Bloggers in San Francisco
L to R: Audi, moi-même, Lisa and Sally

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.

Friends in Paris
With Karen In Paris

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.

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  1. Fantastic experience! I absolutely agree – meeting fellow bloggers is the best part of blogging!
    I recently met with 3 gorgeous ladies of my area and we are already planning the next meet up – with an extended group in summer!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  2. Isn’t it amazing that there are so many people to meet and with whom to share ideas. I now have a couple of Paris friends and I feel right at home when we have lunch together. the world is a small place!

  3. So true!! Blogging is a great way to meet kindred spirits, we might otherwise have never found. I’ve met some of kindest, most generous women through blogging. Then to finally meet in person is the icing on the cake. Lucky ladies! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  4. absolument d’accord! I’ve so enjoyed meeting you, Jennifer (well styled, of course) above, and now consider you friends. Next week we’ll be meeting blogging friends in London, the week after, another in Bordeaux. And truly, I feel as if I have many other potential friends among the commenters I haven’t yet met. This blogging really enriches our lives. And what lovely photos here of you and your friends!

  5. Blogging has brought me to meet some very lovely fellow sewers. People I would never have met otherwise.

  6. I need a new personal carry-on bag for travel. How did the Lipault 19″ bag work for you on your recent trip?

    1. Hi Diane, I was very happy with it! It holds a LOT, and still fit under the seat in front of me. There are several pockets/compartments that made it a breeze to keep everything organized.

  7. It was such fun. And in a way it’s perfect, to meet up and then stay in touch with our blogs. This virtual meeting place requires no logistics, no airplanes, just communication.

  8. What a lovely group of women, and you are beaming! There must be something in the air lately – I met three bloggers last week in two separate meet-ups. It is such fun being about to connect in person and have some time to talk.

  9. It’s so lovely to see you with colleagues and friends, all smiling and enjoying one another’s company. Yes, those of us with special needs children need contact with friends and supporters with a fresh perspective on life. BTW, the sneakers you took to Paris are truly adorable, Sue. Did you love them?

  10. Audi! I loved her blog and enjoyed meeting her in person. She’s the best. Glad you got to meet your online friends. That’s always fun.

  11. Thanks again, ever so much, for coming up to meet with us! It really was too short a time, but utterly lovely to finally meet you in person.

  12. I very much enjoy spending time with you and le monsieur when you’re in Paris. Gros bisous et à la prochaine !

    1. Espadrilles – Great for summer although they can become a little too warm in the warmer weather. I saw some for €1 in a vintage clothes shop last summer. They were in all colours and all sizes. Good news.

  13. What a treat to see a picture of all of you! All four of you have a regular spot on my blog roll, so thanks for the many hours of happy reading and good advice that you’ve given me.