Thursday, May 22, 2008

Only in France

Wanted to share this shot of Chateau de Breteuil that I had the pleasure of visiting for a friend's wedding reception last week. It was unbelievably gorgeous and SO "typically French chateau" to me that I had to share. I have to also admit that I'm proud of my picture-taking!! :)

Only in France....

Space Invader of the Day

I stumbled upon this guy on a lunchtime walk yesterday. Up close and personal!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


This is what I gazed upon while nibbling on my home-brought lunch this afternoon.....I swear, I couldn't even make this stuff up! Unbelievable!

Drive-By Space Invader

Just a quick post to show you all the BIGGEST Space Invader that I've ever seen...taken from our moving rental car in Champigny-Sur-Marne, a suburb east of central Paris.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Not the only American in Paris....

There's a statue of George Washington in the square immediately in front of my new office. Nice to know I'm not the only American around these parts for once! Maybe I'll go share a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with him one day and revel in the fact that I'm not made fun of....well, not made fun of for the peanut butter, but maybe for the fact that I'd be trying to feed it to a statue! ;)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An office with a view...

As many of you know, my company moved offices this past week and we are finally located in Paris. This changes my life (positively) in SOOO many ways, not the least of which is the fact that my commute is now 30 minutes each way and on only one bus. No more hour and a half, walking 10 minutes in the pouring rain or falling snow, no more waiting for the bus on the freeway, muggings in the RER in the middle of nowhere, mandatory team lunches in the cafeteria every day, etc etc. I can already tell that there's been a change in my mood when I get home from work which is awesome!

I have much more to say but since I actually have to do some work from this new amazing location, I'll leave you with two quick snapshots that I took from my desk....can you believe the view??!?!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Loire Valley Extravaganza

As many of you know, I have old friends in town and we've recently returned from a long weekend in the Loire Valley. I'd never been to this region at all and have to say I was blown away by the castles we visited, the tiny towns we drove through, the meals we had, and the hospitality and friendliness that we encountered along the way (save for one couple but that's a story for another time...)

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures to give you an idea of what we saw. I had a BLAST!

Azay-le-Rideau was one of my FAVORITE of all the castles we saw, and was kind of off the beaten path. I loved the grounds and the little town surrounding the castle and really loved the time we spent there.

Chenonceaux was perhaps the coolest castle, with the long gallery/hall stretching across the river. It was awesome, but very crowded. We called it the "Disneyland of castles" since the tour buses filled the parking lots and there were TONS of people on the grounds and in the castle itself. I would have loved to have visited when it was a bit more empty and even a bit cooler outside. We spent a good part of the morning there and once we left, the entrance was deserted, so it's definitely something to hit up either very early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Of course, we had tons of great meals and even better wine! My favorite meal was in the little Medieval town of Chinon where we ate at the Musée Animée du Vin, an awesome all-you-can-eat, all you can drink place with hilarious owners. Would definitely recommend this place, as it was one of the most fun and BEST meals that I've ever had in France.

All in all, it was an amazing weekend and I cannot wait to go back and explore more again soon. Have any of you been to the region? Any recommendations for next time?

Why Friends from Home Are Amazing, Part 1

Please see the LOOT that I got immediately upon the arrival of two of my oldest friends last week....note the plethora of amazing American items that I received. God bless Target.

I will draw your attention to the fact that I got THREE, count 'em, THREE new pairs of shoes, along with a bag of enough permutations and varieties of ranch dressing to last a whole year, gum galore, shirts, etc etc.



Many more "three American girls and a French guy in France" stories to come...