i realize i never posted my trip to europe.....
it's a big ole post!
i linked all of our adventures on my instagram account so if you're looking for something specific, that's the best place to find it....
here is what i saw-- according to the dutch's phone.
enroute to jfk, my diet coke exploded in my purse and drowned my ipone camera.
needless to say, i was devastated as i didn't bring a camera..... so i took this pic of how i was eating my feelings.
thankfully, my smartie had a phone waiting for me there to use while i was in holland.
after a bath in a little rice and some time in the freezer, my phone got it together.... maybe i'll post those pix later.. there were many more, but i can't upload them for some reason. i'm the worst. most of the great pix are on my insta account anyway.. here are a few you haven't seen.
this is sort of an annoying long post- don't you hate when people make you look at their travel photos?! scroll on if you're not into it...
the sweet lady at KLM gave me this darling little delft china house which turns out to be quite the collector's item as it's filled with vodka and is a limited edition. fancy.
i LOVED enkhousen. so picturesque.
could you DIE over this boat?! and his family?! they all look like they should be in a gap ad.
what a treat!
the next day, we hit the rijksmuseum.
we skipped to delft (where he went to school) and enjoyed a bbq with his friends on the roof of his father's old (very old) canal house. loved delft.
then we drove to paris - sexy road trip food-
where i ran into the middle of the street for a photo op..... the usual.
our first stop- after poilane's croissants- was the rodin museum. i was really really excited to see this because i did CAMILLE CLAUDEL for frank wildhorn at the Goodspeed (where i am now) and i knew everything about rodin's work. hands down, my favorite museum.
the grounds are spectacular
the dutch has VERY large hands.
some of my favorites from camille.
more favorites from both museums.
first crepe at notre dam (missed berthillion ice cream. boo... next time!)
we hit the lovers lock bridge but didn't lock it up (the L word wasn't out there yet...) rather, i fell down the stairs on a very heavy city bike..... as spears says it best., that is "just so typically me."
dreamy carousel with the eiffel in the distance. it was hands down the most romantic day of life... ever.
i love french beauty products! this was the ONLY deal i found. i'm nuts about these vitamins and i got 2 bottles for half the price we pay int he US for one!
we did a proper taste testing of all of the famous macaron bakeries and you know what.... they're all great. some are better for certain things....
my favorite raspberry was pierre herme.
it was unseasonably hot and rain free the entire time i was in europe. we were
thisclose to jumping in that fountain.
look at the wingspan on that gentleman!
twirling for ART!!
i drug the dutch to the french fair... it was just so pretty! and seedy.
this is the way, the dutch likes to start every day. a man needs his freshly squeezed oj, bread and cheese!
pretending to be my friend, erin morley, and singing from la boheme outside the opera house.
made a little purchase at the galleries lafayette
and hit laduree where a gypsy scammed me for FOUR of my 6 macaroons as we exited. boo.
the dutch has a masters degree in engineering (even though he works as a business consultant) so a tricky french puzzle was NOT going to get the best of him. i finally made him buy it cause i knew he wouldn't leave it unfinished and the lack of AC in that shop was making me nauseous. he finished it in about 5 min at home.
no one else has been able to finish the puzzle.
yes, yes it is!
i wish we could go back right now.
this line was obnoxious. i pretty much hated the heat of the palace but would LOVE to return to the gardens and spend more time!
i love marie antoinette's petite palais.
more french road trip fare...
brussels was really pretty! dutch baby thought he was going to change my life with an incredible local chocolate shop-- godiva--- i died laughing.
then we hit the high speed train to london where we wandered and ate at the loveliest restos...
not spectacular= tour groups.
next time i go to london, i'll hit museums, etc..... it was just too nutty to bear...
found some really neat items at the portabello market
introduced the dutch to his first coconut water experience.
'm madly in love with notting hill
learned how to be a princess at kensington palace.
i love an english garden.
we saw the most brilliant play- the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime.
he took me for tea at harrods
and i posed with the lego royal family.
buckingham palace was rad.
we were at the tower of london on the day George was born.
cute... yet smelly.
chorizo at borough market
instead, we went back to brussels then to breda and enjoyed his family.
more pix of breda and london on my IG
the dutch eat chocolate sprinkles over butter for breakfast.... interesting...
we enjoyed a little pool sit at his mother's house in arnhem while our clothes dried.
we had a trip most people only dream about. i feel incredibly grateful... i really do. it makes me feel so sad to re-visit this trip!
i'm so ready for euro trip #2!!!