French Friday: Une Journée de Neige

« La neige possède ce secret de rendre au coeur en un souffle la joie naïve... » - Antonine Maillet

Paris Apartment in the Snow

J’adore la neige! To me, a snow day is an unexpected gift of “me time” with a magical backdrop. On Wednesday, when we got the call that school was cancelled, Piper and I spent the day playing in the snow and taking pictures before snuggling by the fire with coffee and a good book.

It also snowed in Paris this week. In fact, for the past several winters, Paris has enjoyed a day or two of snow that usually lasts for about 24 captivating hours before things become slushy and rather inconvenient. But for one wonderful day, the iconic monuments and Haussmannian architecture are transformed into an enchanting Parisian snow globe.

Last year, it snowed on my final day in Paris ( March 1 ) — just a dusting like powdered sugar on a perfect crêpe. And, even though I had spent a week taking pictures all over the city, I couldn’t resist venturing out to snap a few new photos of Paris sous la neige.

When I visited Paris for a weekend conference in January 2013, I had no intention of “playing tourist.” I planned to shop the January soldes/sales, stroll aimlessly, and warm up in charming cafés. And then I woke up to eight inches of snow and Paris was completely transformed! I will never forget how much fun I had that day watching children and dogs play in the parks, encountering uniquely French snowmen with high fashion accessories, secretly snickering at posh Parisians slipping and sliding in completely inappropriate footwear while I easily navigated snowy sidewalks in my waterproof riding boots (You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girl).

Of course I took beaucoup de photos that weekend. One of my favorites is this amazing apartment building in the 7e arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower. Can’t you just image spending a snow day here? I bet it looks like this inside — those architectural details, that view! I would light a Diptyque candle and a cozy fire in the marble fireplace. I’d snuggle up with a cup of Laudrée tea to watch the falling snow through those amazing windows and the pale winter light casting subtle shadows on the parquet floors. Doesn’t that sound practically perfect?

Of course, to achieve absolute snow day perfection, I would include une certaine belle beagle ;-)

Christmas Joy


Piper - Christmas 2018

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder


French Friday: Joyeux Noël



« Noël est la joie…une joie intérieure de lumière et de paix. » - Pape François


April 29, 2018 (119/365)

"Forsythia is pure joy... Pure, undiluted, untouched joy." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh


December 24, 2014 (358/365): (#decemberphotochallenge Day 24: Christmas Eve) "That's what Christmas is all about!"

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" 

- Luke 2:8-14 + Linus Van Pelt)


April 26, 2014 Photo (116/365): "Pure Joy"

"Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy."

- Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This is how I know that spring is finally here!