PBEX, or a Paris Bloggers’ Weekend

This past weekend, while travel bloggers from all over the world convened in Colorado to attend the TBEX conference, their Parisian counterparts were doing some socializing and partying of their own. While we didn’t have shots on snowboards or famous keynote speakers, we had cheese. And champagne. And that was more than enough for us.

To start things off, on Friday night I met up with Jenny of Jennyphoria to celebrate her birthday and the arrival of her brand new Carte Competences et Talents, otherwise known as the notoriously elusive French Artist’s Visa. While most of the guests in attendance weren’t bloggers, the host was — and I was slightly starstruck to finally meet a literary giant of the Paris expat community, Sion Dayson of paris (im)perfect.

Blurry photo because iPhone’s on the fritz…

The next evening were the long-awaited Lancelot Cocktails, a party for Paris bloggers hosted by The Lancelots in their gorgeous flat in the 17th. It was so nice to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in ages (because, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s nearly impossible to coordinate schedules and hang out with people in this town!); as well as finally meet others in the Paris blogging community that I’ve come to know through social media, but had yet to meet in person.

There was much drinking and dancing, and the party lasted long into the night. Some French neighbors even decided to pop by and join in the fun! In the end not one person could deny the party was a raging success, and had to be done again soon (though not too soon, because few people could also deny they were feeling rough on Sunday).

So, if you’re looking for more blogs to read about expat life in Paris, then check these lovely ladies out — because not only are they lovely, but I consider them fabulous friends (and dancers) to boot:

A Girl About The World — A newbie from Melbourne who recently decided to up and move to Paris

Emily in Exile — The search for a perfect apartment, and other writings on daily expat life

Finding Noon — A bit older than the rest of us, Sylvia writes on the finer things in Paris

Greetings from the American Girl — Another American who’s trying to make this city her new home

HJ Underway — A “mommy expat” who looks nowhere near mom age

Paris Cheapskate — Tips for surviving Paris on the cheap

Parlez Vous Loco? — A Californian who recently decided to move to Paris for a year on a whim

Pictours Paris — Lindsey takes folks on tours around Paris while shooting absolutely gorgeous photos

Tales from the Chambre de Bonne — A feisty blogger who first started writing about living in the city of love after being dumped

THATLou — Treasure hunts at the Louvre run by the sweetest New Yorker you’ll ever meet

The Kale Project — On the mission to get kale to Paris!

Totally Frenched Out — An American who has lived in France for close to 10 years, Paris for the last three or so

Thanks again to Kristen for hosting, and Lindsey for the photos!

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  1. Looks like a Great Event – thanks for sharing! Have a Great Day!

  2. LOVE LOVE…. great pictures and great times with even greater people. And yes, the aftermath was a bit rough.

    • It was so great to meet you! And yes, the party was well worth the 36-hour headache that followed ;)

  3. love that you all put this together! so cute.

    • Thanks! Yeah, we’re a bunch of cuties :) Haha but all credit goes to Kristen, she’s quite the social organizer!

  4. I’m a little bit overwhelmed by all of the pretty dresses in these pictures, and all the pretty girls in them.

  5. I’m a bit jealous – French cheese in France definitely trumps famous keynote speakers. ;)

  6. Please. I still have not recovered. Glad you had a blast Edna! So happy you’re in Paris! xo

    • Oh I’m so glad you said that. Cause it took me aaaages to recover. It was a super party and you and P were amazing hosts! I’m really glad you’re in Paris too!

  7. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend too – now I’m jealous of both the TBEX people and you too!! lol. I love the French napkins on the table – so cute.

  8. Are you going to go to the Spain TBEX in Spetember??

    • I’m not sure — I’d love to, but I’m waiting to hear back on a couple things first with work. Possibly some big changes coming soon!

  9. It was so nice to finally meet you! Had to laugh (as you know I do) at your description. “Literary giant of the Paris expat community” ? (Teehee. Giggle). Well, thank you. But if that were true, I would have been invited to this party. It looks awesome! Glad you had a great weekend. Sounds like PBEX should be a regular event!

    • I would’ve invited you, but you are wayyy too established for the likes of us ;) (minus Sam, she was like the older sister to all of us newbie bloggers/expats). Next party, you’re definitely invited!

  10. travelrinserepeat says:

    That’s a very cool way to get people together who can’t make it out to TBEX. Hopefully this is an inspiration to other cities for next year.

    • Haha thanks, but it wasn’t coordinated with TBEX at all; the parties just happened to be on the same weekend. I was probably the only one there who even knew about TBEX at all! But you’re right, I think it’d be fun for bloggers in other cities to do during future conferences.

  11. Aww, so nice to see some pics from the soirée and all of those lovely faces again!!

    • It was so nice to see you again and meet C! And thanks for bringing the dessert — I need to get that recipe from you sometime!

  12. If only every weekend involved blogger dance parties and pretty dresses.

    Someone asked me to post a list of the bloggers at the party, and since I’m currently in the middle of painting our apartment and trying not to get paint on my keyboard, I hope it’s ok if I link to your post instead of typing it all out.

  13. How fun! I love meeting fellow bloggers!
    Speaking of which, I met your friend Kristen yesterday for some French cakes! Thanks for the intro- I had so much fun!!

  14. PBEX.. LOVE IT! Wish there was a VBEX in Vietnam.. we felt so left out this week. LOL.

  15. Edna!!!! These photos are gorge!!!! Thank you for posting! It was so lovely to meet you. You are absolutely adorable. : )

    Ah, I loved this night. Good times.

  16. Hi,

    I just found your blog and I must say that I got so inspired by you! I think that you’re so brave traveling around the world and doing what you want to. I moved to Paris this spring for a few months and now I’m moving back this winter, even though my boyfriend’s going to move to LA. This feels so unbelivably hard but when I found your blog you gave me a little bit of hope :)

    Hope you’re having a great time!

    Carin (www.parisinfourmonths.com)

    • Thanks Carin! Long distance is rough but it’s definitely doable. Good luck and hopefully see you this winter!


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