an afternoon at the museum // touring musée d’orsay with @parismusetours

While lazy baby seemingly hits a new milestone every day, last month, I hit a few of my own — and fittingly, they happened in Paris! Margot and I survived our first solo travel day together AND our first night away just the two of us… which also happened to be our first solo night ever. I feel like I need this on a t-shirt. To be totally fair, it wasn’t as adventurous as it sounds. Jeff took us to St. Pancras on his quick lunch break, where we caught the Eurostar, and my sister met us at a sweet little apartment in St. Germain first thing the next morning, fresh off her flight from…

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a weekend in paris & a sunday at les puces

Recently, much to our surprise, we found ourselves very happily headed ack to Paris. With a long list of things to do and places to go, we wanted to revisit our old haunts, and explore some new ones. Friday in a tiny wine bar, Saturday in Tuileries, Sunday at Les Puces. You might be wondering why a craving for such a perfect-sounding weekend would be a surprise. When we left the Île-de-France in July, London-bound with two giant suitcases and one little pug, I wasn’t exactly sad. It’s no secret that I had maxed out on quaint country life, and when London came calling, we were both ready to bolt as soon as they told…

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parisian favorites from a year in the île-de-france (part 2)

Much to my surprise, this is the year that I really learned that Paris isn’t just all eating and drinking. During past trips, it really was all I cared to do… plus, you know, see the Eiffel Tower. Strolling leisurely through the city is still my preferred method of Parisian exploration, but with the touristy things out of the way (looking at you Mona Lisa and Versailles), and a ticking clock each time we shlepped into the city because trains stopped running to our village at 11:19 PM, SHA-OOT ME NOW, we were forced to prioritize what we actually wanted to do and see. If you missed part 1 of my Parisian preferences, pop on…

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city escapes // exploring the french countryside

I had hoped to achieve many things by spending one year in France and now, here we are—almost on the other side. We’re older, we’re wiser. Most importantly, we’ve seen more of the French countryside than I ever thought I would in one lifetime. I mean, fine. We’re not much more fluent in French than the day we moved in. I never did learn how to make croissants from scratch. And yes, fine, the metric system continues to stump me in both the kitchen and on the road. But we made it. Luckily, as far as personal goals go, there is one thing we definitely ticked off the list. We repeatedly escaped Paris to explore…

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