which is probably why i'm resorting to posting at 1:18am on saturday night. really its 2:18, but it seems that my super-smart computer has already bumped it's time back an hour. gotta love falling back for d.s.t. ;)
completely ready for halloween on tuesday. as in i bought SEVEN bags of candy. although... i have sampled 6 of the 7 bags. hehe. back from festive a halloween party at a friend's house tonite. eric was decked out as a barcelona soccer player with an afro and seventies glasses. a bizarre combo of costumes-past + european vacay souvenirs, yet really funny once it was all put together (...to me at least.). i was catwoman. fun, fun. somehow i didnt take any photos. but not to worry. eric will be repeating the costume on tuesday night, and pictures will DEFINITELY be taken... :)
got to have margaritas & dinner with kristi on tuesday night... which always = fun. and because i had been out earlier in the day taking photos of this little guy...
...(album --> HERE), i had my camera with me & was able to capture a little bit of our happy hour fun...
...we are currently considering doing a tour of minneapolis mexican restaurants, and taking photos in each wearing some sort of their decor and/or sombreros. i think it's an awesome idea...
and one final thing to report... started RIPPING APART my scrapstudio space late on friday afternoon. i think that i finally just had ENOUGH of all the crap that seems to have piled up in there.... threw away 3 garbage bags of stuff... have moved everything out of the room, and have recruited eric to help paint tomorrow.... going with a warm cocoa color... the official name is behr's "sweet georgia brown"... whatever that means.... i think it'll work nice with the other colors in the rooms on this level of our house, and with the pink accents that I already had in the studio... cant wait to see it all finished... :) ((...stay tuned))
I had so much fun looking back through the (many) shots that I took, to select a few to post. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute that we spent in Paris. LOVED the ultra-sophisticated feel, and attitude of the city and it's people. Was in awe of the food, and the hipness of being able to eat every meal outside in a sidewalk cafe. I definitely, DEFINITELY want to go back. definitely. :) ...and here are a few quick, random thoughts about the city...
Most Bizarre moment in Paris: Having our server rip away our placemats, silverware, and napkins in a big huff, after we (only) ordered baguette sandwiches for lunch. But we only wanted baguette sandwiches....! I grabbed the napkin back before he turned away - ha!
What we LOVED in Paris: Our hotel near the Arc, walking along the Champs-Elysees at night, visiting the Louvre - although it was a super quick visit with only the mona lisa & venus de milo in mind(!), watching the Eiffel Tower's hourly nightime light show while drinking champagne in a sidewalk cafe, Finding the perfect cafe on the Champs for mussels and fries at midnight, Lounging in the gardens outside the Louvre, & tasting authentic crepes.
So glad that: We opted to take the chunnel from London to Paris... such a convenient, easy trip.
What made me laugh: ...Getting full-out yelled at by the Paris McDonald's worker for taking pics of their parisian operations while we were ordering cokes... still, i LOVE those pics... :)
PS - Most photos were taken with my Canon Rebel xTi & 28-135mm IS lens. A few shots were taken with our little Canon A620 Powershot Point & Shoot.
And, finally, here is my London recap…Photos can be found here ---> London PHOTOS….Enjoy :)(Paris, Barcelona, and Venice up next!)
Overall, we spent 3 nights (2 on the front end, and 1 on the back end of our trip) in this fabulous city, which Eric and I both agreed reminded us most of NYC, with a TON of history thrown in…
Most Surprised By: The fact that London “Fish and Chips” = ONLY one (large) piece of absolutely-amazingly-delicious and super-fatty fried fish…While explaining to one of the charming cab drivers that US Fish & Chips = multiple pieces of said fish, he thought this was equally as crazy…:)
Moment I’d Most Like to Forget:The shutter on my poor, poor digi-rebel breaking while snapping photos atop the Double-Decker Bus Tour that we were on…(R.I.P. Rebel)…*Long-Story-Short. = I am now a proud new owner of a Canon 400D – the overseas version of the 3rd generation Rebel. Happy Birthday, Hanukkah, and Christmas to me all in one... But I have to say that the 10.1 Megapixels on this bad boy totally rock my world…:)
So Happy That:We had the chance to meet up with Ben & Skye (friends from B-School) for a fabulous dinner on the last night that we were in London.
What We LOVED:The saying “Mind the Gap”, Touring Westminster Abbey, The Double-Decker Bus Tour that I insisted on taking, Banana-Caramel Frappucinos at Starbucks (I consider myself a frappucino connoisseur, and I’m pretty sure this delicious concoction is 100% original to London), Our hotel on the back-end of the trip = The Cumberland (such great London location and also super-modern), Seeing the Tower of London and Tower Bridge at night, Spotting all the fun Product-Sponsored-Cabs in London - the Jelly Belly and Tiffany’s cab totally tied as my faves, Pret Sandwiches (why don’t they have these in the US?)... and so much more!
This morning (monday) i woke up in my own comfy bed in MN.
We're home. :)
We had an AMAZING trip.
I'm going to post a little recap of each city along with photos. London is first on the list... it'll be up sometime this week :)
...and, if anyone has any typepad info/know-how on how i can get the thumbnail covers of my photo albums to list out on my sidebar - i would so appreciate your help - seems i'm a little technologically challenged in that area ;)