Visiting PARIS is like dating the HOT guy in High School

Feb 7

Oh la la .. the beauty of Paris, France!!!

It is

la crème de la crème 

It is PARIS

It’s sultry.  It’s dreamy.  It’s gorgeous on every level.  Almost unattainable. Like the high school hottie.

Right within grasp.

The great news about dating the hot guy in high school is that you didn’t have to speak French to him.

Wait a second…was that the hot guy secret ??!

I just needed to learn French in high school ??!!

Erhhhhmergerd.

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Thank you Coffee Break French.

{P.S. The number one language learning podcast in Europe }

I would have never survived French life without you.

 Where were you in high school, when I could have landed the hot guy with my

french words of love ?

oh la la

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Café Style

I must admit, on my recent trip to Paris, I had the urge to do a blog post every 4 seconds.

Maybe every 4 milliseconds.

After living in Paris for two years, it was super cool to return as a visitor and actually stay in a hotel.

  { aka not have to make my bed }

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Oh La La

As a resident of Paris, you have a whole different list of  daily ‘to do’s’

…like ….

Opening a French bank account.

I might add, that opening such an account is equivalent to having your wisdom teeth pulled.

Maybe worse.

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Seriously Delish

This time

as a visitor

 I had more important things to do.

Like sleep in my hotel bed.

When traveling, I didn’t miss my glamourous jobs at home…

Laundry.

Dishes.

 Or cleaning the bathroom.

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Valet Anyone ?!!@

What I wouldn’t give to have a VALET and MAID ring-a-ling thingy bell in my bathroom.

Yes, these little handy bell ringing things were hanging in the hotel shower.

Not kidding.

I would not kid about something as cool as that.

*****

Actually, in hindsight, I am kinda wondering who calls the VALET from their bathtub.

I want to meet that person.  I bet they are crazy interesting.

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Ahhhhh

And as much fun as it was to take this photo….

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Okay, A Little Weird

I bet that same person would adore having a swan throwing up water in their bathroom too.

I liked it for a day.  I admit it.

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Bubble Bath …

I think it was because I was able to have a bath with bubbles up to my ears,

with no one banging knocking on the bathroom door

looking for their socks.

This time, I could drink an entire cup of hot chocolate, while it was STILL hot.

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Angelina Café

As a visitor, I didn’t have to think about cleaning the house, or what reno projects I had on hand.

Truth is, if I was at home, I would rather paint the entire bathroom rather than scrub it.

No jokes.  I would never joke about a thing like that.

Paint is MY BEST FRIEND.

So are candles.

I wouldn’t joke about that either.  Candles are serious business.

Serious wrinkle hiding business.

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Candle Love

I am a white/cream coloured unscented candle kinda gal.

However,

I bend my stupid candle rule for ONLY ONE CANDLE.

ASTIER de VILLATTE

 Paris

It really -really -really smells good.

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Best Smell Ever

The Astier de Vilatte store is really a step back in time when you visit it.

It is beautifully organized and smells divine.

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Now don’t go thinking I am a piglet…I am actually really neat….I have no idea why I am telling you that.

This post is about PARIS.

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Paris is a great city to just stand on a street corner and go wild with your camera.

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Talk about Detail !!

Not that I would ever stand on a street corner……{ MOM }

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But I kinda might….. if it meant I could admire a street post.

Attention to detail, is where it’s at.

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After standing there, and looking like a goof taking photos of street posts, I usually lolly- gag my way up the

Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

 Dreaming about tripping tourists.

Aren’t I mean?

Seriously, there is a huge collection of TOURISTS on that street.

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Arc De Triomphe

Wear your elbow pads.  Throw in a couple of knee pads too.

* You might run into someone like me, and get tripped *

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Wow … Bus  entertainment  🙂

This is not where the true french living is…..but if given the chance, I say GO FOR IT anyway.

Swanky shops are everywhere.

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Paris, is hands down, one of the…

‘BEST~EST’ CITIES IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD FOR RETAIL THERAPY.

It has incredible, retail…everything….especially…

 

These next  few pics are from the

Parisian Perfumerie

right next door to the swanky

Hôtel Costes

 

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Flower Love

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Now, you can find this little stunner of a perfumerie if you can find HOTEL COSTES.

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Rue Saint Honoré florist shop

HOTEL COSTES  will take a whole new blog post to share all the goodies about this den of opulence.

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Cafés & Bars à Paris

Ohh, and oooh la la, don’t even get me started on those…..

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After enjoying a great cup of café crème,

PARIS is a city to walk walk walk in.

That french crème, vin, fromage and chocolate must go somewhere.

Either hit the pavement walking, or the chocolate hits the hips.

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Take your pick.

I choose pavement.

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Louvre

Take a seat, read a book, chill….I can’t think of a better city for it.

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Jardin Des Tuilleries

My feet decided not to talk to me anymore.  I didn’t care.

 I took one for the team.

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PARIS

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Grand Palais

Gorgeous Paris.

Sweet Gorgeous Paris.

And everything in it.

Bisous !!

Lynne

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  1. Sue Whelan

    May 7th, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Paris – the city of my youth…and my first marriage. I sucked up the beauty of the city with the gluttony of a starving infant. I lived in Paris for nearly three years and although I’ve been back several times, it’s just not the same. Being married to a Frenchman gave me an entrée into the private life of Parisians that outsiders never see. I attended weddings, a funeral, a baptism, family dinners, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve reveillons that rarely included anyone not born in France. I worked and vacationed at the rhythm of the country. Yes, the banking system is arcane and irritating, but DH walked me through it. Because it was the early ‘seventies, supermarkets were nonexistent so we shopped daily locally and ate like Frenchmen: three meals a day, no snacks, wine and cheese at lunch and dinner, and fresh, fresh, fresh dairy, charcutrie, baguettes, veggies, patisseries, every mouthful chemical free and brimming with nutrients. (It took me nearly a year to stop tasting the preservatives in food when I returned to North America.) We bought eggs for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. that had been laid that morning at 5, and milk that twenty-four hours before had been inside the cow. We were eating organic before Americans had ever heard the word. We ate like kings and walked like hikers so that the calories never accumulated. While I know France has changed in forty years, I’d leap at the chance to live there again. No visit can ever compare to living like the French.

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Wow Sue –
    What a beautiful reflection of France. I agree, the french life is INCREDIBLE. Although things have changed in fourty years, they are still very similar. We still shopped at the local market every day. No fast food. No preservatives. Wine, cheese, good healthy eating. LOVED THAT too. I hope you get a chance to return and enjoy it all again. I do poke fun at all the craziness, but I loved living in Paris. Did you see the wine regions, and travel the countryside? Incredibly gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing your experience. I LOVED hearing about it.
    Bisous !!
    Lynne xx

  3. Tara

    May 31st, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Some amazing moments have been captured in those photos… I am absolutely in LOVE with Paris. Sadly I was only able to spend a couple of days there so I am dying to go back there and see it slowly and properly…

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    May 31st, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Tara
    I hope you get a chance to go back and see Paris all over again. It is great to explore every nook and cranny of the city. It is seriously ONE GORGEOUS hunk of a city.
    Lynne xx

  5. norma Thiessen

    July 4th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Oh Lynne! I love you and this post! So so funny!!! xoxoxo

  6. Michelle Bruckner

    February 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Hi! I love your blog. Love it. Especially the Paris post.
    I just started my own blog: showgirltipofthe day@blogspot.com
    I am a singer/dancer/actress now living in a newly bought house outside of NYC.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!
    Thank you!

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    February 19th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hi Michelle

    I went and checked out your blog. So cool that you made it on a mac. I haven’t seen a ‘made on a mac’ blog before. I was totally curious !

    I am preparing a series of posts on blogging, so stay tuned for that 🙂 I hope you subscribed/signed up.

    One great thing to add to your blog is sharing buttons for twitter and Facebook. I know it all seems overwhelming when you first start a blog. So much to do ! 🙂

    It is also great to use the wordpress platform for making a blog. It is free and google adores it. WordPress is number one in the world. (good for blog traffic).

    Keep blogging…it is looking BEAUTIFUL !!!

    Many {{hugs}}
    Lynne xx

  8. lynneknowlton

    February 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am

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  9. Gina Lubin

    June 5th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ahhh….Paris. There’s nowhere like it. Love your pics! Thanks for sharing.

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    June 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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    August 11th, 2016 at 11:00 am

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