Friday, July 21, 2017

French Country in the City

Yearning to go to France?
The breathtaking French architecture, street cafes, gardens, and markets?
Yeah, me too.

But guess what?
You don't have to travel to France to experience that French je ne sais quoi.
It's more accessible than you might think.

I set out on my bicycle, camera in hand, to see what I could find in the middle of Denver.
It had rained overnight and the air was fresh and cool.
By the time I was done with my ride, I could smell the fresh cafe' au lait and baguettes.

Here's a little sampling . . . 
Entryways with gorgeous French details, 

some with real gas lamps and winding walks.

Whether they're grand with a tower and a porte cochere . . . 

 or small and charming with an arched glass portico in a misty morning, 

their French roots are showing.

These beautiful balconies could be in France.  

Love the modified fleur-de -lis design on this one. 

Here's one more beauty with fancy wrought iron and blue shutters. 
Oh, wait! This one is in France. 

This amazing glass sculpture at a light rail stop in Denver could be in Paris.

To say nothing of the breathtaking gardens . . . 

or the tantalizing street markets.

Flowers at every corner remind me of Paris flower shops.

This little touch of France is right outside my own back door, my Cafe Bleu.
If you missed this post, you can read about it HERE.

And here's my Frenchy patio.
Want to read more. Click HERE.

So, look around your own neighborhood.
You might be surprised at the French touches here and there.
Now, let's have that cafe' au lait and baguette!


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  1. I love that rusty arbor with the fairy lights leading to your French patio! Perfect spot for a glass of wine and some good cheese!

  2. All these photographs are gorgeous.

  3. Love the French tour, If I didn't know better I would think that all the photos were actually in France.....thanks for sharing! Love the little Café Bleu Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  4. You are a real advocate for appreciating what is around you. Good on you!

  5. Many thanks for the French tour. So lovely with the benefit of not having to deal with a testy TSA!

  6. Thanks for the tour, now i need to see what my neighborhood has.

  7. Love your french backyard. Great pics. I love all things french.

  8. It was a fun visit. Thank you for the tour. :)

  9. Oh wow. What a fabulous neighborhood! You pointed out some really awesome details.
    :) gwingal

  10. Pat, you didn't have to travel far to find French influences and inspiration! So pretty and I now am ready for a baguette or croissant! Thanks for sharing at Gardens Galore!

  11. Pat, what a wonderful tour! If we didn't know better, we'd think we were in France. Love the architectural details of the homes, thank you for sharing such a charming post this morning.

  12. Beautiful, inspiring photos! There's something so elegant and simultaneously comfortable about the French architectural aesthetic. I love your own cafe bleu!
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

  13. Hi Sister, I just read your latest blog today. My favorite pics are the flower cart and the balconies plus your own little touch of France. I'm still jealous of the bike with the basket.

  14. Now you can say you live in Denver, France!

  15. Well I'll be, it sure did look like you had snapped these photos in France. Each one was delightful! Love that cart full of flowers!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. You are so right sometimes we just need to open our eyes to see what is right in front of us. Thank you for sharing your French inspired photos from Denver at Snickerdoodle.

  17. So much lovely inspiration! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  18. Lovely post, Pat--who knew there was so much French influence in Denver? Great shots of wonderful scenery :)

  19. Such awesome houses and yards. Amazing how authentic they look.