Autumn in Paris

Thursday, November 16, 2017


We are back from France and it's taken me far too long to chronicle our trip.  It sounds cliche but it's actually quite true- it's hard to take a bad picture in the city of lights or frankly anywhere in France. I've actually not edited one of these pictures! However, sorting through all these great pictures has taken me nearly a month. So without further adieu, here are some of the highlights of our time in Paris. I've hopefully got another post on Provence coming too!

We started our trip in Paris, and with only a couple of days in the city we tried our best to see as much of everything we could.  That being said, we didn't get to so many of my favorite spots and we hardly slept the 3 days we were there. It was hardly enjoying the French way of life. All fun but also hurried. 


The Luxembourg gardens were incredibly gorgeous.  The trees were turning color but the sun was still warm enough to sit outside and the flowers were still in bloom. Always one of my favorite places to visit, this time did not disappoint.






Thankfully, we did sit and enjoy the park and try to slow down for a minute with a glass of Cotes de Provence.  If there is anything more French to me it's sitting at a small table outside enjoying a cafe or a glass of wine with no agenda ahead. 

This was my Dad's first trip to France and thus we wanted to give him the grand tour of Paris.  All the  usual must sees- Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Montmarte, the Seine River, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, Le Marais, the Latin Quarter, St. Germain, Galleries Lafayette, on and on the list goes.  You get the idea that it's impossible to see everything in 3 days.  




One of our first stops after checking into our airbnb and enjoying our first French meal was Notre Dame.  The crowds were light and we got to spend time inside. I always love observing those who actually come to pray and light a candle vs just gawk at the architecture. 

We crossed the Île de la Cité and made our way to St. Germain to check out some of our favorite streets. As always in France, the outside is the most popular place to sit. I will always love little cafe tables and bistro chairs. 


We didn't time our trip to Paris to coincide with fashion week but that's exactly what happened. We didn't have time to catch any shoes, but we did go to Louis Vuitton and Colette- before it closes for good!





We basically ran through Galleries Lafayette before closing. With over 9 floors and the atrium it takes time and unfortunately we didn't get to see any of it. Galleries also has rooftop deck with an incredible 360 view of the city that we didn't get to do. Bummer!




This time we stayed in the 1st arrondissement. Our Airbnb was nicely located for access to most everything. The only draw back was that is might of been too nicely located. With so many restaurants and bars right under our windows, there was singing, yelling, and just fun partying go on all night long. Sleep was difficult. 


We had some really good meals in Paris and some just alright meals. Maybe it's that our expectations are always high?  One thing that didn't disappoint was the cheese.  This time around we made sure to order the cheese course (at almost every meal) and it was heavenly!




Escargot and Foie Gras


Cheese instead of dessert


These are the exception to my no bad pictures in France.  I love French handwriting on a menu chalkboard. I wish I had taken the time to take better pictures!  




That's a wrap on this Paris trip.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post on Provence!


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Travel Season

Thursday, July 27, 2017


You already know about the 12 days we spent in Cabo and very soon we will be spending a week in North Eastern Oregon- one of our most favorite places on Earth. Soon after that trip we are headed back to France. This time we will visit not only Paris, but also Southern France in the towns of Arles (Provence) and Nice (French Riviera).


We haven’t traveled much since the arrival of the bébé. But, now we are blowing the dust off our suitcases and getting back on the airplane.

It’s always a tough decision to leave our children for any extended period of time. Of course we miss them like crazy and the logistics of caring for 5 children is complicated. Even with lots of family around to help it’s not easy. I would love to bring our kids with us, but most of the trips we have been able to take are relatively short and we move much too quickly for family travel. We usually are up early and out late. Walking 10-15 miles a day. There is little sleep involved.

So, in the next few weeks stay tuned! I’m bringing the blog along for all the preparations, travel, and fun. We also have some exciting things happening here on the homefront. And, if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment so I can answer them!

Paris| What We Brought Home- SURPRISE Edition!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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cinquième enfant de surprise!!

Paris| What I Brought Home

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Paris| Shopping

Monday, October 12, 2015

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Staying in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris leads itself very naturally to a lot of shopping.  It’s home to two of the most famous department stores along with Rue after Rue of shops. Here are a few of the places we visited this last trip.

Zara Home

This place was so cool. Who even knew Zara had a home store?  Of course, the prices were cheaper in Paris then here!

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Galeries LaFayette

One of the most famous department stores in Paris.  The Galeries LaFayette is beautiful.  This trip my Mom bought an exclusive perfume only available in Paris by the French brand Guerlain.

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Galeries LaFayette Gourmet

Not only a luxury beauty and fashion department store, the Galeries LaFayette also has an entire store (over 3 levels) devoted to food, grocery, dining, and cooking. It’s a must stop on my Paris itinerary.

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Le Grenier a Pain

Boulangerie’s specialize in the baking and selling of bread and they are very important to the French way of life.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to have your own favorite boulangerie where you stop in daily to pick up a freshly baked warm baguette. This one has been voted best baguette several years running.

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Patisseries are shops that bake and sell pastries and often bread as well. 

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 Maison George

One of my favorite chocolate and macaron shops in Montmartre. Everything is beautiful here.

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Beautiful seafood markets

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Affordable flower shops

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Famous designers are abundant in Paris.  I tried on a necklace here and pretended for a moment it was an option. 

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Champs-Elysées

Historically one of the most famous avenues in Paris, today it has some of the worlds most upscale shopping and the worlds busiest McDonalds. Probably not what Allied forces would have imagined when they marched down it in 1944 declaring victory over the Germans. 

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The lines to even get into some of the luxury stores are insane. It’s rumored that if you hang around you will be offered cash to go in and buy items for oversees shoppers who have maxed out their shopping limits. 

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One of the perks of shopping high end is sipping champagne while you browse.  Maybe we didn’t look like serious shoppers, because we weren’t offered any, but with all these people it was hard to find a sales associate who wasn’t busy.

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Stay tuned this week to see what we brought home. 

 

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