Paris to London and the Countryside in Between

It has been a month since I have posted!

Paris has taken my heart … and I suppose my ability to post on my bog. So far on my weekend excursions I have visited about six museums, two countries (France and England), and have eaten more croissants than the days I have actually been here…

My favorite places so far have been le Jardin du Tuileries, The Shard in London, England, and Loire Valley which houses hundreds of Chateaux outside of Paris. Jardin du Tuileries has been my happy place and also where I become annoyed with other tourists. This is where I rest on the weekends that I am not exploring. I pick up a bottle of wine (or cidre which is actually my beverage of choice) and a sandwich or pastries before I try to catch some rays and read some of the many French magazines I have discovered.

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The Shard in London, England was where I discovered the immense beauty (and hugeness) during my first night exploring, with their trendy, fancy (meaning a little expensive) drinks and, of course views better than The Eye. I, of course tried fish and chips, and learned what bangers and mash was, different sausages and mashed potatoes.  Another treat in England, was visiting the Harry Potter scenes at Warner Bros Studio (nerd alert!) I got the speak English for a weekend which was also a small relief.

Big Ben
Big Ben

Just this past weekend, a close friend from home visited me in Paris and we took a wine and castle tour just outside of Paris. I finally got a glimpse of more beautiful history and culture that was created before the city I have been living in. There were hundreds of castles to see, but my favorite had to be Chateau de Chenonceaux, where King Henri I stayed many a time. There is actually a lot of scandalous history around the huge forests, grape vines, and castles with mistresses, design speculation, and shocking health statistics. I loved that Chateau du Chambord also includes much Italian design and included a double helix staircase that was most likely designed by DaVinci himself!

This trip has flown by and I can’t wait to see many new trends, taste many new wines, and learn more history about this city and the country that it inhabits. The coolest food experiences so far have been brunch at Angelina (great for pastries as well) and this little fondue place, Le Refuge de Fondue, in Montmartre, right by the Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur.

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