I get today’s Fryday solo today, urged by the girls to share about my 10 year anniversary trip to Europe last week with my main squeeze! If you’d like to see, here are a few highlights!
This trip was in the works for several months and as we got closer we knew we wanted to unplug for the trip. We both work for ourselves in a handful of businesses and being self-employed sometimes means erratic hours, no days off, and always something to be done. So the trip was 100% a vacation from all that. We deleted social media apps, didn’t check emails, and focused on staying present and in the moment and soaking each city up together. I loved this image from the Papal Visit in NYC so much, it was in head each time I wanted to grab my phone. Be the grandma.So now that you have the backstory here’s a peek at the trip! We toured London, England, Brugge, Belgium and Paris, France. It was a crazy whirlwind trip and we had to have walked ten miles a day and we missed the boys like crazy – we both cried sporadically all trip long. I know, we’re not normal!
In London we loved the collection at the British Library. Original handwritten manuscripts from some of my favorite authors like Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, excerpts read by the authors themselves. James Joyce makes Finnegan’s Wake even harder to understand with that accent. 😉 Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics, DaVinci’s sketches, handprinted Kurans and Bibles, and a million more amazing texts. We also did the National Gallery which was an awesome collection – I always love the post 1800 works the best and loved being able to catch Van Gogh and Monet and loads more. Walked through Portobello Road market and the 15,000th row of darling houses in Notting Hill.We saw the Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time and that was a top 3 highlight of the whole trip. Such beautiful play. We talked about it for hours after while we walked through crazy Chinatown. I got all teary-eyed watching a mime in Coventry Garden, had high tea at the utterly insane and amazing Sketch in Oxford Circus. Saw famous sites at Westminster, Buckingham, parks and churches galore. We loved London, so easy to navigate and none of the language barrier. Next stop was Bruges, Belgium. Such an incredible, surreal city. Without modern cars lining the streets you would think you’d gone back in time. Everything looks ancient, down to the slate sidewalk curbs, and stone streets. Called the “Venice of the North” for its canal system, along house-lined streets with those notched brick facades were all so beautiful. It made me wonder why the States are so hell bent on tearing old out and putting new in. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cuter, it always did. We saw the Belfry, Church of our Lady, Basilica, Minewater, and every street in between. Our cab driver for the day said the French call it Bruge de Mort because it dies every night at around 7. Sure enough it did, no nightlife at all! Had unbeatable Belgian waffles, I thought I had some pretty good ones here, but nothing can compare. What do they do to that batter, I’ll never know! Paris was our last stop and I felt like I got my fill of London and Bruges, but it broke my heart to leave Paris! We rented their City bikes and rode to our hearts content. We both had the dumbest grins on the whole time. Although at the time looking back, it was death-defying. Buses and bikes share a lane. Cab drivers are lunatics and we had and saw a couple close calls. But it didn’t sway us in the slightest. I cried when we drove out of the tunnel and saw the Eiffel Tower, I know how spoiled I am to have had this trip. Although it didn’t go without sacrifice and a ton of effort, I am still a lucky girl. The mixture of architecture and sculpture throughout the city sort of just dazzled me. Where Bruges followed a very set equation for their structures, Paris was all over the map and every influence was beautiful. We bought art on the Seine, ate Crepes, pain au chocolat, baguettes and fruit from the stands. Croque Monsieurs from Village le Monge that were killer. Walked through Tuilieries, past gardens, churches the Grand and Mini Palais. Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe and every darling arronidisement our legs could take us to. Laughing at all these pictures of me by a body of water. So original, Em!
Alright, now for the what I wore portion!