Posted by: theresegilardi | May 15, 2011

Bonjour Paris!

TRIP AROUND THE WORLD MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP: TICKET TO PARADISE (MAY 16-23)

WELCOME ABOARD THE
VACATION  OF YOUR LIFETIME!   
TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP:
TICKET TO PARADISE
TOUR RULES:
1)  HAVE FUN!!!
2)  INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3)  THIS TOUR STARTS:  Monday, May 16, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
     THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, May 23, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
4)  MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!
5)  PARTICIPATION AT EVERY BLOG IS RECOMMENDED,  REMEMBER THE MORE BLOGS YOU VISIT THE MORE CHANCES YOU HAVE TO WIN! EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN?  WHOO! HOO!!HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Bonjour et Bienvenue! Pull out your passport and put on your beret – we’re off to Paris, France, the capitol of fashion, foie gras, and all things fabulous! Whether you’re embarking on your first visit to the City of Lights or, like me, you’ve lived there for years, you’ll want to start your day in Paris where it all began, on Ile de la Cite.  This little island in the river Seine is where Paris was founded, and is home to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Stroll the garden behind the church, walk the long stone-tiled aisles, and climb to the top of the bell tower, where you can pretend you’re Quasimodo while you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city.  Admire the famous blue rose window to the left of the main altar, then head for a glass of vin or a Perrier at the Esmeralda cafe. With the cathedral at your back, stroll over to the Pont Neuf (the “new bridge”, which is actually the oldest bridge in Paris) and descend the steep steps. Board the Bateau Vedette for a spectacular cruise past the splendid monuments that line the picturesque riverbanks. History has never looked so good, especially at night, when Paris bathes herself in floodlights as bright and shiny as the diamonds wrapped around the necks of the lovely ladies of the Place Vendome. You’ll fall in love. I promise.
Paris is an old world capitol, beloved of Roman gods like Cupid, who is the hero of my recently released paranormal romance, “Matching Wits With Cupid”.

For centuries Cupid has longed to be more than Venus’s arrow boy.  When he’s sent to eliminate “Happily Ever After by Amelia”, the matchmaking business threatening Venus’s status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia’s methods and make his own matches.  While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her.  But bereaved Amelia doesn’t believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she’s certainly not looking for romance.  She’s too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that’s made her Hollywood’s favorite matchmaker. Disguising himself as a mortal financial advisor, Cupid manages to break through Amelia’s guarded exterior.  As their passion deepens so does Cupid’s guilt about deceiving Amelia.  Cupid’s interference with Amelia’s life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods.  With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.

“Matching Wits With Venus” is available at http://astraeapress.com, http://amazon.com, and http://barnesandnoble.com/

Merci for stopping by. I hope you will join me every week for “French Friday”, when I will share more insider tips guaranteed to make your trip to Paris the romantic voyage of a lifetime.

What do you like to do first when you visit a new destination?

Your next stop on the blog tour is: http://madisonroadtohell.blogspot.com/2011/05/trip-around-world-mega-author-blog-hop_14.html

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANDY NACHLINGER, THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER: SANDY HAS WON A COPY OF “MATCHING WITS WITH VENUS”, AS WELL AS A SIGNED COPY OF “KNOWING PAINS”.

CONGRATULATIONS TO KENDALL GREY, WHO HAS WON A COPY OF “MATCHING WITS WITH VENUS”.

A GREAT BIG MERCI BEAUCOUP TO ALL OF YOU FOR STOPPING BY! I HOPE WE MEET AGAIN SOON!



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Responses

  1. Oh, yeah, that header photo was so worth fighting for! Cheers, lady!
    Gunnar

    • thanks, you know there are lots of things i couldn’t do without you!

  2. This is soooo on my bucket list! Wonderful post

  3. My sister loves Paris, I can see why. Your book sounds humourous and fascinating. Good luck with it.

    • thanks for all of your help, sherry! best, therese

  4. Your book sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • i’m so glad you stopped by, theresa. best, therese

  5. Bonjour, Je m’appellel JoAnne. Paris, je t’aime! Yeah, my french is a little rusty, but I remembered the basics 🙂 LOL I love the food in France, the rustic breads, and the cheeses and jams. Oh, yummmmm.

    • bonjour joanne! isn’t it funny how those food memories always manage to stay as fresh as a warm baguette. best, therese

  6. ahh the land of lovers . sign me up for a visit 🙂

    meandi09@yahoo.com

    • jennifer, isn’t that the truth? the french, the people of love. thanks for popping over, therese

  7. Check into the hotel!!! LOL I like to see all the sites! I even like to site see near home!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

    • shannon, you’ve got me laughing. i too have checked into a hotel near home – pure heaven. best, theres

  8. Always wanted to visit France!

    • i think you would like it kathleen – thanks for stopping by. best, therese

  9. The first thing I like to do is call home and my kids 🙂

    • i hear you on that dawn. thanks for visiting. best, therese

  10. oops..forgot my email again. longlegs_browneyes@hotmail.com

  11. I’m adding “French Friday” to my calendar, and a trip to Paris to my wish list. The first thing I like to do when I reach a destination is get a map, get oriented, and then find something delicious to eat!
    sannach@gmail.com

    • sandy, i am so pleased to hear you’ll be joining me for french fridays! i agree, food is always one of the first stops on any trip i make to a new destination. best, therese

  12. As soon as I land at my destination I would definately try some food! I am also adding “French Friday” to my calendar! then to look for souviners!

    • thanks a lot for joining me on french fridays rhonda – you are so right, what is a trip without souvenirs? best, therese

  13. I love the liberally scattered French throughout your post. Although I’ve never been to Paris, I would love to go. Thanks for sharing!

    feliciarogersauthor (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. Well hotel first, then what I like to do is walk around a bit, see a few places close, get a feel of the area and people. Then back to the hotel to make plans on what I want to see and do
    mmbourassa(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • hi michelle, i’m a walker too! it really gives you a sense of place to put your feet on the ground – and it lets you scope out the food scene, too. thanks for the visit, therese

  15. If it were “French Fries Day” I’d be all over it. ::grins:: Sounds great. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Best,
    Allure

    • you crack me up, allure. of course french fridays far too often mean french fry days in my house. thanks for stopping by, therese

  16. Great post! MMMmmm Paris. Sounds nice

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • I didn’t notice your question!
      When I first get to a place I like to check in the hotel and lie down for a bit haha. Just need to relax a little after traveling.

      • hi brittany, that sounds like a good idea, to rest up for the vacation. thanks for stopping by. best, therese

  17. france would be amazing to visit, thank you for sharing your slice of paradise 🙂

  18. Very nice post! I’d love to visit Paris! The first thing I do when I go anywhere is find the local bookstore. I’m serious! Even before I check into the hotel I make certain I know where to find the local bookstores. I know other book lovers can understand! 🙂

    • a kindred soul! thanks for stopping by tricia. best, therese

  19. Hi Therese! I haven’t read a story with Cupid as the hero yet! Added to my wish list!

    • thanks elena! i hope you choose to read “matching wits with venus” someday. thanks for stopping by. best, therese

  20. Great post, Therese! When first arriving at a vacation destination, I like to scout out the area around the hotel.

    • that’s a great idea lisa! best, therese

  21. Oooo I’d love to visit Paris 🙂 When ever arriving on vacation I like to go exploring 🙂

    • i like your idea stacey – thanks for stopping by. best, therese

  22. France sounds awesome. When I get somewhere new I like to check in and settle in first. Then I can really start exploring and having fun.

    • you are so right, checking out the area is the best way to begin to explore a new destination, jess. thanks for your visit, therese

  23. I like to check out what I can do,, the sights, the scenery any self drive !! Im a real see everything kinda girl !!! Paris sounds romantic !! Thanks for the giveaway !!!

    kat
    kittee_cat@bigpond.com

    • thank you katrina, for joining us on our “tour”. best, therese

  24. Meet new people, of course! ‘Cause travelling isn’t just about the places you go, it’s also about the people you interact with. It’s not just about appreciating new cultures, languages, traditions etc.

    claudine_princess@yahoo.com.ph

    • i agree completely, claudine – the people make the destination. best, therese

  25. My husband and I went to Paris and London for our honeymoon. The city is gorgeous. We spent a day at the Louvre. I wish we could have had a week there.

    First thing I do when I get somewhere new is go out and wander. I like to get the lay of the land, and then I target places I want to go.

    Fun blog!

    • kendall, what a romantic honeymoon. i also love to wander – the french even have a term for a person who wanders, a flaneur. glad you like the blog, hope you’ll join me for french fridays. best, therese

  26. well i cannot wait to see what cupid does….

    velvetbear72@yahoo.com

    • merriedth, this is not your greeting card cupid – i hope you like him, i would love to hear your opinion. best, therese

  27. I sooooo would love to go to Paris… such a beautiful place… I would probably just wanna site see and take pictures all day 🙂

    • i agree, aimee, paris is a terrific place to commit all those gorgeous sites to film. thanks for popping by, therese

  28. Love this i love to visit famous sites when i go somewhere for the first time.

    • kristina, i totally i agree – i love seeing famous sites. it’s like your guidebook has come to life. best, therese

  29. Bonjour! 🙂 the first thjign that i would do is take a picture! 🙂

    • bonjour camille, i agree – pictures first! best, therese

  30. I have a friend that is studing in Paris right now is is having the time of his life… I so envy him… Thanks for the wonderful post…

    sharonramos2(at)gmail(dot)com

    • thanks for stopping by, sharon – there are lots of students in paris, and from what i’ve seen they all love the city. best, therese

  31. The first thing I would do would be check into the hotel and take a little rest while planning exactly what I would want to do first. I love looking at old buildings and learning about cultures and histories.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    • june, then you would love paris – old buildings and fancy hotels. sometimes in one package. best, therese

  32. I like to relax a little in my hotel and then find a nice local restaurant to eat in then take in a couple of sights just to get a feel of the place.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • great plan michelle! thanks for stopping by, therese

  33. The first thing I like to do in ANY new location we visit is find bookstores and pay them a visit! =D

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • i love it, renee! me too – i like to look up where the bookstores are before i arrive. best, therese

  34. The first thing I do when we arrive at our destination is ask for pool hours upon check in…lol! That satisfies the kids so we can go about the fun of museums, bookstores, and shopping without interruption. We have a great time sightseeing, and when we return, they usually still have an hour or two to swim!

    galeminchew (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • dear gale, you sound like my husband! that’s a great idea. thanks for visiting, therese

  35. ive always wanted to visit Paris. ever since i was like 14 up till now. i think my first instinct is to explore which leads to taking pictures. chatting it up with people and then trying the good there.

    • dear lindsey, your first instincts sound like mine. thank you for taking this blog hop tour. best, therese

  36. The first thing I do is take a deep breath, and depending on the weather I just stop and take in my surroundings 🙂

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

    • krysta you sound like a very grounded traveler – i bet you don’t miss a thing! best, therese

  37. shopping is on my first to do list! New places then new clothes.

  38. hi shirley, i like the way you think. thanks for visiting, therese

  39. Paris is a def most wanted must visit place :)~ Thank you for sharing

    Reannabartley(at)gmail(.)com

    • thanks a lot for dropping by, reanna. best, therese

  40. Cupid! I love Roman and Greek mythology since always! And I love to find books about it, of course! Sounds like a really good book^^

    And I live close to France… actually, I can cath a train and cross the border in 25 minutes – I live in Switzerland- and France it’s a wonderful country to visit and relax.

    Thanks for sharing it^^

    • Ups, just in case, my e-mail is sontrei2000@yahoo.com.br

    • oh, alexandra, how lucky are you! i have family in geneva. i love switzerland. i hope you consider reading “matching wits with venus” – it is definitely a fresh take on those gods we thought we knew. best, therese

  41. I like to talk to ppl ACDSee what the locals recommend and get a feel for the personality of the city.
    amandawoodward1976@yahoo.com

    • hi amanda, that’s a great idea – the locals always have the low down on food, shops, and events. thanks for stopping by, therese

  42. The first thing I do… check into the hotel^^ and then I’ll just walk around the city to get the feeling of it^^
    Thanks for the giveaway^^
    melissasanchezdempsey@hotmail.com

    • hi melissa, thank you for participating in our giveaway. i agree, there is no better way to learn a new city than to walk its sidewalks. best, therese

  43. I’m starting this tour late, but maybe I can make it all around & I love reading about new books! I have been to Paris – loved it – would love to visit again!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

    • hi diane, you are merely fashionable late – thanks for joining us! best, therese


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