Nous Aimons La France!

1009876_10200586511638484_798758289_n

 Nous Aimons la France!  

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life”. After our recent vacation in France, we couldn’t agree more with Jefferson. In fact we would say that this is true of of the entire country.

Our two week adventure began on the Mediterranean coast in Nice, then onto Monaco and Cassis, a few angelic small towns in Provence and finished in the great city of lights, Paris. From the magical coastal landscapes to the Parisian nightlife, we embraced every moment and celebrated a few of the important life lessons that I think Jefferson might have been referring to.

Life Lesson 1 – Toast to Edible Culture

996850_10200586494678060_428216208_n IMG_1281 1003841_10200586501838239_1141298724_n

Photos: Pesto & Prosciutto Salad in Aix-en-Provence *  Brasserie on our block in Paris * Toasting to Van Gogh in St. Remy

Around every corner we discovered sidewalk cafes or brassieres serving creative entrees and fresh fruit, cheeses, meats and breads. I swear that some of the city streets in Provence and Paris smelled like butter, wine or croissants around the clock.

Wandering off the beaten path from time to time, we were never disappointed by the culinary adventure that lay ahead of us. We found each baker or chef to be more than happy to help us choose their favorite meal on the menu and just like that…an ordinary lunch turned into the best salad or sandwich we had ever had. What were our favorites?

  • For me –  Beef Bourguignon at Restaurant Lescure in Paris, Sandwiches & Beers at Sur De La Fontaine in Cassis and white fish cooked in Provencal sauce in Aix-en-Provence
  • Kristian – Proscuitto & Goat Cheese salad at the Baudy Hotel in Giverny, the Duck at Le Mes Turet in Paris and Crepes from this tiny little vendor around the corner from our hotel in Paris.

Life Lesson 2 – Appreciate the time you have together and la Romance (the romance)

 971479_10200586488717911_1326054794_n  941416_10200586491757987_296202743_n

Whether we were drinking champagne in Monaco, enjoying the city of lights on the River Seine boat cruise or exploring the coastline cliffs in Cassis, I couldn’t help but get swept away by it all (photos above). It was hard not to imagine that I was in some kind of rom-com. I am such a cheese ball!

Life Lesson 3 – Find beauty in everything like les Impressionnistes (the Impressionists)

Malcolm Gladwell could have completed one of his famous outlier studies on France & the Impressionists. We had the pleasure and honor of viewing these artists’ masterpieces in Paris, but some of our favorite memories of the trip involved traveling to the cities and countrysides in which these artists lived, painted and were inspired to complete their most popular pieces.

We walked through Cezanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence, where they still have artifacts on display from his still life paintings. Check out the vases and the sculpture on the dresser – do you see anything you recognize in the paintings to the right?

983982_10200586492918016_1811842345_n cezanne88 4-cezanne-'still-life-with-plaster-cast'1334445619934

We hung out in St. Remy where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life, completing more than 150 paintings and 100 sketches.

1044045_10200586500798213_1081318668_n N-V0002-0280-olive-orchard-saint-remy-june

And about 45 minutes from the Paris, we had the opportunity to visit Claude Monet’s estate and gardens in Giverny. We spent more than an hour hanging out with the actual Water lilies!

  1017389_10200586508878415_1230237705_n  monet-water-lilies

Life Lesson 4 – Sometimes it is important to take a moment to breath 

998383_10200586487837889_456549492_n 600175_10200586489957942_292242136_n

Photos: Enjoying a cafe & the view from our hotel room in Nice * Toasting to Monaco outside the Monte Carlo Casino

For those of you who know us well, I am sure it doesn’t come as too big of surprise that the French schedule worked perfectly for us. Sightseeing, afternoon walks and museum hopping were booked for the earlier part of the day, followed by a nap, happy hour and then late night dinners & drinks (even a show at Moulin Rouge). We had plenty of time to take in the culture and the outdoors, while still reserving time for plenty of rest, play and WINE.

Life Lesson 5 – Explore, Adventure and Revivre L’histoire (relive history)

 Visiting countries like France you quickly realize what it means to relive history. We climbed the Chateau des Baux in Provence and saw parts of a true medieval castle from the age of the Celts.

 1012301_10200586503918291_726622119_n 1017174_10200586503558282_1586681111_n

Currently reading the book “The Journey” about the life of Mary Antoinette, I was in awe when we entered her royal apartments, picnicked in the gardens and explored her Petit Trianon in Versailles. In fact I was in such awe when I entered the Hall of Mirrors that I pulled what we call a “Rachel” and tripped over one of the protective stantions. Whoops!

 1014260_10200586514598558_1857254423_n 1010938_10200586515278575_151118966_n

The architectural vision and engineering that went into the Eiffel Tower for the World’s Fair was brought to life as we climbed ALL the steps up to the second platform.

And Mona…well hanging out with Mona was just cool.

945315_10200586517758637_738297464_n 1044057_10200586523358777_2144584293_n

Merci France! We will never forget all the life lessons & memories. 

1017602_10200586511438479_314602287_n

Avec Grâce et Célébration,

Rae

Like Celebrate Everyday on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for celebration tips & “joie de vivre”! 

Advertisements

Celebration Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s