Olive Us: Episode 16: Betty in Paris

January 16, 2013

By Gabrielle. Instagram shot by Ben Blair.

Oh my goodness you guys. This one is for all the Paris lovers and dreamers out there. I can not wait for you to see this episode! It feels magical to me. I could just watch it forever. I love seeing such a magnificent place through a child’s eyes.

When we move back to the U.S., I’m positive we’ll watch this movie every time we get homesick for France. (Try it on vimeo if it’s not playing for you here.)

You can find out a little backstory about this episode here, and for those who are curious, Betty’s pom pom hat and over-the-knee socks are from Tea Collection. Please tell me you love the video as much as I do!

P.S. — Huge thanks to Tiger in a Jar for the gorgeous footage, to Merrilee Liddiard for the beautiful title illustration, and to our friend Caroline for helping out the entire time!

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1 Angela January 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

I had a dream last night that I took my daughters to Paris. Then today you post this. I’m not one to believe in signs but….

This was so lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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2 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Definitely a sign.

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3 Moriah January 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

How many times can I say LOVE! Totally LOVE this and makes me want to take my two little ones right now. Awesome!!

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4 Pink Frenchie January 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

Glorious! I adore the part when she nibbles on the pink Ladurée macaron and the world turns pinkish….ah, la vie en rose!

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5 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

Your comment made us all smile! We’ve been debating if the scene was to subtle. So glad it was easy to comprehend what was happening. Here’s to la vie en rose.

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6 Debra Dane January 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

My favourite part too – just subtle enough!

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7 Stella January 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

Awww so cute! The café scene is just too adorable! <3 I miss Paris…

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8 Robin January 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

So beautiful! My favorite part is where she drops the coins to pay for the snack.

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9 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

What is it about that part? I love it too.

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10 Robin January 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

I think it’s cute that she’s just a kid but responsible enough to eat alone and pay/tip as an adult. It’s a great shot!

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11 iris dettwiler January 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hello I just found your video super charming! We recently made a few videos with our kids (we only have 5 ) and this one made me think of the first one we made. I’m Australian and my husband is Swiss and we live in the north of France! I guess in a way we see France a lot like you do! Here’s the link for our video on youtube if you have the time……….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQrTg00nbUk

By the way I’d love to do participate in a ” living with kids” post with you some day!

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12 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

Where in the North of France do you live? How fun! Off to check out your video…

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13 Susan January 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

Love the video. A quick tour of Paris with your darling daughter made my day here in gray Cincinnati. I loved the last part with the double- decker merry-go-round and the Eiffel Tower in the background!

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14 Nina January 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

As a huge fan of both Paris and Tiger in a Jar I clearly love this to the bones. Beautiful put together and really cute. Props!

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15 rachel swartley January 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

I love it! The first time we see Betty skipping when she is so far away is so charming. And that rose-colored moment is perfect!

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16 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

Can you believe that shot? She looks so independent and confident.

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17 Sanda January 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

So, so,so cute!!! Love Tiger in a jar work and this video is absolutely amazing and charming, can’t put smile of my face

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18 Lucy Mitchell January 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

This reminds me of the book Caroline visite Paris. You probably know the series by Pierre Probst? Such a sweet little movie. I’d say she’d like the book too!

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19 Boni B. January 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

Betty did such a fantastic job! Tourism to Paris will definitely go up after watching this lovely film!

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20 Tricia Whitworth January 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

This reminded me so much of the movie Amelie! It has that magical, smiling quality. I adored it! When Betty had her croissant and hot chocolate (and left her tip so politely), it just melted my heart and made me hungry at the same time. :)

I’m in the Winter Doldrums and looking for a meaningful job – this little video cheered me more than I can say. THANK YOU so very much. <3

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21 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

And thank YOU for such a kind comment, Tricia! So glad to hear that this added a dose of happy to your day.

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22 Pamela January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

i love it! since moving to paris 6 months ago..we’ve have visited all of these places..and have had many rides on that same carousel. it never gets old..wish i knew when you were here to film..would have loved to have watched!! what a wonderful keepsake and great job betty!

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23 Giulia January 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

i love it when she eats the baguette. when i was about her age i started going to buy bread by myself every weekend and i always, always, ate it like that on the way home, without breaking it with my hands, while it was still warm :)
even though baguettes, croissants and macaroons are so stereotypical, it’s what you’ll miss the most. make sure you eat lots of them!

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24 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

What good advice, Giulia! They’re stereotypical for a reason, right?

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25 LindaC January 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I was fortunate to spend 5 weeks in Paris in 2010 and this video reminded me of…me. I miss Paris every single day. Thank you so much for sharing this :)

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26 Jen Byard January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

My favorite one yet! Shes just so adorable :)

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27 Micah H. January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

We recently took my three year old to Paris, and he loved every moment of it. He talks weekly of moving to Paris, and so do I. ;) LOVE the video!

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28 jody January 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

this gave me goosebumps…many of the sites on the video i have visited with my husband and boy do we dream to return with our 4 sons to the same spots someday…. your daughter – what a sweet & precious soul! thanks for the inspiration.

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29 tere January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Gabby, this is just too much loveliness together!! She is the most beautiful and subtle tourist guide ever. It’s like a piece of a movie, well done!! My girls couldn’t believe how independent she was and how wonderful Paris is.

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30 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

“subtle tourist guide” — I love that description!

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31 Maria @ the Paris Busy Bee Blog January 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

This is absolutely delightful, Gabrielle! It almost made me cry, this is the charming Paris I love! I shared it on my FB page. Hope all Paris lovers will see it!

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32 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Thank you, Maria! We are truly so appreciative when people share our videos.

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33 Julia January 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm

This is so lovely! Must keep saving for Paris!

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34 Shannon { A Mom's Year } January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

It really is magical. The Tiger in a Jar crew are incredibly talented, and so is Betty. It’ll preserve your memories of Paris–and even better, I think–of Betty at this moment in time.

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35 Nicola January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I will have to watch this to bring back the memories when *I* get home from living in Paris. This really is gorgeous. Seeing Betty with her baguette reminds me of my own little American in Paris: http://growingberries.blogspot.fr/2012/05/this-moment-fresh-evening-baguette.html

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36 Colleen January 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Love this so much! One of my favorites. Betty is a doll.

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37 Katie January 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

So pretty.

My girls and I love to watch the OliveUs videos. We always cuddle up on the couch and watch the new one twice in a row. It’s a fun little tradition. I really want to learn how to make some videos myself. Obviously they won’t be as wonderful as yours, but I still think it would be fun!

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38 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I had to read your comment aloud to Ben Blair. We’re both grinning!

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39 Lydia January 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I loved this! It sums up perfectly how I feel every time I go to Paris. Merci!

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40 Valerie {all mussed up} January 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Oh oh oh. This is by far my favorite of all! I love all the small whimsical details that were included — thank you, Betty, for making me miss the City of Light so intensely and so sweetly this evening. (:

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41 Design Mom January 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Tiger in a Jar nails the details! That pyramid shot at the Louvre? Gold!

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42 Danielle January 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Ohh, so very sweet! Paris is so magical, no matter what age we are!

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43 Jeannine January 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I love this so much and now have a permanent smile glued to my face. Pure joy my friend. xoxo

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44 Jennifer L January 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Adorable! I love the red socks. This made my heart happy.

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45 zchamu January 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

That’s it. Planning a Paris trip RIGHT NOW.

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46 Barbara January 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’m french and live at La Defense, I love your video. I like to see Paris through new eyes !

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47 Jenn January 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

How absolutely precious. I could watch it over and over. Loved the part where she drops change at the cafe–it made me smile so big. The carousel at night was lovely, too. What a work of art.

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48 Carrie January 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Best.Video.Ever.

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49 Jennifer January 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Just beautiful. I actually found myself tearing up at the magical shot of the carousel at the end!

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50 Design Mom January 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

Makes me pretty teary too.

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51 Annik January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Tout à fait adorable! Loved every bit of it.
My daughter was around Betty’s age the last time we went to Paris. She is now 17– I think we need to go back!

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52 Carrie Powell January 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Wow. That is such a work of art. I am blown away and DO love it as much as you Gabrielle. It really inspired me to want to be creative in outstanding ways.
Thank you for such a treat!

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53 Design Mom January 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

Yay! Yay! I’m so glad.

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54 Dasnia Gema January 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Gabrielle, thank you for sharing such a beautiful video! Betty did great! I will be sharing this episode and the other episodes with my 5 children! Adorable!!

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55 Nicole January 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Brilliant!

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56 Grace @ sense and simplicity January 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

So adorable. Betty has a charming skip and it is such fun to see her skip through all my favourite parts of Paris. I love that you can tell she says ‘merci’ when the waiter brings her the hot chocolate and croissant.

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57 Carina January 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Utterly exquisite and magical! I adored the skipping by the Seine, and it just kept getting cuter and cuter.

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58 Wendy McSwain January 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I agree on the magical comments! I love the music, especially.

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59 Design Mom January 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

The music was actually created specifically for this episode by a friend of Tiger in a Jar named Luke Williams. We’re so pleased with it!

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60 marion January 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Like the Red Balloon in some ways. lovely

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61 allysha January 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Love it. My kids love these little movies. “Who is that?” Oliver asked. “That’s Betty,” was all I had to say. (…Can we set them up when they’re older!?! ;)

Anyway, super sweet. Makes me want to come and visit. (Not that it takes much!)

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62 MG Brackett January 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Simply lovely. Perfectly magical. Brava!

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63 Hayley January 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Before this video, my favorite was the one of the kids at the bakery. I love everything about this! Her red pompom hat, the skipping, the cute little “teeth growing in” smile. Certainly did not help my French cravings that I have been having for a year now… :)

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64 Brittany January 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

are you kidding me? What a delight and how clever. I love how the capturing of the monuments with the finger shapes. NICE!

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65 agneslamexicaine January 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

This is so cliché I can’t like it as much as you guys (but that’s bcause I’m french, we don’t see Paris the same way) but it’s still super cute; I like the idea of a little girl exploring the city on our own, shopping and tipping with confidence!

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66 Susan Dunnegan January 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Loved this video and I can’t wait to take my kids to Paris one day! You had me at the baguette!

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67 Karen January 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I love it! Adorable, sweet, charming, etc. This is my favorite by far.

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68 Mandy January 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I love this! So so cute. I love Paris and this is such a wonderful way to capture the city. I remember going at that age with my parents and the statues and gargoyles and artists were definetly my favorite part. Makes me want to make a film like this with my son while we are living here in Germany. Thank you!

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69 Design Mom January 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

It’s such a treat to watch kids in a city and see what they observe. I hope you get to make a video with your son!

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70 Neasa January 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

Betty looks like an all-round excellent person to be around.

I love the cafe scene best. Perfect ‘cafe manners’. I think we should all make something similar of our own cities. Wish we had made one in Wellington, New Zealand when we lived there. My little one was 2.5 when we left but she still talks about her ‘favourite cafe’ and she is 5 now.

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71 Lisa Fyfe January 17, 2013 at 7:19 am

This is utterly charming. My favorite.

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72 Stacey January 17, 2013 at 7:20 am

Oh my stars! Betty exploring Paris is bringing a smile to my face – ear to ear! I’m showing this video to my middle school art students today! We’ve been studying artwork from the Louvre!

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73 Caitlin January 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

I love this one! I used to live in Paris as a teenager and it truly is a magical place. I had to smile when she ate the baguette on her walk – I could never get a baguette home in one piece – they’re too yummy!

And la vie en rose! How perfect!

Here’s to hoping I get back there someday soon!

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74 Design Mom January 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

A warm baguette is a treasure.

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75 Mary reynolds January 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

It’s adorable! Love it!

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76 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay January 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

After she makes the face with the gargoyle she does this tiny laugh. It is just a second. Totally her own response. Love.
This one is my favorite.

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77 Lynne January 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love Betty’s laugh, too! Everything just works together so well–Betty’s sweet face, the magic of Paris, and the lovely music.

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78 Summer January 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

Very cute! How lucky is she to have this film forever! I have a feeling generations to come will appreciate this.

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79 Deborah January 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

Magical! What a treasure for you to have these little videos of your time in France.

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80 Becky January 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

One of our favorites for sure! Betty is so adorable. She was made for Paris!
My son, Max, said,”Is she walking around Paris all by herself?!”
Thanks for making us smile.

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81 .ivy January 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’m a Paris lover and dreamer; this is perfect. Beautiful. Amazing. Feels like a (very) short film.

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82 maria January 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

Madeline in 2013!

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83 Clara de Paris January 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

How lovely! Votre video me rappelle tellement de souvenirs! Absolument adorable!

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84 Danielle January 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

Thank you thank you thank you for transporting me back to my favorite city on earth. The lens color change, the architecture she mimics with her hands and body, her playful spirit… it was just so uplifting and beautiful. Something about the red hat and her gnome-like sweetness reminded me of 2 films: Le Ballon Rouge and Amélie. Well done!

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85 Amandinette January 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

C’est trop mimi! Bien filmé!

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86 Laura January 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This was so sweet! Definitely my favorite episode yet. My husband served his mission in Bordeaux, and we often talk of going without our kids; but this video made me ache to take them with us!

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87 bdaiss January 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Another wonderful episode! And you are definitely making my heart ache for a trip to Paris!

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88 Deborah January 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

So charming! It makes me smile. That shot at the end of her on the carousel is stunning. I love the cafe scene too. It’s just perfect. Thank you for brightening my day!

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89 Adrienne January 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

C’est la!

It is exactly how it feels to be in Paris!
The melancholy..the beauty…the inspiration. Betty, in her own way, captured it perfectly.

Well done.

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90 Stacy January 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I adore this episode!!! Everything about it is just perfect. Well done :) It brought back memories of my high school trip to Paris, and my husband and I are hoping to visit the City Of Light for our 10 year wedding anniversary in 2014. I can’t wait!

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91 Tracy Laverty January 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Oh I LOVED this video. In fact I adore all the Olive US short films. I have all girls and one evening I wanted to show them the one of you all cleaning up after dinner. It was quite inspiring for me since I think I need to put in a more fun into our everyday tasks. After that one they watched all of them! They love them. Please continue to make more. My family loves them. Thank you for also sharing your amazing trips and experiences abroad. What a fun family you have.

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92 Kate January 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

This is so stinkin’ cute and I feel incredibly inspired.
Thank you Gabrielle!

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93 Elizabeth January 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

How utterly dreamy. I do think I love it as much as you, or perhaps not quite since you’re her mama! It’s the 2013 version of “The Red Balloon” without any of the melancholy.

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94 Grace January 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Ahhh! Little Betty, she is so adorable. This was so great, favorite Olive Us episode thus far. I loved the part where she ate at the cafe as well as when she made lion faces. Way too cute, and she just made Paris not only seem beautiful but so fun and relaxing. Much love to your family!

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95 Edna January 18, 2013 at 1:37 am

I live in Paris but have to admit I don’t love it as much as most of the other expats do…but watching this video, I had one of those moments where you step back and go, Wow, I live here. Thanks for making me appreciate what I have.

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96 Kristen January 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

My 5 and 2 year old loved this episode! They giggled out loud when Betty growled at the lion. At the end my 2 year old said, “I want more Betty!!” Thanks!

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97 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker January 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

This was better than the Red Balloon.

At the end, I felt happy inside–not just happy, but full of joy and delight!

My children loved it. My two-year-old said her favorite part was “the horseys.”

My children have been enamored with images of Europe lately, and my oldest has especially been loving Paris. This was perfect for her.

I served a mission in France. While I can explain some things to them, seeing Betty on the cobblestones explained it to them much better than I ever could have done. They LOVE it. We watched it three times yesterday and they want to watch it more.

My daughter and her friends have been having parties about different countries (so far they’ve done China and Greece). The next one is about France, and we’re hosting it. We added watching this movie to the list of things that we are doing.

This is so beautiful. It showed them what I cannot explain to them in so many ways.

I am making baguettes and citron tarts for them today. Macarons are on the menu for next week.

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98 Koseli Cummings January 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

That was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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99 Holly January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

Charmante!

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100 Alix January 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Oh Gabby how utterly awesome is this?? I love it from an artistic perspective (the little details….the view of sweet Betty’s red stockings and hat skipping in that aerial view is SO good….and the pyramid shot….and the baguette….and her hand lingering on the locks on the fence. All MAGIC. But what moved me the most was what a special special family keepsake this is of your beautiful little girl and this most wondrous time in your lives. Priceless. I posted it today on Modern Kiddo and my mom called me up this morning to tell me how delightful she thought it was—and that she promptly watched the entire series! Hurray for the Blairs! xoxo

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101 Ronna Wyse January 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

This video is so lovely! I showed it to my fourth graders for a creative writing exercise and they were enchanted! They were able to write thoughts, feelings,poems, or a story about her. They all agreed that she was very lucky to get to eat by herself!

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102 Tan January 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Oh my goodness, this is so heart warming! I just love her eiffel tower jump. It’s precious!

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103 Adriana January 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Gabrielle, this is a great video that she will love forever.

A year ago I made a video with my son for a contest. My one is very amateur and simple (I only used my iPhone) but we still love to watch it. ;)

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104 the emily January 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

That was just incredible. I cannot imagine how much she will love to watch that as a grown up. What a terrific idea. It is beautifully shot and makes me ACHE to go back to Paris. With my daughter this time.

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105 Dee January 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I absolutely *love* this video! My 7 year old watched it with me, and he’s convinced that he could navigate a major city alone now. ;)

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106 Cathy January 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I don’t know you or Betty and I’ve never been to Paris but I just sat here mesmerized by this video! LOVE!!!

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107 Stoich91 January 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Best episode, yet. Makes me want to go to Paris more than anything, ever! :D What a privilege to see Paris through a kids’ eye view! xoxoxo

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108 jacqui January 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

I just discovered you through pret a voyager and this video is so beautiful I could cry! I look froward to discovering more on Design Mom. Thank you!

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109 eskimo*rose January 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Oh I love the Olive us series, I just followed a link from MIL to find this one … unbelievably cute, it takes me back to my youth when I spent a brief few years in Paris ….
xx
… I’ve clearly been a bit slow btw, although I have loved Olive us for ages, I never put 2 and 2 together and linked it to you at Design Mom – doh!!

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110 Erin S. January 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Love! Showed this to my 3.5 year old, who has been obsessed with the Eiffel Tower lately, and she promptly requested it again . . . and then watched all of the other Olive Us episodes (which she requests by saying, “Can we watch another Betty?!”). She then spent the next day discussing whether or not she would ever meet Betty and if Betty would want to play with her. Your sweet Betty has made another far off fan!

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111 Ann January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Wow, magical! Love it!!!

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112 mieke January 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

reminds me of my favorite movie:
“Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”

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113 Claire January 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Skipping on the stones of Paris, baguette in hand, a grown up sit and sip at a sidewalk cafe, standing tall like the Eiffel Tower…bliss! Thank you for the joy!

“Even my heart, standing in its socks,does a little two-step from inside its box.”

Norbert Hirschhorn

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114 DeAnn January 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

This is my favorite.

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115 Sally January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

This is perfection! I’m 25, but Paris never fails to make me feel like a little girl! My heart was skipping beats the whole time and it made me so homesick for it. Thanks for sharing!!

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116 Dora January 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

Thank you. Beautiful. Inspiring.

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117 Franca Bollo January 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

What a graceful skipper!

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118 Belen February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

What? Are you guys moving back to the States!?
Don’t tell me you’re leaving that awesome barn!

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119 Pandechion March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

My daughter will be four next Wednesday. The episodes of Olive Us are pretty much all the t.v. we watch right now. I was openly weeping by the end of this one, and my daughter said with wonder in her voice, “Mama, *I* was almost crying with happiness, too.”

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