The Holidays are here. Busy time of year. I was sorting through old photos this weekend, looking for inspiration for the traditional Christmas card. I fell into the rabbit hole when I opened some old folders and found images of travels past.

What is it about Paris? I slowed down, and started looking at the photos. Memories flooded back. I smiled. Once again, under the Paris spell. I thought these photos may remind you of special moments you spent in Paris, too.

My nephew, Jules, two summers ago.


Jules et la Fontaine Wallace, Rueil Malmaison

La marchande de glaces

La marchande de glaces, Parc du Bois Préau, Rueil Malmaison

La Seine…

Mighty Seine

Je ne sais pas pourquoi on s’aime comme ça, la Seine et moi,” (La Seine)

Benches, café tables, so inviting…

Les Tuileries

Les Tuileries

Jardin de Bagatelle

Jardins de Bagatelle

Somewhere in Le Marais

Somewhere in Le Marais

My old office window by the Seine river,
and the iconic terrace where I celebrated many birthdays and special occasions.

La Seine, Rueil Malmaison

La Seine, Rueil Malmaison


Maison Fournaise, Presqu’île de Châtou


The people of Paris…

Madame et ses chiens

Madame et ses chiens


Le monsieur à la fenêtre

Photo shoot au Louvre

Au Louvre


Remembering a memorable ride in a bouncy Deuche (2CV) with Junior…



Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde


Riding the big Ferris Wheel in the Tuileries gardens on a sunny day…

Les Tuileries, the Parisians' favorite playground

Les Tuileries, the Parisians’ favorite playground

A seat with a view

A seat with a view


Taking many leisurely strolls  and getting lost in surprising, charming Paris…


Peace in the big city, somewhere on the Left Bank

Making the most of outdoor space

Making the most of outdoor space


Lèche-vitrine, shopping, dreaming…

the art of French window licking

the art of French “window-licking”

Chez le fleuriste

Chez le fleuriste

Best candles in the world...

Most fragrant candles in the world…


A ta santé, Paris! Merci… for 35 years of good times and memories!




A bientôt.

Véronique - France with Véro
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  1. Suzanne on December 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    The simple lovely charms of most everyone’s favorite city. Thank you for the transporting mini-trip, Veronique! Elevated my mood. Happy Holidays!

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Merci Suzanne. Wasn’t this fun? The idea came to me last minute, I must confess, but I had a great time selecting a few photos… Joyeuses Fêtes en Californie !

  2. Betty Carlson on December 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for this charming mini-trip, as Suzanne put it. There truly is something about Paris…I am happy to be going there more often now since one of my daughters lives there.

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 6:48 am

      A daughter living in Paris is the perfect excuse to go often. As a resident, she probably has a slightly different take on the city as we, visitors, do, but hopefully this has been a wonderful experience for her. Happy Holidays, Betty!

  3. Jeanne on December 8, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Paris is always on my mind. When I arrive in the city I often ask myself why it is that I want to come back every year and as the week progresses I discover why…..thanks so much for sharing your memories. This year I did not go but went to explore Nice instead and used several of your tips Veronique.

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Jeanne, you will adore Nice. What a fantastic city she is, and so different from Paris, in many ways, architecture, location, weather, and even street food. I hope you enjoy your visit there. Please tell Nice I miss her. Happy Holidays!

  4. Jeanne McKay Hartmann on December 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Always, always love a trip to Paris – even if it is a virtual one. Thanks for taking us there, Véronique. I will raise a glass of champagne at the Café de Flore to that! XOXO

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

      A ta santé aussi, Jeanne! You are correct: A virtual trip to Paris is better than no trip at all 🙂

  5. Jennifer on December 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Fantastic photos, Véronique! I especially love “le monsieur à la fenêntre.”

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Merci beaucoup Jennifer! Hope the apartment search is going well…

  6. Daria on December 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Merci pour la vacances de mon travaille. J’aime les photos. Profiter de la saison de Noël!

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Merci Daria. Profite bien de la saison des Fêtes toi aussi !

  7. Alain on December 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Le monsieur à sa fenêtre avec son tablier et son béret me plait beaucoup.

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

      A moi aussi, Alain. Je me suis demandé à l’époque s’il était un artiste peintre, à cause du tablier?

  8. georgeanne on December 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    What a lovely visit on this very cold damp and rainy day-love the pause it has given me! Thank you.

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      You’re welcome g. I enjoyed doing this too! 😉

  9. Dianne on December 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    What a delightful stroll around Paris especially that pause in the beautiful Palais-Royale Gardens with Madame and her petit chiens.

    “All Things French”

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Bonjour Diana. The cool thing about “Madame et ses chiens,” was that the pet on the bench next to her was a cat! He, too, was on leash 😉 Happy Holidays!

  10. miss b on December 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I fell under the Paris spell many many years ago maybe during my very first visit as a seven year old admiring the Eiffel Tower at night! Sharing your memories here reminds me of my favourite Parisian moments and sights. Diptyque candles are wonderful! Fabulous photos as always!

    • French Girl in Seattle on December 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Bonjour miss b. I know you have been a francophile for a really long time! I am glad you enjoyed this visual tour of Paris. I wish you and your family un très Joyeux Noël !

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