Sunday, March 06, 2016

Sunlit Memories



I awoke Saturday morning to the sound of wrens chirping. And light. So wonderful. The promised rain forecast was a dud! Instead, the sun shone and the birds chirped and I worked in the garden and didn't take one photo.


Instead, I'm showing photos from my trip to Europe with my sister and mother a number of years ago.


I'm happily anticipating our visit to England as a new adventure, and a return to France for more familiar adventures. 


This window latch, found in the King's Grand Salon at Versailles, is one of my favorite images. How many hands touched the latch? Did anyone fling open the window and call to someone in the courtyard below, or was it all pompous duty? What stories this little detail could tell.

Linking to Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little House and Garden. 

36 comments:

Dewena said...

You must have marvelous sunlit memories, Lorrie. Isn't that latch gorgeous? What history it has seen!

20 North Ora said...

What a great trip!

Judy

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great memories - love the window latch. Wasn't the sunshine gorgeous - we fiddled the day away in the daffodil fields and had a picnic high on a rocky bluff above Anacortes - perfect day.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Beautiful Lorrie - taking me back to Paris and Versailles!
I especially love your balcony photo with the potted geraniums.
We stayed at a lovely hotel which had such a balcony!
I'm also familiar with the window and door handles of the Palace of Versailles and I had the same thoughts. I would have loathed the life of a courtier - however it must have been wonderful to attend a grand ball in the Hall of Mirrors!
I'm not surprised Marie Antoinette preferred the quiet life of Le Petite Trianon.

happywonderer.com said...

Wonderful images and I do love that latch!

materfamilias said...

Clearly, you've had a great photographic eye for years!

Cheryl said...

What a delight when a rainy forecast is replaced by a beautiful sunny day...especially on a Saturday!!

Lovely images of past adventures, whetting your appetite for more!

mamasmercantile said...

Some wonderful memories, here's hoping you make lots more on your forthcoming trip.

Sheila said...

Good to see the sun is shining and that the spring flowers are in bloom. It's wonderful to capture special memories with photos while travelling. Your summer trip will be filled with wonderful days and new experiences to add to the memories of the trip to Paris with your mother and sister. What a special trip that must have been!

Pondside said...


What beautiful memories, Lorrie. It must be so exciting to dream about the upcoming adventure. There will, doubtless, be some gorgeous photos after your trip.

Barbara Lilian said...

Such lovely photos of sunny memories from your previous trip to France. where will you be visiting on your next visit ? I live near Limoges if you are any near there I could try and meet up with you ....
What a difference a blue sky makes to any day. You enjoyed sometime in the garden and then revisiting Paris from your armchair. Enjoy your week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I have yet to visit Paris.. your photos make me wish I were going soon! The window match is wonderful...such an antique!

Deanna Rabe said...

Beautiful! Your last photo is the reason why I love to visit historical sites - that wondering about the lives lived in these places! I long to know their stories!

podso said...

Nice to have a weather dud that changed to sunshine. Great photos---getting you ready to travel again!

Amy at love made my home said...

I love your thoughts about the window latch! I like to think of things like that too when I am at work. xx

ann said...

The door handle does beg certain questions, doesn't it? I was astounded at the antiquity in England--how buildings have withstood time and progress. I've not been to France, but to England twice, Scotland, and Ireland. My favorite in England? Yorkshire and a village named Haworth where the Bronte sisters lived. And the Globe theatre, of course. Good memories for you and especially that you traveled with your mom. Rain today. Sun tomorrow. The garden awaits.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love that the photo of the Eiffel Tower is so recognizable even though we can't see all of the structure. Wonderful shot! And yes, doors and door handles - touched and open by so many - can tell a thousand stories. That must have been a wonderful trip.

Marilyn Miller said...

The latch is beautiful! Love, love Paris and can't wait to go exploring once more in May.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Ah! Paris in springtime! Is there any place more beautiful? xx Karen

Tomoko said...

Hello,Lorrie,
Beautiful images and memories! The gold latch is so beautiful, which must have been telling so many stories for a long time to visitors there. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful memories and gorgeous photos!

Mary Cromer said...

So nice to have photographs to take us back to our sweetest of memories. Very nicely done~

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What lovely memories it must be of your trip with your mom and sisters, Lorrie. Thanks for sharing some pictures with us.
Also, your foodie pics in your previous post, of your shrimp tacos and your whole wheat bread (along with your other three pics!) were yummy!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It's always a pleasure to have the weather change favourably. Looking over photos with fond memories is a good way to prep for an upcoming trip.

Cranberry Morning said...

Lorrie, i love the photos and your thoughts about the window handle. That's the kind of thing i wonder about too. And that's what's so wonderful about traveling to countries that have such a long and rich history.

handmade by amalia said...

Pretty photos, Lorrie. I don't know which is nicer - looking back to wonderful vacations or looking forward to new ones.
Amalia
xo

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Can't wait to hear about Paris. Details, details.....

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful pictures Lorrie. I liked the window latch and the accompanying thoughts.....I often imagine things like that about old objects. So glad you had sunshine instead of the forecast rain. Enjoy making your travel plans.
Helen xox

Haddock said...

wrens chirping and sunlight - what better combination of a wonderful day.
That tower reminds me of the trip we made four years ago - and we never went up the Eiffel !!

KathyB. said...

I especially love the picture of the Eiffel Tower, but the golden latch looks to me the beginning of a wonderful story about.... well, whose hands have touched the latch. Just think of all the stories that could come from such a beginning. Would any of them end " and she lived happily ever after" ?

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Gorgeous photos. The window latch is stunning. Such incredible workmanship.

Janet

Madelief said...

Your trip to England sounds exciting Lorrie. Exciting to look forward too indeed. Lovely images of your trip to Paris.

Happy weekend ahead!

Madelief x

Deborah Montgomery said...

England and Paris?! How wonderful! The pictures must bring back great memories, and whet your appetite for more. What a great trip to look forward to!

swell condition said...

Beautiful photos Lorrie and wonderful memories!

Barbara said...

I wonder where you are going in England Lorrie? I do hope that the weather is better for you. We have had the wettest winter on record.

My Little Home and Garden said...

That is a glamourous window latch! I've had similar thoughts when encountering age old items, about who touched them, used them, polished them and so worth. When in Spain and Morocco, I admired the many Hand of Fatima door knockers. My dear late friend zipped into a stall in a market in Morocco (unseen by me) and purchased one for me, the brass black with age. It doesn't have the striking plate, but hangs on the wall by my front entry. I'll look forward to photos of your upcoming travels.

Karen