Paris in Pictures

We’re almost done. But don’t be sad. My favorite city is up today: Paris! It was HOT in Paris. Really hot. Like 104 degrees (40 celsius). We’re from Florida so normally we can deal with heat. But Florida has air-conditioning. Paris does not. Paris also has a really crowded metro with no ventilation. But we spent a lot of time in museums with the amazing Paris Museum Pass so that helped.

Despite the heat, I loved our stay in Paris. I loved everything about the city. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could. Sadly, my extensive knowledge of ballet terms (my only French) was not very helpful.

Louvre

The Louvre (we had to leave quickly – I couldn’t take the crowds or the vastness. I preferred Musée de l’Orangerie and the Musée d’Orsay)

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower (Do you know how HUGE this is? I didn’t. It is BIG.)

Sacré-Coeur

Sacré-Coeur (+ we had a wonderful view of this from our room)

Eiffel Tower at Night

Sparkly Eiffel Tower at Night

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Versailles

Versailles (I was a bit disappointed honestly – too many palaces by this point I think.)

If you missed it: Athens, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Prague, and Munich.

The next post will be London. Hope you are still enjoying these.

The Sunday Salon [5.8.2011]

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This is going to be an odds and ends kind of Sunday Salon today.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. You all impress me every day. I will be seeing my mom next weekend in Las Vegas for her wedding, which is the start of my crazy few months of traveling. Two weeks after Vegas, I am taking a 48-hour trip to St. Louis to visit my best friend from law school who needs some cheering up (I’m hoping my company + Buffy + chocolate helps). And a month from today we leave for Europe. Still deciding what to do with the blog while I am away, so stay tuned. I guess I’ll sleep in July?

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My new reading plan was going well until I hit a snag. Review copies. I kind of forgot about them and I apparently did not plan well. So I’m taking a little break from The Plan to read a few books I feel like I HAVE to read (or SHOULD read at least). Oh well.

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So what am I reading? Well I just finished Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson, which I will be reviewing tomorrow. And now I am starting The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls.

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You can still enter to win a copy of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees. Two copies are up for grabs until Friday. I will announce the winner in next week’s Sunday Salon.

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And finally, I want to brag a little. I ran my third 5k this morning at the I Love Mother’s Day Race in Palm Harbor. I set a personal record by more than 4+ minutes by finishing with a time of 28:50. This was the first race Ben and I ran together and I stayed with him the whole way. It was a beautiful, cool morning here and a lovely day for a race.

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So that’s it from me. What are you doing/reading today?

Sunday Salon 9.12.10

The Sunday Salon.comI was feeling a little lazy this morning and almost decided against a Sunday Salon post, but then I realized that I may not have a chance to write one the next two Sundays so I better post one today. As I started writing, this post became much more about my life in general than about books. But you’ll still find a condensed reading/blogging update at the bottom.

Next weekend, my best friend from law school, Susan, is coming for a last minute visit. I haven’t seen her in over a year and she’s never seen where I live now (I actually think she’s never been to Florida). We’re going to squeeze a quick Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip in (which I promise I will actually post about this time) followed by a stop at Downtown Disney to soak up some Disney atmosphere. Then we’ll head back over here and spend the second day at the beach. I don’t think I can adequately explain how excited I am for these two days. I would give just about anything to be able to see Susan every day again. At least we have our daily emails.

A few days after Susan leaves, I’m heading up to Michigan for a long weekend for my little cousin’s wedding. I’ve got just about my entire time there planned with family and friends and I am hoping (fingers crossed people) that I get a little fall weather. I haven’t seen fall in three years and I would love to experience just a touch of that fall feeling (the crisp air, that fall smell, you know what I’m talking about). Fall was always my favorite time of the year and I really miss it living here (but ask me which place I prefer come January).

As for books, I didn’t manage to read much this week. I had a lot going on in the evenings and I spent my Saturday attending a conference and then watching Michigan’s incredible win over Notre Dame (but I am going to wait a few more weeks before joining in with those Heisman whispers surrounding Robinson). I have a feeling my reading is going to wane a little the rest of this month but sometimes you need to focus on the real world a little and that should be fun.

This week I reviewed Ape House and Mr. Peanut. I also found a nice discussion on my Reading Speed & Speed Reading post. Then I kind of disappeared.

Since I didn’t do much reading, I’m going to skip my usual Just Finished/Currently Reading section. I’m still listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on audio. My print book is Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is enjoying their Sunday. Anyone reading anything fabulous?