Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ne Ratez Pas Le Train

Don't miss the train


 that's headed for

pinterest via

as we join links



to develop a virtual tour

for the


If you would like to 

know more about what you

can post

here are some ideas:

1. Write on regional specialties like
   wines or cuisine, lifestyle,
   language, music, theatre, art,
   gardens,literature, architecture,
   your own personal travels,   
   fashion, antique finds, photos, 
   friends, education, great places
   to stay, film...anything!


2. But if you want to putter around
   Paris, ALLEZ-Y (go ahead!)

pinterest via

  So make your reservations

and leave me a comment




I would like to participate.

It's about being

inventive and if you're

not sure about where to start

just remember this:

Here's a list of

passengers who have all 

the essentials packed 




for paul via

and are ready to discover

the country and people of




Vicki Archer from French Essence

Deana from Lost Past Remembered

Stephanie from Mille Feuilles 

Marie-Ange from Rêver au Sud

Lynn from Dreams on 34th Street 

Maggie from Nantucket State of Mind

Sandy from You May be Wandering

Paul from The Magical Christmas Wreath Company

Doré from Burlap Luxe

Ria from It's Me

Francis from By Surprise

Penny from Angelsdoor

Jeri from Hopalong Hollow Gazette

Violet Skiles from Create Beauty

Sylvia from Sylvia's Simple Life

Véronique from French Girl in Seattle

Simone from Fleaing France Brocante Society

Marsha from Splenderosa

Elizabeth from Pine cones and Acorns

Carolyn from Draffinbears

Stacey from Design Addict Mom

Heather from Style Mind Chic

Heidi from Hi-di's Place

Eden Clare from Artful Fairytales 

Sheri from Red Rose Alley

Julie from Tattered Tiques

Martina from M's Art Impressions

Kirsten from Write on Thyme

Frances from Beautiful Interiors and 18th 
Century Style 

Karen Harvey Cox from A Scrapbook of Inspiration

Rosalie from Blue Roses and Stardust 

Denise from Denise's Delights in Her Coffeeberry Cottage

Marcia from Gathering at the Table

Rhissanna from Rhissanna

Teresa from A Magical Whimsey

Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips 

Carol from Art and Sand 

Jacqueline from Purple Chocolate Home 

Debby Steele from Inspired Design

Catherine from Cashmere Lover

Jayne from Jayne on Weed Street 

Emily from The French Hutch 

Dawne from Quiddity 2 

Irina from Gypsy in Me 

Sarah from Down By the Sea

Peggy from According to Braswell

Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul 

Diane from YONKS 

Susan from Cruisin' Over Sixty 

Barbara from Moveable Feasts 

Elizabeth from Paper Pen Studio 

Mary from Merry Dot Dandy 

Luisa from Personally Selected Products 

Anne from DRESS


Ann said...

Oh gosh
I am so excited for this train to arrive, I'm such a Francophile.
And although I might not be able to link up and make a post as I am a little under the weather because of my asthma attacks, for sure I will visit every link.
Thanks for doing this Anita.

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I can't wait for this, Anita!! Thanks for organizing it!! xoxo

Jade said...

Oh Anita, my sweet friend, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH for this absolutly wonderful post. So I`m abel to go to France without leaving my house (and Sheila and the cats).........what a gift for me!!!! Thank for all your inspiration and great images!!!! I loooooooooove it! Have a wonderful weekend,

Hugs Jade (and Sheila ;)

Down by the sea said...

Hi Anita,
I'm hoping to catch that train too on your journey to France so please count me in !
Sarah x

BRASWELL said...

I am in...can't wait..thanks

FleaingFrance Brocante Society said...

I will be ready and waiting to give your readers a glimpse in to my French world here in the south of France....and maybe a peek or two of my jaunts to Paris as well.

Thank you for hosting my dear friend!

Molly The Wally said...

We hope you will have a blog hop or something so we can go get a peak of all the entries. We'd love to join in but you know us it will like car crash TV and so ruin everything. Nice one Anita so looking forward to it. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Maria said...

~ My son is in France as I type Anita...He is training in the high altitudes with team GB...~ He may be running in Lyon in July , with the world champion ships....soo watch my space...Of course I love this post as always so beautifully put together with the magic you always capture in pictures and thoughts...LOVE it! ~ Anita, my baby lamb didn't make it..But he did know kindness in those short days...Thank you for your kind words always....YOU are just soo lovely! ~ With a few 'twinkles' **** Maria x

Ivy Clad said...

I am mesmerized by all things French. What could be more beautiful? Though I won't join your link party by posting, I will certainly be a party-goer!!


P.S. I know I will find a sympathetic ear when I tell you that we are expecting SNOW showers tomorrow!! :(

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

What an impressive lineup! CAN-NOT wait!!! Thank you for organizing, Anita.

Have a fabulous weekend, my friend ~


The French Hutch said...

So happy to be catching this train Dear Anita. My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Thanks for organizing the trip!

The French Hutch

Leslie said...

What fun this will be Anita!! I'm looking foward to climbing aboard! xxleslie

Art and Sand said...

Another oh so beautiful post. I am so tired today, but just looking at your post has perked me up.

I too am packed and ready to board the train, which is how I entered France the only time I have visited.

It's me said...

Owwwwww so exciting...this weekend i make my post !!!....i have lots of ideas !!!...tot gauw mijn lieve vriendin !!!

Jeni said...

so so exciting...hope the train stops for me .........

Jeni said...

so so exciting...hope the train stops for me .........

Red Rose Alley said...

Yaaaay, we're ready to climb on board. That moving train picture is so exciting! The chocolate rolls look so yummy, and aaahhhh, the field of purple flowers looks heavenly. As I was scrolling down through your post, I couldn't help but realize how wonderful it is that you speak french fluently. Nel said that I should take a class in Greek language. Wouldn't that be something?

Well, I am looking forward to seeing all the interesting and creative posts. I am off to go to dinner with my son, maybe Italian?



Oh yeah, I'm taking that train I love all those images of France, specially the lavender field and those shoes, yay!! Big hugs,

deana sidney said...

Hmmm, now what to do? I will put on my adventure hat and try to come up with something delicious!

Roselie May said...

I can't wait for the 17th of May Anita! (Which happens to be my birthday...!) I 've already written posts for each day (I had sooo much fun writing them!!) Oh and I managed to put your badge on my blog at last!

The Permanent Tourist said...

I'd love to join this virtual trip! Count me in!

Sarah said...

Oh, Anita, "Oui, Oui!" I will hop on the train to France. Thanks for the invitation.........Sarah

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I love that song!
Looking forward to all the eye candy to come.
Hugs to you, Ruben and Carlos.

"Create Beauty" said...

You are hosting what will be a delightful trip! If I pack my bags and make my reservations, step out in faith that I will be coming along....will it then happen?
If so,

then count me in!

~ Violet

hi-d said...

Oh this shall be fun, Anita!!!

I hope you had a wonderful week, can you believe it is already May?! Hopefully your weather is warming up a bit more. It seems like you had a lot of snow.

Well my dear...enjoy your weekend!!

Pierre BOYER said...

Enjoy !!!


Anonymous said...

I am so very excited to go on this trip as I have never traveled Internationally..ever! I can't wait to sit in a quaint Paris cafe and sip my coffee.

Elizabeth Johnson said...

How fun that song is. Memories..... But I had to laugh at those shoes. Do you think she really rode that bike in those shoes?! Ha!
I hope you're doing well, lovely Anita.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Oui! Oui! Long time no talk to... I am glad I stopped by today. Count me in, Anita. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Good morning Anita...Is it really a year since your last wonderful Paris trip?...My, how time does fly! If I'm able to post I shall certainly let you know...I really enjoyed visiting everyone and reading their posts last year...Happy Friday to you lovely lady!
Susan x
P.S How beautiful is the little Paris shop in your last post?...How I would love to have a good look around there!

Barbara said...

I don't think I'm going to have time to join you this trip, Anita, but I will be watching with great interest!

YONKS said...

Hello Darling Girl,
I will participate but it will be a day or two late as on the 24th I actually travel to France! bring you some lovely photos of my trip.
Au revoir!

Anonymous said...

so happy to be on board!
happy day my friend!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, my sweet friend! This is going to be a WONDERFUL party. This post is amazing. I couldn't believe it when your train scrolled up on my reader. AMAZING. You have THE most beautiful posts.



Heather Lindstrom said...

I can see the excitement just keeps on building Anita. Merci to our fabulous conductor! xx, Heather
Gorgeous post!

Sylvia said...

I am on that train "Woo-Woo"!!! Thank you, sweet friend! I can't believe you are getting snow again ... I hope this is the last snowfall of the season! Stay positive and inspired as always!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I'll come all the way from France for your party!

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, so many beautiful images I don’t know where to look first. I can see this is going to be one heck of a trip, and I can’t wait for it to get started! You will find me lurking around every corner! I would love to say I would join in, but I think I will have to sit this one out, but I will be here cheering you on every step of the way. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Happy Weekend xx

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh way to tease us..... fun! Great post and great Party is planned, I can tell. So much energy is in the air this May. I am loving it! Thanks for mentioning the At-ten-hut! hahahahahaha. I was actually cracking myself up.
Have a fabulous weekend (if your weather lets you)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dearest for the beautiful post! Bebe cannot wait.. She is so very excited.
See you there!

Jo May said...

Wow Anita!
It sounds and looks like it's going to be a wonderful trip. I love France too and your photos have taken me right back there again.
We have friends who live half the year in France and the other half in the UK. That sounds like a dream life to me!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. Great song too!
Happy weekend to you.
Jo. x

vicki archer said...

SO fun..... xv

Catherine Robinson said...

Ooh, Anita...I'm not on the list I'm sure I booked my ticket ;-) Looking forward to it.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Catherine xx

SizzleandZoom said...

I have created a french post for your party and I will be there. Thanks for all inspirations french and especially Paris.

Barbara said...

Add me to the list, Anita. I'll put a recipe up this time...really can't miss it when you ended the last post with a Moveable Feast, can I?
Barbara from Moveable Feasts

Sonja said...

I will be your most faithful reader on that day! My mind is full, but this time I'll just enjoy from the sidelines... Hooray for the journey!!

Renae at simple sequins said...

♪♪♫♫♪Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But, the fire is so delightful. And, matter where we may go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. ♫♫♪♫
(that is your song)

♪♫♪♫ It's cherry pink and apple blossom white ♪♫♪
(that is my song)

ready, 1-2-3-4!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving all of us something more to dream about!! My goal is to go to France before I'm too old to enjoy.....will definitely hop aboard...

Karen Harvey Cox said...


I can't wait for the France event. I am dreaming of pretty things to share. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.


Palomasea said...

Merci, ma chere, merci!!!!
What a happy post, oh this will be so much fun...I want to post on everything you mentioned!! How to decide? heee...
That train gif at the end reminds me of the one heading into the Cote d'Azur from Paris....seeing the Med on the right hand side....heavenly!
Love you, chere amie!!!

Martina said...

Anita, WOW, that list is LONG already, and it will be simple irresistible! I'm headed for Rome next week and this week i was buried in work, so forgive my absence the past few days. How's spring developing over there? Here, it's still raining and raining - but so green and full of flowers! More soon, xox, M.

Marie - Ange said...

Je vais essayer de ne pas rater le train !
A Bientôt ma douce Anita
Gros bisous

Sharon Souter said...

Hello - I noticed your comments on Barbara from March House Books latest posts and popped over for a visit - your blog looks lovely! - Sharon

Karen Albert said...

Dear Anita,
You are the winner of Claudia's book, Paris, Flea Market Style! Congratulations! I will get it mailed out this week!

Art by Karena

It's me said...

Strange you see that post while i was making it !!!...????....i change it ...because the watering cans are going to get later in our shop....i hear the news just so i change it...and now you read it ????...i will go for a green one...i think.....))...and now i am off to is verry from me..bisous!!

francis said...

Of course I love to go with you on this amazing tour .
I Will be back soon
Have a great weekend Anita !

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Can't wait for the trip. Perfect timing to pack my suitcases, since I'll be in Paris for a couple of days the following week. Thanks for putting this together....


Sylvia said...

Dear Anita, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and your congratulations on my published work. I truly appreciate your genuine support!
I have to admit and give credit to my son, who actually made the gif for me. It was made on a Mac. He first made the video with an iPhone, then put the video in iMovie and saved it as an image sequence. After that, using another program GifFun you must drag all the pictures that have been saved and save the new moving image. I hope this information is helpful. Enjoy the spring weather.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh I cannot wait! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend in your garden or at least relaxing!

xx Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to it.

Luisa Mª Benito said...

Hola Anita! me encanta la idea ! y me encanta Francia, dime
¿ Podría formar parte de tu lista y aportar algo ?

muchas felicidades por el post


Anonymous said...

it was not ready,
my post...pressed
the wrong button...
almost though...
almost ready...
but not just yet!

happy happy sunday

Madelief said...

Hi Anita,

Every day when I leave for work, the train to Paris is leaving on the next platform. I watch the people on the platform, ready to board the train. Suitcases by their side, a coffee in their hands...going to one of the prettiest cities in Europe. I often envy them :-)

Your photo's capture the 'French feeling' wonderfully! They make me want to step on the train straight away. I once did two/three years ago, but perhaps in autumn I will do it once more!

Happy new week & thank you for always leaving such sweet comments.

Madelief x

Privet and Holly said...

Wonderful eye candy
for yet another gloomy
MN spring {???} day!

xo Suzanne

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good Morning dear Anita....what a simply irresistible post...I shall be sitting and watching the travels from here!

Oh thank you for popping over....yes that feeling is there just like you slowly getting over it all as everything is changed around...

Sending love to you for a wonderful week ahead of travel preparation....Dzintra xo

Mary said...

Hi Anita....Yes, I would love to join your party. Please count me in. Love your in action. Mary

Draffin Bears said...

Bonjour dear Anita.

As always I love your gorgeous posts and I am looking forward to boarding the train and coming to your French party. Thank you dear friend for organizing this event.
Wishing you a happy new week


Luisa Mª Benito said...

Hello Anita!
Yes i want join your party !!!
Everything you show is lovely ! Thanks so so much ! : ) : )

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koralee said...

What will be amazing my sweet friend. I must find time to visit all of your wonderful friends. You are at school today...yahoooooo! It is a lovely Monday here..sun already shinning brightly. Enjoy your day and make good things happen. I am just using your little note card to write up a thank you to a friend who helped with my event on Sat. It was such success and blessed so many...I now feel so BLESSED! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by, Anita. I was so busy with all the page changes throughout the weekend I barely had time to respond or leave a more detailed comment. My goodness, I had added your URL to my blogroll but apparently there is another page with your title and I was linking to the wrong one. Whew...don't want that. I fixed everything including the party button now.
The writing's on the chalkboard here too, huh. ;) I love it.
Have a beautiful day, love.

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Anita! I know! When I live in Seattle area for 4 years we only had two weeks of summer and winter each and then all the rest of the years was a cool sameness that wouldn't hardly change from day to day except for more rain. hahahahaha. Thanks for your fun visit to simple sequins this morning. (hug)

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!!
How was your weekend?
This is a COOL post!!!! I love the moving train image to France- how awesome is that!!!!!!
It was so cold here this weekend- 45 degrees & rainy for the first weekend of May!!!!! That's almost unheard of; we've had a much cooler spring than normal.
Hope your weekend was warmer and great!!!!!!
Lots of Luv,

Anne said...

Magnifique! Oui, oui, je vous rejoindrai avec plaisir! Merci, Anita!

koralee said...

Good Morning dear one...thank you for visiting me so bright and early! I will send out a little prayer for you next Tuesday... have a great day with your little has been very hot here ....even too hot for the garden! We love it at school as the children seem HAPPY to be out growing in the sunshine. xoxoxoxo

The Dutchess said...

Love the music...and the way you are going to make this adventure happen.....a love train indeed...

I would like to come aboard but know who's on her way to the Hilltop..:))


PURA VIDA said...

I'm gettin' on this love train for sure!!!

Anonymous said...

Good morning, darling soul sister of this only child. :) It's like a breath of fresh sunshine to see your face pop up in comments. You make such a difference in this little corner of the world.
I see that train and I remember Narnia and my Snow in July party. Sigh...where has the time gone and why did I come back through the wardrobe? ;)
I look forward to all the dreaming again at this party, dear. I am spinning an idea but it is quite the task. I hope I can pull it off, but either way it has my creative spirit going and I thank you for that.
Have a beautiful day.

Jeri Landers said...

Okay, I think I have an idea, count me in! Jeri

Renae at simple sequins said...

Anita, I sure hope you did enter. It is rather basic but a bit daunting if you haven't used Rafflecopter before. I am so glad we are friends. I still want to involve you in a giveaway (hmmmmm? but when?) I will, you mark my words. Have a tremendous day. The weather here is divine!!! :D

Vintage Home said...

Fabulous organization...wonderful companions...your trip seems like the perfect retreat!
Thanks for this!

Karen Albert said...

Dear Anita,

This will be one magical Paris Party!
You have quite a group of bloggers. I will let you know soon!

Art by Karena

koralee said...

Your sweet comments you leave me always fill my heart with such joy my really and truly are such a blessing in every way imaginable the sweet story about your bunny...I so adore that you named your bunny.....what a tender and kinda heart you have! xoxo Sweet dreams

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Great idea Anita...a fresh start! Happy mid week to you...Dzintra xo

Jess said...

This is such a beautifully put together post! I can feel as though I'm there! I love visiting Paris and this blog post is a wonderful taste - thankyou!xx

Jacqueline said...

My goodness girl, this adventure you are on is getting so popular, you are soaring in blog world and beyond!

I am mailing you a little late birthday gift you can take it or make it on your journey to Paris...hint, hint!

I'm having blog issues and I've lost my readership some how but I have a blog pal to the rescue that says she can patch it up and fix it for me. Thank heavens for computer wizards!

I'm doing pretty good, nothing to complain about and everything to be thankful for.

This weekend is Len's birthday and Mother's Day all rolled into one!

Miss you much, much, much!

Anonymous said...

I'm back!!! Thought I'd stop by today for some French inspiration. Still spinning those wheels. Oh, I so hope my idea for the party will work. I have never attempted it, but I must. Of course, if it fails, no one will ever know. hahaha I'll simply have to start over. I think I will work on it this weekend. Tic-toc-tic-toc...anticipation. ;)
Wonderful Wednesday!!! <3

Minha vida de campo said...

Que lindo post, França é um lugar mágico onde tudo acontece.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Renae at simple sequins said...

Hi sweet Anita! Oh I have a fun post in the planning stages for my France entry. I am hoping I can get one more item for it first. It will be about Style..... yay!

I entered a giveaway a few weeks ago and I won but since my connection with Ding Dang Facebook was not linked right (thanks to them) I could fully qualify for the prize and I had to give it up. Sad. So I do hope you did it correctly. They are a bit of a labyrinth but well worth the reward/effort.

Hope your day is lovely again. We are having a thunderstorm right now. I hope our power isn't affected by it.


hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

I loved your sweet comment on my last post. Aren't boys the best? haha...I think we are all children really...some more so.than others. :)

I've got to put on my thinking cap regarding a post for your Paris party! It's gonna be fun.

Have a great weekend my dear!

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,

I loved your sweet comment on my last post. Aren't boys the best? haha...I think we are all children really...some more so.than others. :)

I've got to put on my thinking cap regarding a post for your Paris party! It's gonna be fun.

Have a great weekend my dear!

fashion-meets-art said...

wonderful pictures selection anita! so nice! hope your're well.
lovely greets to you from germany,
maren anita


francis said...


I will try to be
and uncommon

You know how to
SURPRISE us old-fashioned Bloggers
I found my way back blogging
I think it is how you have noticed for yourself sometimes a bit too much going on in our lifes
To get back on the right train can be confusing but also surprising !
All happens for a reason and
I am being surprised by a garden-make-over so my world is a bit
DISORDERLY right now and that seems to be my direction this year ...
So much is happening along with all of that .
You know it is very surprising how disorder can make things clearer
not only in my house and now in my garden but also inside myself .
I have been afraid for change for far too long and now life is showing me so much amazingness ...
Beyond the disorder NEW THINGS can come and already came to me .
Since I am now no longer a teacher and I have no longer my children to take care of ......
I have been given this whole new life just for ME ......
Of course I will always be a mother and a grandmother but there has come a whole new amazing future my way .
the disorder is a part of the transmission - journey and it is a very important part .
So I am doing okay More than okay
and I will be gladly be on your train .
Is there a place where I can read-back how it works when the time is there ....
Is the date may 17 ?
I saw what you wrote at Koralee's about your interview , I will be thinking of you Hope all will be okay for you .
Big big hug to you and lots of love from Holland and me

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. I would love to see your collection one day. Maybe you will blog about it when you return from France! Barbara x

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Anita! You are so fun! Yes it is polka dot wearing time in the sunshine. We had tremendous thunderstorms yesterday and it really cooled us off. But, today is sunny and warm. awh.

Thank YOU for your nice words. My France post is taking shape! Yay! (it has to be a surprise)

Leslie said...

Looking forward to this Anita! I can't wait to go back to France. I feel that going to Paris was just touching the surface or all there is to see. This reminds me.. I need to do some pinning while I'm here this morning to show off a few of these lovely images!

Thank you for stopping by to say hello this morning. I am so happy to hear that you have a warm (HOT!) day in store. It's about time, right??!


Karen Albert said...

Oh yes I cannot resist!

Art by Karena

Renae at simple sequins said...

Great words on niceness to me today. Yes, the Blue Lemon is so refreshing as the name implies. Their tag line is: Pure clean food with a twist. So creative, huh? They have a tremendous bakery, too that had sold out of their sugar cookies. They have a round sugar cookie with half inch of cream cheese on top and then fresh fruit cut on top of the cheese! The best!!!! Have the best day ever!!!!!