Paris 2017: picnic in Luxembourg Gardens

After visiting the Musée de l'Orangerie and several other sights on Sunday, we took the metro down to the Saint Germain area and picked up picnic supplies for a relaxing lunch in the Luxembourg Gardens.      We chose a bottle of chilled champagne … [Continue reading]

Paris 2017: sights

On this trip we spent a lot of time inside the major museums and a palace, which will have their own posts. In between we wandered around the city enjoying the many Parisian sights, taking full advantage of our metro card. Notre Dame near … [Continue reading]

Paris 2017: museums

Musée d'Orsay Wow. Just - wow. The Orsay covers mid-19th century to early 20th century, and simply has so many masterpieces. We visited on Thursday evening when they are open late until 9:45p, and thoroughly enjoyed the 2.5h hours we spent … [Continue reading]

Paris 2017: Château de Fontainebleau

We decided to skip the uber-famous Versailles in favor of Fontainebleau in the hopes of much smaller crowds, and it worked out well for us. The trickiest part may have been figuring out the trains in Gare de Lyon - there are a lot of options, and … [Continue reading]

Paris 2017: introduction

In February 2017 I had an important decision to make - should I share a good deal ($385) on flights from Raleigh to Paris with Leandra? If I did, it would mean returning, and while it was nice enough, Paris hadn't been high on my list of interests … [Continue reading]

20 years later…

Eric and I are celebrating twenty years as a couple today. In 7,305 days we have visited 40+ countries, bought a house, started a business, raised two dogs, and most importantly, fallen in love again and again. Happy anniversary Eric! I wrote … [Continue reading]

A warm weekend in Minneapolis / St. Paul

In late September we flew to Minneapolis to visit friends and explore the area, and lucky us, it was warmer there than back home in NC! The heat made us a little lazier than we might have planned, but we had a good time ping-ponging across … [Continue reading]