friends are like stars; you don’t always see them, but know they’re there

hi my darling friends. thanks for all your good wishes, it looks like you worked your magic. my dad is making a miraculous and speedy recovery and starting to feel good again. i’m leaving in the morning and couldn’t go without sharing a little of paris during noël.  i guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the decorations include beautiful chandeliers hanging in streets, even if they are made of LED string lights! anyway i wanted to send all the love right back at you for your support in the comments you left yesterday. blog friends are family and i treasure you. see you on the other side!

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 
Albert Schweitzer ~

December 11, 2011. Paris.


  1. mari replied:

    Magnificent news about your Dad!
    Beautiful Paris dressed in her Christmas lights!
    May you sleep well tonight under the full moon.
    Then….safe travels home.


  2. Rhonda replied:

    A big sigh, such good news!
    Paris at Christmas is gorgeous and making me yearn even more for another trip. Travel safe.


  3. Brandy replied:

    Oh, thank God, I’m so happy to hear the good news!
    Thanks for sharing Paris, and yourself, with us!
    Blessings, Brandy


  4. Gail M Caldwell replied:

    Have a safe trip, I am so happy your dad is doing better-hugs and prayers sassy


  5. ParisienSalon replied:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful sentiments. Safe travels home!


  6. Teresa @ Splendid Sass replied:

    SO happy to know that your father is better!
    The lights are beautiful. Keep us posted.

    ps- love the quote.


  7. Nikon replied:

    So good to know, Claudia!
    Have a great trip & let us know how you & your dad are, ok?


  8. Laura replied:


    That’s great news to hear your dad is doing better. Prayer does work.

    Have a safe trip. Look forward to your next post!


  9. shesnosaint replied:

    Dear Claudia, thank you for posting even though your heart was heavy. Best to your dad for a good recovery and continued health. Blessings to you this season!


  10. sheri replied:

    Oh, I’m so glad. What a relief. Thanks for the update and also for the lovely Parisian Christmas lights.


  11. Susan Ross Donohue replied:

    Glad to hear your dad is doing better. Thanks for the lovely photos of Paris. Sigh. Wishing you all the best for Christmas.


  12. Clare replied:

    What a beautiful post. I was only just reading that saying “Friends are like Stars…” on pinterest yesterday! How true it is!

    ~ Clare x


  13. Shelly Gregory replied:

    Praise God for his recovery and your safe journey home. AND……love the beautiful photos!!!


  14. à la parisienne replied:


    I am just now catching up on what’s been going on in your life. I am relieved to hear that your father is doing better. My husband’s mother has recently had a mini stroke, and it is a new phase of life when we witness our parent’s health change. I know you must be very anxious to return home to see your dad. I will keep him and you in my prayers.

    Take care,


  15. Cris replied:

    Safe and smooth travels! I hope all is very well when you get home.


  16. Vicki Archer replied:

    SO glad all is calmer Claudia… safe travels… xv


  17. Fabulous Finds Studio replied:

    I’ve been out of town but just read your post. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I’m so glad to hear that you Dad is doing better. Blessing to you!


  18. Liz C replied:

    What a lovely quote. So pleased to hear your dad is feeling better. May you have a wonderful Christmas together.


  19. Belle Maison Et Moi replied:

    Gorgeous photos, glad to hear good news with your father.

    Thanks for sharing,


  20. Kay Ellen replied:

    Glad to hear your Dad is feeling better:)

    I think these pretty french inspired lights are lovely….They are the first display of LED lights I can actually say I really LIKE :))

    Safe Travels,

    Kay Ellen


  21. Karen Albert replied:

    Claudia I am so happy to hear this for your father!!

    Whether near or far we will always be friends, You have been supportive from the start!


    Art by Karena


  22. Fashion-isha replied:

    Glad to hear your Dad is feeling better! Nothing like friends!


  23. Bron replied:

    l do hope your Dad is on the mend Claudia and it’s great to see pics of the Paris lights, they’re very beautiful.
    l’m chuffed to bits that l’ve won a book and sorry l haven’t been in to thank you before now. My email has been out of action for a couple of days but l’m working on rectifying it. Many thanks also for including the “shout out” in your lovely blog.


  24. rita replied:

    these photos remind me of Festa di San Giuseppe when I was back home in Sicily. The lights!
    I am glad your Papa’ is doing better. Sure miss mine.
    Buon Natale to you and your Famiglia. Rita


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