27 September 2015

Kevin, Paris 2015

"Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la mêmedirection."
"Love doesn’t mean gazing at each other, but looking, together, in the same direction."
~Antoine de St-Exupéry

The Anatomy of a French B&B

Mysterious hallways, opulent details, and the feelings of a home away from home. That is how I would describe this beautiful Bed and Breakfast. We went on the loveliest tour of this exquisite place during our whirlwind of a honeymoon in Medóc, France. 

The beautiful decor and attention to detail thrilled my senses. I love magical experiences and this was most definitely one of them. I cannot wait to return.


02 August 2015

Since returning from our honeymoon, Kev and I have reveled in our experience in Médoc. From the beautiful ride to our bed and breakfast that was made glorious by a mesmerizingly dark sky filled with vivid stars and moon like that of a planetarium; to our beautiful experience at the home of Mimi and Oddur Thorisson. It was a dream come to life.

I'll always remember Médoc and the freedom, love, and happiness that I felt while being there. It's truly something that I cannot describe fully. I just know that it is something that I want to recreate every day of my life. Togetherness, family, food, meaningful conversations, candlelight, delicious lunches and dinners, exploring the world around me, LIVING ...


a honeymoon in Paris

11 May 2015

We strolled the streets of Paris as if we were natives. We visited my favorites the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, as well as the Rodin museum, Napoleon's Tomb, and the Musée de l'Armé. We continued our adventure on the boulevard of Champs Elysees where we ate the best pizza I've ever eaten in life and at night, we'd cuddle and kiss the night away.

It all started out as a dream really. I'd wanted to return to Paris for an adventure and he wanted to go because he'd never been across the seas. It was a perfect dream - as dreams go. We'd talked about what we would like to see, do, and experience. He talked as if it were only a dream, I talked as if it were going to happen. It was much like our wedding. A bit planned but mostly spontaneous.We'd talked for a few months about getting married and told our family and close friends about our intentions - we'd even set a date, but made no plans.Then it happened. Mimi Thorisson, my favorite blogger and personal icon, announced she would begin her cooking workshops in March 2015 in Medoc, France and I found it the perfect opportunity to book our trip and begin planning our intimate wedding (which took place 1 year exactly from the day we first met). The wedding was beautiful, filled with love, sunshine, beautiful decor by my amazing mother, delicious food and just the right amount of quirk. Some things didn't go as planned, but that's  the story of weddings. It was a beautiful experience that we'll cherish for the rest of our lives together.

A week after the wedding, we began our journey to France. I was in charge of planning our excursions in Paris since I'd already been and considering Kevin isn't much of a planner.  My main goal was to show him all of the things that had amazed me when I visited for the first time and fell in love with the dear city of love. I made sure to re-create my first experience of seeing the Eiffel Tower for Kevin. We waited until evening on the first day we arrived so that he could experience the magical and mesmerizing lights that sparkle up and down the beautiful structure every half hour. He absolutely LOVED the experience and that made me happy. We were blessed to stay near the Eiffel Tower in a nice cozy Airbnb that was simply perfection. The flat was situated on Rue Grenelle just steps from the bustling Rue Cler where there were many restaurants and the best street market in Paris. We chose to eat at the same restaurant for lunch and most nights, Cafe Roussillon - it was convenient and had the most amazing creme brulee (my favorite dessert) and chocolate mousse. The food was also delicious, of course. As the days in Paris quickly went by, we became nostalgic for how much we would miss our little apartment and strolls exploring both the tourist attractions and our little neighborhood. We didn't know what to expect as our honeymoon adventure continued in Medoc. I wasn't sure if Kevin would like the experience since he wouldn't be a part of the action while I cooked. Little did we know, we were in for the the most extraordinary time of our lives. Looking back, we had no reason to worry. Our experience in Medoc with the Thorissons was beyond life changing, eye opening, and simply beautiful. It set the tone for how we want to live the rest of our lives together.

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