Tuesday, May 7, 2013


 The Caron de Beaumarchais Hotel
in the heart of the Marais district of Paris....

 ~The Lobby~
 ~The Breakfast Room~

~Our "perfect" room~

PARIS......what can anyone say except that there is no other city like it! As soon as you breathe the air, see the lights and the sights, watch the people, and embrace the French culture, you are in for a lifetime of LOVE!  Parisians love their famous city and go all out to share this wonderful place with people from all over the world.  I rarely thought about going to Paris until I began to be drawn to French furnishings and decor'.  When the opportunity came.....well, the rest is history!!! Now that I have been twice , I am on a mission to share this city with everyone and help others to go, get there, travel there, enjoy and be blessed by it's beauty!  

Several years ago, I read about a quaint hotel in the Marais district of Paris.  Paris-Le Marais is an old Jewish district with every winding street perfectly looking like a little postcard to send home.  This area is where real Parisians live and many own darling boutiques and shops stocked full of beautiful clothing, perfumes, and decor' for the home.  It is close to museums and just a walk away from the Siene and it's beautiful bridges.  The Champs Elysees is just a few blocks away.  

In the lobby, a rare piano-forte of 1792, a fireplace, candles everywhere and chandeliers recreate the charm of a private house in the Marais in the time of Beaumarchais and Mozart.  The owner greets you in this charming hotel with his French accent and the staff who all speak English are most gracious and helpful. 

I held on to this magazine for years, hoping to stay at the hotel!  After several weeks of trying, I received notice that they had an availablity for nights last week!  As my photographs show it was more beautiful than the magazines photos!  If you go to PARIS, or should I say, when you go to PARIS....consider booking a room there!  It is lovely!  The breakfast each morning was wonderful!!!!  It is offered in your room or in their beautifully appointed breakfast room.

My husband and I walked and walked, saw so much more of Paris this time than last and truly enjoyed every moment. On our final day, we decided to go to the Jacquemart-Andre' Museum!
This museum is in a beautiful mansion and contains a private museum of a husband and wife born in the 1800's who shared and devoted their lives to art collection.  The collections are shared in every room of the mansion in the Plaine Monceau area of Paris.  It was amazing!  Their private bedrooms were furnished with beautiful furnishings and fabrics.  The wife, Nelie', was a talented artist and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Edouard Andre' and from this meeting they fell in love.  Together, they were devoted to the work of eighteenth century artists and craftsmen.  The rooms present a complete panorama of a golden age in art!  Formal, but tasteful and preserved so beautifully for those interested.  Afterwards, we enjoyed the best lunch in the Cafe Jacquemart-Andre'.  We had a "perfect" view of the gardens.  The museum is open all year round and if you go, try and purchase your tickets in advance.  We did wait in line a long while but so worth it!

 ~The Formal Courtyard~

~Upon entering the courtyard, the flowers were beautiful~

We were blessed with beautiful weather everyday while in France!  I hope to share more of our journey.......The Lord has been so good to us over the years.  We always traveled with our family and it was rare for us to take a trip by ourselves.  I wish I could go again but I want others to enjoy the blessings and beauty of this wonderful place. The lives of those who built this beautiful city was inspired by God for His imprint is everywhere from the natural beauty of the rivers, the trees, the flowers, and the art and artist who continue to be inspired there.......

Ecclesiastes 3:11  "He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."

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