Friday, August 27, 2010

French Settlers!

I was recently asked by Sharon of the brilliant blog, My French Country Home,
to share my experiences of settling in France.  
 Be sure to stop by her beautiful blog,
and read the week long series about women 
who settled in France and why.   

A French Settler's Journey

   What started out as a spur of the moment holiday in Paris turned into a life-changing meeting with destiny.   Okay…that sounds rather dramatic, but true.  I was still reeling from the recent loss of two dear loved ones.  I decided to get away for a week or two – that is when the fairy tale began.

   I visited Paris on a regular basis, but the sudden decision to travel alone at this time was very unusual for me.   Little did I know destiny was at work. 

It was Springtime in Paris.   There was still a slight chill in the air, but I barely noticed all the beautiful blooms.

    Five days into the trip I met 'him'.   Out of the blue and totally unexpected.   In fact, meeting anyone was the furthest thing from my mind. 

    What began as an innocent stroll down the Avenue Champs Elysée - (how cliché that sounds) – changed everything!

   The sudden need to be together was overpowering, and the old adage “ love will find a way” proved to be true in our case.   After going back and forth across the Atlantic for several months, we knew we had to make a decision.   We planned, plotted and maneuvered.  The Atlantic between us was no longer an option, nor had it been from the first moment we met. 

    French honey gallantly offered to join me in the States, but it was agreed that I would make the move to France.  Miraculously property sold, details clicked into place, …16 months later I arrived at the airport to begin my new life with the man I loved. 

This is the short version, miniscule version, of how I came to be a French Settler

   If you wish you can find more details about the "meeting" here!

Be sure to vist French Country Home!

Put a Little Ooh La La in Your Life!



Fete et Fleur said...

How ROMANTIC! I'm off to read the full version.


Victoria said...

Oh my God... a story like I love! It's magic...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMG.....I am off with my sis in law NOW!!! I just came by to grab the button for the mag and saw that you just posted.....I will be posting on you in about an hour dearest.....WHAT A ROMANTIC STORY!!! OFF I GO...Anita

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Mimi,
I am so intrigued by your love story. It's like reading a chapter in a lovely novel about two people who were destined to find happiness. Even if being together meant sacrifice and determination. Of course the romance is hightened by the fact that you are in Paris!


Jenny said...

Ooh La La indeed. I always feel the way my hubby and I met is so romantic (for Waco, TX) but you and your man's beautiful timing and dramatic backdrop----gasp worthy. Thanks for sharing, your story and your heart for Paris.

Denise Covey said...

Ooh la la again! What a lovely story..:)

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I just love "love stories," especially yours. Read both versions--isn't it amazing how life works out for us?


Blue Creek Home said...

Be still my ♥!!

It was fun to go back and read your amazingly romantic love story again.

Yep, I would say cupid was up to something on that cool spring day.


Lancerika said...

Belle Mimi,
vous êtes une source d'inspiration
long vivre l'amour..

Dianne said...

True love indeed - it was meant to be. Love these stories!!

Eve said...

Dear Mimi,

isn´t it amazing what ways life goes ? You wrote that it was unsusual for you to travel alone, but you did it as if an invisible hand would have guided you.

My last year was very "strange" and I wanted to visit Nice on my own but I didn´t.

How courageous of you to decide to travel to Paris and to stay there finally. It was for sure not so easy to decide as you wrote in your short version, I guess, but sometimes your heart knows what the right way is and this knowledge helps letting things flow and start something new.

I wish you that you will find always your right way and that love and happiness will accompany you every day.


Tilly Rose said...

Just beautiful!
Maybe I should base my 'bestseller' on you two!!!
Maybe one day....

Take care hunny!
Karen x x x

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello,my dear,dear Mimi!-)*
I LOVE you ''LOVE story'',realy emmotional,absolutely tuched me!!!

Life is a very nice thing...and you never know what for suprise waiting you...

Wish you calming last summer days,sweetheart Mimi,

Tish Jett said...

Dear Mimi,

As I said, chez Sharon: Lovely, romantic, sublime -- like everything you do.


La Dolfina said...

I have so enjoyed French Settlers week over at My French Country Home. Your story was the icing on the cake!
Thanks for being a part of her series. It's so nice to meet you :)

*Chic Provence* said...

*sigh* love a love a love story that ends up in France!



Paris Pastry said...

Awww, that is so romantic! Can we switch lives?? How do you find living in Paris?

Petit Coterie said...

What a beautiful story! It truly is a fairytale come true. Thank you for sharing:)


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My sweet Mimi....I adore you! Anita

cocoa and coconut said...

What a fairytale story Mimi!

Carole Poirot said...

Love your story every time I read romantic... Have a lovely weekend, Love from London x

Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

oooh I just love your story Mimi - it is so romantic and I am a big believer in destiny and things happening for a reason!xxx

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mimi for your lovely comment and for following my blog. Truly appreciate it!


Unknown said...

Yes!!! It is the city of romance :-)

Simply Colette said...

What a great story! I just love it... thanks for sharing! You could write a romance book out of it :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mimi,

I loved reading your romantic story and it is wonderful that you met your French honey on your holiday in Paris and thanks for sharing.
Reads like a Fairy tale.

Happy week

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Hello my dear! I love the blog you wrote about today! Been so long since we talked! Heard Momma got a fun phone call with a "33" in it! She was so excited!
Bonne Semaine!!!!

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Dear Mimi .. what an absolutely divine story! It was fate no doubt .... such a fairytale! I can't wait to read more ..... dreams do come true. Congratulations on your new magazine ... how exciting and such vision. Good luck and my best wishes always
M.A. the 2nd

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

TRES romantic!

Danny said...

Paris city is very popular and world famous for its life style, fashion and developed society and history too.
for sharing ........

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

So romantic, Mimi! Sorta like your story... very romantic!
I'm praying for your wonderful venture!

myletterstoemily said...

what a romantic story! i'm only sorry
about your losing two loved ones.

merci for the wonderful tale.