Tuesday, November 25, 2008

1,100 Photographs Later.....


Montmartre

Reentry into "Reality World" is hard. In the Dallas and Birmingham Airports noone spoke a word of French to us and I couldn't find a good piece of brie anywhere!!!  I arrived home tonight at 10:30 after being up for almost 22 hours.  You knew I couldn't go to bed before I had downloaded all my photos, right???  Then the question, "Which ones to show you today?"  I am a zombie so I just picked two to start us off.  Thank you all for you wonderful comments while I was away!  I checked them as often as I could and it meant a lot to have you along for the ride.  I have decided to do an additional Paris Travel Blog with selected photos very soon.  I will not write much and instead include more photos each day.  I am certainly not in competition with Peter and Eric, but think my travel blog should be separate from my Birmingham Daily Photo.  That's really just exactly what I need to be doing.... more blogging! Ha  I will be around to visit you all shortly. I have missed you!!!
V

Jardins Palais Royal

44 comments:

Olivier said...

belle photo du promeneur dans le jardin du palais royal. On attend de voir tes 1.100 photos ;o)

beautiful picture of the walker in the garden of the royal palace. It expects 1100 to see your photos ;o)

Tash said...

Welcome back home! I bet the family is so glad to have you back in time for Thanksgiving. Wonderful first look at your Paris. It already has a different feel to it than others have shown.

jill said...

I think you feet probably havn't touched the ground yet. Your travel blog will be a unique perspective and a compliment to Eric's and Peter's. I am greatly looking forward to seeing Paris through your eyes!

Webradio said...

Hello vIrginia !

Nices photos today also...

1 100 photos ? Wouah !!!

See You later !

alice said...

I'm happy to know you are at home and i'm looking forward to see your photos!

Judy - So California said...

V, Love the new header! So pretty. Love too the first of this trip's Paris. Can't wait for a visit each day. I think you did a really fine job of keeping "in touch" with us all while you were gone. Cudos to you for more then pictures. Glad your safely home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Bibi said...

Bienvenue, Virginie! I have been a silent observer of your photos while you've been gone. They're just great, and I can't wait to see more....I may go meet up with my daughter in Paris in April, during our spring break.

angela said...

I'm very much looking forward to the new blog and to hearing about your Parisian experiences.
The new header is so pretty and Autumnal.

D.C. Confidential said...

Virginia: It was a pleasure blogsitting for you. Aside from a bit of crying at the beginning and the spilled wine the other night, it was a very well behaved blog.

Okay, seriously now, great pictures of Paris! I can't wait to see more on your new blog.

Virginia said...

Bonjour!
WHY am I awake at 7 after just going to bed at 12:30?? WHY WHY WHY? Now that i'm up I will enjoy easing into my day by visiting all of your blogs and seeing what all I missed.
V

P.S> the waiters was one of those "already posed" when I walked by treasures you find in Paris without even looking hard. I did ask permission and thanked them profusely, so they are sooooo in my 100 Strangers album!

Karen said...

Happy you are safely home and anxiously awaiting your photos and tales of Paris.
I am counting down the days until I leave and am becoming more excited each day.

Today's photo is special to me because I will be staying at the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal so will be just across the street from the Jardins.

20 days and counting.

Dusty Lens said...

Bonjour!
Welcome back, sorry. It is always difficult to return home. Nice captures, I enjoy your Montmarte portrait...2 more for your strangers photo shoot!

To this day, I still miss the bread we ejnoyed in Paris. The grocery store sells only chemical sponge that they pawn off on us a bread. I shall begin to bake my own bread soon.

Bob Crowe said...

Welcome home! Besides all the pictures (1,100 - you are approaching the big leagues) I'm sure you have many stories to tell. The top pic gets the spirit of Montmartre. Pass along any restaurant recommendations.

Halcyon said...

Welcome home!

That's a good idea to start a travel blog. I should probably do that for my China pics too. Travelling is fun, but it's always nice to come home too!

Halcyon said...

Welcome home!

That's a good idea to start a travel blog. I should probably do that for my China pics too. Travelling is fun, but it's always nice to come home too!

Sharon said...

Welcome home! I can't wait to see the photos. London and Paris are my two favorite cities in the world. I'd jump at a chance to go to either one.

Mo said...

Wonderful photos. Hope you have caught up on sleep.

Jilly said...

Two superb photographs. And welcome home! Lovely to talk with you on the telephone Virginia. Looking forward to seeing Virginia's Paris.

marley said...

Welcome home! You've given us two great photos to start us off on your journey. Your travel blog sounds like a great idea. I started my Macro World blog to post just photos and no text. I find it is very liberating to let the photo do the talking. I hope you find it the same :)

PJ said...

Oh, those French and their charming architecture, sophisticated smokers, and perfect trees!!! Welcome home, Virginia!

Virginia said...

PJ
Oh the trees are superb! I tracked this poor man like a stalker till I could get close enough to him. I told Peter apparently I have an "old men in Paris" fetish after reviewing my photos-HA I must have a dozen or more.

Karen, Lucky you staying there. It is very chic I think!

Bob,
Not all 1100 photos are in focus. I have some culling to do for sure. I attempted way too many hand held shots in low light.

Jilly,
You were a dear to phone me and I loved our chats. Almost, but not quite, as good as meeting you in person.

Alice,
Home, but not well rested. wonder when I will crash???

Marley,
YES, no text sounds great to me, but what do you think the chances are that I will be able to hold to that? Alice, Marie-Noyale, and certainly Peter can testify that I am as chatty in person as I am on this blog. Oh dear!

Rob,
What can i say? The bread is DIVINE! I had a hard roll with brie with my breakfast EVERY morning in the hotel. I think our Continental Bakery may have something close. I am going today. I need my "fix".

Rambling Round said...

Nice to have you back, Virginia. Can't wait to see all your Paris photos.

Chuckeroon said...

A well deserved 22 comments.

Blognote said...

Oh...welcome back, Virginia!! I look forward to see your Paris photo in you separate blog!!
Lovely this lane with the trees!

We'll soon be in touch again! Have a good rest.
Diederick

Laurie said...

Welcome home, V! I can't wait to see all 1100 of your pics!

Virginia said...

Laurie ,
You surely do not mean that and I will not hold you to it!HA Many are not worth counting thankfully. I am off to print a select number so I can bore my family immediately!HA

Knoxville Girl said...

Welcome back! Of course you can't sleep - you were away just long enough to reset your internal clock. Love those "poseurs" and the perspective in the park is so beautiful. Looking forward to 1,098 more photos...

Karen said...

I willlet you rest a bit and then I plan to pick your brain with a gazillion questions about your trip and beg for your suggestions of things I just should not miss while I am there. I will be on my own for about half of my 20 days so am free to wander just about anywhere my poor old legs can take me.

M.Benaut said...

Hi Virginia,

I bet your feet have not even thought of touching the ground yet.
Returning from Paris is such a difficult thing to do as the heart leaves so many pieces of itself behind.
I can assure you that I left ALL of mine behind and I must return to the magnetism of France at the earliest opportunity.

No doubt the commentors will be breaking the door down to see your photos.

Welcome home and bad luck about the jetlag. It really is a killer n'est-ce pas ?

Virginia said...

M. Benaut,
Oh yes, indeed I left my heart right there. I have had 7 hours sleep in going on 48 hours now. When the adrenaline rush runs out I am done for. I am sure you and your wife can relate. Thankfully I have many wonderful memories and photos to remind me of what was most certainly a trip of a lifetime. Hope you will visit again and find happy memories for yourself!
V

Ken Mac said...

Welcome back Virginia! Can't wait to see all the pics and your color commentary. Tell us all about the good food, good wine and wonderful sights..!

Ming the Merciless said...

Awesome photos -- so classically French and with human interest (stories) too.

Am glad you are back. Tell us more about your trip.

Ming the Merciless said...

Virginia, may I suggest a new/second blog that is dedicated to just your trip?

JM said...

Welcome back, Virginia! I will not ask if you have enjoyed your trip because I can easily imagine what the answer will be like! :-)))
I think it is an excellent idea to create a blog just for Paris and I'm really looking forward to have a close look. That done, we can still keep on seeing more beautiful pictures of your home town too.

JM said...

By the way, great new photo on the profile! :-)

Virginia said...

MIng, JM and KM- I'm on that new blog but not today. I am a bit wired or something. Whoooeee. Maybe it's coming off the wine, French bread and brie that's doing it. You guys in NYC watch it. I'm cooking up a trip to see you in the near future.

JM, the new profile photo is just pour moi so I don't have to look at myself all the time! That was at the Musee Rodin by the way.

Knox,
I had some red wine to give the FB a run for his money.

babooshka said...

Welcome back! Good time then, Qui? My favourite country in the world. The Paris travel blog is a request so not toe stepping. Thanks for throwing Peter my way - what a fabulous blog. I see you now have a proper photographer's profile pic. Looking forward to Paris and more Birmingham.

steveandjudytedford said...

I am soooooo jealous. Paris is at the top of my Bucket List. I can't wait for the blog.

Katie said...

I hope your Paris buzz lasts a long time, but that your jetlag disappears quickly! I hope you don't get too depressed about being away from Paris. Granted, I've been home a month and I'm still indignant that I'm not enjoying all the delights of Paris on a daily basis. Not fair!! Can't WAIT to see your photos. These both are fabulous!!

M.Benaut said...

Katie and I sadly missed seeing each other at the Gare-du-Nord, which was really sad.

However I agree with all she says, above.
Indignant, no !...furious yes !

Virginia, am I stupid or is there a button to press on your slideshow, "Au Revoir Paris".

Therese said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful places... enjoy your souvenirs and thanks for sharing...

tr3nta said...

Both photos are great but the 1st one is just awesome with models and all... :-)

U "R" Us said...

Love these two in particular of your Paris shots so far. Really peaceful simplicity here. LOVE Montmartre, period. And your shot really captures a feeling of the neighborhood. I'd love to have an apartment there someday...

Virginia said...

A.,
An apartment in Montmartre? Oh yes!!! When you get it let me know! I'll be happy to rent it from time to time.

tr3nta,
Weren't they nice to be sitting all ready for a photo when i strolled by??? I suspect Peter paid them in advance!HA I found so many people "posing " on balconies, park benches etc. that it did occur to me.