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New England in October

New England in October

Oh, New England! I had no idea of the charms and wonders that were waiting for me here. It’s a lot like the South but… nicer? Okay okay, I didn’t see nearly as much of New England as I’ve seen of the South. If it weren’t for those awful winters I’d be sending Joe job listings. It was unseasonably warm (I’m not complaining, for once) so there wasn’t the flood of fall leaf colors we were thinking we’d see.Food highlights…

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New York City

New York City

New York City is unlike any place I’ve ever been. Leading up to the trip, Joe kept telling me how surreal it would be to see it in person after seeing it in movies and on t.v. my whole life and I didn’t really get what he meant until I was there. Sure, I’ve been to Paris several times and I get that heart-stopping feeling every time I see the Eiffel Tower, but that feels like a part of me…

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Oakland Cemetery and Atlanta

Oakland Cemetery and Atlanta

Oakland Cemetery is a beautiful deathstination (thank you Caitlin Doughty for that word). Not only are there unique headstones and beautiful landscaping on a lot of ground, but there is a gift shop. Why don’t all cemeteries have gift shops? Do they not know how much money I would spend at each and every one? This time I purchased Ghost Cats of the South (the only thing that would scream “me” more would have to be Cooking with Ghost Parisian Cats…

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New Orleans and the drive there

New Orleans and the drive there

In September two friends and I went to NOLA Storycon in, well, New Orleans. They live in Atlanta so I flew there and we drove to New Orleans, enabling me to check a new state off my list: Alabama. Since these are my travel and shopping buddies, of course we had to stop at the outlet mall outside of Birmingham. It was a great success, as well as the lunch pit stop at Yo Mama’s in Birmingham. I’d move there…

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What We Did in Paris

What We Did in Paris

Despite it being horrifically cold, we really did get to see and do some very awesome things. We took a bike tour where we got to see ancient Roman ruins and explore a new-to-us neighborhood, St-Germain. We did a walking food tour of Montmartre with Clotilde Dusoulier (my main bday present aside from actually going to Paris). We got to see and touch the most beautiful Iron Lady. We went to Musee d’Orsay and see beautiful paintings. I got to see…

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Ascending the Sacre Coeur

Ascending the Sacre Coeur

Before planning for this trip, I didn’t even realize you could go up into the Sacre Coeur. After having a light lunch of soup around the corner, we went up the millions of steps to the top. We were rewarded with darling gargoyles and spectacular views. The weather was pretty gross for most of the trip but cleared up for a little while while we were up there. It was neat to learn that sixteen nuns live in one of…

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What We Saw in Paris

What We Saw in Paris

We got to see so many more things on this trip than we were able to on previous trips to Paris. It was my third trip, Joe’s second, and our first time on our own without a tour group. We took a bike tour, my third and his second again, and this one was “Off the Beaten Path.” New sights included the Church of Saint-Sulpice, the church that was started in 1646 and never quite finished; beautiful Parisian doors; all kinds…

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What We Ate in Paris

What We Ate in Paris

Instead of the usual Wednesday Whimsy post, I’m going to go ahead and get the worst photos of the Paris trip over with. Not all of them are awful, but you just can’t do much for indoor winter dinner photos, even in Paris. Well, I suppose someone could figure it out, but I’d rather eat. From the food tour of Montmartre that we did with Clotilde: Lunch at Le Petit Cler: Ladurée adventures: Lunch at Les Philosophes: Various Breakfast in…

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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

^The original ceiling^ After booking the trip to Paris, Joe and I decided to do a day trip. I suggested Disney and he suggested Mont Saint-Michel. I was a little reluctant to do the latter because it was about a four hour coach ride each way with around 3 hours to spend there, but the French countryside isn’t anything tortuous so we decided to take the trip to the Normandy coast. We signed up to get lunch with the group…

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Montmartre Cemetery

Montmartre Cemetery

So. many. cats! And so much blue. What a dreamy place this is. In keeping with having life revelations each time I’m in Paris, I dramatically decided what I want to do with my life and thought of a book idea in this very cemetery. I had planned to also visit Père Lachaise but I was just too tired and couldn’t physically cram another thing in. After seeing this beauty, it’s at the top of the list for my next…

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