Merry, merry....

Firstly I want to thank everyone for the beautiful & supportive comments and emails I received following my last post...I'm so pleased that Rebecca's words touched others as they did me...and it means so much to know that my Dad is in the thoughts of others.

So, it's Christmas Eve...probably my favourite day of the year. There's something about that time, after the shops have finally closed, when I seem to feel a peace like no other...the preparations are over, I have nothing left to do except relax and enjoy the time with beloveds. Bliss!

A couple of weekends ago, I was thoroughly spoilt with a surprise romantic trip to Paris...3 days and nights of shopping, walking, drinking and (mainly) eating! J'adore Paris!! I defy anyone not to, really...

The bread alone is worth the journey....

and as for the patisserie....ooh la la!

Quirky vintage shops...

Isn't this van just so.....FRENCH??!

Breakfast coffee comes in a bowl....

Surreal art installations abound around the city...(love the lips!)

Gorgeous cafés and restaurants on every corner...

Christmas trees on Ile St Louis...

And through it all, as it always has, runs the beautiful Seine...

As you can see, we were exceptionally lucky with the weather...clear, cold and sunny. Perfection! Batteries recharged, we came back to see how the decorations were going in the neighbourhood...

Yes, Christmas is well and truly here. As the sun goes down tonight, I shall light the candles that fill our rooms with cinnamon and cloves and send a special thought out to all of you...for a wonderful, peaceful celebration of the season and a fabulous 2014 to come filled with everything good....

Merry, merry Christmas xx


  1. I feel I know you through Susan Branch's Blog so I take joy in your exciting trip to Paris! How wonderful in the midst of all that you had such a loving treat.

  2. So happy to read you again, and on Christmas Eve makes it even better! I love the peace and quiet of this day too. Merry Christmas to you.

  3. Lovely, lovely blog, Rachel. And just what I needed to slow me into that peacefulness of the season. How wonderful! Surprise trip to Paris! I have enjoyed our online friendship this year. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Many blessings to you this Christmas day and in the Year to come! xoxo

  4. Wonderful images from that marvelous escape to Paris! I doubt that I will ever make it across the ocean to explore the city myself, so it was good to be able to see parts of the city through your pictures.

    I continue to keep your father and the family in my thoughts and prayers.


  5. Racheal, What an amazing post! escape to Paris! That is one place in always wanted to go to! My cousins both went and one sent me postcards as her and her husband toured England! Just like being there...right? Those baked goods look so scrumptious!

    Hope you had a a Merry Christmas!


  6. Merry Christmas, sweetheart! How lovely that you were able to escape to a romantic getaway! You know how much I love Paris! Ahh...Ile St.Louis is my favourite! Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy new year! Love you! xoxo

  7. Everything good to you too, dear Rachel!
    So happy to see your photos of Paris, I dream of it sometimes you know, although I have never seen it!
    Thank you! xx

  8. Dearest Rachel, went to Paris for the romantic wknd! How heavenly and at this time of year, too! Sending you good thoughts that the peace of Christmas Eve remains in your heart!!! With much love, Sherry xoxo

  9. Darling--So wonderful that you were able to retreat to Paris to brighten the sparkle in your eyes! Glad you two were able to make time to feed your own souls--you are always feeding others (literally and figuratively)! I'm finally finding the peace of the holidays, home again in front of my own fire, rejoicing in my friendships. Especially yours. xo

  10. Well you are the envy of everyone on this side of the pond. How fabulous to go Christmas shopping in Paris! The food, the stores, the decorations, what a delight for the senses.

    Wishing you a fabulous New Year!

  11. Oh goodness; I missed this post! I am just thrilled that you were able to go away like this!! How romantic and wonderful; what a gift!!!
    I have yet to see Paris, although I've spent a 'before' Christmas in France, visiting some of the holiday markets and staying in some amazing villages and inns. I am so happy that you were able to get away and enjoy some time, just the two of you....I know your Christmas was filled with love and you are in my thoughts in the New Year..... take care of YOU dear friend. xxxx


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