Thursday, April 19, 2012

Springtime in Paris

A few photos from my recent trip to Paris...

 Galeries Lafayette
 Spring Blossoms
 Lemon Macaroon

 Arc de Triomphe

 Moulin Rouge

 Sacre Coeur in Montmartre

 Notre Dame

 Batobus-a hop on/hop off boat cruise on the Seine
Ahhh.... Paris

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Bucket List Update

I've been so busy enjoying the amazing fall weather we've been having that this blog has been quite neglected. I've been working on the Fall Bucket List and have completed several of the items. 
I haven't found a pick your own pumpkin patch yet, they are often already picked and piled into wagons or carts to buy. There are many farms with fall fests, but I picked my pumpkins from our nearby farm pick your own stand. 
I have an apple tree in my backyard, but this year we didn't really get any apples. I was able to pick apples and pears with a lovely group of ladies at an orchard outside of Mainz. They were delicious! The orchard also had a wonderful little farm store and freshly squeezed apple juice-it tasted just like an apple in a bottle. With these apples, I didn't make pies, instead I made one of my favorites, apple crisp.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Style

Is it seriously September? The weather can change quickly here in Northern Europe. Just last week we had hot sunny days with temps getting into the high 80's, definitely summer.  This week it has turned to Fall with much chillier mornings and evenings. Of course, this has inspired me to start thinking about my Fall wardrobe. I've been spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, finding great inspiration, and took a brief field trip to a local shopping center for "research". I've never been very fashionable, and my wardrobe is mostly neutrals (and a bit boring), but I do like to shop and try to buy a few current pieces each season, especially accessories. Here are a few styles I found recently that I particularly like.

Leggings, boots, tunic, and a scarf-these seem to have been in style for a couple of years now. This is such a comfortable outfit and looks pulled together without a lot of effort. I managed to snag another scarf for just 3 Euros at an end of summer sale! I have a whole collection that adds some great color to a neutral, plain outfit.

I love this color combination-it just looks like fall. I also have a couple of pairs of flats to wear with my skinny jeans. The open cardigan is everywhere, but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Cardigans are definitely a must for Fall, though, since the temperatures can change quickly during the day.

I love this outfit, except I would wear taller boots with leggings. I have a couple of sweater dresses and a jean jacket. Perfect for cooler evening temperatures. I just bought my first wide belt, another great bargain at an end of summer sale.

What's your favorite trend for the upcoming season?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Photos: Heidelberg

 Heidelberg is one of my favorite cities. The architecture is beautiful and it's a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon. If you are traveling in Germany, this would be a great stopover between Frankfurt and cities further south, like Stuttgart or Munich.
One of the sites to visit is the Heidelberg Schloss (pictured above). Parts of the castle can visited for a fee, but you can walk around the courtyard for free. This is a great place for views of the city.

Another site is the Heiliggeist Kirche (Holy Ghost Church) in the main market square surrounded by restaurants and souvenir shops.

Stroll along the Alte Brueke (Old Bridge) which is a pedestrian only bridge for a view of the Neckar River and the castle.

A statue on the Old Bridge.
Another statue along the Old Bridge.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Things You Can Find in the Ladies Room of an Irish Pub

-straightening/curling iron
-jelly beans
-chewing gum
-futuristic hand dryers by Dyson (this one was actually in the Guinness Store House)

Originally posted in my private blog in April of 2008.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's the Little Things-Going to the Movies

There are quite a few movies out this summer that I would prefer to see at the movie theater. It's a similar experience in Germany, but there are a few little differences.

*Most movies shown are dubbed in German. There are some movie theaters that show films in the original language films. For us this means a bit of trip to one of these theaters.
*When buying your tickets, they are expensive here too, be sure to take a close look at it. There are assigned seats in the movie theater.
*In addition to popcorn and soda, the concessions also sell beer, sometimes sparkling wine, and coffee. Of course, you can also find candy!
*Once you find your assigned seat, watch the movie and enjoy your snacks. About halfway through the movie, there will be an intermission-perfect time for a restroom break.
*On your way out at the end of the movie, make sure to put any glass bottles in the crate for recycling! 

Enjoy your night out at the movies!