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Paris…Taking It All In

One of the things I notice most when I am in Paris are the details…         I love the cobblestones, the lanterns, the ironwork, the designs on the buildings. Maybe its because I am actually slowing down enough to see them or because this city just has a magical amount of details and character… or a combination of both. Either way, it always seems like my life slows down a bit when I am here. Whether or not there is the lovely craziness of family around me and I am negotiating a million things at once or I am completely alone and doing nothing but absorbing what is in front of me.       Aside from the buildings, there is of course the food. And the color. And did I mention the food? And whether or not we were eating it, we were certainly taking…

A Day in Montmarte

Happy Summer friends! I hope that everyone is enjoying the less hurried pace that summer brings to many of us! We are home from our epic family vacation and are slowly…. very slowly… getting back into the swing of a schedule around here! In the process I am really trying to organize my Europe photos somehow before sharing them with you but since there are literally hundreds and hundreds of them… well, you know how it is… it's all taking a while longer than I was hoping. Plus there is that pesky jet lag thing that is putting me in bed by 8:00 pm most nights… its kind of a comedy show around here at the moment! So in effort to at least get started, I am going to start working through a day at a time… or maybe even half a day LOL!  For today…

Paris, my friend

Now I have to tell you that Paris, although still completely intoxicating, spellbinding, breathtaking, mysterious, and a whole group of other adjectives, has become somewhat of a friend over these last couple of trips. Mon ami as they say. I now have a "regular" place I like to stay. On "my little island". A regular place I have my morning tea and croissant. Sometimes they even recognize me there. A regular afternoon crepe with nutella to snack on, couldn't think of anything other I would rather eat when strolling around Paris. A regular corner florist where I buy the flowers for my hotel room. My own metro stop. A favorite place to walk along the Seine. My favorite market and even a cheese shop that i can't resist. And yet the city is full of idiosyncracies that I love to observe and…

Paris: are we done yet?

When I daydream of France, I think of little window scenes like this one here below. I really can't put my finger on what it is about this that is so "French" feeling for me, but it just is. I don't know why.  Whereas some of my favorite pictures of Paris are grey and neutral and soft and old and vintage looking, Paris is also all about color. Its everywhere you look really, in every nook and cranny as they say. … like in the windows   … or in the scarves in a store … or in the jam jars at the Bon Marche department and grocery store … or in the flower market   … even at night, the streets and cafes of Paris seem to be aglow in color   … the store shelves are lined with wonderful colors. This…

Paris: A little more

When most people go to Paris, they go see landmarks and take pictures that might look something like this.   Well, when we go to Paris, we get looked at a bit funny because we are seen mostly taking pictures of things like this…   in fact we seem to have a real thing for fencing… And we seem to spend a lot of our time looking up…      When our necks hurt from looking up, we would stop in for one or both of these…   So we could spend some more time looking at these…    When we got our fill of the beautiful blooms that seemed to be on every street corner, we reveled some more in, well, in food… just looking though…     Usually that would make us hungry enough to sit down and…