many great people in the blogosphere. I hope you enjoy Spring!
Love your way,

Unknown said...

I'll meet you in Paris! Lovely idea..wish we could have a glass of wine in a sidewalk cafe for REAL!!!

Denise said...

Happy Belated birthday Anita!Blessings this year I pray for You Sweet girl.Yes I'll go to your party!Thank you-Denise

Deborah said...

The french countryside??!!!
Oh could anything be lovlier?!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Merci cher ami for coming over to meet Fleur! Your kind thoughts are music to my ears..

marielle said...

Paris et la France vus par toi sont magnifiés !
Merci pour cet hommage permanent à mon pays.
J'aimerai rendre un aussi bel hommage au tien que j'aime énormément.

Leslie said...

Anita! So glad to hear that you are getting much MUCH DESERVED spring weather!! Sounds like a great weekend you're having. If we lived closer we would need to go to farmers markets together! xxleslie

Unknown said...

I've talked to the gnomes and they said they will pass on going to France this year. However, they will be at the blog show in May to enjoy the beauty everyone creates!

Love you dear one! Len and I are off on a road trip today visit small shops and out to dinner and maybe a garage sale or two...or three!

Burlap Luxe said...

Count me in girl!!
I am again so excited to tour Paris again with you.

Meet me in Paris Anita at our favorite Cafe we will then head off to some French brocantes finding treasures to bring home :)

Thank you my dear friend for visiting my Frenchness over at my place, you add beauty to why I blog :)



Burlap Luxe said...

Done, I have reserved my flight plans and have placed your party link on my sidebar come see :)



June said...

Another awesome party!I know it will be a feast for the spirit!
hugs from here...

A Magical Whimsy said...

Yes! Yes! Oh! How grand!
Thinking 'outside' the Paris 'box'. The vineyards, the lavender fields, the rustic farm houses, the fabulous azure sea...oh! my!...a post for every day of your French Link Party sounds divine!
Include me in for sure!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest Anita you have such a beautiful way with words....'The Jewels of Love around my neck'....what a lovely way to sum up my Pendant! Thank you so much for popping over....sending Love your way....Dzintra xo

Leslie said...

I know!! ..aren't those purple carrots crazy?! I wonder if they taste the same? I wish I'd purchased them because it would have been fun to comment on their taste.

Glad you are enjoying some gardening. We've had a little of everything today..rain, sun, wind, etc.. The forecast is for 72 degrees by Friday! That's VERY warm for us at this time of year.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by, Anita. Did someone say cream-cheese flan? Yummy. Save me a slice, please. ;)
Beautiful Monday to you.

PS-I don't have a sidebar at the time, but I will add your pretty party button to my party post.

koralee said...

Morning sweet friend...I can not believe it is that time already...a trip to France! Yahooooo. I will let you know if I will join in the fun...hope I can but..boy are things piling up right now for me. This back issue has caused a back- up of things that need to get this Ladies Event is coming up very very FAST!!! I am back to school will be a busy one. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine and your Monday will be blessed..take it easy on that back gardening today my dear. xoxoxo

Unknown said...

Hi Anita,

Please add me to your list. I love everything French, so I'll be happy to be part of your lovely party.


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
You always post the most gorgeous photos and captivating images of Paris!!!!!
How was your weekend?
Ours was fun but the weather is still on the cooler side. We went to a baseball game yesterday; lots of fun!!!!!
I hope all is great with you!!!!!!
Sending much love & hugs your way,
Shannon :-)

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello my dear! A quick hello! I was thinking of you today, I hope you are having a great one!

Xxoo Elizabeth

Mr Paul said...

Gorgeous lovely Anita. I hope you have recovered from your wild birthday celebrations and that the snow has passed by now.

You know I would love to join in your French party, it looks like lots fun.

Paul xoxo

Paola Lauretano said...

Nice blog!!
Would you like to follow each other?

Unknown said...

Oh, count me in Anita!!!! My mind is already clicking along on what I can post. I'll have to stick to Paris as that is what I know!

Have a wonderful day!
xoxo Elizabeth

Art and Sand said...

This sounds fun. I would like to share a trip to Giverney I made with my sister. It is high on my Top Ten Days of My Life list.

Jacqueline said...

Yes, count me in! I will have to hunt down my pictures of Castle Country!
Hugs to you!

Kirsten Steen said...

Thank you,, Anita for adding me! I had such fun last time I can't wait for the next one!
bises, Kirsten

renae said...

I thank you dear, for your sweet friendship. It means a bucket of love to me, yes a bucket. hahahaha.


renae said...

Ok, Anita! I am in! I will be at the Simply Irresistible Party in France on the 17th of May. WOW, don't you wish we were really going to in France then??????

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

Hope your week is off to a good start. Hey...I have a question for you. I added the Paris link to my sidebar, but it's so small and I am having a hard time reading it. Do you know how to change this? I added a "photo" gadget and linked your picture that way, but maybe there is a better way to do this? Thought I'd check with you to see if you know how.


Anonymous said...

I would like to join in. I've only been to France once and if it is only once, there is enough for remembrances to last a long, long time!

jerilanders said...

Good morning dear heart, I am intrigued with the French countryside, ( all countrysides for that matter), But the closest thing I have to post about FRENCH "stuff", is the Lavender growing in my POTAGER. So I will simply be a fellow traveler on the journeys of other France enthusiasts. I am sure to be smitten with the France bug!

Woodside Park said...

Ooh La La! What fun!! Thanks for the preview :)

You already know how much I love Paris and France. But I don't have any new photos to share, Anita :( Should have waited to post my Paris antiquing post.

I'll still look forward to enjoying your post and all the other ones.


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Oui oui ma belle! Simply irresistible!! I dream of going to France someday! I pray I can speak just a bit of the language by then. Your soiree sounds wonderful.
A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my darling!! Hope it was delightful just like you.

Bisous mon amie, Sherry

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita this is all so freaky....working on it now! Dzintra xo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Anita...good advice...Love to you, Dzintra xo

The French Hutch said...

Hi Anita, Sounds like a third Paris Simply Irresistible party I want to attend! Look forward to linking-up with you.

The French Hutch

renae said...

Yes, that is rather humorous that you have snow again. We don't have snot here but it froze again last night! We keep having to cover our garden and the fruit trees. So annoying, dang weather. Thanks for your fun comments and fun friendship. It is May! It is May 1st! I can't believe it.

Anonymous said...

Stopping by for the button, Anita.
The shop will always open its door for your Simply Irresistible parties. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your words of encouragement, love. I sent you an email. Just added your button. Busy morning.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dearest! I am so happy you enjoyed meeting Gus! Your daddy played the accordion too?
Merci cher ami !!

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you anita for stopping by to check up on me :)
I have been busy getting things done around here and dealing with a bit of a Southern California heat wave !
It's been hot these few days and a struggle adjusting going from cold to skipping spring to heat!

Your such a dear friend, I hope these days are inspiring you in ways you have not been inspired ever before. Anita have you been squeezing in some time to play with your paper art, not for etsy but for you. Inspiring your soulful space you create like Miss Clara, I think of her home and her creative life and place you there creating like miss Clara :)

See you soon my friend, thank you for lifting my spirits with your beautiful visit.


Simplement ... said...

Merci très chère Anita d'avoir été la première à venir me voir ...
Merci beaucoup.
Je t'embrasse tendrement

Anonymous said...

Terrific blog! Love it!

Palomasea said...

OUI OUI!!! I am IN, ma chere!!!
What a fete this will be! :)
Je t'embrasse fort!
- Irina

Palomasea said...

OUI OUI!!! I am IN, ma chere!!!
What a fete this will be! :)
Je t'embrasse fort!
- Irina

Palomasea said...

OUI OUI!!! I am IN, ma chere!!!
What a fete this will be! :)
Je t'embrasse fort!
- Irina

koralee said...

Evening dear seems to take me longer and longer to get over here and say hi. May is here and that means 2 months of a busy agenda before school it out for the Summer...please forgive me for not visiting. I do think of you often...have a very good you teach? xoxoxox

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Have been away too long!!! Such a grand post!!! Cathy

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Dear A.! I would love to join in...I just hope I can keep up! xo PS Maybe we should send Henny to Paris
:) ;)

Denise said...

Anita,The old large home you posted sitting up against the rock of the mountain is a DREAM.I'm in love with it.Denise

jana said...

Hi, everybody. I'm a Hoosier in France married to a Frenchman and been in Normandy for 25 years now. Will be moving to the Correze region soon: that's inbetween Perigord and Cantal.

Best things here are PASTRIES (actually have had tears in my eyes looking at the incredible array), chateaux....and I even grew fond of the French mannerisms (like when they tell you, NO - you can't combine that 'entree' with that 'plat principal')!!!

Daria Pew said...

Dear Anita! I am jumping on board! See you there! xo


I would like to participate, but unfortunately I won't be home during this period (with not any computer) ! Hope it will be possible next time ! by the way I'm Franch living in PARIS and fond of shabby chic.
You speak such a wonderful French !!!

bisoubisous de PARIS sous le soleil.


Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a beautiful post, but I can't commit at this time. I'll be looking at who does post though!

Have a lovely weekend!

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful romantic images...So glad that you think there is more to Paris... I am from the South West of France, away from the travelled paths...what we refer to the "France Profonde" the real France...Looking forward to reading all posts.

Personally selected products said...

WHAT BEAUTIFUL POST ANITA!!! as you know i came from Madrid, and i usually fly everywere , Paris is my favorit city of the world.

For my job i have to trip for lots city arround Spain.
I teach and coaching Interior designer course for profesional .

I want enjoy this inspirational Trip and meet diferent people.

Thanks Anita for do it !!