Archive | August, 2011

Paris Plages

21 Aug

Bum Phillips, one time Houston Oilers coach said, “Don Shula can take his’n and beat your’n…Or he can take your’n and beat his’n.”  Of course, old Don led the Miami Dolphins to the one and only undefeated season in NFL history, cementing his place in NFL lore and the Miami Dolphins as the greatest TEAM of all-time, in any sport, whether it be kickball, dodgeball, or that other sport they call football.  As you can tell, football fever has hit this household just as the temperatures in Paris reach their highs of the summer.  No air conditioning in a 6th floor apartment required a cooling outlet and our ticket to refreshment was Paris Plages.  Every August for the past few years, Paris erects a beach scene on the banks of the Seine, resplendent in beach chairs, umbrellas, and cafes.  We posted up near Le Marais, where the advertisement of a pool and water fountains seemed quite appetizing.  Unfortunately, the pool was open solely for aquagym and the water fountains were simply H2O mist.  Nevertheless, the mist did its job to cool us down and we enjoyed a picnic on the banks of the Seine with a light breeze taking the sting off the sun’s intensity.

Luckily, we head down south this week to experience the real thing.  We’re making a quick stop to visit the vineyards in Bourgogne and then we’re off to the beach at Ste. Maxime, Diano Marina, and Cannes with friends and family.  Internet access will be sporadic, but we’ll try to update, not that we’ve done much blogging lately.  In the meantime, go Dolphins!

Traveling in style

11 Aug

Chris and I celebrated our first year of marriage together this past weekend! If I’m not mistaken, your first anniversary is to be celebrated with some sort of modest gift made of paper. We wholeheartedly agreed that since we are lucky enough to celebrate our first anniversary in Paris, the city of lights and love, we should do something a bit more flashy and romantic than something made of paper. So, we rented a Vespa for 24 hours! We cruised the streets of Paris on a beautiful sunny day, making stops along the way in our favorite parts of town to go for a stroll, grab some lunch, lounge in a few parks, and have a sunset picnic along the Seine. The adventure definitely turned out to be one of the highlights of this extended vacation/honeymoon/30-year old life-hiatus we are currently spending in Paris. Check out the photos.

Looking as badass as possible on a cherry red scooter!

Testing out on Rue Gustave Zede

Le Marais & Place des Vosges

Helmet head

Recreating National Lampoon's European Vacation

Jardins des Tuileries summer fair

Banh-mi sandwiches on Canal St. Martin

Rush hour around Place de la Concorde

The perfect picnic spot on Ile-de-la-Cite

Almost full moon over Pont Neuf