Friday, June 8, 2012

{while maintaining her sparkle and shine}

People are like towers

and stained-glass windows

they sparkle

and shine

when the sun is out

but when darkness sets in

their true beauty is revealed

only if there is a light from within.

~ It started as a dream ~

 and became a reality.

These are just a few of my niece's beautiful photos of Paris.
A few years ago, she traveled through Europe en route to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.
She went there for the summer to do more studying in the field of internal medicine.
Sarah graduated this May from medical school with many distinguished honors.
{Auntie Maria is proud of you!}

Thank you for sharing your photos Sarah!
It was fun to use them for this fabulous virtual trip to Paris
with Anita and a so many other blog friends!

Fly on over to Castles Crowns and Cottages
for more Paris fun!


Karen Harvey Cox said...

Sarah's photos are gorgeous. Your post is beautiful, and it is so lovely to meet you.

It's me said...

It is great to met you here in Paris ....enjoy your stay...what a great party !!!! love

Gloria said...

Very pretty photos of Paris! Congratulations to your niece. What an amazing accomplishment!

I really love the words you used here today!! Very sweet Maria....:)

I hope your weekend is a joyful one!


Barb said...

I love Sarah's sparkle and shine photos - and your words, too, Maria, that make them extra-special. Congratulations to her.

Dessa Rae said...

Beautiful pictures of Paris...makes me want to live there.

I love your blog and I am now a follower. I would like to invite you to visit my blog and be entered in my blog giveaway.

Dessa Rae

Herryponting said...

Like a dream.
Hylands Calms Forte

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOO PROUD, MARIA!!! THANK YOU so much my friend for sharing your view of Paris, and the similes here are so special. What would we do without light, especially the light from within? And we are like moths, attracted to the light...these are stunning photos indeed! Enjoy your tour my friend, Anita

koralee said...

What amazing photos...your sweet sarah is very talented. Oh to be standing in Paris right now...what fun we would have Maria.
So happy that the school year is almost over! The students last day for us is June 22...then we have a teachers week after that soooooo we really have 3 weeks to go here.
But it is going FAST! Love to you my encouraging friend. xoxoxo

Amanda said...

awww great post :) love it!!! I wish I was saying "I'm going to Paris" hehe

Diana said...

What a lovely trip and how awesome of a niece you have Maria!

I'll bet she has a lot of hard work ahead of her.

Love Di ♥

catkin tales said...

well done sarah! and thank you maria for sharing these wonderful images and beautiful words with us.
so lovely to meet you through dear anita.

wishing you a magical weekend xx


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I just came by again for the light of is so beautiful by night !!! Anita

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautiful post! It's wonderful to meet new friends via Anita's parisian soiree.
xoxo, B

lostpastremembered said...

A beautiful story... how great to have a niece with so much talent. Thanks to Anita for bringing us all together.

"Create Beauty" said...

Sarahs photos are gorgeous! And I love what you wrote...

~ Violet

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Maria,
It is so nice to meet you.. You must be so very proud of your niece.. Beautiful addition to Anita's wonderful Paris party

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

How very sweet of you to visit and leave such kind words for Bebe. Thank you so much..

Dixie said...

A light shining in the dark; that's what we need to always be. :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I love your nieces photos, especially of the Eiffel tower all lit up.

~Chris said...

What great shots of Sarah, and a beautiful city. When are we going ?
U Chris

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Paris here we come ...
Enjoy these last days in school dearest Maria.
Do have a fun-filled new week xxx

Rebecca said...

Maria, what inspiring reminders illustrated by such incredible photos!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, these photos are just wonderful - I've only seen a few so far with the Eifell all lit up! This is such a special reminder that true beauty lies within us. That stained glass window looks like it's from a cathedral. When my girls travel, they love to go to mass in the old historic churches. Your post today was lovely. It's so nice to meet new friends.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Mary said...

This is a lovely Paris post. And It's nice to see you niece, so accomplished. I'm late to Anita's party..come by if you can. Merci, Mary

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

What gorgeous photos and I love how you put the words with them. I am not "sparkling" right now. We have been way to busy and so much of it has involved heaving lifting and working to put the house back together. We also had too much fun at my niece's wedding, so I'm ready for a bit of doing nothing as soon as my dad and his "lady friend" leave tomorrow. Maybe I'll get some "sparkly" back!

DolceDreams said...

Your photos are beautiful, and congratulations to your niece! I am still working on visiting everyone in Anita's Paris party, a little late but here I am!
a bientot,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh Maria, so good to see your comment come in! I cannot believe that you and Koralee still have school. WE TOO are having LOTS of rain and then HUMID HOT DAYS. And you are on the second floor? AHHH! Well, this makes week two for me of being DONE. The last two clerical teacher days, I got everything done and cleaned out. Now the challenge is being creative so I can start on my adventure of taking my art out locally.

I wish you a productive day my dear sweet Maria! Anita

Deanna said...

I'd be proud also!
No place like Paris!!!
God bless,