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Thursday, January 24, 2008

April In Paris

It was damp & cold....the sort of stinging, bitter cold that gets into your bones and stays there. Trembling and tired, I went to sleep and dreamed of France in the Spring where it's colorful, poetic spring landscapes stretched before me for miles. Streets and parks in which I ambled happily along and lazed about in for long, delightful stretches. The light seemed soft, the people seemed...soft. I found myself humming the old Doris Day song...
"I never knew the charm of spring Never met it face to face I never new my heart could sing Never missed a warm embrace 'Til April in Paris Whom can I run to What have you done to My heart..."
It was the time of year when sweet Paris truly resembles its most appealing of cliches. It was a day to discuss life and all of it's wild twists and turns over a glass of wine at a small outdoor cafe. It was a time when the city was suddenly awash in cherry and apple blossoms, daffodils & tulips, painting itself in the brilliant pinks, reds, yellows and greens of a Van Gogh masterpiece or, at least, that of a 1950's Hollywood technicolor musical. Paris in the Spring was worthy of the legendary songs and poems that pay tribute to it's beauty. I smiled as I remembered the line from "Sabrina",
"Paris is always a good idea..."
It was here that pure joie de vivre was found. And then the alarm clock rang...ah. Being in Paris IS always a good idea, even if I only get there in a dream. Photos courtesy of Flickr.com

23 comments:

Janet said...

Ok, the balcony with all the flowers and the blue shutters. That is where we will meet to have ooh la la delightful pastries and a cup of French Roast ( do they have any other kind in Paree?)coffee and discuss our blogs, friends and families. Oh wouldn't that be wonderful?? Drat, that alarm clock!
Janet

Love Bears All Things said...

Thank you for stopping by the Bear's den. I actually read your pie post yesterday but before I could comment, Papa Bear came in. Wednesday nights we go out to eat if he is in town and we had to go get some papers notarized before the place closed.
I love Key Lime Pie. I often order it when we're out for us to share. I've never made it. I would probably eat the whole thing. I try not to keep things that tempting in the house.
Thanks for sharing and if you make one, invite me over.
Mama Bear

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

What a lovely thought, day or night! lol Love the pink place!:)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I have missed so much of your blog lately!! The pink is so pretty with the Valentines! Is it soon February?

Ah... April in Paris, I have never been there but hope to visit some day. It seems so romantic & wonderfullllll. Perhaps tonight I will tell myself to dream of Paris & suddenly find myself in fields of lavender. ;)

Key lime pie is one of my favs, Hugs, DebraK

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh, how I wish I were there right now!!! LOVE the pics!!! And I LOVE Sabrina (Harrison Ford is one of my very faves, so I love the new version of it!) My dream to go to Paris someday will come true...

Rosemary said...

I wish I could leave and go to Paris right now. Sounds wonderful.
I hate when I am having a nice dream and I wake up.
Alarm clocks, YUCK!!!
Rosemary

Mockingbird Hill said...

Sabrina. Just about my favorite movie EVER!! Love the original beat, but the clothes in the re-make are so great. Especially the dress that she gets to wear to the Larrabee party.....

Sweet post... ;)

joan said...

Hi,

Thanks so much for visiting me. I love your blog and Paris is always a good idea. Sabrina is one of my favorite movies and I love how you have decorated your blog for Valentines.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh, how beautiful!!If only....it's so magical there, in the Spring, but pretty much any time is a good time in Paris.
xo Lidy

*Jilly* said...

What a beautiful post! I really enjoyed it..I caught myself daydreaming, I would love to visit someday.
Rrrr..stinky ol' alarm clock!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the trip to Paris today...and I'm not even jet lagged!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful pictures! I am going to Tuscany in April...does that count?
Hugs,
Penny

Hope said...

Hi Sue,
I don't like to travel and I definitely don't fly but these pictures make me want to be there right now. I'm so ready for spring!! I know you must be since you've had so much cold and snow!
Thanks for the warm thoughts!! :)

Hugs,
Hope

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I have been to Paris in the Spring time. What a delight! Only then I wasn't into treasure hunting like I am now. So now I dream of returning to Paris for their flea markets. Wouldn't a girl trip to Paris be fun? ~ Lynn

Mama P said...

I have never been to Paris. It seems delightfully decadent. ANd the music you play with it... ahhhhhhh.

Pamela said...

wish I would dream that tonight.

Did you eat anything particular? Croissants? Snails in garlic butter?
Just wondering if we could figure out the right combo.

justabeachkat said...

Ooooooohhhhhhh! What a sweet sweet dream! Loved the photos too. I'd love to visit Paris again, if only in my dreams.

Hugs!
Kat

Alice said...

"La vie en rose" suddenly popped into my head. I hope you don't mind my daydreaming right along with you.

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh......my.......goodness! What stunning photo's! Thanks for the eye candy sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Gretchen said...

Okay...I am probably the only person who didn't fall in love with Paris. I think it was simply over stimulating. However, your pictures and post make me want to try again. :) It's been nearly 13 years. Surely, I'd love it this time. ;)

I do love Sabrina, too.

Brenda said...

Glad you had a great trip.I bet you warmed up alittle also =).
So does this mean your tired of winter?

daisy cottage said...

Okay Sue, you and me ARE going to go to Paris one day!!! We just have to! I dream of it too...

xo,
Kim

Donna said...

Oh how lovely! I wish I was in Paris right now. The pictures are wonderful!
Donna