a stroll around Paris…

Paris Eiffel Tower

I’m 59 today. I don’t believe in being coy about my age, but rather view every year as a victory. 😉 My ideal birthday gift, bien sur, would be a trip to Paris. But as that isn’t in the cards for a few months, let’s take an imaginary visit together…

Paris sidewalk cafe

Paris Jardin de Luxembourg

Paris Louvre

Paris in spring

Paris Printemps

rive gauche

Eiffel Tower view

place des Vosges, Marais Paris

picnic quai Seine

Notre Dame at night

Paris in the rain 2

roses in Paris

Paris jardin du luxembourg

Paris dusk

sunset Seine Paris

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105 Comments

  1. sybes1
    March 4, 2016 / 6:29 am

    Happy Birthday Susan!! Thank you for the beautiful photos of Paris….I hope you have a wonderful day today <3

  2. Suz
    March 4, 2016 / 6:35 am

    Happy Birthday! Happy Birthweekend!

  3. Marysue
    March 4, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Joyeux Anniversaire!

  4. March 4, 2016 / 6:47 am

    Happiest if birthdays! Live the photos. They are very inspiring.

  5. Helena
    March 4, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the excellent suggestions for women like us. I will be in Paris at the end of April and am using your posts to pack the right way. Have also taken your advice on several clothing purchases and you have been right on the mark.
    Finally there is a fashion blogger who truly understands “women of a certain age”!

  6. March 4, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Happy Birthday Sue! Love those photos. And finally….finally…after our trip last May they trigger my own memories. Sigh. Thanks for that. Hope you have a great birthday celebration…big or little..whatever your 59-but-still-looks-35-year-old heart desires:)

  7. March 4, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Happy Birthday to you!! xxx

  8. Margaret Jumonville
    March 4, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for taking me along with you…

  9. March 4, 2016 / 7:07 am

    I hope you have a very Happy Birthday.

  10. Pink Azalea
    March 4, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Happy Birthday! 59 is not what it used to be. You look great and I really enjoy your blog. Beautiful photos of Paris. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Judy
    March 4, 2016 / 7:10 am

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for the lovely stroll around Paris. It brought back many wonderful memories (some just last year) of the times my husband and I have enjoyed while visiting Paris.

  12. Sisty
    March 4, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday! Ahhh, the bridges! The public spaces! The newsstands! The gravel paths in the gardens! The cobblestones! I wish I was there right now.

  13. MJ
    March 4, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Happy birthday! As I like to say, I have earned every one of my years. (I say the same thing about the lines of my face.)

  14. March 4, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Happy Birthday, Susan. I enjoyed your birthday stroll around Paris very much. We’re of an age – I’m ahead by 4 months, so I’ll be 60 in the fall – I feel the same openness about my age. I hope your day is full of joy.

  15. March 4, 2016 / 7:42 am

    A very happy birthday to you!

  16. Paula Brink
    March 4, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for the lovely stroll around Paris to wake up to this morning.

  17. Beverly
    March 4, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures—-they bring back so many lovely memories. As Helena said, you really “get” women of a certain age—-your blog always makes my day!

  18. Debra
    March 4, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Happy birthday! And thank you for the soul food (the photos of my beloved Paris).

  19. March 4, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Happy Birthday Sue!
    It is lovely to see these beautiful images…I took pictures of these same spots last spring when I was there.
    How wonderful that you are going back to Paris…

  20. Henny
    March 4, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Happy Birthday, Susan, and many, many more! XOXO

  21. Cathy D.
    March 4, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Happy Birthday, Susan. 59 can be a great age and I hope it brings you much pleasure. Thank you for the beautiful photos of Paris. I’m happy for you that you discovered Paris and seem to be having many opportunities to visit one of my favorite cities. Between the ages of 35 and 60, I visited Paris many, many times until fate intervened. The great thing about Paris is that it remains in your mind and in your heart even if you cannot physically be there.

  22. March 4, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Hapy Birthday!!! What fun to spend it together today!!!

  23. March 4, 2016 / 8:12 am

    An exceptionally happy birthday to you, my friend! Here’s to a great year!

  24. cindy
    March 4, 2016 / 8:15 am

    A very happy birthday to you. Paris is always lovely through your camera lens! Thanks for the excursion!

  25. March 4, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Happy birthday, Susan! Have a beautiful day!

  26. March 4, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Les Jardins du Luxembourg are always a good idea.

    Lovely photos!

    bisous
    Suzanne

  27. Luisa Perkins
    March 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the stroll!

  28. Linda B
    March 4, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Happy 59th from another 1957 baby! You’re about 5 months ahead of me. Thank you for the fabulous photos so we can all have a bit of Paris in our hearts today. I hope your day is full of many pleasures, big and small.

  29. Jenniferanne
    March 4, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Happy birthday to you! Have a lovely day!
    I thoroughly enjoy your blog with my morning coffee!

  30. March 4, 2016 / 8:46 am

    That was very generous of you, a gift of Paris shared with us on your birthday. Bon anniversaire!

  31. March 4, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday! I truly hope you have the greatest, greatest day! I also thank you for gifting us with these great photos! When are you going to be in France? I’ll be there in June through the beginning of July! I’m sure you are counting the days! XOXOXO!

  32. Marilyn
    March 4, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Bon anniversaire! Thanks for the stroll of my favorite city!

  33. Leslie K
    March 4, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Happy birthday to you and wishing you the best year yet!

  34. Mary Chapel
    March 4, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Happy Birthday! I am right behind you with birthday in August!

  35. Nancy H
    March 4, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the lovely stroll!

  36. Vancouver Barbara
    March 4, 2016 / 9:18 am

    How pretty it all is. Happy Birthday!

  37. dottoressa
    March 4, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Happy birthday!
    Beautiful photos!
    Dottoressa

  38. March 4, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and looking forward to our rendez-vous this year.

  39. Janet Linville
    March 4, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Happy Birthday Susan! And not to worry, each year is better as we become our true selves! Thanks for pics, I needed that-cold gloomy day here in Kentucky & I am months away from Paris!!!!!!!!!
    Mine is next week- no wonder we are kindred spirits!
    Jan

  40. March 4, 2016 / 10:38 am

    So, now I see — you are not only a good writer, but a brave one! Living in LA, and sharing your age is BRAVE in my estimation!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. . .Miss 59. You are an inspiration to us all. Love the photos. Thanks for sharing!

  41. March 4, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Happy Birthday, I know how you feel, I will turn 58 on April 1st. Paris is my favorite place on earth. I was fortunate enough to spend 4 days there last summer, by myself, just wandering around and enjoying the city. It was heavenly, as are these photos.

  42. March 4, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Happy Birthday! Everything on your birthday is calorie-free and all transgressions are forgiven in advance. Have a blast.
    Such beautiful photos. Thank you.

  43. Sandra
    March 4, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Joyeux anniversaire, Sue, et merci bien pour la balade a Paris!

  44. Marianne
    March 4, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Happy birthday!

  45. Maria
    March 4, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Joyeux Anniversaire, Feliz Cumpleanos!!!

  46. Beryl Meiron
    March 4, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Happy, happy, happy birthday, lovely Sue. You are the youngest looking 59-year-old I’ve ever seen. Joyeux Anniversaire!

  47. Alice
    March 4, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Happy birthday. Enjoy your day. It was great to revisit Paris via your great photos.

  48. March 4, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! I went to Paris in December for my 58th birthday. It was not as green as in your photos but every bit as fun.

  49. March 4, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    People who say “But you’ve already been to Paris” just don’t understand, do they? 5 weeks to go for me and counting down the days:)

  50. Tracy
    March 4, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  51. Valerie
    March 4, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Happy Day! Wonderful Weekend.

  52. Maryann
    March 4, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Happy Birthday. It is also my birthday today. I am 56 and like you am very open about my age. I will be in Paris in late April before travelling to The Netherlands to see family. Have a great weekend, Maryann

  53. Judy
    March 4, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Bon anniversaire! (I went to Paris for my 59th and 60th birthdays! 61 now)

  54. March 4, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Wonderful! I am dreaming of Paris myself. Have a beautiful birthday Susan!

  55. Sookee
    March 4, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday and best wishes to you for a wonderful day, week, and year! I’ve already told you that you are my style guru and thanks to you, I already know what I’ll be packing to leave cold Wisconsin and arrive in Napa for my birthday this coming Thursday (53rd year) and we’ll be staying at my favorite B&B (Cedar Gables) with the best inn-keepers ever, hiking, biking, cooking lessons, and of course, tasting wine.

  56. March 4, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Bon anniversaire de pres de la tour Eiffel!

  57. Jane
    March 4, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Happy Birthday! And for sharing your lovely photos! I felt like I was back in Paris!

  58. Denise Marie
    March 4, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday Susan. Best wishes for a wonderful and stylish year!

  59. Jill Ann
    March 4, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! I am seven weeks older than you . I hope it is a great year for both of us, and here’s hoping that that NEXT birthday doesn’t freak us out……..

  60. Jane2
    March 4, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated a signicant birthday in Paris….nothing better.

  61. Bobbie
    March 4, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your posts about Paris remind me of that stunning red bag you picked out at Ines de la Fressange. Hope you’ve been enjoying it!

  62. March 4, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Hello again I have just come back from a walk around the Eiffel Tower and at the market place d’iena and I said hello to the Eiffel Tower for you on this special day. .. your blog is great and I thought you deserved a special wink from Paris. Your husband must be very proud of your blog I wish you a great day

  63. March 4, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    By the way it snowed in pies today I believe it is the first time this year

  64. Charlene H.
    March 5, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Happy Birthday, young lady! The best is yet to come! Love your blog, your style (new haircut!), and your writing. Thank you so much for sharing you with us!

  65. March 5, 2016 / 2:50 am

    Happy birthday Susan! I promise you that 60 is really good, I am doing it a year before you. 🙂

  66. Debra
    March 5, 2016 / 5:01 am

    Happy Birthday Susan! I turned 60 yesterday and it was a wonderful day, I hope yours was too! It’s been 24 years since I visited Paris but looking through your photos I felt like it was yesterday. Thank you!

  67. Gloria
    March 5, 2016 / 5:02 am

    I do hope you thoroughly enjoyed your Birthday. May the year ahead be absolutely wonderful.

  68. Nancy
    March 5, 2016 / 5:07 am

    Fifty-nine is the new thirty-nine!! Happy birthday, Susan, and thank you for posting such a lovely gift to us today! I’ve only been once, but also saw the chestnuts in bloom. Delightful!

  69. rose
    March 5, 2016 / 5:19 am

    Happy Birthday, Susan!
    I turned sixty several months ago and can say that this milestone is a daily reminder to me to keep moving and learning.

    I wish you a blessed life this coming year–enjoy it like none other.

  70. sue
    March 5, 2016 / 5:36 am

    XOXO Happy Birthday! Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  71. Kathryn Krohn-Gill
    March 5, 2016 / 5:42 am

    Happy Birthday! You inspire me in many ways. I need to take pictures from a Paris trip two years ago, and get them printed. So many of your shots bring back memories…..Also 59, Kathy

  72. Ellen
    March 5, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Happy Birthday. I am 10 years ahead of you, but in my mind I am much younger. Thank you so much for the pictures of Paris; they bring back many happy memories.

  73. Sharon
    March 5, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Happy belated Birthday! I hope your day was wonderful.

  74. Jenn
    March 5, 2016 / 6:14 am

    Happy belated birthday! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  75. Adele
    March 5, 2016 / 6:27 am

    Bonne Anniversaire!! Enjoy to the fullest. Thanks so much for all the wonderful posts you share with us.

  76. Donna Nance
    March 5, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Have a Happy Happy Birthday, even if you are not in Paris…the pictures are just lovely…

  77. Ellen Gloudie
    March 5, 2016 / 7:23 am

    Happy birthday Susan! What a good attitude towards age! Thank you for the nice pictures of Paris. I hope to go there in April. Have a good weekend with you loved ones.

  78. Christi
    March 5, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Susan,
    That looks like a perfect day! Hope your birthday was as well!

  79. Joanne
    March 5, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Happy Birthday Susan!!!

  80. Diana Naldoza
    March 5, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Happy Birthday! I agree, a trip to Paris would be a glorious birthday gift.

  81. Nanci
    March 5, 2016 / 8:02 am

    and many, many more!

  82. Marie
    March 5, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Happy birthday, and thank you for the wonderful tour of Paris to start the day!

  83. March 5, 2016 / 8:27 am

    A very happy birthday to you! I’ll celebrate 44 in just a couple weeks. 🙂 Much love to you on your special day.

  84. Jenny
    March 5, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Merci beaucoup for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful 59th year and get a chance to visit your favorite city again soon. Au devoir!

  85. March 5, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Joyeux anniversarie! And thank you for the virtual stroll through Paris – Loved it! Hope you had a delightful day. 🙂

  86. Lisa Laree
    March 5, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Happy Birthday, Susan!

  87. March 5, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Happy belated birthday, Susan. You are the best tourist guide for Paris I know…you always make me want to jump on a plane. My your dream of Paris come true very soon.

  88. Kate
    March 5, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Beautiful tour of Paris! I wish you a just as beautiful day — Happy Birthday!

  89. March 5, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Lovely! I so agreed – lets embrace our age:) Happy Birthday!

  90. March 5, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Toooo Yoooo – You are ahead with the season in your pictures, Paris had snow late morning today but it didn’t stay. Whew, now we can look forward to the “temps d’étè” as per your pics.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Bizzzz, bizzzz,
    Swan
    nowlivinginfrance.com

  91. Leslie in Oregon
    March 5, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Susan, and thank you for taking us on this lovely stroll! I will be lifting a glass of champagne to you this evening, with every good wish for a great year.

  92. Kim Dinardo Smith
    March 5, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Happy Birthday. You are an inspiration to us all.
    XO, Kim

  93. Kim
    March 5, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    You share a birthday with my sister. Happy birthday! I really enjoy your blog. 🙂

  94. March 5, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Thank you for the lovely tour. And happy, happy birthday!

  95. Susan B
    March 6, 2016 / 6:15 am

    Thank you everyone, for the lovely birthday wishes!!

  96. March 6, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Happy Birthday to you. Thank you so much for all you’ve taught me about fashion this year. We’re going to Paris for a few days at the end of May. Your packing suggestions/tutorials have helped immensely. Again, Bon anniversaire! ~~Dee

  97. Annick
    March 6, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Tres joyeux anniversaire!

  98. March 6, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Best wishes for a delightful birthday!

  99. Jennifer
    March 6, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful day! Loved the photos!

  100. March 7, 2016 / 5:52 am

    My birthday last week as well…. 61 and not really counting. Just back from a lovely weekend in Paris – favourite city in all the world. Loved seeing these photos and about to sit down and prepare post on Paris so a great inspiration.

  101. SoSuSam
    March 7, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Happy birthday to a fellow March baby! Many, many happy returns. 🙂

  102. Susan W H
    March 7, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Happy birthday a bit late. Thanks for the wonderful photos and for bringing back happy memories.

  103. Kate Kiernan
    March 7, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I miss Paris almost as much as I miss my 35 year old face! Happy Birthday. Hope to see you in pictures from Paris soon.

  104. March 8, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Ah… Paris. So close for me, yet I don’t go haha. Shame on me.
    Greetje

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