9.01.2015

Traveling towards Home...

Travel

Do you find that throughout your travels, no matter where you go, you discover a piece of Home... a plane of wider context, a connectedness and familiarity, a space that leads you closer to who you're becoming and reveals how marvelously you fit into this amazing world.

Au revoir August and new discoveries and slow summer days with my boys... until next year. 

Paris train station


8.24.2015

Mallorca, Spain: An Ode to Summer & the Sea

Mallorca Spain
Mallorca Spain

Like our Parisian neighbors, my family headed to the sea in August... and in those moments under the Mallorcan sun, we knew only to follow the trails of sand and succumb to the clear blue water. 

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8.11.2015

August in Paris

August in Paris
Shakespeare and Company Paris

If you were to run out on a weekday afternoon during August in Paris, why, you'd wonder if you missed the announcement to abandon the city. It is that quiet (outside of the main tourist attractions anyway). So empty of cars and pedestrian traffic I can almost cross the street without looking! Many Parisians are away for the month on their annual summer break, boulangeries and neighborhood boutiques are temporarily closed, and even pharmacies and dry cleaners post signs announcing limited hours...

So essentially much of the noise of the city dies down, along the streets of one's quartier it's quiet, and the hum of summer floats through Paris in a wondrous rapture.

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In summer, the song sings itselfWilliam Carlos Williams

7.26.2015

a Simpler Life

French Countryside Hydrangeas
French Countryside
French Countryside
French Countryside Ivy

Spending time in the French countryside always makes me crave a more simple way of life... does a certain locale make you feel that way too?

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7.21.2015

Champagne | A Sparkling Visit

Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France
Champagne France

As part of my brother's visit to Paris, we drove two hours northeast of the city to spend a few days discovering the region of Champagne. Throughout its history, champagne has been consumed at coronations and celebrations, and his being here was as special as any big event, so it was a fine excuse to go and raise a celebratory glass or two...

The Champagne region is dotted with well known champagne houses as well as smaller but equally reputable producers. We toured several, marveled at their 4th century chalk pits and bas-relief carvings and passed rows upon rows of carefully stored bottles of dust-covered champagne, romantic and regal in their pre-label suits.

For me, the most memorable part of our trip was our stay next to the vineyards of a multi-generation family-run champagne house that doubles as a bed and breakfast. Their champagne rivals the big houses, and on our last evening we thought it fitting to top off the trip with a champagne picnic on their terrace, watching the sun set over the vines, toasting and talking of returning together again one day...

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