French/Flashback Friday: A Moveable Feast

November 24, 2017 (328/365)

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris...then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

...and if you are lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with friends in Paris, your feast will be forever memorable, since the only thing better than a traditional American Thanksgiving is dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower!

French Friday: Château de Chenonceau

May 12, 2017 (132/365)

« La maison d'un homme est son château. » - François Mauriac

Mauriac may be right that a man's home is his castle, but a woman's castle is Chenonceau. Know as le Château des Dames -- the Ladies' Castle -- Chenonceau was home to seven powerful women, including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. There are bigger and perhaps more beautiful châteaux in the Loire Valley, but Chenonceau, spanning the Cher River with its bright gallery, private chapel, extensive kitchen, and elaborate flower arrangements, has always been my favorite.

This French Friday is also Flashback Friday to me at Chenonceau in 1998.

French Friday: Lumières

'Tis the season, and Paris is decked out in her holiday finery. In 2011, I had the awesome opportunity to be in Paris at the start of the holiday season. The Marché de Noël opened that weekend, and the lights along the Champs Elysées were illuminated. I was actually quite surprised that much of the ornamentation was quite avant-garde or at least a twist on traditional Christmas decorations.

In the fashionable 1st arrondissement, the dress code was elegant.

The trees were dripping in white lights and red baubles.

A very chic chandelier hung outside the Dior flagship store.

Modern snow flakes illuminated the Place Vendôme. (PS: I'm eager to see the renovated Ritz when it reopens in 2015!)

The eastern end of the Champs-Elysées was adorned in futuristic blue and white orbs...

...while the majestic trees along the Avenue were ringed with fluorescent halos...

The bands' transformed from one unexpected hue to another.

The façades of grands magasins along the Boulevard Haussmann are always beautiful.

Each year, Printemps features a fashion design house. In 2011, it was Chanel - love the mini Karls! Photo via Pinterest (via Harper's Bazaar). This year features Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

The animated windows are fun and dynamic. In 2011, the theme was Noël Rock 'N' Mode.


August 8, 2014 Photo (220/365): "1987"

As I drove past Pewaukee Lake this afternoon, I noticed dozens of crisp white sails on the horizon. Wonderful memories of youth sailing lessons and racing on the Marquette University Sailing Team (MUST) compelled me to pull over and watch the regatta. It was a perfect day for sailing: beautiful temperatures with a steady wind that challenged young sailors to navigate through the gold cup course (triangle+windward+leeward). Although my iPhone couldn't capture the excitement or the beauty of the race, these washed out, retro-looking photos took me right back to 1987!

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April 11, 2014 Photo (101/365): "Wanderlust"

It's officially Spring Break and I have a major case of wanderlust. Last year, I was enjoying long strolls under blossoming trees and the lovely weather that is quintessential "April in Paris." This year it's gray skies, a good chance of rain (possibly snow!), and brisk walks under bare trees -- springtime in Wisconsin. What Spring Break 2014 lacks in atmosphere, I hope to make up for in much-needed rest, a couple of good books, and a bit of pampering. Maybe I don't need a change in latitude to change my attitude...but it wouldn't hurt!