Friday, June 8, 2012

Mon Amour...Paris Party!

Dear Anita's Paris Link Party begins today, 
and I am so excited to be a part of it!
Please visit Castles Crowns and Cottages for all of the Parisian adventures, and BE INSPIRED...


the love affair began when I was ten years old....
not with a "someone",  but with a language


I first studied on my own....then at school...
with the goal of making it as easy to roll off my tongue,
as it was hearing it in my head....
and in time, I was able to say....


 along with a great love for the French language, I was enamored with the City of Light as well.....dreaming, wishing, hoping....


that I may someday meet this great love of mine....
but for the time being, I would have to settle for this...


and these.....

I knew to hold tight to that dream...and five years later...

 we met for the first time.... 


and it was love at first sight.....


pure BLISS.....


every little detail


because the Parisians know....


 the tea salons....

the architecture.....


the food....

 cafe pouchkine

les parcs......

  Jardin du Luxembourg

 Jardin Du Luxembourg

 Parc Monceau

les cafes.....


 la musique...


les fleurs....

le shopping....






and now, when daydreams take me away to my first love...
I am quite content .....




A bientot mes amis!


  1. Hello Irina:
    It is far too long since we were in this most magical of cities, the allure of which is brought back by this beautifully and unusually presented post.

  2. Irina,
    I want to be in Paris with you!
    Mesmerising :-). I hope you have a great weekend and that you dream of your holiday romance with Paris!
    Much love

  3. I love Paris all year long, and I loved your post. Filled with wonderful music and Parisian eye candy.


  4. Irina! How wonderful to see Paris through your eyes and heart!!!

    Truly magnificent!!!!!

    ~ Violet

  5. this post is so glorious!!! dearest irina
    i feel we are twins sometimes, we seem to share the same loves and passions. thank you so much for this magical magical post! really breathtaking ❤❤❤
    i shall return again a little later, have to give my poorly kitties =^.^= some medicine and then make a pot of tea.

    wishing you a very lovely paris filled day xxx

  6. Lovely post! I have yet to meet my love face to face. Someday, I hope I will. Meanwhile, I will live vicariously through wonderful blog posts like yours.


  7. and Anita are convincing me to change my Italian dreams to French ones instead. :) Not completely yet, but close, very close. ;)
    Studied French in high school but that is as far as it went. I think the language is heavenly. Studied Italian in college and although I got an A, that is also as far as it went. We must live it. For now, English and Spanish will do, but I wonder if I should teach myself some French again. I do speak to myself at times, so why not, right? ;) Any recommendations...tapes maybe?

    PS- "the pour trois son parfait!!!"

  8. Bonjour Irina!!
    Oooo, so many lovely images here!!! And my favorite was the "Lips button" I want one of those!!!! I'm so impressed that tu parle Francais!!! [ Can't make that cidella thingy, nor can I spell it]. Of course, I CAN'T REALLY speak French, just un petit peu. But that doesn't stop me from Essayer-ing!!!
    Have a wonderful time at the Paris Party, chérie!!

  9. What a lovely post! I spent so many years learning French, as well...just the sound and feel of speaking those beautiful words! So nice to meet you here as we join each other on our own personal tours of Paris...


  10. I am loving this blog post Irina! Gorgeous sentiments for such a romantic city, you've captured it all well.
    I have posted up my blog for the link party too, feel free to have a look. I mentioned the Luxembourg gardens as used to hang out there in my youth with my French penpal.
    I LOVE Paris and you've made me want to return ASAP! Sadly with two young children, it won't be for a while!!!
    x x x x

  11. Irina,
    Oh how beautiful! Oui, we all adore Paris and have our love stories with her...aren't we lucky? Merci mon amie for your sweet comments on my post...and in answer to your question, ma famille is Quebecois, et je parle un petite mere et ma soeur parle tres bien,from living there...however I drifted to Italia and spent more time on my italian. And now...I have not had time for travel, and am in fear of forgetting it all! But we will always hold it in our hearts, non?!
    Gros bises,

  12. me again, taking in more of this lovely view of paris ❤

    thank you so much for your kind wishes for my dear kitties, daisy moomin is getting better but timothy twinkle is very poorly and in need of some prayers.

    i love each and every one of your images and it makes me smile to see them again :) i think it's wonderful that you taught yourself to speak french. i must try to do it as i love the language so much. i feel so inspired by you.

    wishing you a lovely evening of paris dreams xx

  13. My dear sister,

    I am finally hear after having spent all day in SCHOOL!!!! I thought it would only be for a couple of hours, but I should know by now it never is!!!

    WHAT CAN I SAY? There is so much embedded into this post regarding your love for the language; I can only say that this love you have prompted you to make a certain choice for a family member, and through that encounter, we met. Amazing how things are linked together my dear....amazing.

    I am coming BACK this weekend! I have many posts to visit!!! LOVE YOU! Anita

  14. Welcome in Paris darling...nice to met you here....what a great party this is !! Anita.....she is such a great friend for all of us.....happy week enjoy your time here....xxxx..

  15. It seems to me that i can compare Paris to an opera... you either LOVE IT or HATE IT and when you do love it, we share such similary making us so close. Love it ! smiles~

  16. A magical post and party we are having! It's wonderful to see Paris through so many eyes. xoxo, B

  17. Your blog post is exquisite...leaving me wanting more...
    I would love to know how to speak is a beautiful language.

    I am following now and I would love to invite you over to my blog to be entered in my blog giveaway.

    Dessa Rae

  18. Good morning dearest one. I have been "partying" into the late hours, but with so much joy in knowing there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!! THANK YOU for making this Paris party even more special, by writing about the language. There are so many sweet and diverse interpretations of peoples' experience or dreams with Paris that I am having SO MUCH FUN.

    Well, here we are. The weekend. Ruben already wants to get started on organizing my "work space" in the basement so we can get this business expanded. New things, challenges and excitement coming and I hope to share more with you chez moi.

    For now, OFF TO SEE MORE FUN LINKS!! Have a fantastic day, Anita

  19. Dear Irina, once again we share together our love for this language and this city ! My mom actually infused this love by giving me the name of one of her favorite french singers Sylvie Vartan ...
    How wonderful of Anita to connect us all throught this " flight" to Paris
    Have a romantic weekend!

  20. Dreamy! Next time I would love to stay in that hotel so close to the tower.This year though My cottage is right out of town in the country, but I will meet you in the city for lunch.For now, come for coffee and dessert out in the country at My rented cottage.

  21. It is true... the first time in Paris is like love... it fulfills all your dreams of the place and so much more. Anita has inspired all of us to dream a dream of our own Paris's–– and I think that is the lesson. We all have our own versions in our hearts.

  22. Une magnifique façon d'aimer Paris !

  23. Yes, yes, yes! You have captured the essence of Paris perfectly. Bravo à vous! I am so very glad to have met you, Irina, thanks to Anita. One of my future dreams is to own a gypsy caravan (roulette here in France) so I was drawn to the delightful title of your blog.

    Wonderful. Simply wonderful.


  24. Hello Irina...just popping in to see you at your Paris Party..and what fun it all is..loving the music too...I just might have to come back...FUN FUN FUN...ENJOY THE PARTY...Dzintra xo

  25. BON JOUR!!!!!!
    I also have fallen in LOVE not with Some one new....always In LOVE with my hubby....but fallen for a CITY!!!!It is simply to hard to tell someone how wonderful every thing is....SO glad ANITA has set up this party for all of us to share this love affair we all have!!!!
    Loved your post!!!Loved the MUSIC MORE!!!!
    jamie--mimi(french for Grandma)

  26. G'day Irina.
    I have REALLY enjoyed my visit with you in Paris today. SUCH BEAUTY!! LOVE those very ornate buildings, and the sweets look amazing. Love that gorgeous pale blue gown....just all wonderful really....

  27. You are so lucky to know the language and to have been to Paris! I took a couple of years of French in High School, but never enough to really carry on a conversation.

    Thanks for sharing your Paris post!

  28. Oh, this is such a beautiful post!
    I loved this idea our wonderful Anita inspiring! It seems as though anything she touches turns to gold, doesn't it? What a magical person she is. I just adore her!
    Thank you for leaving such a beautiful comment on my "Tribute to Francesca". You have no idea how much it means to me...
    I wanted to do something special for Francesca since she is graduating on Friday. We are SO PROUD of her!! I've even included her boyfriend ;) in the tribute since he's such a huge part of her life and I know it will make her feel extra special. We all know once they go to college, things have a way of changing.. He's a lovely boy, though, and i'm sure this will make him happy to see I've included him, as well (don't you love the application to date my daughter?? LOL)
    I'm sure this will be a week of wonderful memories for my family. Sunday is Francesca's graduation party--close to 100 guests. I have my work cut out for me, that's for sure!
    Thank you, again, for stopping by, my friend. Whenever I see your comments, it just makes my day, Irina!
    I honestly think this is the year we three ;) will get together~ Just wait and see.....
    Huge hugs and much love to you! Have a beautiful week...

  29. Such a lovely post! I am so glad I popped over to visit. I am loving Anita's Paris party! xoxo

  30. lovely, just lovely
    thank you for this
    gathering of french
    imagery...happy happy
    Paris moments!

  31. This is a lovely post of the pic, music and memories that come from your choices...merci, Mary

  32. hello my lovely

    hasn't dear anita's party been the most blissful, sparkling and unforgetable event?! i have enjoyed every moment and i really love your post here, it so very beautiful and inspirational. i have returned many times to admire it.
    i am rushed off my feet at the moment with birthday preperations but i wanted to call by again and wish you a happy weekend, hoping all is splendid in your part of the world.

    sending warmest hugs xxx and much love xxx

    p.s i put up a short post earlier announcing my plans for a winter fairy tale party :)

  33. Ma belle,

    IT WAS A BLISS OF A KISS of joy to participate in this even with you...thank you So MUCH for joining us and wait until next year....

    Now I have the blessed chance to SEE YOU TODAY! Let us revel in the afterglow, IN PERSON!!!!! Anita

  34. Thank you for thinking of me, dear friend! Love and Light to you my sister !

  35. An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.silks saree


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