This is actually the first Valentine’s Day I decided to google the meaning of Valentine’s day, and ya know, there’s mystery and some dark heavy history there involving; three different saints named Valentine, one particular Saint Valentine who was imprisoned for defying a Roman Emperor named Claudius II, the advent of the season where birds turn up Barry White and do the wild thing, the Christianizing of a pagan fertility festival, goat sacrifice, and the ever-charming festive tradition of slapping of women and dry earth with goat hides (ahhhhh, those were the days).
Somehow, I feel as though I know even less about why February 14th was chosen for Valentine’s Day and how it grew into the big romance production it is today, but I know this: some of my sweetest childhood schoolday memories revolve around Valentine’s Day. Remember the excitement, smiles, and those itty bitty envelopes sealed with kisses?
So many big feelings on that day, and that must be why the memories stay crisp and vivid. I recall a Valentine’s Day I had dinner with a man I was dating who would become my husband. We sat in a restaurant booth where he placed into my hands a poem written for me. I read the first line and became so overwhelmed, I pretended to read the rest! I could only stare at the lovely written-in-pencil words and pray my heart would not physically burst from my chest.
I made this valentine especially for YOU:
AND. I have decided to take you to Paris to celebrate LOVE day! If you’re feelin’ the love for Hello Lovely, may I suggest in lieu of roses and chocolates, you PIN as many images to your sweet boards as your lovely clicking fingers have the strength to pin?
Let’s have a sip.
And a taste.
Then we’ll stroll the city streets all day…
…oh, the conversations and laughter to be had!
And since I’m in the mood for over the top Paris and a timeless getaway, let’s mosey to 15 Place Vendome, oui?
Yes, I do mean Ritz Paris (which was closed for a 4 year renovation
slated to cost $200 million and in the end
reportedly amounted to $450 million.)
Inquiring minds must know! Who headed the design?
Interior designer Thierry Despont.
What hardworking artisans executed the renovations?
800 stonemasons, upholsterers, gilders, and painters.
How many rooms were renovated?
142 rooms and suites, including 15 Prestige Suites
were restored and upgraded with the latest technology.
Which will it be pour vous…a suite or a Prestige Suite?
Thanks for playing along, valentines. May true love and pure joy be yours.
Peace to you right where you are.