Thursday, January 21, 2016

December 2015

(image taken from the top of
Sacre Coeur)

It is COLD
here in Paris!!
I so wish it would snow.

Steve and I had tickets to
go see U2 here in Paris 
on November 15th...
two days after the attacks.
U2 postponed that show 
and came back to play
December 7th.

It was such an amazing show!
Emotional and powerful..
the picture above showed
all the names of the people
that were killed on that terrible day
here in Paris.

I didn't get many great pictures..
but on 
December 17th
Stephen flew home for Christmas
and Griffin's school
held it's annual 
holiday show!

Griff is in the green..
it was such a great show!
His school is small..
1st grade through 5th.
And the show was in French and 
We are so proud of you Griffy!!

The next day
December 18th..
our anniversary.
22 years!

Christmas morning!

I don't know why I don't
insist on a family photo
on Christmas.
Next year.

This was our 4th
Christmas in Paris.
I wonder where we'll be 
next year.

A few days later
my mom, sister and
niece came for a visit!

I think it's the best time
to visit Paris..
especially if the weather
is nice!
Paris is decorated beautifully
and the Christmas markets
are fun!

We did all the 
touristy things!

One of our favorite's was
spending the day 
in Montmartre.

Walking around 
the charming Place du Tertre 

And climbed to 
the top of 
Sacre Coeur!
What a view!


they are like sisters 

A great day!

And on January 5th..
we celebrated Steve's 

Stephen went back to Miami..
Hannah's college applications 
are all in..
Will and Griff are 
settling back in school
and I'm enjoying some 
quiet days!

I think I'm all caught up!!

Happy 2016!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy 2016!

And thank you for
the emails regarding our

I seem to need to take a break
from blogging from
December to January.
I hope to be here more often
now that we are back to 
school and work.

I'm going to go way back
to November to catch up.

I've been trying to visit as many
new places as I this is most likely
our last year here in Paris.

I found myself on this cold, rainy
late November day 
walking around the Palais-Royal in
the 1st arrondissement. 
I had gone over that way
to vist an herboristerie..
a little shop that sells vitamins,
herbs, teas etc.

I haven't been very good
about taking my good camera
out with me..
I'm glad I did on this day!

After walking around 
in the rain and the cold..
I went to Verjus for lunch.
I had been dying to try the 
fried chicken sandwich and 
it did not disappoint!

 we decided to fly Stephen
home for Thanksgiving!
This was the first year 
since living in Paris
that we celebrated Thanksgiving 
on the actual holiday.
Hannah and Will had a long weekend,
Steve took the day off from work
and we kept Griffin home from school.
It was so nice to be together.

And Griff lost his first tooth!

I'll catch up 
more tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Fluctuat Nec Mergitur"

(photo taken from
NBC website)

For three days the tower
will be illuminated
in the colors of the French flag.

The words..
"Fluctuat nec mergitur"
are projected onto the tower as well.
Taken from the Paris coat of arms,
 it translates to..
"she is tossed by the waves,
but does not sink".

Hannah went out with a friend
last night,
in the wind and rain,
to take the picture above.

I want to thank everyone
that has emailed,
sent messages and left
comments regarding 
our safety.
It has meant so much
to me that
you have reached out.

We are safe..
still very much in shock
but safe.

Some have asked if 
we want to go home.
Over the past 22 years,
we have called many 
different places home.
Paris is home now
and we love this city.

Vive la France!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Weekend in Champagne

Steve and I had the
opportunity to get away
together this past weekend.
This never happens, but we agreed
that it needs to happen more often!

We stayed at 
and it was fabulous!

We arrived around noon..
only about an hour and a half
outside of Paris.

We had  a delicious lunch in
the Brasserie at the chateau and 
then went straight to our first
Champagne tour.

We visited the 
Moet & Chandon house
(the T is pronounced in Moet!
I didn't know!)

It was a great tour!
Our guide was terrific.

And of course..
a tasting at the end of 
the tour!

"In victory, I deserve champagne..
In defeat, I need it"...Napoleon.

We had dinner that evening
at the 2 Michelin starred 
restaraunt Le Parc at the chateau.

The dining room was 
I took pictures the next morning
after breakfast.
We dined for four hours!
Each course beautifully presented
and more delectable than the last.
Including the chocolate
praline lollipops..
one of the four deserts we had!

After a great night sleep
(we slept until 9:30!!!)..
we made it to breakfast just in time!

I've lived in Paris for 3 1/2 years now..
I've had my share of croissants.
The croissants here were
the BEST I've ever had!!

We could have sat there all morning..
but we had bike riding to do,
a visit to the Reims cathedral,
and another champagne tour!

The construction of 
Notre-Dame de Reims
was started in 1211 and 
was opened in 1275.

A visit to 
Our Lady of Reims
is a must if you're visiting!

Our last stop for the day..
a champagne tour and tasting 
at the house of Pommery.

Descending 100ft
into the caves of the Pommery..

This was such a different tour
than the first..

It was more like a museum!

And of course a 
tasting at the end
of the tour...

The weather could not have been more

Colorful foliage,
warm temperatures
and plenty of sunshine!

A grainy selfie
in the caves of the house of 

It was a great weekend!