it’s a true story

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bonjour mes amis, ça va? i’m back from paris and have unpacked and downloaded the photos but the the trip is not quite over, and in a way it’s just begining. the experience of #embraceparis was one i’ll hold close to my heart for as long as i live, not only for the magnificent hospitality of Le Meurice, but the truly unforgettable ladies who came together from around the world for 3 days to share their knowledge and passion regarding their businesses and social media. at the end of the trip we each discussed what we’d like to do regarding the recap and for me, it was to profile each gal and introduce them and what they’ve shared with me.  i can say that we just scratched the surface and doing this post alone was a real eye opener. so without further ado…please meet the first lovely lady i got to know very quickly when we shared a tiny car and we cruised the streets of paris, day one… the inimitable blogger, lynne knowlton.


we were a small group of 10 and i’ve heard the story of how it all came together a couple of times but still am not exactly sure how it went down, but the adventure started something like this: some friends were getting together at what’s affectionaltely known as lynne’s ‘treehouse’.


she was hosting some friends for a restorative retreat. one couldn’t make it and tweeted to their mutual friend that it would be fun to do something in paris, maybe even hold it at one of her favorite french hotels. well, the tweet became reality and voilà, #embraceparis was born. it showed the women the scope of social media and that became the focus of the event. the rest is history and a lesson that for me was really powerful.

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what was just a playful idea became reality and for the next year carina and norma put it all together.

Treehouse bathroom via

they gathered together a small group, each with a website, blog, FB, twitter and instagram. what was really striking is how much we learned from one another, with lynn, we talked about connecting, creating passive income, linking with affiliates, monetizing our websites and businesses with apps and podcasts. she details lots of this on her blog and is all about empowering others to do the same so if you get a chance, take a visit!


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lynne’s home is such an inspiration and i can only imagine the good time they all had at that first retreat.

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and what was a dream became reality and before long we were all checking into the hotel, oohing and ahhing at the beauty of the oldest palace in paris.

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all the photos in this post were taken by lynne who is a fabulous photographer and even wrote a great e-book on editing pics:



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we were warmly welcomed with flowers and champagne, a memory stick, a candle, postcards and chocolates!


ok i took this one…my room!


photo via outandaboutinparis- whizzing-around-paris-in-twiztour

lynne and i got to know each other pretty darn quick in the twiztour car we shared as soon as we met. we couldn’t stop talking and still have lots to catch up on in the days to come.

video by andrea claire


you can get to know lynn through some of her social media but there is a lot of information on her life and design projects throughout the web and on her site.


if you get a chance, take some time to follow lynn, subscribe to her blog and get to know this wonderful lady, mother, wife, and playmate. she’s the funny friend who made you laugh in the back of the class…

lastly, take a look at the real lynn and don’t hesitate to contact her, you’ll be glad you did and so will she!

August 4, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Friends, Le Meurice, Paris, Paris Trip.


  1. Jean replied:

    Sounds amazing!! So cool of Le Meurice to invite you all!


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      it was pure magic. it is inspiring me to do all the things i always wanted to do, like a retreat in the south of france with flea markets, horses, yoga, brainstorming, great food and good girl energy…!


  2. Dayle replied:

    OMG, what a fabulous, life altering experience! I wanna go next year!!!


  3. MJH Design Arts replied:

    You are moving me out of my slump! An amazing story of connections.
    Thank you. Mary


  4. Carina Okula replied:

    What a time we had sweet Claudia! :) Lynne is such an incredible lady – she has such positive energy about her. I wasn’t one of the ten going to Lynne’s original retreat in Canada but I sure wanted to be when I was reading about it on social media. A year later…. EmbraceParis! So much energy between everyone, fabulous learning and connecting, wonderful visits and sublime surruondings at Le Meurice! xo


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      well, you were the spoon that stirred the pot from afar, carina. it was truly magical and i thank you for all the effort you put in to making it happen.


  5. Jenn Brouwer replied:

    So thrilled we had an opportunity to meet and be in each others orbits even if only for a short time . This is a fabulous post !! Makes me sad its over all over again. Miss you lots!! Hope to see you again soon though
    Jen xo


  6. Karena Albert replied:

    Claudia what an incredible woman. So glad you became good friends during this very special trip!

    The Arts by Karena


  7. Suzanne Bernadette replied:

    Love, love, LOVED this! Merci beaucoup!!!! xoxoxoxoxo
    I am SO missing Paree! Thank YOU for sharing…this is as “I” imagine my next trip to Paris!
    Suzanne Bernadette


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