Last weekend I trekked all the way to North Georgia (through Atlanta) to spend a relaxing weekend with my favorite ladies. and it snowed!! The cold chilled me to the bone and I loved it! I also founds the most amazing fleece lined leggings of life- which was a win. We drank unspeakable amounts of wine and ate unimaginable amounts of cheese, I also spent too much money on jewelry and accessories (confession time is over). The weekend REALLY helped chill me out. I feel like when you focus too much on schoolwork it gets too overwhelming and the stress eats away at you. I left with anxiety about projects and tests and returned with a much more balanced view about everything (let’s not talk about my group member who’s not doing her share of the work though. Ugh). I’m ready to kick this semester in the actual face.
Paris. What is there to say about Paris except that it’s amazing. Paris was one of the stops on our trek across Europe and the city I was most excited about; I’ve dreamt about visiting Paris for years. I feel so fortunate that I visited the most romantic city in the world with the man I love (I really owe him so much for taking me to Paris!)
We drove from Amsterdam to Paris, through the countryside, and my excitement built as roadsigns for Paris began to appear as we got closer and closer. It was early August and the weather was cloudy but lovely for the 2 days we were in the city. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Paris Boulogne in the wealthy suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt about 7 km from central Paris. We stayed outside of the city because Paris is very expensive, but I ended up being very happy with the location; it was very quiet because Europeans are often on vacation in August.
When we finally arrived at the hotel after navigating the very narrow roads in Paris, we dumped our bags, changed and headed down to the metro station. It was only a 5 minute walk to the subway which ran directly into Paris. After a confusing 10 minutes, we finally figured out how to buy the right tickets and we were on the train. I must say, my rusty high school French helped us more than I imagined it would. After a 15 minutes ride, we located the metro stop closest to all the action and headed into Paris!
After emerging from the subway, I was immediately mesmerized by the Parisian architecture. The buildings are beautiful; TV or photographs really don’t do them justice. We rounded a corner and I saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time. I couldn’t help but smile. I was so happy. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower, but to me it really made it sink in that we were in Paris.
We joined the hoards of tourists in taking terribly stereotypical selfies in front to Eiffel Tower. How could we resist??
We walked the streets of the 7th arrondissement until our feet hurt while I created a fantasy life in a lush Parisian apartment in my head. Then we finished off the evening with a glass of wine and a small dinner at a cafe while we watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle. It was only a short metro ride and stroll back to the hotel in the City of Lights! Perfection.
This week the husband and I ran off to Ponte Vedra, Florida for 3 days to unwind and celebrate 2 happy years together. We decided to stay at a golf resort on the beach (avoiding screaming kiddies and coeds). It was just us, the surf, and retired folks. Very relaxing! I spent my (Wednesday through Friday) weekend sipping wine and quickly turning the pages of Gone Girl (I can’t wait to see the movie). Skipping just one day of class was totally worth it- and I only burnt the tops of my toesies.
For our special anniversary dinner we ate at a cozy family owned Italian restaurant where the wine was served in carafes and the garlic bread made me reek for days. It was perfect.
I feel relaxed and ready to be healthy- seriously our dinner tonight consisted of a variety of items we bought at Dollar General. Barf.
This past weekend I drove the 4 hours up to my old college town to connect with my 2 best girlfriends. It was really relaxed. We chatted, drank wine and had an all around good time together. My friend served a variety of delicious cheeses and made us some giant bratwurst for dinner to get the party started.
Also, I spent some much needed time with my doggy nephew Hercules. I love this little man!
Saturday involved hangover breakfast, a coffee date, boutique shopping, afternoon antiquing and going out for drinks and burgers. Responsible over 25’s still take selfies right? PS. Love you guys!
Can Jean make me hangover breakfast every morning?
Check out this beaut! I found it while antiquing for quite the deal!
And now, after a fun weekend, I’m ready to detox both my liver and eating habits and get on the Super Shred eating plan! I’ve got my grocery list and meal plan ready! Here’s to the next 4 weeks!