3 Places To Eat In Paris Off The Tourist Track

A few weeks back, I shared some photos from our recent weekend in Paris. Though we were only there for a long weekend, we packed in a lot (LOT). We saw all of the main touristy bits that everyone knows, and also explored and ate at some lesser known places that I now firmly call favorites.If you're heading over to gay Paris anytime soon, be sure to check out a few of these:...more

Weekend Getaway: 3 Days In Paris

Oh, Paris. It's such a cliche but I just really, really love this town. To celebrate the Liberation of Paris (D is a big WWII fan) and the August Bank Holiday weekend (aka 3-day weekend) we made the trip to Paris for what turned out to be a perfect weekend. ...more

Good Reads: 29 August 2014

Oh, it's been hard to be back from Paris this week.Sure, we were only there for a weekend but what a weekend it was. We walked the city from morning to night (my toenail polish literally chipped completely off twice) and enjoyed absolutely perfect weather paired with lots and lots of vanilla waffles. There are so many photos to come (D took 2500 in our 2.5-day trip), but until then I'll leave you with one of my favorite shots and a look at some lovely things on the internet....more

Remembering Madeline

I most recently visited the delightful Madeline exhibit at the New York Historical Society and thought I'd share a few of Ludwig Bemelmans's illustrations (author and illustrator of all the Madeline books). A few fun facts about Bemelmans….he immigrated to the US from Austria in the early 20th century and it was here that he was inspired to the write the story about a little orphan girl in Paris....more

Happy Bastille Day: How to Serve (and Eat) a Cheese Course

Are you planning to visit France? Eat in a French restaurant? Meet your future French in-laws? There is a certain cheese etiquette that must be followed. ...more
I was in France recently and loved the cheese, as well as the wine, bread, anything really. I do ...more

Visiting the Louvre 101

When you think about "secrets" at the Louvre, you probably imagine some dark and mysterious tales, straight from the Da Vinci Code.  But the secrets I'm about to share are lot more family friendly - and admittedly less dramatic - than anything Dan Brown created!...more

Oui, It's me... in 2023

After arriving in Paris earlier in the week I will have all day on the 13th to sit in a window or at a cafe drawing nonsense in a small notebook or writing postcards, while I contemplate what I will wear on the 14th for our special Valentines Day dinner. We have reservations to dine at a very small bistro near our Hotel, the Shangri-la. It is hard to leave our hotel room. It is so beautiful. But the city needs to be walked through. Quaint photographs must be taken....more

How to Visit Paris The Vegan and Gluten Free Way

For many, Paris is the ultimate destination. One of the world's most beautiful cities filled with art, culture, wine and incredible food. Although for special diets such as vegan, gluten free and dairy free, it seems that it might not be the most accommodating place to visit. But I'm glad to report that it is quickly becoming a hotspot for delicious dining, no matter your dietary restrictions!First of all, let’s get the touristy tips out of the way:...more

A Fit Belle in Paris: Facial Love at Le Meurice

It was the pièce de résistance of my year of spa visits. I experienced a facial at the hotel of kings and queens across from the Tuileries in Paris — Le Meurice....more

My Reverse Bucket List

Ah, yet another idea borrowed from a fellow blogger!  I saw this post the other day about a Reverse Bucket List.  The author was listing cool things they had done that they hardly remember.  I thought this was a great idea for a post.  Now, I do remember most of these events, but the "reverse bucket list" is a great way to remember your life and things that really made a big impression on you.  It fits in well with the Thanksgiving holiday that is coming up as well.  These are some cool things I have done for which I am grateful....more