jupiter aligned with mars


hey guys, happy thursday. what do you have planned for the weekend? i hope a whole lotta nada or major productivity, whichever you prefer! i’m about to have a full house so it will be hard to get back here much.  these last couple hours of solitude are going way too quick! i had to come by, regroup and keep track of what’s happening.

it’s been a whirlwind putting the trip itinerary together. there are so many connections between all these incredible women that have happened in one split second. i want to remember the path as it’s wonderful circle of friends and i had no idea it existed.


over the past couple years i’ve met up with some of my blog buds and have always wanted to meet with others. sharon, for example. we briefly met at the bloggers’ cocktail party in paris but didn’t get to chat much. but we kept in touch a bit and i always loved her site. turns out she’a the local brocante expert and also knows melanie.  check out her site, her life and photos are pure soul food!


is this even real? she gives brocante tours so keep her as a reference if you’re in the provence area. and that’s not all.

PHOTO: hipparis-normandy

turns out my girl erica from haven in paris has been antiquing with her in normandy and they had a ball:


mimi of belle inspiration (another blog bud turned hard core friend)!  mimi has been giving my flea market tours when i’m not in paris and is my soldier on the ground.

ok well that’s officially full circle and would be enough but i’m sure it’s going to get even thicker!


this image was taken by dash who is in the region now.  well, it’s getting late and i officially better jet. have a great rest of your night!

June 8, 2012. Antique Shopping, France, Nice, Normandy, Shopping, South of France.


  1. vintageandart. replied:

    Well it truly is a small world after all Claudia…..what an amazing web of connections..ENJOY!!!


  2. Shelly Gregory replied:

    I am dreaming all the while I read! So wonderful! What a treasure trip you will have!!


  3. Rhonda replied:

    My day job has me very busy but I can always find pleasure visiting your blog. Isn’t it a small world? I wanted to know if you had a chance to see the Dior at Versailles video? It’s called Secret Garden and it is beautiful.


  4. Heidi replied:

    Oh my to take all this in…..dreamy!


  5. Style Maniac replied:

    “met at a blogger’s cocktail party in Paris” …. how fabulous is that! I’ll be thinking about it all day. Wish I could join you ….


  6. Peggy Braswell replied:

    sounds like fabulous + You deserve every last bit. Here’s to a wonderful time. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com


  7. Teresa@ Splendid Sass replied:

    Great blogs, Claudia! Thank you for sharing.
    Hope that all is well with you.
    Happy Friday.


  8. erica replied:

    Sharon is lovely indeed and so is her French Country Home. I also have loved getting to know Toma. She has been giving our clients tours… small world indeed. Thanks for the shout out Caludia!! xo from Italy.


  9. The Antiques Diva replied:

    So lovely to see my name on your blog Claudia! In fact I don’t know Sharon but would love to! I’m working with Melanie in Provence! But Sharon is clearly someone I need to know too! Great intro!


  10. The Antiques Diva replied:

    Aha! I figured it out!, Sharon with My French Country House works with Michele of Tea Garden style – and I work with Michele too! The Sharon connection!,


  11. Belle Inspiration Magazine replied:

    What a treat to be included in this list of lovely ladies. You have become a great friend to me as well! Can’t wait till we meet up again!

    à bientôt,


  12. sharon - my french country home replied:

    Hi Claudia, thanks for the shout-out! Small world indeed. My tours take place in Normandy, but I know that you will have fantastic fun with your provence tour this year!!


  13. thetravelingpear replied:

    Love getting your blog in my inbox..great pics!

    I adore Mimi too. We chatted over tea in Paris this April and she mentioned your tours. Can’t wait to start contributing to her mag!!

    Wish I would have seen the antiquing bit about Normandy…My Paris bud Marie Z. from The French Market Maven blog and I went chateaux hunting in Normandy…as well as Calvados hunting. You can see the write-up she did here: http://frenchmarketmaven.blogspot.com/2012/05/chasing-normandy.html
    and the one I did on my blog here: http://thetravelingpear.com/2012/05/01/paris-going-beyond-the-peripherique/

    Our next adventure hopefully comes at the end of this month…masked ball at Versailles!


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