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Oct. 12th, 2007

Moleskines

 I have been meaning to post this link for a few days.  Last Saturday the fabulous Ms.Place posted about Moleskines.  It is a gorgeous and inspiring post so do yourself a favor and wander on over to the post.  

Actually, I have thought about buying a moleskine for awhile but always talked myself out of it so a few days ago I finally purchased my moleskine :)  I am left-handed so I was worried about being able to write in it but it is amazing.  Somehow, the binding is done so that it lies completely flat and is really easy to write in.  Next time that I go to Paris I can take my moleskine with me so that I write while sitting at a sidewalk cafe nursing un chocolat chaud :)

Oct. 3rd, 2007

French parking

      French parking and driving is definitely, erm, different than it is in the US. It seems to be that in France anything goes. People park on curbs, park with only an inch inbetween their car and the car in front of them and use bumpers as bumpers when navigating a parking spot. In America if you did any of those things people would be aghast. Bumping the car behind you when parallel parking in America is bad and embarassing; a sign of your poor parking skills. In France…it’s normal. 

Oct. 2nd, 2007

Ooops

So I just realized that it has almost been two months since I last posted.  Obviously this is not working out how I envisioned.  I really want to write about my trip, especially before it gets to be too long and I forget all of the fabulous details.  However, life has a funny way of interfering with things.  I'm in college now and really busy so I don't really forsee a lot of posting.   :(  Something that I didn't really think about when starting this blog is that it takes a lot of time to post.  I pictured myself just quickly banging out entries. No, it takes time to write something coherent and then to put it up on lj and figure out how to put up pics and do lj cuts, etc.  Maybe after the semester is over I will be able to post?

Aug. 8th, 2007

Maison Zen

When researching places to stay way back in May I borrowed Pauline Frommer’s Paris from the library and it quickly became my favorite guide out of all the ones I have looked at. In the guide there was a section on unusual places to stay and there we found Maison Zen.  


Aug. 7th, 2007

Excuses, Excuses!

I don't know if anyone is even reading this but if you are I am sorry for the lack of posts.  I am new to this whole blogging thing and also unfamiliar with using digital pictures.  Even though I have been using a digital camera for years I have never really done anything with the pictures besides uploading them to my computer and to facebook.  I have a post that I wrote in word that I have been trying to put up but I keep on running into techical difficulties.  I have to babysit tonight but tomorrow I am going to get that post up!

Jul. 24th, 2007

And we're off...to Iceland??

That is correct.  My Dad and I flew Icelandair so we had to fly to Iceland and then change planes to fly to France.   It was my first time on an international flight or on any flight longer than four hours, or an overnight flight for that matter. (Lots of firsts on this trip.)
 
 

Jul. 13th, 2007

I'm baaaack!!

I got back home Wednesday night and my head is still spinning.  I need to organize all my photos and my brain before I can start posting about my trip but hopefully I will get to it soon.  

A couple of thoughts/questions that have been bouncing around my head for awhile:

1) How much do I share on here about myself? Obviously there are lots of concerns about revealing personal information on the web but where does the line get drawn?  

2) Is there any simple way to protect my photos from being reused without credit?  I have not experimented very much with digital photo programs but I would like to have at least some small level of protection on my photos.  On a related note what photo processing programs do you like and how do you use them?  

Please weigh in with any advice or expertise you may have.  Thanks, and I can't wait to start writing about my trip. :)

ETA: I forgot to mention this, if you comment on my blog and are not an lj user please mention how you came across it, etc.  I welcome anyone to read this but I'm just curious about who is reading it. Thanks.

Jun. 29th, 2007

Just had to share this...



So powerful.  Thanks to [info]jukebox20 for reminding me of the amazing song.  Link to the original post

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Jun. 27th, 2007

I'm getting excited!!!

My Dad finally got his passport, all of our hotel reservations are made and the trip is fast approaching.  I am hugely relieved that my Dad got his passport and have realized that I feel much more excited with that taken care of.  We leave the evening of July 1st and are in Paris until July 7th.  Then we are going to go to Bordeaux for a few days and return to Paris to fly out on July 11th.  The only thing left to arrange is our transportation from Paris to Bordeaux.

Since all of the major things are taken care of I have recently started worrying about how I am going to see everything that I want to see in Paris.  I suppose it is impossible which just means that I absolutely have to go back. ;)  But it will be very difficult to choose between going to La Maison du Chocolat or Pierre Hermé, or going to Berthillion or Amorino.  Qu'est-ce qu'on fait? What to do?  Also, since I am traveling with my Father I suppose that I should make some time for a few things that he wants to do.  

I probably won't post again before I leave as there isn't too much to say.  I will just be running around packing and getting everything ready. And then anxiously sitting around on Sunday, waiting until it is time to go to the airport.  

Jun. 11th, 2007

A few of my favorite blogs

I have a long list of blogs in my favorites folder but for right now I will just post the ones relevant to France/food.

Paris Breakfasts The writer of this blog posts every weekday with stories and pictures from her travels in France, often relating to food.  She also posts her watercolors of Paris café settings and the like.  It was here that I discovered Lauderée, Pierre Hermé and La Maison du Chocolat among others.

French Word-A-Day An American woman who married a French guy and lives in France with him and their two kids posts three times a week with a word and a related story from her life.

Laura Florand The blog of the author of Blame It On Paris who lives in America with her French husband.  She just returned from a trip to France so I am sure that there are many beautiful pictures and stories that will appear in the coming days.

Chocolate and Zucchini Young French woman who loves food and writes a blog about her culinary adventures (in English).  She just released a cook book with the same name.

The Traveler's Lunchbox Blog about culinary adventures around the world, not updated frequently but beautiful pictures and good writing.

Foodbeam Young French woman who loves food, particularly pastry.  She has been in New Zealand for awhile and thus not updating frequently but returns to France in a couple weeks.

Frenchless in France Frequent updates of photos and stories about life in France.

Orangette Not a frequent updater but gorgeous picture to salivate over at the top of the page

David Lebovitz Blog of author of many cookbooks, lives in Paris, updates frequently.

Whew! I'm exhausted (and that's just my french foodie blogs).  These blogs have been the inspiration for me creating this livejournal.  The gorgeous photos, the superb writing; I hope to be able to come close to imitating them.

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