Wednesday, April 16, 2008

32 Bis

Je suis très content.
Two weeks from today, I will once again
return to the country that fills me with inspiration.
I'll return to my pied-à-terre at 32 Bis in France.

It is a place, this country called France, that speaks to the depths of my soul and her beauty humbles one. I'll once again be grateful that I have this moment of time to share with mon ami's.

I'll rest dan le jardin and silently try to analyze the meaning of it all with those sweet melodies (the French language) echoing in the background. (especially after a glass or two of vin rouge)

I'll ask myself, who, what, and why have I been so blessed to share a bit of life with these people (the French) and been so openly received by this lady, France???

Lady France will act as my shepherd and gently guide me to experience her offerings. I look forward to the lessons of this journey. I am like clay in her hand, her sculpture not yet finished.

She will teach me the beauty of decaying elegance and how to appreciate the footprints of those who came before me.

She will speak to me from the heavens

She will take me to some familiar places and show me things I overlooked.

She will steer me down some new roads to discover parts of her, I do not yet know.

She takes me higher and higher with every visit. Trip #44 and so much of her, not yet revealed.

Déjeuner at my favorite Auberge, she will remind me, sharing in another person's passion is one of life's most beautiful gifts.
She will show me how to create, because I am living on the edge of creation.
But, she will ask me to blend into my new creation, a part of those beautiful thoughts from the past. She whispers, "you are a part of all that has ever been."

She will share with me her bouquets.

She will leave me speechless at times.

Photo from Living Etc.
She always gives me much to ponder.
Thank you Lady France and your people for preserving
your history, embracing passion, cultivating the arts,
and realizing that 2 hour lunches give time for the
important things in life!
It is with great pleasure that I return to you once more!
And I say, Viva la France!


Lisa Wilson (& Alfie!) at The Pickled Hutch said...

Bon Voyage and safe travels Shawn. Please take a few deep breaths of that wonderful french air for me. All I am inhaling is paint fumes and dust right now.
Lisa & Alfie

Mélanie said...

You are coming to France ??
Where is your 32 bis ?
If you stop by Marseilles , don't hesitate to come to say hello !
It seems all the american blogosphere is coming to France ?

Villa Anna said...

I'm almost crying Shawn! I WANT YOUR LIFE! Boo Hoo :(

Hehe, as Lisa said Bon Voyage and stay safe. Oh and don't forget to take a gazillion pics for your blog lol.

Anna :)

Katy said...

Oooh, I'm jealous! Have a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

Happy shopping and enjoy your trip!Do you find that with the poor dollar to Euro conversion is hurting your business? The exchange has sent my business reeling. . .

Country French Antiques said...

Merci all..I will take lots of photos! Promise

In response to anonymous...
Not really because I know where to buy. And you know that it is a good time to buy, because the euro will become equal to the British lb. So get it while you can..PS..I could probably be of help to you in acquiring your inventory at a lower cost.
Feel free to email me!!

The Antiques Diva said...

Bonjour My Blogger Friend,
Just a quick note to wish you a Bon Voyage and to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! It seems we've both fallen head over heals in love with France. For me, it was "Coup de foudre" and for toi too, it seems. I can't wait to see what you purchase while "en vacance". Happy Brocanting!
The Antiques Diva

June Parrish Cookson said...

Can I be your clone? Haha.

Have a safe trip and look forward to seeing pictures when you return. Suffice it to say, I'm envious but very happy for you. Meanwhile I'll watch some movies depicting beautiful France and sip wine. "A Good Year" should do the trick tonight.

Bon Voyage!

Devonia said...

Sighhhhh, Better take lots of photos of home with you so you remember to return!


Donna O. said...

Now that I've picked myself up off the floor.....
PS- love the new collection you'll be carrying in your previous post!

My Melange said...

Lovely, just lovely. Let me know if you ever need a traveling partner or a roommate ;)

Connie said...

Have a safe and wonderful trip. I can't imagine how much fun it must be to shop where you shop. Someday I hope to shop abroad also. Until then I will enjoy your trips through your blog.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, dreamy & exciting!
Have a wonderful holiday and bring back lots of visions to share!