Category Archives: Travels

Kentucky Lovin’

Whew, what a whirlwind of a wonderful weekend! My fiancé and I went to Kentucky for the weekend to spend time with his family and celebrate our recent engagement. I have been to Kentucky many times now, but this was the first time I’ve visited during the spring, and also the first time I was able to go to Keeneland. The spring is absolutely beautiful – with dogwoods blooming all over, birds chirping and singing in the trees, and everyone in a good mood because of the lovely weather.

For those of you who don’t know what Keeneland is, it’s a famous horse racing track located in Lexington, Kentucky. As a matter of fact, this year it was recognized for its 4th consecutive year for being the number one rated Thoroughbred racetrack in North America. They hold races there in April and October each year, and it seems to me that Keeneland is much more popular with people who are born and raised in Kentucky than is the Kentucky Derby. Here’s a pic of the perfect day we went out there:

We partied with the family, and had a fun Easter lunch celebration as well. One of my sister-in-laws has the CUTEST 2 year old dog ever, so naturally I had to share some pics of lil’ Murphy boy:

Life is good!

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Happiness is a perfume…

“Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sprüngli – Zürich

The most heavenly place on earth…

So after my fiancé and I left Burgundy, we went on our adventure thru the French Alps, Turin, and came to settle for a couple of nights in Zürich, Switzerland. A friend of mine was born and raised there, and we felt like this was as good a time as any to see Zürich, and to catch up with my friend!

One of the first things she showed us was the Sprüngli (aka best truffles ever) shop. Wow. It will blow your mind, and frankly, I am shocked there are not a few within the whole vicinity of Los Angeles County…! The Swiss really know and love their chocolate. I mean, you have to see the gas stations there – they carve out entire aisles for all the various flavors of Lindt chocolate!

The best part about Sprüngli is definitely the quality –  the infamous Truffes du Jour – fresh made truffles every morning, and when they sell out, well, that’s all folks! The second best part about Sprüngli is the presentation, which you can see from the pictures…you can practically smell the chocolates. Ahhh, so many choices, so little time…

So many choices, so little time!

We definitely got those cute little boxes of "Truffes du Jour"!

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Regarde le Ciel

“regarde le ciel”… This is the hot street art going around near the Rive Gauche area in Paris. I really like the message (look at the sky) and it became a game for me these last couple of days to takes pictures of everywhere I spotted the tag phrase and/or the swirl image that goes with it. Fun fun!

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Burgundy, France

We’ve been having SO much fun on this amazing trip. We travelled down to Burgundy for a bit to enjoy the countryside and it is truly incredible there. We ended up staying a couple of nights with friends of friends- they have this amazing chateau in Bessey Les Citeaux. Here are some pics:

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While we were there we took a day excursion to the amazing Chateauneuf en Auxois. The chateau has parts that were built in the 12th century. France is so incredible with all its history. These pictures are from that day trip and foods we ate in that little town:

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These final pictures are from the drive back to the chateau, and a really nice dinner we had it Nuits St. George. Absolutely fell in love with Buorgogne, it was beautiful in every sense of the word.

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J’aime Paris

More pics from Paris:

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The Louvre

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Jardin des Tuileries

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Arc de Triomphe

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A statue of George Washington

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Eiffel Tower

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Seafood Tartare

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Pumpkin Soup

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Eric Kayser

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Plié au Chocolat from Eric Kayser

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Food & Shopping in Paris…(just the beginning)

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La Maison Blanche (right by the Seine) after our engagement! Seriously, THE BEST escargots I’ve ever eaten- they definitely use a different kind of snail here in Paris!

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Happy Cappucino

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La Gourmandise (my favorite pastry so far!!) from Paul’s Patisserie

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Le Bon Marche

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Crazy Nina Ricci mini-exhibit at Le Bon Marche

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Eric Kayser for the pain au chocolat (I finished it before I even thought to take a pic!! Lol)

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Got tons of goodies from Etam Lingerie- highly recommend this shop! Very cute designs at an affordable rate!!

More later…!

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Beautiful Paris. Best Day Ever.

In Paris, not only is it completely beautiful here but I just had the best day ever. Here’s the story in pictures:

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The view from our hotel La Louisiane, in the Latin Quarter

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Institut de France – after unpacking, we start walking to the Seine

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Pont des Arts

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MARRIAGE PROPOSAL FROM MY AMAZING FIANCÉ!!! (I said yes.) So unreal and surprised in the best way possible!

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We put our lock on the bridge & threw the keys in the river… It’s an old tradition on the lover’s bridge! 🙂

Will post more later- hope this works as I’m posting from my phone!!! I’m so ecstatic and happy!!!!!

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Off to Paris….!!!!!

Tomorrow we are off to Paris, and I am so beyond excited I haven’t wanted to blog about it just in case something happened and things fell through. I think it is safe now, because we are leaving in about 18 hours. AHHHHHH!!! I have never been to Europe, so you can only imagine how excited I am. I also wanted to let you all know because I will be MIA for the next 2 weeks and I’ve been having so much fun with my new blog friends that I didn’t want you all to think I dropped off the face of the planet… I will be back! I also got the mobile app so whenever I hook up to some wifi I’ll trying posting some pics of what I’m doing 🙂

Here are some amazing pictures of the Eiffel Tower (I could only wish that’s the view from our hotel!), raining in Paris (it’s raining there now, so that’s what we’re looking forward to!), and the beautiful Menton, France. that have been in my Pinterest account. I can’t wait for my own experience of Paris and Loire Valley and whatever else happens…

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Yippee…..à bientôt!!!!

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