Saturday, May 4, 2013

Francophile Friday: Paris Daily Photo Reprised

{Tenin Perspective - Paris Daily Photo: ink & watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

My life took a new turn when I happily stumbled upon Paris Daily Photo while following a croissant-crumb trail of links back in 2008.  I'm guessing it started with typing Paris into Google ~ no need to bring bring Inspector Maigret out of retirement.

I fell a bit in love with Eric Tenin and his gaggle of loyal followers.  This was my first encounter with BlogLand ~ and wow.  The wit, the repartee, the camaraderie!  The Paris eye candy, from the gilty gloriousness to the everyday!  I was captivated.  After lurking shyly for a crazy length of time, I still remember squeezing up the nerve to leave my first comment, and the warm glow of being welcomed {by Coltrane_lives first, if my memory serves correctly}.  Eric and Paris Daily Photo sparked the start of my own blog and many dear friendships both on and off our various respective blogs, seeded in a common love for Paris and discovering a whole bunch of other kinships {not the least being kitties}. 

Each year, Eric holds a Paris Daily Photo Picnic {aka the PDP Picnic, pronounced PDP Pique-nique by those in the know}, and way back I whipped up a little illustration for the 2009 edition.  What do you know, tomorrow heralds this year's picnic so I've gone back to the archives and bent my 'no repeats' illo philosophy as I thought it would be fun to revisit.  Eric has updated his site design a couple of times since I did this, so it can go into the archives for posterity's sake {and posterior's sake}.  I won't be there and each year it comes around, I kick myself up the proverbial for not getting my proverbial to Paris yet.  I hang my head, Yoda, as I do my best to follow your wisdom: Do or do not.  There is no try.  

But if you are going along, here's something you can slip into.  Plenty of layers in case of uncertain weather.  Let us pray for baby blue skies ~ either way, the picnic will be lit by the sunshine of your smiles.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday PDP Picnic Edition to you...

23 comments:

  1. Oh, Shell! I have a magnet of this illo! It's on my desk and I get to see it every day.

    Let's make a plan to get our proverbials to the pique-nique in the same year!

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  2. I was lucky enough to have a copy of this illustration in 2009.
    I still have, and it makes me smile everytime I look at it ;-)
    Many thanks again, Shell...

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  3. Petrea, I'd love for our proverbials to be in the same place at the same time ~ especially Eric's picnic.

    Dear Thib, I'm chuffed you kept it. And I'm glad you were there to get it in the first place. Have a wonderful time tomorrow!!

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  4. I remember this! My magnet is on my fridge. Lots of good times associated with PDP - and getting to know you (this is where I should link to that hokey song. Too tired!) and others. Thanks for the memories (another link needed. Too lazy!). The outfit is cool-casual-chic. You're speaking my language! As always, I will be thinking of France on Cinco de Mayo. :-)

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  5. Please, allow me, dear Cali. Here {figured this version's more your cup of tea} and here. The magnet's on my fridge, too. I love that this funny little illo has found its way all over the world ~ gives me a big smile!

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    1. Great finds! Couldn't have done better. Heh!

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  6. What a lovely tribute and memory! I hope the weather is good for the pique-nique.
    I'm also grateful for Eric's PDP -- I've met so many wonderful people through PDP and "Blogville" (including you, Shell :-))!

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  7. Cali ~ that's debatable but I'm glad you liked them. :)

    It's quite amazing, isn't it, Ms M, the lovely friendships that are made. Hugs to you and Macie.

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  8. I also fell a little in love with Eric and his blog and loved reading the repartée of his faithful "blogger group" who commented on his blog. This post is a great tribute to Eric and what has come out of his vision of "daily posts".

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  9. And I have this image on my fridge too! I am grateful to Eric for bringing so many wonderful people into my life -- and high up there on that list of forever friends is you, ma belle! I'm glad you decided to break your rule and put this illo out there again. It deserves an encore.

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  10. You know, May 11th is Paris Daily Photo's birthday. It will be eight years old, if memory serves me.

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  11. I really like that illustration. It's really fresh.

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  12. Hi, Harriet! Thanks for popping over, and I'm glad you like the illustration. Good times have been had by so many.

    Thanks, dear Alexa. Forever friends, indeed. Bisous, ma chère.

    Gosh, Petrea. It's remarkable, isn't it!

    Margaret ~ lots of white space. No dust bunnies to be seen.

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  13. You're in love with Paris, while a blogger friend of mine is in love with your Aussieland!

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  14. Cafe ~ she has great taste. :) I love Australia beyond measure and it's my home {and right now, I can't imagine living anywhere else} ~ but it's fun to have the Paris daydreams.

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  15. What a lovely description of how it happens when we fall down the rabbit hole and nothing is ever quite the same again.

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  16. What makes a good, tasty croissant, ShSh?

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  17. Such fun to see this illustration again! I too have that magnet on my fridge and it always makes me smile. I'm so glad that a co-worker told me about Paris Daily Photo way back when, as it's led to many great friendships. Cheers to Eric for all he's done both with his blog and creating a community that has branched off in many wonderful ways!

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  18. Hiker ~ I love your description more. :)

    Butter, puppy dog. And lots of it.

    I'll shout that co-worker of yours a drink when I visit you someday, Katie. Imagine if you hadn't found PDP ~ no, let's not imagine!

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  19. I adore this illo! I joined the blogging community long after the cool kids, so I missed this the first time around. Thanks for posting it again. You must've made a big (virtual) splash at the PDP Pique-nique. Perhaps next year you can take your proverbial... and join the love in Paris. I might meet you there, wearing that fabulous casual chic outfit.

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  20. Susan ~ a bunch of us meeting up at the PDP pique-nique would be very fitting. The party would continue long into the night. We might need a wardrobe change partway through...

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  21. I didn't make it to digital Paris but i did get out to the miniature golf course with the blogger crowd tonight.

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  22. Sounds like fun, PA! If one is offered the choice between online and offline activities, I'm all for offline.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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