French Friday – Paris Bloggers Rule!

Nine days into my vacation and the first day in Paris in a tiny cafe in the infamous Montmartre more than a dozen Parisian bloggers gathered together to meet each other IRL (and at my request, I can’t believe it!). Bloggers who I have interacted with via comments, guest-posts, Twitter and of course as readers and huge fans of all their blogs. Bloggers whom I was thrilled to finally meet in person. And all I can say is: “Paris bloggers rule!”

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I know I have said this many times but the blogging community is amazing. It brings people together that I would have had no chance of meeting and I feel blessed to have met some of my favorite bloggers in person! They are all truly exceptional in person.

The lines blurred, we were no longer voices hidden behind IP addresses but rather a group of people connected by their love of writing, of Paris and of blogging. I was in awe. I had too little time with them as well. I needed to remain cognizant of the fact that it was also Mr. Misadventures vacation and could not spend all night with everyone despite the fact that I really wanted to!

After two short hours I had to bid adieu but not before I thanked everyone and had my hubby take this group photo (unfortunately a few people had slipped out before I could everyone).

Thanks to Erica of Haven in Paris for finding the little cafe Living b’Art to host us we had the place all to ourselves, it was intimate and fun.

I am also glad I am not alone, check out what Amy had to say as well, I love the format of her post!

Think I will be back in May so looking forward to Part Deux…this time I will plan for a longer evening!

30 Comments

  1. Vera Marie Badertscher
    October 22, 2010

    Ohhh, I’m so envious. I was in Paris in early Septemer, and everybody I knew on line was away (most in America!)

    Vera

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    1. Andi
      October 22, 2010

      @Vera, oh that is too bad!

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  2. Camels & Chocolate
    October 22, 2010

    I feel like everyone is blogging about Paris or London or Amsterdam or some other fab European capital these days, and I have major Europe Envy! I really miss living over there, sigh. Particularly on these gloomy San Francisco days.

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    1. Andi
      October 22, 2010

      @Kristin, totally get that. But I did miss our city while I was gone too!

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  3. Lindsey
    October 22, 2010

    Was thrilled to be there!! Can’t wait to see you again in May! Passe le bonjour Γ  ton mari qui a eu la gentillesse de nous prendre toutes en photo!

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    1. Andi
      October 22, 2010

      @Lindsey, I am so happy to have met you, can’t describe it!

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  4. paris (im)perfect
    October 22, 2010

    Glad you had such a great time! I was so sad I missed this – I’ll look for you in May! πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      October 22, 2010

      @Sion, yes absolutely!

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  5. The Fashionable Traveler
    October 22, 2010

    What a great story! Isn’t it funny how there are some people that instantly connect whether it be digitally or in person? While I was reading your post, I thought about the last few episodes of Sex in the City when Carrie is suppose to meet up with some of her “French Fans.” Your dinner was like the party Carrie missed.

    Merci Beaucoup Andi!
    -Catherine

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    1. Andi
      October 23, 2010

      @Catherine, I am a HUGE SATC fan and while I am a long way from Carrie’s skills set I love the illustration!

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  6. Frances
    October 22, 2010

    I’m so glad you got to meet almost everyone in Paris! πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      October 23, 2010

      @Frances, merci! How was you trip?

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  7. Vicki Archer
    October 22, 2010

    Glad you had fun Andi…..how wonderful to meet fellow bloggers in Paris….wish I had been there, xv.

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    1. Andi
      October 23, 2010

      @Vicki, maybe we can get you to the next one in May!

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  8. Amy75
    October 23, 2010

    Andi, Thank you so much for including me. I was thrilled to meet you and your husband. Also, thanks to you, I was able to meet a lot of other wonderful bloggers based in Paris. I love that it was a blogger from SF who made it happen. Look forward to seeing you in Paris or SF.

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    1. Andi
      October 23, 2010

      @Amy75, it was great to meet you, hope to see you when you come to SF. Hope my husband didn’t scare you with his Burgandy opinions!

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  9. Derek
    October 23, 2010

    awesome!

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    1. Andi
      October 23, 2010

      @Derek, it was!

      Reply
  10. Carolyn Jung
    October 24, 2010

    OK, blogger meet-ups are always fun. But to have one in Paris! Oh, you guys are way too lucky. I’m envious. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Andi
      October 24, 2010

      @Carolyn, it was really great!

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  11. Frances
    October 25, 2010

    Coucou Andi, my trip was amazing! Although it was a bit short..it was great to be back! Now, it’s back to reality and day-dreaming on when my next visit will be! πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      October 25, 2010

      @Frances, i know exactly how you feel!

      Reply
  12. Karin (an alien parisienne)
    October 26, 2010

    Hey, there we are! It was so wonderful to meet you in person, and to get to know some new friends, too. Thank you for hosting this get-together, and I hope there can be another one in the future again soon. πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      October 26, 2010

      @Karin, cannot wait to do it again!

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  13. Christina
    November 14, 2010

    I am so sad I wish I could have known your site before now I would have loved to be at this meet up. I don’t many people here in France sadly. It has been over 3 years and its difficult to find friends that I didn’t meet through my husband.

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    1. Andi
      November 15, 2010

      @Christina, there are plenty of Paris bloggers who have started to meet-up. I will send you their blogs to check out and connect with!

      Reply
  14. Oh, I wish I had known about this meeting (and I had been invited;D
    I agree with Christina, it is difficult for me to make new friends here, but I guess that happens in all big cities…

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  15. Melissa
    February 6, 2011

    Salut Andi! Hard to believe that it was already 4 months ago this little meet-up!! My my how time flies. Hope to see you again. πŸ™‚

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    1. Andi
      February 6, 2011

      @Melissa, salut! I know, I miss everyone!

      Reply
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