01 July 2011

'Six Senses' Tour - Paris

Hello friend and happy July!
If you've been following along for a while you may have got the hint that I do enjoy all things French and that it's a dream of mine to travel to [or even better live in] France 'one day'.

My parents are actually doing this very thing right now, travelling through the Dordogne Region sampling all the treasures that it has to share before making their way to Paris...sigh!

If you're like me sitting at home dreaming wistfully of a little escape and would enjoy a slice of French fare, you're in for a terrific treat today.  We are truly fortunate to have Emma Burgess as our 'Six Senses' tour guide whisking us through the multi-sensory delights of my most esteemed of all cities - Paris.


Hi. My name is Emma and I'm delighted to be taking you with me on my 40th birthday tour of Paris.
My husband knew that I'd dreamt of visiting this amazing city and surprised me with the tickets to Paris on my birthday - what a man!
We travelled in April this year and it was all that I'd dreamt of and more: a heady whirlwind of visual beauty, delightful treats, romance and love.

I was beside myself with joy when the gentleman stamped my passport on our entry to France and I hope that you will likewise enjoy receiving your stamp in your Blogging passport as a fellow 'Travel Gifter' today too.
So let's begin the tour!


I HEAR

  • The words of Jean, our tour guide as we feast on Monet's garden, pond and home
  • My breath as I inhale the splendor of Monet's water lillies in the Musee d'l'Orangarie


  • The sirens of police cars as they zoom through the streets
  • The turning of wheels as bikes ride by
  • The splash of water from a bucket
I TOUCH
  • Crisp antique linens at Clignancourt Flea Markets
  • Flakey pastry on the chocolat croissant and wrap my hands round the warm mug of cafe creme
I SEE

  • Delectable treats.
  • Amazing window displays.
  • Palaces and gardens at every corner.
  • Children playing and elegance.


I SMELL
  • Little dogs as they walk briskly past with their immaculate owners
  • Bread baking in the evening and we join the long line of locals waiting for their fresh baguette
  • Fragrant strawberries from the fresh food markets
  • Boiled eggs and petit fours as I sit in a cafe and my mouth waters
  • Sweet smelling roses

I TASTE
  • Macarons for the first time. They are nothing like I've ever tasted: a treat with a crisp outer shell and soft, meringue inside that melt in my mouth
  • Chocolat to die for after I unwrap the present
  • Soup de jour as we rest for luncheon after shopping at 'Merci'
  • The best chocolate ice cream ever!

From the moment I arrived I was overwhelmed by the feast of visual beauty at every turn.
I hope, through some of my photos and this tour, you have been able to enjoy the feast too!


Oh Emma...Merci! Merci! Merci!

I know that there are many francophiles amongst the gorgeous 'Gifters' [winking at you lovely Jane in particular] and after taking this tour I'm sure that you've probably created a few more Emma.

If you are eager to learn more about Emma's holiday in Paris, pop on over to her gorgeous blog.  
You will find it replete with images to delight and beautifully crafted script to entice you stay and explore.
You may want to gather some refreshments before you click on over as you may be there for a while.
Make sure to say "Bonjour" and introduce yourself as a fellow 'Gifter' and please leave a note {either here or there} to let Emma know what has taken your fancy on today's tour.

So as we count down to Bastille Day on the 14th of this month, I'm sure you would agree that this has been the perfect tour to get our minds {and hearts} racing towards all things French

Mum & Dad if you're reading this, could you please take some video footage of the cobbled lanes and wonderful vistas whilst exploring this most glorious of cities? That will be a gorgeous gift indeed.

21 comments:

  1. what a gorgeous tour!

    the Mr and i adore Paris (although our Parisian friends say they adore London! lol), and these photos have captured some of the wonderfulness that we remember.
    since our visit there, we've visited other parts of France, which have equal yet different wonders.

    thank you for sharing Emma! it was a delight.

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  2. Hey - lovely post (thanks Emma)
    we love all things french here and have enjoyed all the parts we've visited. My dream is a second home there (shared with extended family)- but we'd never be able to agree on the location. (my choice would be Provence...or maybe Toulouse...)!
    Ah, we can dream!
    fee ♥

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  3. now THAT's the way i like to travel. feasting and tasting and drinking it in effortlessly! :)

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  4. Pure delight! that was so wonderful and a perfect way to start my morning. I could almost smell and taste my way through that whole tour whilst I was sitting up in bed reading your post this morning.Thank you Emma for such a wonderful trip and how wonderful is your husband! I am so looking forward to traveling there one day...holding on to my dreams :)

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  5. Emailed from Nicola:

    Hi Felicity,
    Bad boy blogger playing up again!
    Just wanted to say thank you so much to you and Emma for the six senses tour of Paris (which I have just included in my post for today).

    I am blessed, blessed, blessed to be heading that way next week - I have 6 days in Paris on my way to see family in Scotland, and now I am ever more excited after savouring the delights of your post.

    XXX

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  6. Hi Felicity..just a few of my favourite things on show there today...cafe creme and Monet's Garden among them! Yay..I can comment again..I couldn't even post yesterday.

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  7. Lovely blog! And what lovely photos of Paris - such a fantastic city.

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  8. Wha! I wanna move now! Everything is so lush - what a great insight into this beautiful city, thanks Emma.

    And, seriously, the 'every day' looked pretty 'elegant' to me!!! x

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  9. Goodness, what a gorgeous tour ... Paris is on my list of places to visit (or live in) for an extended period of time.

    All that food makes me crave a visit right now!! :)

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  10. Oh wow, Emma, what a wonderful trip you had! Absolutely beautiful. I'm off to Italy soon and so this post full of European flavour is just what I need :)

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  11. What a lovely post from Emma....thank you for the Parisian getaway.......Have a wonderful weekend...xv

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  12. oh dear. I think it is well over due for me to visit Europe. Maybe next year. Maybe. hopefully. How can anyone not love france?

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  13. Oooh I want to go to Paris too! My dream to go to New York for my 40th birthday couldn't happen because I was sick... but we're booked to go later this year!! It will be an early 42nd birthday present! :)

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  14. Thank you so much Emma for such a perfect outline of Paris, it was transporting, to say the least. How could you not enjoy every day living in that city of light. I have been there twice so your photos made me 'homesick', am I allowed to be that after just visiting. Some places do feel like home to me after such a short time. I also found the Parisians to be the most polite people who would always compliment my daughters on their manners and clothes, totally unexpected.
    Felicity, your posts are just wonderful, need to catch up on them as I've been super busy.
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Vickixx

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  15. Oh, Emma, what an evocative and inspired post. You have really moved me. Thankyou for sharing your rich experiences with us. And Felicity, we have to start a kitty for our escape to Paris one day ☺. J x

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  16. Love love love
    Can't wait for the day that I can see and experience these beautiful things!

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  17. Oh catching up with your tour today :)I can't look it is trop difficile!De la pure torture! ;) Au revoir xx

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  18. Those are lovely pictures. You really capture all the wonderful things Paris has to offer to to our senses. Very wonderful trip.

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  19. Greetings Felicity,
    Brought to your website by googling one of my favorite words Serendipity :D

    I too love Paris! We had the opportunity to live in Paris for about 3 and a half years about 25 years ago. My husband and I pretty young and just married. His company transferred him to Paris for work and I of course had to go ( :) ). Well we have been back in the states for quite a while now but what an experience! We saw and lived what many cannot even imagine. We got to experience the real living in France. Every weekend we would set out an adventures. We came back and forth to the states a lot as well as we missed our families. But that was a dream, to this day I say If I could I would go back tomorrow. The history that is there not only in France but all through Europe. We love our home but that was an amazing experience. Hope someday you have the opportunity to visit/live there - it was the best. Best RMCS

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  20. Greetings Felicity,
    Brought to your website by googling one of my favorite words Serendipity :D

    I too love Paris! We had the opportunity to live in Paris for about 3 and a half years about 25 years ago. My husband and I pretty young and just married. His company transferred him to Paris for work and I of course had to go ( :) ). Well we have been back in the states for quite a while now but what an experience! We saw and lived what many cannot even imagine. We got to experience the real living in France. Every weekend we would set out an adventures. We came back and forth to the states a lot as well as we missed our families. But that was a dream, to this day I say If I could I would go back tomorrow. The history that is there not only in France but all through Europe. We love our home but that was an amazing experience. Hope someday you have the opportunity to visit/live there - it was the best. Best RMCS

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely note.
      It is a dream of mine to spend a lengthy time living in Paris and it's wonderful to hear that you got to live this dream.
      I'm so pleased that a shared favourite word brought you to my space.
      Happy day!

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