Monday, July 10, 2006

home at last

Carved faces on the bridge in Paris.

Amazing graffiti in Paris
I am tired today but it’s the good kind of tired. It is the tired that comes from full days of exploring and nights of indulgence. We are home from our trip to England and France. It was glorious spending days exploring the streets of Paris and finding those little places to make our own and nights of great food and wine. The last time we went to Paris we did all those touristy things you feel you must do the first time you go. This time we found OUR Paris. The little alleyways, shops and cafés that spoke to us, such an amazing city!!

The last time we went to Paris we were told by a friend to go to a restaurant called Willie’s Wine Bar. We went again this trip and I think it is a new tradition! If any of you are ever in Paris, you MUST go!! Amazing food, great wine and the staff is so knowledgeable about paring great wines with your food choices. They hire artists to create posters for them every year and they are great! I am always a fan of people who hire artists ☺ We spent three hours over lunch enjoying several courses and many wines and meeting fellow lunchers (I think I just made that word up).

The Tate Modern, my favorite museum in London. I hope to show here one day :)
While in London I was blessed to get to meet Susannah and Meg. We had an amazing day shopping, eating and drinking our way through Soho and affirming a connection that began here. It was so wonderful to look at their beautiful faces and feel like I had known them for years. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me and I can’t wit to see you two again! Susannah took this picture (my camera battery died right as I went to take a picture, nice!) and I know she posted it on her blog but I just had to re-post it.

After spending time in two of the most amazing cities in the world, we headed north to the picturesque English countryside, the England of storybooks and literature. We met some friends in Sheffield and headed out on a glorified pub-crawl that began in the Lake District, went through the Yorkshire Dales (they made me think of Wuthering Heights and the Hound of the Baskervilles with their moors and morning fog) and stretched to the east coast in Whidbey and Robin Hood’s bay. The boys were aiming to hit 15 pubs in 6 days; I think out final count was 17.

On our first day in the lakes we hiked through this amazing canyon complete with green mountains, river running through it and more sheep than you can count (there are sheep everywhere in the country…are they everywhere but Manchester and London?). We hiked up the side of a mountain to a cave that would be our logging for the night. It was amazing! Apparently the secret of the cave’s existence has been passed from one local outdoorsmen to another. Our friend looked for it for 12 years before finding it, so we felt very honored to be taken there. The views from the top were amazing and it was a beautiful place to camp for the night.

The following day we spent the night in this great pub, wonderful food, and beautiful location!!! We hiked in the mornings, explored villages and shopped in the afternoons, stopping in the many pubs along the way and have wonderful meals every night.

It just doesn’t get better than having good friends, wonderful surroundings, and great food and wine!! It was a wonderful way to spend three weeks!


Blogger la vie en rose said...

yippee!!! i'm glad you're home. you've been missed. your trip sounds so amazing. i'm waiting for the day when i can discover MY paris. your pics are gorgeous! welcome home friend!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous amystery said...

welcome back! I missed you so, and look at all the adventures you had. So fantastic....

12:41 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Oh sweetheart, it sounds like it was an amazing trip! seeing these pictures of 'up north' makes me want to go there tomorrow (and yes, sheep are everywhere - drive half an hour from my house and you will see the little blighters) - meeting up with you and Meg was such a treat (i've been wearing my sparkly eyeshadow every day since!) but god, wasn't it hot?! ;-) wish we were in Soho right now... can't wait to see you again one day, when we can carry on where we left off in London.... hugs to you love xx

ps. you're right- he does look a bit like Chandler ;-)

12:47 PM  
Blogger megg said...

I'm glad you are back! Your adventure looked wonderful - I am honoured that I was a part of it! You looked beautiful and so happy!! (I'm glad you're back!)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

oh it is SO GOOD to see you back. i have missed your words, your sharings, YOUR FACE.

i absolutely adore that picture of you and Tay. i miss him too.

and my dear, you look so CHIC while hiking. how do you do that?!?!?!?

i love your idea of finding your own Paris as opposed to the touristy one. whenever we go there, i know you'll help us do the same.

gorgeous pictures. dreamy. rich with history and architecture. a designer's dream.

love you ~ glad you're back safely and soundly.


4:26 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

oh that sounds simply divine. the whole thing. and you ladies are so cute together! what fun it is to meet blogging sisters!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Welcome back....your pictures are awsome and your trip sounds divine

5:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah e.Smith said...

it looks and sounds like you had such a lovely vacation...the way that you discovered Paris sounds so perfect, I hope to do the same someday. Wow...even the street art is beautiful in Paris :)

10:17 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

what amazing pictures! you guys look so happy! and you sound like you had such wondrous adventures. i can't wait to hear more. (and i must admit i am so jealous. what a romantic, fun, trip to fill up the well inside your heart.)

10:50 PM  
Blogger b/sistersshoes said...

Letha~ by the time the next trip rolls around....we're going to have an entire caravan!!!

One Big Paris Pajama Party!

I'm in! ;^)

darlene xxoo

and I do remember meeting you at the wedding shower...good times!

12:14 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i'm so glad you had a fun time!
(even if i am racked with
as i type....heh heh)

beautiful pictures!

4:14 AM  
Blogger M said...

Yeah, you are back! You've been missed! I love the photos and hearing all the wonderful stories from your trip- it looks gorgeous. I do love England! So jealous!
Can't wait to hear and see more!!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I spent 6 weeks in London, Dublin, and Edinburgh, as well as a side trip to Paris back in college. It was 9 years ago now, which seems like another lifetime. Thank you for bringing back some of those memories! I love your photos!

1:39 PM  
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