June 2013 Archive

Paris :: part 1
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Paris was our second stop on our big Europe adventure! Paris is like my European home. I absolutely LOVE this place! It really is dream to me!

Hotel

Hotel Valadon, 16 rue Valadon, PARIS 75007 FRANCE

  • Metro stop: École Militaire
  • This was my third favorite hotel of all 5 hotels we stayed at this trip
  • Pros: THE VIEW (we could see the top of the Eiffel Tower from bed), a big king size bed with a big room for Europe, very quiet but on a popular street, the shops and restaurants around our hotel, breakfast included
  • Cons: VERY small bathroom, almost a little too quiet
MAY 15 – Wednesday (half day)

Arrive at 3:47 Paris Nord
Paris Bus tour – Les Cars Rouges Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour (Champ de Mars)
Walk area – DINNER – Café du Marche, 38 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France
Louvre at night
SNACK: Le Boulanger des Invalides Jocteur | 14 Avenue Villars, 75007 Paris

MAY 16 – Thursday

Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées
Eiffel Tower
The Army Museum – Musée de l’Armée
Musée Rodin
Musée d’Orsay
Bateaux Parisiens (Seine rive cruise)
LUNCH: Pain et Chocolat | 16 Avenue La Motte Picquet 75007 Paris
MACROON SNACK: Ladurée Royale, 16 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris, France

MAY 17 – Friday

Versailles – go to Angelina’s for hot choco
Louvre
Sacre Coeur and Montmartre (sadly we did not do this, I LOVE Sacre Coeur but it was raining the evening we were going to go)
LUNCH: La Droguerie du Marais, 56 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris (best crepes)
DINNER: (optional by Scare Coeur) Refuge des Fondus | 17 rue des Trois-Freres, 75018 Paris

MAY 18 – Saturday

Centre Pompidou National Museum of Modern Art
Tours de Notre-Dame
Sainte Chapelle
Shakespeare and Company
Latin Quarter (gyros)
Pantheon (we were so tired and just didn’t feel up to going to the Pantheon or the Luxembourg gardens… both worth it I’m sure but I’m ok that we skipped it)
Jardin du Luxembourg
LUNCH: L’As du Fallafel, 34, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France (fallafels)
ICE CREAM: Berthillon Ice Cream | 29-31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile 75004 Paris
DINNER: Le Petit Prince, 12 rue de Lanneau

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London :: part 2
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This is the last half of London! Last post was mostly the facts, below I list my favorite things about London.

Highlights:
    • Celebrating Matt’s birthday in London
    • The London Eye (I didn’t expect to actually like this)
    • The food (hello fish and chips!)
    • Seeing Matt see Westminster Abbey (he may or may not have geeked out a bit)
    • Tea Time at our hotel (how cute and delicious does that look?!)
    • A CLEAN metro system (I can’t say that for the rest of the stops on our trip)
    • Hyde Park (so pretty and seeing the guards at Buckingham Palace is pretty awesome)
    • The Double Decker bus (great way to REST and see a lot at the same time)
    • Going to Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross
    • The National Gallery (one of my favorite museums ever AND we saw Cindy Crawford there… very random)
    • British speaking children (I might be weird but this is cutest sound in all of London!)
    • Harrod’s mall (most amazing mall EVER and not to mention the one in the airport)

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There’s not that many photos of just us on my camera because we mostly took those with my phone. Check out my Instagram to see more picture of just us on the trip!

London :: part 1
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London was our first stop on our big Europe adventure! We LOVED London, naturally. Our only regret is that we would have spent one more day there. During our stay was also Matt’s birthday so it made London even more special.

Like all our stops I’m going to give you our full itinerary. So here it is for London:

Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER. England

  • Metro stop: South Kensington
  • This was my second favorite hotel of all 5 hotels we stayed at this trip
  • Pros: so stylish, very comfy bed, clean, heated bathroom floors, bathtub, quiet, very close to metro
  • Cons: small room, breakfast not included
MAY 13 – Monday

Arrive in London at 9:35 a.m.
Check in hotel – pick up London pass tickets at Leicester Square tube station
Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Lunch – ottolenghi.co.uk/locations/belgravia – Ottolenghi, 13 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
Big bus tour hop-on-hop off – Big Bus Tours meet at Green Park Tub stop
Tate Modern*
Big Ben and Parliament
London Eye
Westminster Abbey
#10*
Whitehall/ Piccadilly*
National Gallery/ Trafalgar Square
British Library*
British Museum*
St. Paul’s
Shakespeare’s Globe*
Tower of London
Tower Bridge Exhibition*
Churchill War Rooms
Dinner – Bumpkin Restaurant, 102 Old Brompton Road South Kensington, London SW7

MAY 14 – Tuesday – MATT’S BIRTHDAY!!

Portobello Road (best to just do this on Saturday but if we had more time we would have gone by)
Lunch – www.goldenunion.co.uk – Golden Union, 38 POLAND STREET, SOHO LONDON, W1F 7LY
Thames River Cruise (was rainy and water looked too choppy for us)
Afternoon Tea at the hotel (2:30 – 5:30)
Dinner – The Atlas Pub, 16 Seagrave Road, London, SW6 1RX

MAY 15 – Wednesday (half day)

Harrod’s Mall and walk around South Kensingston area
Train ride to Paris – London St Pancras 12:25

Key: * means we just drove by on the big bus tour, crossed through means we didn’t do at all

Several things from Monday’s list went over to Tuesday. We did not do all that on Monday!

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More London photos to come at the end of the week! Please message me if you have any questions about our schedule or need some advice!

I’m back!
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Hi there! I’m back! I can’t believe I completely skipped the month of May on posting on this blog… well, actually I can. May was probably the busiest month of our lives.

Because I love a list and I’m getting back into the grove of being organized here’s a list of updates on life:

01: I quit my day job

With much sadness May 9th was my last day as the assistant director of graphic design at Southwestern. I LOVED my job and I’m still having withdrawals from it. I miss my co-workers and projects so much. I know we are suppose to be in Little Rock but I still get sad when I think about it. Hopefully, time will help.

02: Matt graduated with his masters

Could not be more proud of my husband. On May 10th he graduated with his Master’s of Divinity. It was a huge 100 hour masters degree that he finished in 2.5 years. He amazes me!

03: We went to Europe

If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram you probably saw a few Europe photos from the trip. Well we had a blast and that goes without saying! It was a very busy trip and I plan on giving you the full run down here on the blog with pictures from my “real” camera.

04: We moved to Little Rock

Within 24 hours of landing at DFW we had our entire apartment and Uhaul packed and we were on our way to Little Rock. How?! My crazy husband, brother-in-law, neighbor and friends. They were a BEAST at packing. I was told I held my own but I don’t really remember from the jet lag… and suddenly we live in Little Rock again! It’s weird and wonderful all at the same time.

05: My new day job

So after all this change what’s next for me?! Well… THIS! I’ll be right here on this site designing the logos, branding products, wedding invitations and more that so many of you have requested. I’ve also got lots of ideas and changes for my little company and website but all that will come in due time. So in the mean time check this blog for more updates and contact me for a design project that you may have!

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