Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scenes from the Louvre

ceilings, frescos, statues, self portraits, a little greek, sore feet and not enough time in a lifetime for so much art.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful for

a table full of food, flowers and family
the two coolest guys in the world   
 able bodies and little cousins
 changing seasons and something always around the corner

This Thanksgiving I did a lot of cooking and found out that my darling friend June came home from the hospital and is recovering. It was, without question, the happiest Thanksgiving I can remember.

Monday, November 19, 2012

some personal favorites

the little moments that made me fall in love.
 le metro signs are a perfect example of little details making all the difference. just like the colored dots with letters and numbers on a stark black background are a universal signifier that you have arrived in new york, these beautiful signs welcomed me, both physically and and mentally, to paris.
 it rained almost the entire time we were there and it could not have been more romantic.
 clean lines and architectural details from every angle, even from bed on a lazy, rainy morning.
 winning at parenting and a dog walking another dog (for real).
 olives and rose petals and pretty glasses.
 every single apartment building.
window displays that demand you enter the store. (i actually ordered some of these long before i knew i was going to paris. they adorned the cake table at our wedding.)
 drug store finds. this was actually undrinkable, but it's the one i took a picture of -- go figure. i went into every pharmacie in paris (taso can confirm that i'm not exaggerating) hunting for (but rarely buying) fancy shampoos, lotions and treats. 
 this. over and over and over, everywhere you look.
learning to avoid the champs-élysées like one avoids times square.
 falling in love with montmartre, like every other person who has ever been. i took this picture for my mom, who has a weakness for little lambs the way some of us do for kittens, but has no interest in going to paris.
pouring through film books we couldn't even read.
 spying the eiffel tower from far away (silly american me assumed it would be visible from all over the city like it is in pictures) and paris at night. PARIS AT NIGHT.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012




Monday, November 12, 2012

Jardin du Luxembourg and marrying Walter Matthau

Our first day in Paris we walked till our legs gave out. I wanted to see every inch of the city on foot, though I think, in the end, we only made it through a couple arrondissements. The highlight of day one was walking through the Luxembourg Gardens, my knowledge of which had previously been almost entirely drawn from Les Miserables. They were absolutely breathtaking in person! The trees were turning beautiful fall colors, but the flowers and plants were still alive with the colors of summer. 

I told Taso all I knew about the gardens (not much) and we watched French school children running laps along the gravel paths (even their gym clothes are chic). It was a beautiful day, and I was happy to sit and take it all in while my old man napped in the fading sunshine. Remember on The New Girl when Jess admits Walter Matthau is her perfect man and she could be girl Jack Lemmon, and then we realize that Nick is totally her grumpy old man soulmate? That moment is 100% Brittan and Taso, and I couldn't be happier.