Sunday, October 30, 2011

postcards from paris

1. the best croque monsieur & freshly squeezed tart orange juice (yum)
2. curbside reflections
3. rouge, blanc & bleu
4. locks of love on the lovers bridge
5. lovers with locks of love on the lovers bridge
6. Monet's water lilies - beautiful
7. people & Paris watching at the Sacre Coeur with a bottle of wine
8. trying escargot (snails)
9. sparking Eiffel Tower, every hour on the hour

Friday, October 28, 2011

current events.

Although I am yet to blog about the last stop on my little trip (Paris), I though it was high time that I updated you on the past little while.
I've been back in London for a few weeks now and my life has consisted of house hunting, job searching, house hunting, job searching, repeat and repeat again. 
At times we've been almost homeless (well not really) and not knowing where you're going to sleep that night has been a little test for me. 
I have secured some work for the next three weeks and I start Monday, so back into the daily grind for a wee stint. This also meant I had to go out and buy my first ever suit yesterday - thank you H&M for helping out a girl on a budget.
It's getting colder (and rainier) and I think I'm going to have to buy coat in the next few days....but the sun has been shining a little bit today so theres hope for us yet.
Here's a selections of snaps from the past few weeks...

waffles & gelato from Scoop - to die for...
a street named after Ben!
checking out some art at the Moniker Art Fair
catching up with old friends
eating cupcakes with new friends
Broadway Markets
waiting for a roast pork roll...
sunset over London

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

chasing chateaux in the loire valley.

on a cold, grey, windy day in the loire valley, this young lady spent a day exploring chateaux...

the valley (which doesn't really look like a valley) is home to over 300 chateaux, most of which were built in the heyday of the French royalty and nobility, centred around the 17th-18th centuries 

big ones, small ones, pretty ones and one very overwhelming one (440 rooms, what?)
it was unreal to try and take myself back to the days when these chateaux were actually inhabited

in total I saw four and took FAR too many photos (once again) of these majestic buildings, here is a small selection:

1. Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau
(my favourite)
the smallest chateau with the most stunning grounds filled with autumn trees

2. Chateau de Villandry
a newer chateau with the most perfectly manicured gardens

3. Chambord
the largest of the chateaus with 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases, some are double helix staircases! this place is crazy and was originally built as hunting lodge

4. Chateau de Chenonceau
(my other favourite)
in my French classroom at school there was a poster of a beautiful chateau, I never knew the name of it and had always wanted to go there...and then....I wandered down this pretty tree lined pathway and found it in front of me. it was designed especially for women, you should have seen the kitchen! and then there was the garden...

love birds

Mum - the forest floor is covered in hundreds of wild purple cyclamen
Dad - your dream gardens at 4! it was huge and jam packed with veges, herbs and flowers (dahlias)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

postcards from bordeaux

1. the balcony & view from my room (the best aspect of my room) - apparently this hotel was infested with cockroaches, I found this out after my stay thankfully but it doesn't surprise me...
2. rose at lunch - the way it should be
3. my first Croque Monsieur
4. my street at sunset - it used to be the red light district of Bordeaux
5. sights around town
6. best and biggest creme brulee, this should become a nightly ritual, Dad?
7. desserts at sunset
8. choir rehearsal (that gave me goosebumps) outside a beautifully lit Le Grand Theatre de Bordeaux
9. token rollerblading gang (didn't manage to capture the guy in full lycra) - bring back rollerblading!