Sans doubt, the very, very best part of blogging has been getting to know so many amazing women, many of whom I’ve now had the pleasure to meet and spend time with in person. Last Sunday I was blessed to enjoy a few hours in the company of some of those amazing women: Audi of Fashion For Nerds (currently on hiatus), Lisa of Privilege, and Sally of Already Pretty (whom I had never met in person until now). What an absolute pleasure it was to spend time with these accomplished, intelligent, funny (VERY funny), charming and gracious women!! We talked and laughed and ate and talked some more….my only regret was that I didn’t have more time to spend and had to dash off after a few short hours.
Working full-time and then coming home to care for a special-needs teenager can be very isolating. I’m a bit of an introvert, but I’m also a herd animal. I love being in groups of people I feel close to, and don’t often have that opportunity so when I do it’s golden.
It’s become a tradition for us when in Paris to visit with our friend Karen. She’s a resident of that beautiful ville, and another of those accomplished, intelligent, funny and charming women I’ve had the pleasure to meet through blogging. She contacted me a few years back when we were planning one of our Paris visits and suggested we meet. We had a wonderful visit over a bottle of champagne at her Paris apartment, and we’ve spent time with her on every visit since. This time she scored some advance tickets to “Les impressionistes en privé,” at the Musée Marmottan Monet, a special exhibit of 100 impressionist works curated from private collections and rarely displayed in public. It was a fabulous exhibit, and so fun to share with another art lover. (If you are planning to see this exhibition before it concludes in July, do get advance tickets. Lines are quite long otherwise.) We then went for a scrumptious seafood lunch a short walk away at La Marée Passy. After another short walk over to the Trocadero for a Photo Opportunity™ and a short Metro ride, we said goodbye until next time.
I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have come into my life through the blogging community, both those I’ve met in person and those I haven’t. It amazes me that even if we haven’t spoken or seen each other in quite a while, we always seem to be able to pick up where we left off, which to me is a sign of true friendship.