Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Is How It All Started


As most of you know by now, I fell in love with Paris in March, 2007.  Daughter Melissa, who was already in love, took granddaughter Eva and me for a week in Paris that changed my life.  Photographing the City of Light was the start of what has become a "magnificent obsession."  In November 2008, I returned to Paris with my friend Karen.  After that trip, my blog friends encouraged me to start another blog so I could share my Paris photographs. Today marks the the third anniversary of Paris Through My Lens. I have posted almost daily since and often blogged from Paris while there.  Nothing pleases me more than sharing my memories and my photographs with all of you who love Paris as much as I do.  Here's to many more trips, photographs, and memories shared!!

And what is a birthday party without presents ??? To celebrate this occasion, I have un petit cadeau pour toi. Actually I have deux, one for my faithful followers in the US /Canada and another for those that live on the rest of the planet.  Leave me a comment and please add your whereabouts and your name that will go in the hat for the drawings on Tuesday.  Bon chance! :)

54 comments:

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Félicitations Virginia! Three years of daily posts is an amazing feat! Thank you for taking me back to Paris every night before I go to bed here in Seattle! Wishing you a fun-filled, and rewarding fourth year of blogging, Veronique.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Congratulations on reaching your third anniversary and for your dedication to blogging. Love seeing Paris through your lens....

Diane said...

How could anyone not fall in love with Paris! Many thanks for sharing your love with us. I took note of lots of your findings and visited them on my recent trip. xxx

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Félicitations pour trois ans de Paris Through My Lens Virginia and many more to come! What a wonderful portrait of trois belles femmes!

martinealison said...

Que du bonheur pour nous qui vous suivons... J'en réclame encore et encore.
Gros bisous

Cezar and Léia said...

Nice pic with the different generations...
And interesting to learn about how your passion for Paris has sparked up!
God bless you!
Cezar

M. Denise C. said...

Absolutely have loved your blog for a couple of years and have it on my blog list sidebar. Since I cannot go to Paris as often as you can, I love to see your photos to get my fix . . . Cheers and to many more!

M Denise C from Dallas, Texas:-))

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

...and you do a MAGNIFICENT JOB OF IT DEAREST! And so this is the little lady who inspired the drawing in the little blue coat? Ahhhhhh....

Anita

M said...

Bon anniversaire, Virginia! Your delightful blog and photographs bring such joy to so many and you are loved and appreciated! Hugs from Katy, TX!

Anne said...

Congratulations, Virginia. Your blog is a little bit of therapy when I'm longing for Paris now that I'm back home in Washington, DC.

Leif Hagen said...

V de B, Felicitations on your 3rd blog anniversary! What a beautiful photo of you three Paris loving ladies!
Now if I leave 99 comments on your blog today, then my chances of winning a present will likely increase....
Ready, set, go! Bonjour d'EAGAN, Minnesota

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Happy birthday to your Paris baby, Virginia. Meeting you first through your blog, I now have a lifelong dear friend... can't wait until we all get back to Paris in January!

Peter said...

Three years, bravo!! Three nice faces; only Eva's seems to have changed since!

Looking forward to meet you soon again! A nice collection of new photos should allow us to follow this blog still for long!

Best regards to Melissa and Eva!

La Petite Gallery said...

What a perfect Place Paris for a photo of 3 generations.
Virginia, you have a beautiful family. I have enjoyed your Posts on Paris, Thanks for all the effort. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Yvonne
on the coast of Maine

helen tilston said...

Thank you for providing us with such pleasure and beauty.

Many more years of posting and congratulations.

Helen xx

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Nice to have found your pleasure... and to share with all of us.

LuxeBytes said...

Happy blogaversary! I read you from Denver at the crack of dawn every morning while having my first cup of tea. Your photos are splendid and help me get my daily Paris fix.

Nadege said...

Everyday, we get a new gift from you Virginia with your beautiful pictures. For your blog anniversary, I wish you could go back to Paris 4 times a year, celebrating the 4 seasons.
(And listening to Françoise Hardy everyday is also a treat).

Roseann said...

Virginia-

You already know how I dote on your wonderful photos and your Paris.

I always wish I was there.

Roseann
Tucson, AZ

Malyss said...

Happy birthday to your blog, dear Virginia! WE should send you awards and rewards for your pretty pictures and especially for your love of of Paris, and to give such a beautyful idea of this city.
I like this picture today, 3 generations through the lens, that's a beautifull moment!

this is Belgium said...

Three lovely ladies to mark a three year birthday celebration!
Three times bravo
from
where else..;Brussels of course

altadenahiker said...
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altadenahiker said...

Oh no! The competition is already fierce, and it's not even 9:00 here. Oh well. Your Paris photos are a daily pleasure, and that's cadeau enough pour moi.

Katie said...

Wow, three years already? What fun it's been to see your Paris photos. Looking forward to many more years of you sharing your Paris passion with us!

Starman said...

Bon anniversaire and congratulations on an excellent photo blog.

Anne said...

Felicitations! I'm so glad I discovered your blog. I lived in France as a girl and it just stays in your soul...its so much fun to revisit Paris through your photos! by the way, my mother's name was Eva... its a pretty name and uncommon...

Virginia said...

oh look how many friends have said hello today. You're all in the hat. Some have not shared their whereabouts, so please do so I can put you in the correct "hat" for the drawings: US/Canada and Rest of the Planet.
V

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I read you daily from the Coast of Lake Erie in Ohio. I so enjoy all of your efforts. Here's to many more years!!

Dianne said...

It is certainly a "magnificent obsession" Virginia and how wonderful that you take us along for the ride.
Well done on three years of wonderful pics & stories and I just know there will be many more to come.

Allax said...

Three generations of beautiful girls - bonne anniversaire - Allan, Vancouver

Dianne said...

Oops Virginia - I forgot to say I'm in "the rest of the planet" hat!

Anonymous said...

Magnifique! Il n'y a pas des paroles pour expliquer votre passion...
Your blog is part of my daily trip checking how beautiful Paris is.
Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Petrea Burchard said...

Don't put my name in the hat, Virginia, I don't comment often enough to deserve it though I look at your photos every day. I just want to say how much I love this picture! And how glad I am that you and Paris found each other and that you share your photos of it so generously.

Maria O. Russell said...

Congratulations Madame!

Your family is as beautiful as you are.

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog of yours.

Maria Isabel in South America

Alexa said...

Brava, V! I'm so glad to have found your wonderful blog—and you! Thanks for taking me back to my beloved city every day. (And that's quite a family resemblance you three have going there!)

Virginia said...

Anonymous, give me your name in a comment and you'll be in the running! Rio? How great!


Alexa, Well I'll thank you for that compliment

Anita, Oui, Miss Eva is the subject of your fabulous painting. It's for Nöel. She will adore it.

Maria, I never knew where you were. I"m so glad to know.

Petrea, of course you are in the hat. What a dear dear friend you have become .

Dianne! HA , bien sûr!

Peter, Oh my dear friend. If it weren't for you this blog wouldn't have lasted the first year. You have shown me Paris like no one else could have. Merci merci merci. Oh, and the champagne helped! :)

ANONYMOUS IN OHIO, Your name is in too!

Anne, oh so glad to meet you here today. Eva is named for her other grandmother and it just fits her sweet spirit.

Hker, You're in the chapeau sistah!

Starman, you have been faithful through thick and thin. Bless you.

Belgium I love your comments dear.

Malyss, what a dear compliement!

Nadege, Thank you for that wonderful wish for me. I 'm glad you like the musique. I love it too. I"m listening right now!

Veronique, thank you for your comments every night. You're always numéro un~

Diane, use my tips here but when in Paris avec moi, I"m not so good with the directions!

Elizabeth, thank you for all your visits and comments.

Grace, merci, you always make my day!

Katie, oh we have such a thing about Paris between us don't we. I loved getting to be with you last month and the key and box are in a special place.

Roseann, I'm so happy you come and enjoy here.

LUxebytes, I"m happy that my blog is part of your morning thé!

Martine, Merci chère amie!

Cezar and Léla, Your comments are so dear and your photos on your blog are such a delight.

M and Genie, well you two know how much I love you both. xx

Sandi, I"ll win you over to paris on day! :)

Yvonne, thank you dear friend for your faithful comments.

Helen, I'm so glad you stop by!

Anne, we ALL need Paris therapy!

Leif, You crack me up on a daily basis. Don't stop!
V de B!

M. Denise C., Dallas? WE're almost neighbors. How great to meet a reader for so many years. Please keep coming!

Whew, I hope and pray I didn't leave anyone out. Thank you all so very much for saying bonjour today. You are why I do this everyday.
Bises,
V

Harriet said...

I'm a little late to the party tonight, but you know how much I love your blog. It's hard to believe that this is your 3rd year...time flies when you're having fun...and for me looking at your wonderful photos is a real treat. I still remember the photo that most captivated me when I was initially visiting your blog -- a view looking through a many paned window out onto the garden of the Musee Carnavalet. And how did I come to your blog...through dear Peter when he used one of your photos....was it a subway shot???
Congratulations on your superb photography and commentary! You know how to make a girl long to be in Paris!
Love, Harriet in Charleston,SC

Bobbi said...

I love your blog and read it everyday. I commented earlier but I guess it didn't go through. Your photgraphy is an inspiration to us beginners. I'm in Los Angeles. Come teach a class out here!

Susan said...

congratulations on you anniversary. You have a wonderful blog, sharing the beauty of lovely Paris. Your photos feed my home-sickness for France (even though I am Australian, I feel so at home in France). I look forward to visiting Paris again, but it is such a long trip.

la fourchette said...

Encore, Virginia: Felicitations! I certainly share your love affair with Paris. What's not to love?!

Here's wishing you many more trips to Paris to fill many more years of blogging - day by day!

Shell Sherree said...

Oh, congratulations, dear V! I'm so grateful for your generosity of spirit, not to mention your beautiful eye and photographic talents. I've loved getting to know you {and most recently, your beloved Meeps}. Thank you for your friendship and fun and derring do. Here's to your Paris memories that still lie ahead. Big hugs from Ella and me. x0

d e l i g h t said...

Happy Birthday! I have been to Paris once in 2008 and have relived the experience every time I look at your photographs! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Virginia said...

Bobbi, I was in LA last month visiting a blog reader and
having a ball with my dear blog buddies in the area. I'd love to teach classes there!
V

What fun to meet some of my readers that I didn't know were out there and hear from others that stop by often and say hello. Thank you all for your warm wishes. I'll announce the winners Tuesday!

altadenahiker said...

Just circled back to keep an I on my formidable competition.

Bill said...

I love Paris even though I have never been there and will probably never make it. (I know. We are suppose to think positively. I will make it someday!) It's my Canadian-French blood calling even though I was born and live in Michigan.

bevgrey said...

I love looking at your photos every day. I have been to Paris eight times now and I still haven't seen anywhere near enough of my favorite city. Your pictures make me triste. I can't wait to go back again.

Daryl said...

Bon anniversarie!

ParisienSalon said...

Congratulations, Virginia! And thanks for dazzling us with your Paris for these past three years.

from cali said...

Congratulations, Virginia! Paris is easy on the eyes (and heart and mind) n'est-ce pas?

Draffin Bears said...

Congratulations Virginia, for your third blog anniversary. Paris through my Lens is wonderful and I love to come and see all your fabulous photographs.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

SCATTI said...

Buon anniversario al tuo magnifico Blog e molti buoni auspici al tuo feeling con Parigi.

An Eye for Detail said...

I haven't been over here for while Virginia...but oh what a reward. This is charming! I love the three generations. Utterly charmant...

TheChieftess said...

Too late for the drawing but never too late for good wishes!!! Happy Birthday dear Virginia!!! You are one of my blog inspirations!!!

Elizabeth said...

Catching up... three years! Congrats!