September 22, 2016

Currently...

I can't believe it's been since June that I've written one of these posts! Remember when I tried to start a link up with these? Oops!

I started my "new" job in February and it's the busiest job I've ever had. Seven months in, I'm finally starting to understand my new normal and I'm hoping that I can start spending more time on my blog again! I pulled together a drafting schedule for the month of October, and I really hope I can stick to it! For now, I think a 'Currently' post is a great way to update you all on what's going on with me!


Feeling... sick. I caught a terrible cold in Australia! Luckily, I didn't actually start feeling sick until our last day there, but I've been fighting this off since we got home on Monday night.

Reading... "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly. If you're part of the Beyond Bloggers Book Club (or want to be!), you still have time to read this before we link up about it next Friday! It's a historical fiction book about WWII and so far, I like it.

Watching... nothing. I've been gone for the last two weeks, but even before that, things were so busy with work and running that I haven't really watched much TV lately. I am excited for Fall TV to come back, though. I'm most excited for "The Mindy Project," "Once Upon a Time," and "Scandal"(maybe). I'm pretty excited for the new show "Pitch" too, about a woman who makes it as a Major League pitcher.

Thinking about... resting up and picking up marathon training where I left off. I ran while I was in Australia, but I definitely wasn't training like I should have been. I hope that the solid 15-miler I put in before I left sets me up to pick up where I left off.

Working on... my posts about Australia! It was the most amazing trip I've ever taken and I promise it won't take me three months to get those posts up like it did with my Paris posts!


Needing... a new pair of running shoes. I've bought three this summer and returned all of them after they make my feet go completely numb about 5 minutes into the run. I have no idea why this is happening.

Craving... biscoff cookies. Yesterday, I was trying to sleep on our flight home from LA but we were in the last row of the plane and it was impossible. The flight attendant left me a biscoff cookie but I was still trying to sleep. When I woke up, she had cleared my tray table and taken it away!

Annoyed by... the complete and utter incompetence of 50% of the people on an airplane.

Excited... to start cooking my way through the cookbook I bought in Paris. The AWFUL movers we hired lost the original book I bought (it was in a bag I told them specifically not to touch but they didn't listen) and I just picked it up again...it isn't the same, though, since it doesn't have the Shakespeare and Company stamp =(

Hoping... to rest up and recover with a lazy weekend, but also to get some miles in!


What's on your 'Currently' list this week?
Any fall TV shows you're looking forward to?

September 21, 2016

Summer in Paris: Part 2

If you haven't read my other posts about my summer trip to Paris, you can read about our itinerary, the post I didn't want to write, and part one of my adventures in Paris!

Day 6: Our 6th day in Paris, and The Pilot's last day, was filled with awesome new-to-me experiences! We started our morning doing a self-guided tour of the Opera House. I only recently learned that this was an option, after always assuming that the only way to see the Opera House was to see a performance. Of course, I had to see the famed Opera House that inspired The Phantom of the Opera, and it didn't disappoint. Though, after spending the morning roaming the Opera House, I know that on my next trip to Paris, I'll absolutely go for a performance!





The views from the balcony offered a wonderful glimpse into morning rush hour in Paris. We left the Opera House and made our way to the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore. While this is, arguably, the most famous English-language bookstore in the world, it wasn't until a few days before we left when The Pilot and I watched "Midnight in Paris" (which I highly recommend) for the first time, that I learned of the bookstore. 

My family had to practically pry me out of the store and I came home with a few too many books!


We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling along the Seine on our way to an unbelievable dinner at Verjus.


After dinner, we finally made our way to the Eiffel Tower at night. When my mom had first been to Paris, the tower wasn't lit at night, and, while we had seen it from afar a few times, we still hadn't made our way to see the Tower lit up at night. 


Day 7: The next day, I went for a morning run in the Luxembourg Gardens while my mom and aunt wandered the gardens. We took the rest of the day pretty easy, did some shopping, and went for a long stroll in the Marais, stumbling on some adorable hidden passages with little shops. 


Day 8: On our last day in Paris, we took the metro up to Parc de Buttes Chaumont. This park was massive and I loved exploring it! I wish I had found it earlier, as it would have been a great place to run in, although, it's very hilly! We wandered the park, had lunch in one of the park's restaurants and took in the stunning views of Montmartre. 


While we were exploring, my aunt found out that her nephew had gotten to Paris that morning, so we met up with him and his wife in the Latin Quarter for dinner and drinks before heading to a bar to watch France win the Euro Cup semi-final. It was ridiculously fun and such an awesome way to end our trip to Paris.

We got up early the next morning, headed to the airport, and made our way home. Another successful Paris trip in the books!


Does this post make you want to hop on a plane to Paris?
It definitely makes me want to go back! I'm sorry it took so long for me to recap my trip! 
It's been a busy summer, but I hope you enjoyed reliving my trip with me!

September 12, 2016

Summer in Paris: Part 1

Ah, Paris. It's been two months since I came back from my favorite trip to Paris, and I'm finally writing about it.

I always like to go on vacation for the 4th of July, a trend I started after realizing that DC during the 4th, while awesome, is really quite insane.

When we first started planning this trip, it was going to be me, my mom, and, if he had time off, The Pilot. A few months into planning, my mom's sister decided to join (my Tia), and when The Pilot found out he was going to have 5 days off (unheard of), we knew it was going to be a great trip!

Day 1
My mom, aunt, and I landed in Paris on a very cold Friday morning. We checked into our hotel in the St. Germain des Pres (my favorite neighborhood), and then made our way to climb the Eiffel Tower.

I did this on my first trip to Paris at about 10:45 at night, just before they were closing, and I thought it was the biggest waste of money, but my mom and aunt really wanted to go up.

Well, climbing the Eiffel Tower at night is probably a waste of money, but during the day? Oh my goodness. Breathtaking. It was incredibly cold and windy, and raining while we were up there, and we were actually pretty miserable, but it was so worth it!


We spent some time wandering the Eiffel Tower grounds (it had stopped raining when we came down) and then called it a day!

What an incredible shot for wedding photos!!
We were there during the Euro Cup and Paris was definitely celebrating!
Day 2
When we started planning our trip, the first thing my mom said she wanted to do was to go on a food tour like the one The Pilot and I went on while we were on our honeymoon. I booked us the Taste of the Latin Quarter and it was every bit as wonderful as the first food tour we went on. Our guide, Emma, was brilliant and I immediately fell in love with her and her knowledge of French cheese!


After our food tour, we went to our hotel to pick up The Pilot who had arrived that morning! We immediately set off, first, making a stop at Poilane, for their famous apple tarts (imagine an apple pie baked into a croissant). We dropped my mom and Tia off at Notre Dame and The Pilot and I went to discover the Ile St. Louis. This was the best part of our trip, getting to see the usual sights while exploring a lot of new-to-me places!


Day 3
The next morning, we made our way to Montmartre. My mom, Tia, and The Pilot all went to Sacre Cour and I meandered off on my own to visit Espace Dali, a permanent collection of Salvador Dali's works. I fell in love with the artist while living in London and was really excited at the opportunity to visit this space! I highly recommend it!


Then, of course, we paid a visit to the Moulin Rouge and wandered to the Canal St. Martin.


Day 4
Another cold, rainy day in Paris. We made our way out of the city to the Palace of Versailles. We explored the palace, and then The Pilot and I left to rent row boats while my mom and Tia wandered the palace grounds.


We all met up afterward to visit Marie Antoinette's Estate, which I hadn't seen on my first trip to Versailles and explore the further edges of the palace grounds. I really love Versaille and would visit on every trip to Paris if I could, even if it was just to spend a day on the grounds! There are always tons of runners out and about and I would love to run Versailles sometime!

Day 5
The Louvre! Ok, I have a confession to make. The first time I went to Paris, I spent 20 minutes inside the Louvre. I paid, walked in, saw the Mona Lisa, and left. Of course, I knew there was much more to see, but the Louvre truly blew me away.


Most interestingly, aside from all of the art, is the history of the Louvre, which used to be a fortress. They're uncovering the basement (for lack of a better word), which used to be the moat around the fortress! We got to wander around the moat, which was so cool! No joke, I always used to say when I was a kid that I wanted a moat around my house.

We left the Louvre and made our way down the Champs d'Elysees, meandering, window shopping, exploring, before climbing the Arc du Triomphe, which I had never done before, and now tell everyone I know that it should be the very first thing they do in Paris.


Climbing the Eiffel Tower is great, but when you're in Paris and you want a view, what you really want is to actually see the Eiffel Tower. The views from the Arc du Triomphe are absolutely incredible and 100% worth the steep climb to the top. Though, if you're claustrophobic, I wouldn't recommend!


Our first five days in Paris were a perfect mix of seeing iconic can't-miss sights, as well as exploring new places in the city. I loved hearing my mom talking about what has changed since she was in Paris as a teenager, and showing my aunt around the city for the first time! It was so fun to play tour guide, and to realize that after so many trips to Paris, I'm really starting to know my way around!

I hope you've enjoyed this post about my first few days in Paris! If you follow my on Instagram, you know that I'm in Australia right now! The long haul flight over was perfect for finally putting this (and another) post about Paris together, and I hope you've enjoyed reading!





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