Soaking up Bath

Roman ruins & bubbling brooks. That’s how I spent my day today in Bath, England.        It’s always been a dream of mine to go to Bath and see what all the bathtub hullabaloo is about and today I found out – and it’s totally a whole lot of hullabaloo to go crazy over. GemContinue reading “Soaking up Bath”

Exploring Bristol and Discovering Family Heritage

Waking up in the UK for the second day in a row was wonderful today. After exploring the village of Oldbury yesterday, I went into the city to explore Bristol today. I discovered that it resembles my college town of Columbia, Mo so much. The vibe was so chilled out and laid back that IContinue reading “Exploring Bristol and Discovering Family Heritage”

Discovering England’s Quaintest Little Village

As of last night, I no longer live in Paris and am traveling the U.K. for about two weeks. This first week I’m staying with Gemma in her village of Oldbury and I have to say, it’s actually like a dream. Let’s start off with Gem’s house. It’s actually how I picture my life whenContinue reading “Discovering England’s Quaintest Little Village”

The Completion of My Paris Bucket List

I did it! I finished ALL of my Paris Bucket List! ..except for three items I couldn’t afford as a poor nanny.        The last few items on my list were not easy in the slightest. The first, and one I’m most excited about, is seeing the entirety of the Louvre. I did that. IContinue reading “The Completion of My Paris Bucket List”

How Paris Changed My Life

I remember the first time I thought about it. I remember thinking, “This is crazy.. I’d never actually do it..” And then I remember realizing that actually nothing made more sense to me than moving to Paris. After just one year, my time in Paris has changed me. I’ve grown into a completely different being.Continue reading “How Paris Changed My Life”

Vaux-le-Vicomte: The Model for Versailles

You’ve all probably heard of the Palace of Versailles, built by Louis XIV, used by Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI until their arrest (and eventual beheading) and also occupied by Napoleon I. Well anyway, the gorgeous and elaborate palace was inspired by a much smaller one – Vaux-le-Vicomte, which I had the pleasureContinue reading “Vaux-le-Vicomte: The Model for Versailles”

Shakespeare and Company and the Beautiful Parisian Life

Tonight I got to check off yet another item on my Paris Bucket List: buying a book from Shakespeare and Company.    I honesty only recently discovered the book lover’s dream near Notre Dame and am ashamed of myself for this fact. However, I know about it now and I believe we’re already in aContinue reading “Shakespeare and Company and the Beautiful Parisian Life”

Sleeping Beauty

As the wind lightly rustled the daisies, I lay still taking in the serenity of the forest. Bois de Vincennes was bathed in sunlight and so was I. I always love getting out of the city and embracing my true self in the wilderness; yesterday and today were no exceptions. Bois de Vincennes and BoisContinue reading “Sleeping Beauty”