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zaterdag 28 mei 2011

PostHeaderIcon Paris, simply irresistible

Hello dear friends.
Let's see what's Mapi  up to today.

Souvenirs 2011.

Hey there I am .....

Old Polaroid, June 1978.

I look very happy,

The first time I went to Paris was some 30 years ago
I studied Art History.
A new adventure was about to begin.
Three weeks in the city of art and culture  
broadened my mind.

Place du Tertre, Montmartre,  black and white photo 1978 , © Mapi.

I loved Montmartre, ever since the mid-1800s
many writers and artists stayed in this place
to hone their craft.

Place du Tertre, Montmartre, b/w 1978,  © Mapi.

Until today you can still see a lot of painters
 do their artworks on the streets.
Aside from this I visited numerous museums,
churches and galleries.

Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, b/w 1978, © Mapi.

And naturally Mona Lisa.

La Joconde,  Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) ,  Louvre.

I didn't like her at all .....

In 1980 I traveled back to this wonderful city 
and experienced the magic of  la Tour Eiffel.

The Seine viewed from the Eiffel Tower,  colour slide 1980.

But just for one day.

Four years later in August,
I saw the Eiffel Tower again, visited Le Centre Pompidou,

L' Amour et L'Oiseau de feu,  Colour photos, 1984.

and gave my tired feet a rest on a bench outside.

oh là là .....blurred photo, 1984.

Then I became a teacher and my students wanted me
to plan and prepare a trip to Paris.
So off I went with these happy few.

By the way, who is that fellow sitting out there ?
He looks so grumpy.

Colour  photo taken by one of the students , 1988.

Perhaps he didn't like The Kiss.....

August Rodin (1840-1917), The Kiss, Musée Rodin,
another colour photo taken by one of the students, 1988.

In the summer of 1991 I undertook my fifth and last trip to the city of Light.
Together with my best friend we strolled along
the most famous avenues, 

Sculpture by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
colour photo Paris 1991.

and filled our hearts with happiness.

Doorway to Notre Dame Cathedral, colour photo 1991.

Notre Dame, roof sculpture, Angel, colour photo 1991.

I have many fond memories of Paris.


A pair of Gargoyles  on the roof of Notre Dame, colour photo 1991.

1992: I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)
.......and Yes , Life is still wonderful.
 I have learned to not focus on what I cannot do anymore,
but learn to do old things in new ways . . .
most of the time it works.

And today it's destination Paris again 
 together with dear Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages
and all the other participants who will join this sunny tour.

I'm ready for it all.....Bonjour Paris here we come !!

My casual outfit.

YvesSainLaurent, Rive Gauche, my favourite eau de toilette.

What do we need more ?

Ballroom, Musée d' Orsay, colour photo 1991.

Let's join the fun .

simply irresistible !

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15 reacties:

Castles Crowns and Cottages zei

Oh Mapi,

I am finally here, so enchanted by your own photos, your story. You too dearest, are a teacher? Me too! What grade? And my friend, though you have MS, your attitude is MARVELOUS; our bodies change, but so do our spirits...and our spirits have no where else they can go but UP...and you seem to be mastering the art of keeping a lovely smile on your face and living life to the fullest, as PARIS has always taught us through the beauty and wonder. Blessings to you dear Mapi, and may you ENJOY YOURSELF TODAY! Oh, thank you for your sweet comments and PARTICIPATION!!!! Anita

It's me zei

It is great to be with you in Paris darling....hope we meet again.....nice party from love ......bisous

Rayanne zei

I so enjoyed your pictures and your story! This is so much fun to be in Paris with all of Anita's friends!! Good to know you!!

Angelsdoor * Penny zei

Dear Mapi
So nice to meet you.. I have never traveled to Paris, sigh....I find this tour such a treat! I am having a wonderful virtual tour with everyone. I truly enjoyed your images and stories.. You have a beautiful attitude about life.. Thank you for your kind words about Bebe.

Sarah zei

Mapi, this is a wonderful trip. Loved going back in time with you on your earlier visits to Paris. I, too, am a teacher, though retired now. I'm so happy to have discovered your beautiful blog. I admire your spirit. I will be back. All the best ~ Sarah

ANNE zei

What a great post! You're a lucky girl to be so close to Paris. I'm glad we met through Anita's party.

Draffin Bears zei

Dear Mapi,

It was wonderful to visit you and your beautiful blog in Paris. What gorgeous photos and stories you have shared. You are such an inspiration and your attitude is amazing. I will follow you and look forward to coming back for a visit.
Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.
Sending hugs from NZ

Emily zei

Oh I enjoyed touring Paris again though your fabulous photographs. We would love to travel together because we seem to enjoy doing so many of the same things. I am so happy to meet you so I owe Anita another Thank You for hosting this party. Please visit again.

The French Hutch

Fete et Fleur zei

I almost missed these fabulous photos. I was directe4d to your other blog with the great video.


Karena zei

Mapi so happy to find you here at the Paris Party with Anita! Your photos are so wonderful!!

I adore all of the art. be sure to come and see my post!

Art by Karena

bellis perennis zei

Ik heb genoten van Prijs te zien door jouw ogen en de ogen van de andere op het ander blog want een mooi manier om prijs te beleven z0 1985 was ik er voor het laatst en het eerst en van daag dus weer dank je wel ik genoten van deze wereld stad
groetjes Jacky

Martina zei

Dear Mapi, such a wonderful post here - full of sweet memoeries and your own piece of history, connected to Paris. I'm glad to discover your place here - will follow along and see more od you soon! xx

BonjourRomance zei

Bonjour Mapi,
What fun to visit you in Paris from along with all of Anita's friends. Your images are lovely. Thank you for your visit. i'm a new follower and will be back again soon.

~*~ saskia ~*~ zei

Prachtige foto's van Pretty Paris, Mapi!

Een fijne nieuwe week xx

lheurebleue zei

heerlijk die oude foto's van jou.
en: paris, je t'aime ...

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