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2012-12-13T05:55:21.820-08:00


French Dome Cathedral


It's been awhile since my last post here and I thought what better time to share with those still in BlogLand then this time of year. I do come to my blog from time to time just to see who is still around and who has left the blogging community and I am so happy when I see a lot of the people I got to know from the beginning of my blogs. 

Christmas time for some is a time of reflection of the year and to be happy and joyful with our family and friends and for some it's a tragic time. Not everyone celebrates or wishes to celebrate this Holiday and that's okay, for some it brings back sadness and loneliness, it could be a anniversary of someone's death or the reminder that loved ones are gone or you're away from home and no one around to celebrate the holiday with, I think we all need to reflect on the joy this season brings us and extend that joy to someone in need or to contact someone we have not seen or spoken to for perhaps months or years, this is a time to put aside any hard feelings. 

With the busyness of this time of year we forget to stop and think about those without jobs or those with families that are struggling to cope, put yourself in there shoes for a moment and think about how it would be to not be able to celebrate this season or be able to give your loved ones a small gift, it would be hard wouldn't it? 
So in closing I ask you to reflect, share and think of others. 

Have a Happy Holiday Season
Merry Christmas 
and Goodwill towards others.







Au Revoir Chéris

2010-01-31T23:44:53.654-08:00


I've explained on my other blog the lack of postings. So I won't go into it here on this one. 

I truly wish I was on that ship in the picture instead of where I am in my life. 

I realized I had not mentioned anything on this blog. It is hard, but I feel the need to do it. 

I will not remove this blog, for I know I will return. I don't know exactly how long or when exact. 

But if anyone knows of a job in the SF Bay area, keep me in mind. 

Like I said, I will be back but not sure when. 

Please do not forget me, I have not forgotten you all for coming by and saying hello from time to time.



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Bonne année à tous ceux qui visitent.

2009-12-26T21:53:32.563-08:00





Je vous souhaitant à tous les ans sécurité et au chaud Nouveau.
Mai vos ennuis être peu nombreuses, et votre amour pour longtemps.
Se souvenir de ceux qui ne sont pas avec nous, et mai, ils apportent un sourire sur votre visage quand vous pensez à eux.
Je lève un verre de champagne à vous tous.





I am wishing you all a safe and warm New Years. May your troubles be few, and your love be long. Remember those that are not with us, and may they bring a smile on your faces when you think of them. I raise a glass of Champagne to you all.






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Christmas In France

2009-12-12T17:22:47.652-08:00










I must admit it's been awhile since I last posted anything on my blogs. I was a bit stumped on just how to get these pictures on here. But I did.

If you visit my other blog Many Fond Memories the story there tells you why I haven't posted for awhile.

Just wanted to leave everyone with a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




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I Love Crosses !!

2009-10-31T17:12:55.562-07:00

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Crosses are a favorite of mine. I have them all over the house. The more the merrier.

As you can see in the Blog header, I like religious things. I have statues, crosses, holy water fountains etc....

They have their own beauty.

I know I've been away for awhile, but I will try to post a little more. But it won't be everyday. It's just too time consuming.




May Day in France Is Their Labour Day

2009-09-07T11:37:40.348-07:00

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Dog Rose Flower

The dog rose flower is a type of plant typically presented to loved ones in France on May Day.

Trade unions and other organizations organize parades and demonstrations to campaign for workers rights on May 1. People may also use these events to campaign for human rights in general, to demonstrate against racism or highlight current social issues.

May 1 is a public holiday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, may be open. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Parades and demonstrations may cause disruption to traffic in the centers of large cities, particularly Paris.

We celebrate on the first Monday, of Sept. and France on May 1st.


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French After School Snack

2009-08-14T14:01:08.086-07:00

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A gouter is the snack that all children in France have at 4pm. Very popular is a chunk of baguette with a bar of chocolate in the middle! Believe it or not this is a very popular afternoon snack among French children. If that seems excessive, get hold of a jar of Nutella - chocolate spread - as a good alternative. Every single person in France is familiar with Nutella.


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French Churches

2009-07-20T13:30:06.581-07:00

Churches of France, from city churches to countryside, to nearer my God to thee on a hilltop. Yikes that's a hike to go to church, but worth it I am sure to go. The beauty of them. They were duplicated here in the states as well. Mostly in Gothic architecture. But nothing beats a French Cathedral. [...]



Beauty In Everything

2009-07-07T11:24:21.141-07:00

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These have their own beauty. I admire a person with such an eye, to obtain these photo's.

Hope your 4th was fun and safe.....


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Happy Independence Day To All !

2009-07-04T11:26:44.076-07:00

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Heureux le jour de l'indépendance à tous les.

Happy Independence Day to all.
Be safe with your firecrackers and BBQ's. Don't drink and drive.




Floors And Tiles Done The French Way

2009-06-23T20:49:24.598-07:00

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When it comes to beauty, the French do it very well.

The bathroom is so pretty. The choice of wood flooring is something we do not think of having done here. Whether it be expensive or not. I rather have my floors done this way.

Enjoy !



Dog's Of France

2009-06-13T21:06:43.245-07:00

PoodleGreat PryenessFrench Bull DogBrittanyBasque Shepard DogBarbetAll these beautiful dogs originate from France. If you're a lover of dogs as I as, they are all wonderful. I am partial to the Poodle, I have two of my own. A teacup and a toy. If I had room for more I'd have more. [...]



Street Signs Of Paris

2009-05-30T20:31:05.462-07:00

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The street signs of Paris. Why are they so much more attractive ? 

If you go to the Paris Flea Markets you can purchase ones that have been taken down and replaced. Paris is broken down in quarters, some more expensive to live more than others. 

I've seen old signs go for over $100.00. 




The Artful French Kitchen

2009-05-19T10:44:29.402-07:00

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The wonderful designs of these stoves takes your breath away. These are French in design. And would add a certain panache to any kitchen if you have the kitchen and the money to get one of these gems. They cost around $20.000.00. For that money you better love to cook and cook often to make it worth getting. 

I know what you saying why is she teasing us with these, I just think their art, if a stove could be art. 






Carousel's Of France

2009-05-08T12:41:26.913-07:00

The carousel originated in Europe, but reached its greatest fame in America in the 1900's. The first carousels featured gondolas, carts, menagerie animals, and horses. The French developed many variations of the carousel. In one variation, the riders tried to spear gold rings with lances while the carousel rotated at full speed. This undoubtedly led to the phrase, "catching the brass ring" on later carousels.In the mid 16th century, grand tournaments were held in France. Saddle makers, tailors, jewelers, and wig makers created extravagant costumes for both horse and rider for these occasions. Inspiration for later carousel carvers apparently originated from these events.During the late 1800's, many skilled European carvers immigrated to the United States to produce carousels. The carvings of these immigrants were a great improvement over the first efforts of unskilled carvers. Usually the side of the carousel horse facing the audience, the "Romance" side, was adorned with carved decorations, while the inner side received little attention. The golden age of carousels only lasted 25 years, but still brings back wonderful childhood memories today. [...]



Gilded French Frames

2009-05-08T12:40:43.167-07:00

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Beautiful gilded frames either for a picture or mirror, catch my eye every time. I have them all over the house. I am drawn to them everywhere I go.  When I see one in a thrift shop, I don't care about anything else at the time, just zero in and go in for the kill. 

I only wish I had more wall space........




Beautiful Things I've Seen

2009-04-21T00:14:04.015-07:00

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I tired to find French Inspired things in my journey this weekend. These were just a few that I found. So many of us love the French things, because they are a thing of beauty. 

What do you have in your home that is French Inspired ?




Luster Francais

2009-04-14T10:37:46.241-07:00

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French Chandeliers, just don't come with all the crystals that we envision when the think of Chandeliers. 

They come in all forms. These are some examples of them. Mostly used in rural homes these chandeliers have stood the test of time. There's a story with these examples, I wish I knew what those were. 

But of course we still have a love affair with the crystal ones. 




Happy Easter To All

2009-04-11T23:17:32.372-07:00


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Joyeuses Pâques à tous

Happy Easter to all. 
Hope you all have a fun and wonderful Easter. 



Cast Your Eye's Upon Beauty

2009-03-31T01:13:14.144-07:00

I found this site quite by accident. And I couldn't leave it without mentioning it or showing you what beautiful things they have. Their not all prefect which is what I like the most about old things that were used and functional for the people that previously owned them. So, go take a look for yourselves. Lantiques .[...]



Wine Growing In France

2009-03-20T12:47:30.165-07:00




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There are so many regions for growing wine in France. Depending on the type of grape you grow. There are some grapes that grow better in mild weather, some in warmer regions, and others in cool. The soil is different in every region as well. Hillside to flat depends as well.  And that goes for Champagne too. Here in the US, we can't call what we make Champagne, it's sparking wine. France is the country it originated from so they have the rights to the name based on the region Champagne.

There are so many family owned winery's and they have been passed from generation to generation.

If your a wine lover, you should go for wines of France.





Zinc Is The Word

2009-03-10T01:23:22.231-07:00

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Zinc is more commonly used in Europe as a reference in color and metal. You rarely hear it used in the States. 

These are very common sites to see. Little baking tins used for candles and planters in zinc. Or cute baskets for your cutlery or even clothes pins. 

But if you want to call it Grey, that's fine too. Either way it's a universal color with universal uses. 




Foods Of France

2009-02-27T22:59:37.003-08:00

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What do you think of, when thinking of french food ?

A wonderful dish with rich butter sauce that just melts in your mouth. Or lovely cheeses that taste like no other. Then there are croissants, you can not go wrong with this for breakfast with a coffee on the go.

And then there is escargot,  with butter and herbs Yummm. If you have never had escargot your missing out, it's delish.....




Vintage French Cars

2009-02-18T00:30:29.300-08:00

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When I think of French Cars these are the ones that come to mind.  A Renault, and Citroen, and what they call "The Duck". The image I get in my head is them all over Paris in crazy traffic. 

I would feel very vulnerable in the one they call The Duck.

P.S. I will be out of town until next week. I will not post until then. Stay tune for pictures of my trip.





Happy Valentines Day

2009-02-13T18:38:42.769-08:00

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A  tous les amoureux, jour de Valentines heureux.

Translation: To all the lovers, Happy Valentines Day.