Happy Mother's Day!
In the last two weeks, I've spent time in Berlin & Amsterdam. I'm writing this quick note as I head to Paris by train. We're just leaving Belgium and entering France and the landscape is beautiful -- I only wish it didn't move so fast.
The highlight of the trip so far has been the weather! May has turned out to be a fantastic time to be in Europe with the nights in the mid-60s and the days in the mid-70s -- it makes you want to be outside nearly all of the time!
I started the trip in Berlin, in part because I've become fond of the direct flight from Dallas to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airlines and otherwise because I love the freedom of expression and spirit of Berlin.
After adjusting to the time difference, it was easy to settle into everyday Berlin life. It's so fascinating to see how the East and West have merged since the Berlin wall has fallen. I'll be putting together a "perfect day" itinerary for each side of the city that highlights some fun and unique experiences like an old airport turned into a city park, a mall filled with boutique shops and a great view of the bombed church, and my favorite eating spot -- a jewish deli!
On Tuesday, travels took me into Amsterdam and old city full of beautiful canals -- seriously not sure why anyone thinks Venice is so amazing when we have the 7 canals of Amsterdam to wander. The city, it's people, it's cocktails, and night-time centric lifestyle really reminds me so much of New Orleans. Beyond that, my best day was spent biking around the city and into Vonderpark to relax and people watch. And, my favorite nighttime activity was taking pictures and having cocktails at Hotel Pulitzer.
I've attached just a couple of the photographs I took in Berlin and Amsterdam.
One from Berlin is of a proposal that happened in Mauerpark in Berlin -- a huge city park famous for its flea market and open-air karaoke.
The other from Berlin is a nighttime shot of the Cathedral. I actually had to follow someone into a private apartment building and the ascend to the top floor to find a small terrace to take that picture -- it's one of my favorites!
Amsterdam was the perfect city to take nighttime landscape photograph. The first photo is a landscape with a small shop to the left, a canal, a smokestack, and boats to the right -- it was featured on an Instagram account with 60K follows called Super Holland. It really captures that magic of Amsterdam. The second is a photo of a small waterfront cafe with a light trail coming in from the left side of the frame formed by a bicycle headlight -- I hope next time I'm in Amsterdam you'll be with me there having a coca cola, Aperol spritz, or something even stronger!
Until next time -- Bonsoir!
I'll be visiting Paris and have drafted the following list of places to eat and drink. Would love feedback on this list from anyone who lives in Paris or has recently visited. What should I add, remove, or adjust?
Paris, France (organized by arrondissement)
(Rest) Restaurant Spring, $$$, 6 Rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris, France (IG)
(Rest) Ellsworth, 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France (IG)
(Cocktails) Bar Hemingway Ritz Carlton, 15 Place Vendome, 76001, Paris, France
(Cookeware) E. Dehillerin, 20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, France (IG)
(Museum) The Louvre, Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
(Shopping) Goyard, 233 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
(Rest, Wine Bar, To Go) French, 5 Rue du Nil 75002, Paris, France
(Rest, Old Fashioned French), Chez Georges, 1 Rue du Mail, 75002, Paris, France (IG)
(Cocktails) Experimental Cocktail Club, 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris, France
(Cocktails) Candelaria, 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
(Cocktails) Little Red Roor, 60 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
(Rest) Chez L’Ami Louis, $$$, 32 Rue du Vertbois, 75003 Paris, France (IG)
(Museum) Carnavalet Museum, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
(Museum) Musée des Arts et Métiers, 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, France
(Ice Cream) Berthillon Glacier, 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France (IG)
(Rest) Cafe Georges, 43 rue Saint-Merri, 75004 Paris, France
(Church) Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
(Bakery) Maison Kayser, 8 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France (IG)
(Rest - Lunch) Les Papilles, 30 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris, France
(Jazz Club) Le Caveau de la Huchette, 5 Rue de la Huchette, 75007, Paris, France
(Rest) La Société, 4 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France (IG)
(Pastries) Pierre Herme, 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France (IG)
(Bakery) Poilane, 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris, France (IG)
(Takeout) Gerard Mulot, 76 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France (IG)
(Gardens) Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris, France
(Museum) Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
(Bakery) Poujauran, 20 Rue Jean Nicot, 75007 Paris, France (IG)
(Rest) LE CINQ-MARS, 51 Rue de Verneuil, 75007, Paris, Franche
(Pastires) La Patisserie des Reves, 93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France (IG)
(Cheese) Fromagerie Quatrehomme, 62 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France (IG)
(Cheese) Bathelemy, 51 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France (IG)
(Shopping) LV Maison Champs Elysees, 101 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
(Museum) Musée Jacquemart-André, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France
(Cocktails) Baton Rouge, 62 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris, France
(Cocktails) Le Syndicat, 51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
(Cocktails) Le Calbar, 82 Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France
(Rest) Le Duc, 243 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France (IG)
(Rest - ET View) 6 New York, $$$, 6 Avenue de New York, 75016 Paris, France
(Entertainment) Moulin Rouge, 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
(Market) Boulevard Raspail Street Market