May 13, 2016

♡ May Snapshots ♡

Long weekends = going home to spend some time with our newest family member, Macy, and breathing in the country air. 

Everything is gloriously beautiful outside.

I also came to the conclusion that my country house is where want to be this summer. 

♡ ♡ ♡ Puppies ♡ ♡ ♡

And so all of a sudden, the most magical time of the year arrived
- and it truly is magic; the way the sunlight filters through leafy branches, the way the streets are littered by white cherry dust...the sweet smell of the spring air at 9 pm.
It's soft, it's healing.
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Other great things: Binge-reading Sarah J Maas' Queen of Shadows and A Court of Mist and Fury, and Veronica Maggio's new album, which speaks to me on every level; sonically and lyrically. I'm in love.  ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

May 1, 2016

Spring Break in Paris pt.3 - A little bit of everything

The third day in Paris promised temperatures upwards of 18 degrees and a decent amount of sunshine, which is exactly what you want when planning to stroll around the entire city. We started off by eating amazing falafel in the Marais and people-watching in the Place des Vosges, and generally taking it a bit easy. We then walked towards the Musee D'Orsay but once there, the queue was very long and we didn't feel quite up to it.

Instead, we picked up some coffees, and I even managed to find a vegan muffin at Le Pain Quotidien, in order to give us some energy to walk the rest of the way over to the Eiffel Tower. 
We sat in front of the Eiffel tower for a good hour, laughing at the ridiculous poses that people pull and eating macarons (well, Olivia did). It was really relaxing even if there were a ton of people around.

Now, we somehow decided to completely shun the public transportation system this trip and were adamant about walking everywhere. So we ignored our aching feet and headed across the Seine over Pont Alexandre III, which is easily the most extravagant of the Paris bridges. Seeing as we were "quite" close to Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, we thought why not and decided to push ourselves even further. 

Let's just say I was limping back to the hotel later in the evening, after eating french fries (the only vegan option...) at a typical brasserie. 

Walking everywhere, even though it kills your feet, is the best way to see as much of any city as possible and gives you so many chances to stumble upon things you hadn't thought to check it's totally worth it.