Category archives: france

The Capital of Christmas

I know I am a little late in posting these from the Strasbourg Christmas market, the self proclaimed “Capitale de Noël”, but it is one of my favorite places during the holiday season and I felt the need to share.  I look forward every year to strolling around the markets drinking Glühwein/vin chaud/mulled wine to keep warm and eating all the wonderful festival food.  Am I the only one who can’t believe the holidays are already done and over with?  It went by in a FLASH! 

weekend in paris

A few random shots from the weekend….

SNCF, the French train company, sent me an email a few weeks back with deals that were way too good to pass up and I booked us tickets to Paris without even a second thought (being a 2 hour train ride away is a dream come true, I know).
Saturday was spent Christmas shopping with lunch at Al Taglio where they serve up amazing roman pizza by the slice, and while we were mildly heartbroken they were not serving up our favorite pumpkin pancetta pizza, the new ones we tried were delicious.  Afterwards, Didier gave Andreas a tour of the 5th and 6th while us girls hit up le Bon Marché and drooled over shoes and I tried to resist breaking out my credit card and buying myself any more Christmas presents.  We finished the day with a stop at the Champs Elysees Christmas market, Japanese soup at our favorite Palais Rolaye joint (and the fastest service in Paris), and a few games of cards with some wine and Christmas music.  Nica and I decided on a new mission- to uncover the best hot chocolate in Paris :)  Sunday morning started at Puerto Cacao where we sampled their fair trade hot chocolate topped with cinnamon, and picked up some more Christmas gifts for my sweet tooth family.  We tracked down ice skating in Vincennes, took heaps of photos of each other and then hopped back on our train home and another lovely weekend came to an end too fast, leaving me feeling so ridiculously blessed.


I returned from a yoga and food filled weekend with sore muscles and a full heart, and even though I was exhausted from lack of sleep I am feeling totally rejuvenated. Some how time seemed to be on fast forward, but I tried to cherish every moment of the amazing yoga practice – John Friend is incredible and such an inspiring teacher.

I had an hour between my last yoga class and catching the train home and returned back to Nica and Didier’s just in time for an incredible 4th of July hamburger picnic at the Chateau. Yes, I worked my tail off all weekend to finish it off with a hamburger. damn straight. and it was amazing. Thank you Nica!
for the record, this was my third hamburger in the last 10 years (maybe longer) and while I have never really been a big burger fan, these may have converted me over to the dark side.

Somehow I feel like I always end up going back to the same places when I visit Paris. When I lived there, I found my favorite places to eat and always need to get my fix when I am back in the city- this trip we made it a goal to try new eats during my couple hours of lunch break each day. We hit up Al Taglio in the 11th- and will definitely be adding it to my list of favorites. Potato and truffle cream pizza and the pumpkin and bacon pizza = amazing.

Al Taglio
2 Bis Rue Neuve Popincourt

75011 Paris
01 43 38 12 00
Subway: Oberkampf

and Nica got the most perfect Amorino cone I have ever seen.
So basically my weekend was filled with yoga and food :) and a little shopping in between. Hope you all had a great weekend and showed some patriotic spirit for me!

yoga + paris = weekend

waiting at the train station and off to an anusara yoga workshop in Paris for the weekend. more like melting while waiting for the train, that summer weather I was begging for has definitely arrived.

I hope all my American friends have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy the fireworks for me! I will be with two of my favorite Americans in Paris trying to be a little patriotic. here in Germany it is American week at the supermarket where the are selling bagels, tortillas, jellybeans, hotdogs and frozen steaks. Happy 4th :)

fête de la musique

paris june 21, 2006
I totally forgot about fête de la musique (until my assistant reminded me, on accident). I was at work, looking at the date thinking to myself “is it someone’s birthday I have forgotten? I know June 21st is something I should remember…” and stupid me totally flaked on the day when music flows out into the streets all over France, aka the best day ever. or atleast one of the best days of the year.
such fond memories from 4 years ago during my first month in Paris dancing in the streets of the Marais surrounded by bubbles and super glamourous gay men. amazing :)

paris je t'aime

so I guess I went a bit photo crazy on this post, but I took over 600 pictures in 2.5 days. Craziness. It was such an AMAZING few days and I needed to share the love.
Our days were filled with:
numerous riverside picnics,
amazing sandwiches & salads from Eric Kayser (be jealous Rade),
the Ellen Von Unwerth exhibit at Le Bon Marche,
an accidental visit to Deyrolle,
sitting on the floor as a perfect spilled beer target watching the big soccer match,
vespa “taxi” rides to the park for an incredible picnic with the most delicious roasted chicken of my life,
me deciding to sell my car and buy a vespa and obsessing over this for the last two days,
falafels from l’as du fallafel (where else? best falafels ever),
enjoying the most incredible summer weather and acquiring odd tan lines,
enjoying time with great friends who are just as silly and in love as we are so they too enjoy being sappy and ridiculous.
my heart is overflowing with happiness right now :)
ok, and now back to reality. :(

weekend getaway!

The bag is almost packed and we are on our way to catch the train to Paris for a long weekend filled with picnics, good wine by the seine, delicious food, a little shopping & lots of photos! We are staying with some very dear friends who scoot around the city on that vespa above. (I know, I am jealous too!) They are amazing and we are so excited for lots of adventure and hoping the predicted sun and warm weather will be a reality! I am in much need of a getaway after 2 months at home, I hope all your weekends are lovely too!

dear weekend, i loved you.

at the bicycle flea market where we bought andreas a new (old) bicycle, so I now have a biking buddy! I know am definitely more excited than he is :)

I look crazed here, but i love the mans stink eye behind me.

he’s mine. and i couldn’t be more thankful. I feel like the luckiest girl alive.

The weekend was everything I needed and more after what seemed like the never ending work week. Saturday was spent at farmer’s market, a flea market on a lake, a bicycle flea market and an afternoon in Strasbourg with a picnic riverside enjoying the first real warm weekend we have had this year.

Today was amazing- I finally finished the website I have been working on for the last few months for a client which lifted a huge weight off me, thank goodness. Then I was the lone female on a boys day out in Freiburg lunching in a biergarten and going to a soccer game. I enjoy watching soccer and love the excitement of the fans- especially when they don’t agree with the ref and scream and boo and make your ears bleed. Seeing fans so angry, I cant help but laugh watching them scream at the field. It was definitely a spirited crowd, and I think we were pretty much the only ones who were not decked out in freiburg team gear (not really my style), they won and I caught a bit of the team spirit :)

Now I am a very tired little ashley, off to dreamland with a full heart and a big smile.