How I Celebrated My Birthday – Parisian Pandemic Style

I’ll say right off the top that I’d much rather be in Paris right now. But because of the global pandemic and the resulting travel bans, one must do what they can. In my case this meant that I planned my day with special nods to my most favourite city and previous visits.

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Thursday Doors – Paris

Fun fact: today is my birthday! To celebrate, I’ve taken the day off from working from home and will pretend that I’m in Paris. A Parisian Pandemic Birthday! So it’s only fitting that this week’s door be in Paris. I considered going with a gorgeous and ornate door, but I chose this one instead. Because […]

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Me Feet At ..

Let’s go back to one of the most ridiculously over the top places that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. I’ve covered Palais Garnier over several posts and they can be found here and here (and here and here and here and here and here).

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Tale Me Out to the Ball Game

Do you like watching sports? I’m not a fan. I’d rather wash the dishes or organise a junk drawer. But being in a partnership means that you regularly have to compromise. Which is how I ended up at a baseball game during a trip to San Francisco. James and I were enjoying a day taking […]

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Paris Street Art – Rue de Louvre

During my most recent trip to Paris, I decided that I’d finally check out illustrious E. Dehillerin. For those unaware, E. Dehillerin sell cooking supplies. It’s got 2 floors jam packed with kitchen items that you’ll likely never have a need to use them at home. For someone who loves to hoard kitchen toys (guilty […]

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Galleria Umberto I

I love the pattern of this domed roof at Galleria Umberto I in Naples, and had to take a photo as soon as I saw it.

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That Time I Was Nominated for an Award

I woke up this morning and, like every other, grabbed my phone to peer at its screen through bleary eyes. What made this morning different was that my phone was telling me that I’d been nominated for an award. Confusion immediately set in.

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H is for .. Harbour

In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed somewhere we’ve been before.

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Thursday Doors – Paris

I’ve been thinking about Paris more than usual lately. Google Photos has been sending me daily reminders of a visit I made a year ago this week. I’ve enjoyed the trips down memory lane, and look forward to the day when non-essential travel returns.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Grand Salon

Today we’ll wrap up our visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte with a quick stop in the Grand Salon. This large room is the château’s central point, from which the rest of the elaborately decorated rooms spread out from. The domed ceiling rises 18 metres above the ground and sprawling surface area of 400 square metres. I think […]

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, Life Downstairs

Life upstairs at Vaux-le-Vicomte was fancy and picture perfect, and it took hard work from the staff to make it appear effortless. Much of the behind the scenes work was done downstairs.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, Tapestries & Cabinets

I shared a post a few days ago which featured a few of the smaller details that make Vaux-le-Vicomte a treat to visit. Today I’ll focus on some of the larger ones; striking tapestries and ornately designed cabinets. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians. Stay safe! Bonne journée! Marla

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, Other Fancy Bedrooms

Yesterday we looked at the gorgeous room made especially for King Louis XIV. It’s not the only beautifully decorated bedroom at the château though, and today we’ll take a look at some of the others.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, A Bedroom Fit for a King

If you recall my first post in this series featuring Vaux-le-Vicomte, you might remember my mentioning that Nicolas Fouquet was Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIV. So when Fouquet had Vaux-le-Vicomte built, he made sure to include a beautiful bedroom for the young King to enjoy during his visits to the château. Unfortunately for […]

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, Checkerboard Floor

I love a good floor, including a checkerboard. I usually associate them with kitchens, so it was a nice surprise to find one in such an elaborately decorated room of this beautiful château. Bonne journée! Marla

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Thursday Doors – Maincy

This week we’re in Maincy, at Vaux-le-Vicomte, again. I love this door and its surround. It feels to me that great things are on the other side. Like a magical world full pastries, strong tea, soft music and lots and lots of fluffy kittens. Bonne journée! Marla Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door […]

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, It’s in the Details

It can be a bit overwhelming wandering through a French château. There’s usually so much going on around you that it starts to feel like your eyes might just fall out of your head. It’s so easy to miss the little details amongst the grandeur.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Desks

During this global pandemic, I’ve been fortunate to continue working. Of course, my computer set up looks very different here at home with a makeshift table set up as my desk.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Room with All the Gold

I’ve completely lost track of what each room is at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Normally I can find the information in brochures I’ve held onto and bulk it up with help from online. Unfortunately I can’t find any papers in my stash and details for Vaux-le-Vicomte online are limited.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Dining Room

The fanciest of dining rooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating in have been at nice restaurants or hotels. At the time, I marveled at the decor of each location. But none of them could compare to sitting down for dinner in the dining room at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Just imagine being a guest here. Where […]

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