Monday, February 7, 2011

Ma Chère Amie Mary


Most of you already know my dear Paris amie Mary Gilbert ( Mad About Paris). We met almost 4 years ago on Virtual Tourist as  hopeless Francophiles. Our friendship grew from there. After months of emails, we finally met face to face here in Birmingham right before my second trip to Paris in November, 2008.  Since then, we've savored Paris together four times. We are, I think, wonderful travel companions.  She walks my tail off, and I just suck it up and try to carry on.  Merci Mar for dragging me all over Paris and being my very best Paris buddy. This photo I took last January.  I think it's just perfect.  I hope she thinks so !!!

29 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Aw, how sweet of you to write a post about your friend. You two look very chic in Paris

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

And it's such a wonderful photograph of two beautiful francophials!!
I can just imagine the fun the two of you have exploring our most beautiful city in the world - I hope there are many more such trips for you both!
hugs
Shane

Diane said...

What lovely friends! You do indeed fit in so well in Paris - you look so chic. xxx

Shell Sherree said...

Hi, Mary! You and Virginia make an elegant pair. I think I'd benefit from someone walking my tail off.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Delightful photos of two of my favorite Francophiles! Love the portrait of Mary with the light on her hair. She is quite the walker and I enjoyed getting to know Mary in "our city" last juin.

Wonderful post, my friend!
Genie

Harriet said...

Great photos. I always love seeing a few 'personal' photos.

Ginnie said...

I love that you have posted this today, Virginia, when I have also posted about meeting bloggers in real life. I have met almost 50 in the last 6 years and think it's such a wonderful experience. (Two times I was part of a blogger meet-up and met several in one day, which is why the number is so large!) Yay for bloggers who become some of our dearest friends!

Helen said...

Virginia - it sounds as though you make quite the dynamic duo. It is wonderful to share these adventures with good friends.

M said...

V, Love both photos ... I wish Genie and I could have been walking our tails off with you! You have brought back happy memories of juin. Bises, M

alice said...

Coucou Virginia!
Hello Mary! It was nice to meet you last year chez Ladurée. I'm just back from four days in Paris but you were not there...

MadAboutParis said...

Awwwwwwww - what a sweet surprise on a bleak Cincinnati Monday. I am so grateful that the internet delivered so many fun & talented soulmates: Babarba, Margaret, Sherri, Michaela, BeatChick, Beausoleil, ParisMumsie, Melissa, Peter, Alice, Richard, Vincent, JB, Owen, Genie, Marie, Maya, Janet, Janeen, Shauna, Steve, Eric, Laurent...and the list goes on.
Merci mille fois Virginie...allons y!

Lookout Jack said...

Beautiful women, beautiful friendship

Eleanor said...

It's one thing to have the time and the money to travel, but oh how wonderful to have a good friend to share Paris with too!

Daryl said...

Beautiful from any angle

Nadege said...

Lovely!

Alexa said...

A good traveling companion is worth her weight in souvenir Eiffel Towers (and I love the ones in your smaller shot!). You two are fortunate indeed to have found each other. Would love to get in on a looong walk around Paris with the two of you! And it's a wonderful portrait, V.

TheChieftess said...

What a delightful photo and tribute!!! Here's to many more walks in Paris!!!

Maya said...

Awww, nice to "see" Mary again! I enjoyed walking around with you both as well. Let's do it again!

Virginia said...

Oh I'm so glad you all liked "meeting" Mary. I look forward to more trips with her....there's much more tail to walk off! :)
V

MadAboutParis said...

I think that we should charter a plane...n'est-ce pas?

Virginia said...

Mar,
If we charter a plane, I'd like Business Class and no stanby svp.
xx
V

GeneMarine said...

Two pretty ladies adding to the beauty of the streets of Paris...

Petrea said...

How terrific to have a great friend to travel with. I'm lucky to have John--on our last trip to Paris I did the talking and he figured out the Metro. It was a good combination.

Virginia said...

Petrea,
When I go with ANYBODY, guess who's the "talker" and guess who figures out the Metro, the map, etc....? :)

Petrea said...

You're a parleur after my own coeur, Virginia.

Nathalie said...

A great portrait and wonderful tribute to friendship. Had to laugh at your exchange with Petrea above!

Cezar and Léia said...

You both are beautiful, elegant, charming and adorable!
:)
Léia

Peter said...

I thought I had commented, but obviousloy not! This is really a perfect shot of the charming Mad-about-Paris-Mary!!

jb said...

Silver blondes on the rampage....