If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.
I was browsing the book shelves the other day when I stumbled upon the classic Ernest Hemingway title A Movable Feast. Hemingway lived in the same area of Paris (and for a part of that time the exact same rue) that I have been getting to know so well these past few months, and since the novel covers his experiences here, I decided to pick it up and delve in! I’ll let you know how it’s going!
Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire, Aix En Provence
Old Town Nice
A fishing town in Marseille
The Beach in Nice
Mont St. Michel
A flower shop in Annecy
A Space Invader all the way in Amsterdam!
How have I been missing this behemoth one near Centre Pompidou on Rue St. Martin and Rue Rambuteau?
This one is easy to miss. Below eye level and not as bright as most of the others. Spotted on Ile St. Louis while waiting in line for some delicious gelato
My space invader sightings are becoming more and more rare, sadly enough. I hope to see some in Barcelona this upcoming week while I am on holiday! xx
dépaysement-the sensation of being in another country
patte-foot or leg of an animal (but not a claw)
tartine-slice of bread (no single word for that in english)
tartiner-to spread butter, jelly, cheese or honey on a piece of bread
bouffer-to eat like an animal
I thought this image was appropriate since this is the last monday before the long anticipated April Holiday…a good excuse to indulge in all of the above. I love that France has a 2 week holiday every 6 weeks. I especially love the Friday before holiday begins when there is an air of anticipation through out the entire city! Trisha’s meilleur copine, Sara and mon frére, Brian will both be in Paris by Friday!!! Donc uhhhh, Bonne Vacance (juste 5 jours encore!)
image á la pinknailsinparis
The half-timber architecture (or “Bois de plusieurs”) was my favorite part about Rouen
The “Gros Horlage”…walking under it made me feel like I was being taken back in time to the Medieval ages
The Tower in which Joan of Arc was imprisoned before being burned at the stake
A charming little port we stumbled upon after wandering around the sunday morning market in Caen
Sunday Brunchers in the city center next to the Sunday morning market
Exploring the Castle of Caen
The other weekend, our good friend Kathleen (fellow Au Pair and jubilant Canadian) had the weekend off for a change, so we decided to celebrate with a brief weekend trip to High Normandy with some other Au Pairs from Fontainebleau. Comme d’habitude (like always), we were blown away by the beauty that Europe, and namely France, has to offer. It still baffles our minds that one can simply travel simply an hour and a 1/2 north on a swift train and suddenly be surrounded by a completely different culture with totally new and different architecture. One word that comes to mind when recalling Rouen & Caen is “charming.” When peering down the cobble stoned streets with the amazingly well-preserved medieval houses we would constantly spot old women shaking rugs and sheets out of the top floor windows. Trisha and I swear that the town in our favorite Disney Classic, “Beauty and the Beast” HAD to have been based on Rouen. At any second we were waiting for everyone to open their shutters one by one singing, “Bonjour! Bonjour!….Bonjourbonjourbonjour!” The overall experience was quite enchanting and I think the desire to travel and do some more “day trips” around France was planted within all of us that weekend!
“I Love You” Wall. How to say “I love you” anywhere in the world.