Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Old Friends

A trip back to Oak Hill Cemetery.  This time I am showing my friend Mary (from Cincinnati, OH) around town. We met on Virtual Tourist last winter.  What brought us together? Our mutual love of Paris.  We met in person Monday night when she flew in to spend a day or so  with me in anticipation of  my upcoming trip to Paris.  We did a whirlwind tour of Birmingham today. We took a long walk on my favorite walking trail, had barbeque at the Golden Rule in Irondale, shopped at the Pepper Place and made a special stop at Oak Hill Cemetery. She  just had  to see it.  I took this photo of these beautiful doors while we were there.  We finished the day off with not one but three stops for drinks, dinner and dessert  at some of my favorite places. What a grand time we have had together!

The Tune du Jour is " La Vie en Rose " by Patrick Cascino

PARIS COUNTDOWN.... 4 DAYS!





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32 comments:

Judy - So California said...

Mary - Merci beaucoup for giving our friend Virginia such a send off as she prepares for this wonderful trip. I know I am looking forward to her wonderful photos and writings. I will feel as if I've been along myself!

Peter said...

Obviously a very nice day... "la vie en rose"! Maybe YOU will now have to give me some tips fo what to see in Paris?

Yes, just 4 days!!

Eki Akhwan said...

That's grand, V! Meeting a friend whom you get to know from the internet, has the same interests, and painted the city (is this the correct idion?) together!

Webradio said...

You have a great friends...

And Paris arrives....

Nice day for You...

jill said...

Virginia, thank you for sharing you day with Mary with us. I am excited for you, only 4 more days!

Bibi said...

I'd like to visit Birmingham with you like Mary did! I will be thinking of you as you walk through my favorite city and one-time home in only four days' time...

alice said...

Hello Mary! Nice to see you!
Beautiful door, Viginia, I love doors and windows and this one is especially beautiful.
4 days! 8 for us!

JM said...

Beautiful entrance! It's nice having a friend with you and take her to visit all the lovely things you have shown us.

Tanya said...

Gorgeous doors! Isn't it fun to meet an "old" friend? I just met one last weekend that I've known for 7 years. Met her on ivillage when I found out I was pregnant with my twin boys and found an online support group for women pregnant with twins! I've met a few of them in real life and now just met Lori who came down from Michigan. It is like meeting up with an old friend isn't it?!
Great picture of the 2 of you and it sounds like you gave her a great tour!

Foodimentary said...

wow I thought it would have been Europe.

The doors are wonderful.

You captured the moment there.

Vous avez fait tres bon.

angela said...

Is Mary going with you to Paris? Have you got your case packed? Only 4 days left I can just imagine your anticipation..
Lovely photo of the two of you.

Kate said...

Sounds like a busy, but productive day. I enlarged the photo to get a better look and am interested in the scroll work and bottom panels. Looks like it needs a little refurbishing.

PJ said...

How nice to of Mary to come to see you. I think you may have begun a nse career as a tour guide...

The door at the cemetery looks impressive, someone has quite a monument.

Marie-Noyale said...

A nice exchange between friends...
you showed her the best of your city, she gave you great tips for that special trip...soon....pretty soooooon!

Karen said...

Virginia, I love your photos. They do look European. Hope your trip to Paris will exceed your expectations. I fell in love with France last year and now have only 32 more days until I get to fall in love with Paris.
I enjoy photos of doors, windows, and gates.

babooshka said...

I going to burst with the envy, Paris! I like all the fading and rusting over the last few posts. Very Eurpoean, mainland not UK. Old and faded is far more beauitful than modern faceless quick build. Who took the lovely ladies show of you both? Nicley done portrait.

Virginia said...

B.
I am going to burst with anticipation if i don't hurry up and get on that plane!

Peter, I am afraid I have added just a few more tiny things to my wish list. I can see you cringing!HA

Eki, Yes we did "paint the town"! A lot of talking and laughing went on, I can assure you. I was sad to put her on the plane this morning.

tr3nta said...

beautiful iron door... the green color is very Portuguese... :-)

Bergson said...

This door is incredible

In paris you would see "pink live"

Ken Mac said...

beautiful doors for beautiful friends.

Laurie said...

Oh Virginia, this shot is just beautiful. How I wish you and I could take a photo tour together! Yay for beautiful photos and beautiful new friends.

And yay for Paris! ALMOST THERE!!!

Mary said...

Can we tawlk???
Ya'll can't even begin to imagine how special it is to be hosted by The Empress of Birmingham: fresh flowers & a welcoming gift in my chicly decorated room; a 1st night Happy Hour with Proseco, French fromage & baggettes; driving me all over town to see the major sites - while we shared our mutual love of Paris and the good life.
She is the "hostess with the mostess" - an enthusiastic ambassador for the Magic City of Birmingham. I so appreciated that she made time for me 4 days before her departure - and YES, I was planning to sneak into Paris for a day to join up with them, but my employer had other plans. We're thinking about a trip to NYC together - she'll keep you posted!
For all of you that will have the pleasure of meeting her in France, I've got her all warmed up for the experience - laissez les bonnes temps roulez !!!
xx,
M
PS-that photo does NOT do Virginia justice- she's a babe!

Virginia said...

Never underestimate the power of sparkling wine on a house guest!
V

King of New York Hacks said...

Beautiful capture of the door. I see many doors that I want to photograph in NYC but just dont think they will juxtapose the way you see them live. I'm gutless, I know. Also, in Paris there are many strange people...Photo them !!!

Rambling Round said...

Lovely photo and a grand tour for a great new friend.

Louis la Vache said...

Beautiful door, Virginia!

Louis la Vache said...

Virginia wrote: We finished the day off with not one but three stops for drinks.

Audience, here is what she left out:

Police Officer to Virginia: Young lady, your eyes are a little bloodshot and you were weaving down the road. How much have you had to drink tonight?

Virginia to Police Officer: (hic) Well, ociffer, YOUR eyes look a little glazed! How many trips have you made through the drive-through at the Krispy Kreme so far this shift?

(Sound of handcuffs clinking shut...)

Virginia said...

Louis, Hush your mouth! Well I never heard such nonsense! HA
V
PS I think I'll have another donut if you don't mind... with MILK!

Dusty Lens said...

Such a beautiful door. And you're bound to see more beautiful doors in a few days. What a grand day to meet a fellow internet and traveling friend. Is Paris ready for your invasion? ;)

GrandAnglais said...

Beautiful door, and what a couple of hot chicks!

Virginia said...

Grandanglais,
Hot chicks? Non, Chicks who love Paris, Oui!
Merci mon ami.
V

DL ,
V Day is approaching. Look out Paris!

Bergson,
Pink Live? Oh I am so sorry I have no clue. Could you help me out? Want to go with us????:)

Ming the Merciless said...

Sounded like a fun day for you both. And the door in the photo is amazing.