the only good thing about winter


wait, is there anything good about winter? oh yes, right…shots of paris all wrapped up in sleet and snow! bonjour dear friends. it’s even cold here in miami so i thought we could share some gorgeous pictures of our favorite city when she’s chilly and imagine the roaring fires, the scents wafting through the apartments and the happiness it is to arrive home after trudging through a long day!


sorry i’m a day late for yesterday’s giveaway but joseph convinced me to play hooky and since my new motto is why postpone joy? i was obligated to take a mini road trip and enjoy the day.


(not sure what the credit is for this one, it looks super old and is one of my eternal faves)

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everything else took a back seat.


Robert Doisneau-La tour Eiffel sous la neige, Paris, 1960s

new note to self: don’t set dates and deadlines and then there’s no pressure!



anyway we’ll do both giveaways right now! the first will be for the magazine. and the random number generator is…#17!


congratulations, janice and i’ll contact you directly for your email. i hope you enjoy it. next is the wordbirds book via random number generator the winner is…


#2, that’s margaret! again congrats and will get the addy from you offline!

so it’s the start of a fresh new week and our giveaway today comes from the girl’s guide to paris who is offering a 3 month subscription to their online magazine! it’s a beautiful publication and is full of great stories and ideas. you can get a sneak peek here:

to win the subscription just enter a note in the comments and we’ll draw the winner on monday. (yes i’m going to make this deadline)! till then stay warm and bonne nuit!

January 8, 2014. Giveaway, Paris. 58 comments.

a spark of life


why is it that even old paris never gets tired? good morning everyone! i’ve been obsessing over some shots of paris in the last century when technology was brand new. the images led me to investigate one of the many fascinating bits of paris’ history i never delved deeply into but am smitten by, the world’s fairs that were held in the last centuries.


i’ve just started skimming the surface and want to devour them all but the one i’m drawn to today is the exposition universelle of 1900.


google it and you may never come back from the mesmerizing images of past fairs. each year is an incredible capsule and an insight into the time and mindset of the people of paris and in fact, the world.

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the eiffel tower had been unveiled in 1889 and by 1900 the city was already feeling the empowerment of the industrial revolution. electricity had long been discovered and many new inventions had been already been launched.

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at the exposition  universelle of 1900, there was one major difference that separated it from all other fairs. the ‘palais de l’electricite’ was created. it showcased new technology and served as a hub for the show. it was the place that harnessed all the energy and sent it to the other exhibits throughout the city.

The Palace of Electricity at the Universal Exhibition, from 'Le Bon Marche' shop catalogue, 1900 (colour litho)

it was by far the most revered pavillon and considered the absolute heart of the event.




it was sketched, photographed and immortalized. never before had such brilliance beamed from one place!

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if you have a minute to travel back in time, check out this rare footage and take a trip to the fair yourself…


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for first time in the world, the streets in the paris were lit up. thousands of lights covered every inch (including the eiffel tower)! and everyone was charged with the energy of a new era.



suddenly up one side and down the other, the city was transformed into a playground of new technology, not the least of which was being able to enjoy the city of light at night.


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1900 26 mai L-Illustration Le Montage de l-etoile qui surmonte le palais de l-Electricite

it must have been an enormous endeavor to set it up.

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it was a new era.


and there was dancing in the streets!  The Exposition Universelle of 1900 world’s fair was held in Paris from 15 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. 


The fair displayed, in view of over 50 million people, many machines, inventions, and architecture including escalators, Ferris wheels, Diesel engines, talking films, and the Telegraphone (the precursor to modern-day sound recording).


other exhibits included motors, cars and planes and moving sidewalks.

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among the new technologies on display were X-rays, wireless telegraphy, bicycles, turbines, and cinema, but the exposition’s massive use of electric lighting was the biggest marvel.

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Paul Morand, a contemporary chronicler of the exposition, dubbed electricity “the religion of 1900.”

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In the Palace of Electricity visitors could watch the dynamos at work supplying electricity to power machinery and illuminate the exposition grounds at night to create a fairy-tale landscape. 


The Monumental Gateway, the bridges over the Seine, and the Eiffel Tower sparkled with thousands of incandescent lights, giving Paris a glimpse of the luminous future.



i was going to grab a string of holiday lights for my balcony but they sort of pale in comparison. well, at least when i look at them i’ll think about the path that was paved so many years before.

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if you’re in the mood to do a little time traveling, sit back and enjoy the show.

well, now i better get this day started. i have a lot to do and this was a fun diversion but reality is kicking in. if it turns into a tough day, i’ll just channel edison when he said:  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison.  have a great day!

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one more if you’re like me and can’t get enough (this one’s in french. enjoy)!

December 5, 2013. Tags: , , , . Paris, Paris Exposition Universelle 1900. 11 comments.

what good is a blog

unless it actually keeps a web log of  your life?



good morning friends and happy friday. the photo above was so fascinating i had to post it. it’s the return of the mona lisa to the louvre after the nazi invasion of paris.  once they were conquered she was free be the paris we take so for granted. our muse!

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i hope you don’t mind a second day posting about my trip to paris with okl. they posted a lot of information on their blog about the trip yesterday after susan’s container sale went up. since they took the time to interview me about my favorite markets, i turned into a jpeg that can be read below. for me it’s a virtual scrapbook and this is the best place to keep it cause, hey,  a blog is forever. (sort of)! hope you enjoy it!

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day trips to paris markets


iphone app


flea market style


thanks for coming by and hope you got some info and maybe a bee in your bonnet to go to paris or anywhere soon, there’s nothing like traveling. i’ll be putting my trip together for late summer and fall soon and will keep you posted on the progress. maybe i’ll close up the apartment here since i have to move and just hit the road for a couple months. after all, times they are always a changin’ and you never know what’s next. till then, have  a bon weekend!

June 7, 2013. Antique Shopping, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Decorating, Design, flea markets, Fleamarkets, OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 4 comments.

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