The morning of the second day, David and I waited in our hotel room until Ryan joined us. He came a day later because he had some mid-terms to finish before traveling overseas. Anyway, he came right on time, took a shower, and was ready for the day. We stopped and got a coffee and croissants and headed to the Louvre.
Here is a map from mapmyrun.com of what we walked that day:
David and Ryan had photography issues. Instead of actually just taking a picture with the people in the center (my preference for standing-in-front-of-something-vacation-pictures), they tried to get the monument in the side frame. This would be great except for the fact that people often walked into the frame. Case in point (my brother and I in front of the Louvre):
I mean, it is a cool looking picture and I like it, but when many, many of your pictures features strangers, with you or maybe your head in the corner of the frame, it gets to looking a little goofy at times.
Much better (Me and David in front of the Louvre):
Inside the controversial pyramids at the Louvre:
David and Ryan in the Louvre (don't worry, we could take pictures in the museums if the flash was off, which is why my pictures are all blurry):
After seeing a lot of cool things in the Louvre, we decided to get a picnic lunch. We got baguettes, cheese, veggies, and my favorite: macarons!
After that we went to the Musee de l'Orangerie, which houses huge Monet water lily paintings:
After that it was off to another museum. No, not the Pompidou (the contemporary art museum in Paris)...
but the really cool Picasso museum. Ryan kept marveling at how cool it was to see the Picassos he had studied in his elementary school art classes. After that we went back to our hotel. It was an early night but Ryan was truly jet-lagging and was ready for bed. Plus we had to wake up early the next day...
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
David and I had a good flight over the Atlantic on Thursday evening. We arrived in Paris at 8:49 a.m. on Friday, went through customs, and called our shuttle service. We have never used one overseas to get us to our hotel, but it was tres worth it. Last time we went to Europe, we landed in Dublin and stressed about the bus, where to get off, how far our hotel was from the bus stops, etc. This time, we spent about $30 more and were picked up at the airport and driven to our hotel's front stoop. Let me tell you: money well spent. We arrived stress-free and excited to start our day.
Now people often wonder how to get over jet lag. Our secret is to simply stay awake the first day as if you lived in Paris. That meant that I was running on about 3 hours of sleep for the entire day, but it is worth it. If your sleep schedule is thrown off, it really throws a kink in your trip.
We decided to go for a little walk (which ended up being about 8 miles of a walk by the end of the day--when I am in a European city, I like not using means of transportation as much as possible in order to really explore neighborhoods and such. However, this idea changed by the third day because my poor feet were sad.). First we saw the Opera house, which was gorgeous. This is where the Phantom of the Opera took place:
We got some baguettes to enjoy since we were a bit hungry. David took a bite of his right in the street. These baguettes were AMAZING. They were so crunchy on the outside and the perfect amount of chewy in the inside. Mmmmm....
We saw the Louvre and walked along the Seine, where we took pictures of the undersides of bridges:
and large towers:This is taken from across the street from the Eiffel Tower:
And we walked to a Monet museum called Musee Marmottan. It was really awesome...I loved seeing Monet paintings up close. He has long been one of my favorite artists, ever since I received and subsequently became obsessed with Linnea growing up. One of her books is based in Giverny.
Next we went to the Bois de Boulogne, which is where the Count of Monte Cristo lived (or something like that) and where prostitutes sell their wares at night. We left before nightfall. We didn't get a picture in the actual Bois, but I took one of David just outside of it:
Finally, we walked to the Arc de Triomphe:
I love watching the cars race around the monument.
After that, we enjoyed a light supper of crepes and a ham sandwich, along with delicious French wine. We went back to our hotel very early that night and went to sleep.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Well, nobody guessed where we spent my spring break, although you all had great guesses!! We went to:
We had a fabulous trip. Absolutely wonderful. David and I left last Thursday and got there on Friday morning and my brother joined us the next day. We returned yesterday. I can't wait to start the recap posts! I have so many ideas.
But first, let me ask my readers a question: when you are on a plane, what do you get to drink? Do you get something that you usually drink (for me, water), or something special? My brother often gets ginger ale. David gets tomato juice. Me? I get bloody mary mix. Mmmmm.....bloody mary mix on ice is so perfectly spicy and cold and yummy. I did not get anything else during the flights. I am sure that the flight attendants thought that I was crazy.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This post may be a little pointless, since I have about 25 readers a day and I know who most of you are and you are either family or friends who already know where we are, but I thought that I would try this anyway. We are on spring break vacation and I wanted you to try to guess where we are!
Here are my clues for you:
1. This place has amazing cookies
2. The residents speak a foreign language
3. There is a very tall construction here
4. I got to go see my friend Vincent's old house
5. I've been here once before.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I had the best birthday! Unlike many people, my birthday is my favorite day of the year and I just love it!
On Saturday my mom came down and she, David, and I all ran in the St. Patrick's Day 5K run here in town. It was so much fun! (You can see my shirt in the picture above.) I did pretty well and finished well behind David. I came out of the chute (the line where they take your number to determine your place), turned around, said to David, "I guess we should start walking up the street to try to meet my mom as she finishes," and saw my mom finishing the race! It was amazing---I was so impressed with how well she did! David and I both got 14th in our age and gender categories and she got 6th! She was only about 15 places behind me! Pretty soon she will probably lap me.
That day David surprised me with a cake from Dairy Queen, my very favorite cake ever. That night we went to a Japanese Steakhouse, which was amazing! They make your food on a stove that is at your table. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.
Then yesterday I had so many well-wishers that it made my day. Last night my parents came and we all enjoyed a traditional Irish feast of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Last night we quickly went out to grab a green beer for fun. Here I am with my friend Matt:
I look horrid in that picture but you get the idea.
So I had a wonderful birthday and birthday weekend. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
St. Patrick's Day is my favorite day of the year because...
And so I leave you with my favorite Irish saying:
May the most you wish for
Be the least you get.
And also a birthday rap created by my good friend Rachel (thanks again Rach!):
Friday, March 13, 2009
This week has been SO hectic for some reason. I had two classes canceled, but I still feel so busy! On Monday and Tuesday I had class and worked, and then on Wednesday I had a more relaxing day with a long run, yesterday I had class ALL day long and then today I had one class and a career expo. I have an assignment due for my journal on Sunday that is pretty important---our rough draft for our case note. So, tonight I am hoping to do nothing but RELAX. Tomorrow David and I are running in a 5k and tomorrow night are trying a new Japanese Steakhouse place here in town. I am ready for a few days of relaxation, but alas, I need to keep trucking along on the paper and keep reading for upcoming classes.
...is so exciting this week! Kansas lost, Oklahoma lost, and Mizzou is still in! Go tigers!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Please quit talking in the library. You have been gabbing for the last hour. And I can tell you why you haven't finished your statement of the case... it is because you spend your study time going to get Starbucks coffee along with a Starbucks pastry (for a half an hour), and then you proceed to yap for an hour about your briefs rather than actually working on them.
A grouchy old 2L who won't be able to stand another minute of your conversation
So I burnt the steaks last night. To a crisp. As in smoke was billowing out of the oven when I opened it. I tried scraping off the burnt top but it didn't work well. I ended up sawing off the top...
Trying to be nice, David commented, "Sweetheart, next time, maybe I would prefer my steak a little less well-done."
The dog could barely stand the "burnt ends"--as I like to call them.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Hi everybody! Inspired by some of my fellow bloggers, I have decided to have a post every Monday called Menu Monday. This will be a plan of our week's menus. If you want a recipe, leave a comment and I will try to post it/email it to you! Yay!
Monday: filet steaks with broccoli and leftover macaroni and cheese from last Friday
Tuesday: Toasted Ravioli and a salad
Wednesday: I go out to eat with friends, David may need to fend for himself
Thursday: Dirty Rice and a sweet salad with strawberries
Friday: Salmon and Brussels Sprouts!
Saturday: Eggplant and Beef Lasagna, a la Jenna's recipe
Friday, March 06, 2009
Hello readers! I introduced this topic a few weeks ago with my post about Skinny Bitch. I wanted to write again about it just for fun and because I think that writing about it on my blog helps me stay accountable for my food intake and exercise routine.
My food intake, I am happy to report, has been great. When I last left you, I had decided to try eating more fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Now, about a month later, I love raw fruit. I usually start my day with an apple, an orange, and a banana (along with some Kashi cereal and soy milk- my favorite!). For my mid-morning snack, I chow down on a fruit salad of grapes, strawberries, and kiwi. And then for lunch I have my usual salad and crackers.
Some changes I have noticed:
1. I feel like I need less coffee. Like I said before, I have been trying to cut back on my coffee intake because it makes my stomach hurt. Now that I fuel my body with at least three fruits for breakfast, I often forget about even wanting coffee! Now I usually enjoy a cup of green tea. I have been drinking coffee once or twice a week at the most.
2. I have begun to think of food as fuel, not as something to do when I'm bored. I notice that I have been eating less in between meals because my meals are more satisfying and full of nutrition.
One thing on which I still need to work:
1. I still eat way too much food at supper. I like to eat little bowls full of whatever I make all night long. This results in my filling thanksgiving-dinner stuffed. I really need to work on portion control and eating until I am full at supper.
I love to run. However, lately I have been in a running funk. I go so slowly and I just feel as if I am trucking along and barely moving. That's no fun! So I have decided to run faster. It is ridiculous that I run as much as I do and still go at about a 10-minute mile pace. So, for the last two days, I have been making a conscious decision to run faster, and it feels really good! I also go to pilates, yoga, and an ab class during the week, although I will drop the yoga in another week because my yoga pass runs out and I don't renew it for the latter half of the semester knowing that I will probably waste the money and not go.
So there you have it! Some of you commented that you are trying to eat healthier in my last post---how is it going for you?
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Last night was the annual Barrister's Ball at my law school. I wore my bridesmaid dress from Julie's wedding so that she can't say that her bridesmaid dresses were the kind that you can only wear once! We had a wonderful time as always and enjoyed dancing, food, and fun drinks. The picture above is with my best law school buddies and the picture below is me and my handsome date!
I love having dances to attend even though I'm getting old. :)