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~Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away~

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There are some days to remember…Do you know what I mean?

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 It was a spring evening in Paris which found me walking with a destination in mind, but fortunately, in a split second I abandoned my reason and crossed from the frenetic  sounds of the city into the peacefulness of the gardens.France MAY 2014 051

.                        …And it was as if I walked into a painting.testThe sunlight fell on the purple flowers brilliantly, showing off their shades of purple.France MAY 2014 057_edited-1         All I could do,  no,  all I needed to do, was to sit and eat my macaron,and bask in the glow.   

                                                                            ~ WOW~                                                                                                                                                               

Moments from a FABULOUS Year

 “She packed up her potential, and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes, and headed out to change a few things.” -Anonymous

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Shaking up life with two adventures to France in 2013

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To travel is something that feeds my soul.

 In life we sometimes ignore this – the feeding of our soul-but really it is as essential as breathing.

To feel most alive, to feel inspired, that’s the feeling you get when your soul is full.

For me it is the thrill of discovering somewhere new

-the being in someplace beautiful

-the sharing of moments.

As we enter a New Year I wish for you that you discover what thrills you & experience what feeds your soul.

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Monet’s gardens at Giverny. A flower lover’s paradise. About 1 hour out of Paris-a metro, train, bus ride away-

but so worth it.

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Paris-in slow mo-

When traveling, especially to somewhere new, you can forget to slow down and just enjoy. One sunny afternoon in the Jardin du Luxembourg, one of the prettiest places in Paris, we brought a picnic lunch from a nearby pâtisserie, our books, journals & we just enjoyed being in the park- in Paris-on a sunny afternoon in July.

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Dinner in Nice

While walking in  Nice in the south of France we stumbled on this restaurant. We knew right away that this was someplace we wanted to experience but they were all booked for that night and the next and the next. As luck would have it their first opening was our last night in Nice. It was an awesome celebration dinner.

Scrumptious food in a Fabulous setting.

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~and always the lavender fields in Provence.

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Here’s a tip-wait until sundown & the color Purple will make you sigh.

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~and then there are the sunflowers too.

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Enjoying the café culture with soul sisters.

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Christmas time in Paris- the perfect ending to a fabulous year of travel in France.

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Christmas Windows at the Grand Department Stores in Paris

Christmas is the biggest window licking season in Paris and the grande magasins put on a huge show

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 At dusk a visit to the department stores in the 9th arrondissement near the Opéra Granier on Blvd Hausmann,-the Galeries Lafeyette and Printemps 

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Le Bon Marche across the river in the left bank of Paris-Le Rive Gauche will get you in the holiday spirit.

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Like New York City, Paris is famous for their Christmas windows which delight young and old alike.

IMG_0985First thing -get some hot chestnuts from the men on the sidewalk roasting them over coals in a barrel.

DSCF1903[1]Then get in with the crowd. Don’t try & fight the crowds-surrender to the sea of humanity buzzing with energy & go with the flow-from one window to the next eating your hot chestnuts and taking in the wonderland in the windows.

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FABULOUS!