My name is Alyson, and I am an American woman, currently living in Paris with my husband, Jason and our dog, Estelle. I am a Florida girl at heart, but I am starting to feel at home in the hustle and bustle of Paris.This is my story about real life in France, and all that inspires me!
Each stroll along The Seine River, I have a completely new experience and yet, I feel the same way every time.. Blessed and thrilled to be there!
I took this photo last week while my Mom was visiting. I will hold onto this memory forever. One day, I will want to jump into this photo just to feel the warm air and the busy, yet peaceful, city vibe I felt in that moment.
Most of my life, I spent Easter in Florida with family, attending church services, relaxing at the beach, dyeing eggs, and of course, eating! Living in Europe with my hubby, holidays have a new spin! And, I love it! We go with the flow, and do what we feel.
So, what is Easter like in France? Easter is celebrated all weekend, even on Monday, people spend time with family, cook traditional meals like lamb and other spring items. On Monday (day after Easter), outside of the tourist areas everything is closed. Leading up to the holiday weekend, shop fronts and bakeries are decorated with chocolate rabbits, fish, eggs, bells, and other signs of spring.
There are Easter Egg hunts, chocolates, and colored eggs, but the Easter Bunny is justnow becoming popular in France. A common tradition I like, is the cloches volantes, or “flying bells”. So, the story is, no church bells ring between Friday and Easter Sunday morning bc the bells fly to Rome to visit the pope to receive a blessing, then they return with treats for the good kiddos. Cute, right?!
Do you have a place where you like to go for a mini escape? Maybe a private beach, a park, or even your own backyard? When I am in Florida, I go to the beach or bike trails to find peace. Since living in Paris I have discovered many tranquil spots.
Lately, I love visiting Montmartre, the hills of Paris! Located on the right bank, in the northern section of the city is the hilly part of town with the famous, Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur at the peak of the large hill (usually the main attraction for tourists). The view from the tippy-top is STUNNING!
This is my peaceful/happy place (on a sunny day).
It gets a pretty crowded on nice days when in season, so I like to go on weekdays or early mornings.
You know the anticipation you feel when you are about to walk into a special building, park, or even a home? You are not really sure what to expect.. You can see it’s beauty from the outside, but when you actually walk in, it takes your breath away!
Well, these are my feelings about The Paris Opera house, known as Palais Garnier, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.
The emperor Napoleon III held an architectural design competition for the new opera house in 1860, and he awarded the job to Charles Garnier, hence the name.
I have wandered around the outside many times, marveling at the gold details, huge columns, statues, and famous composers etched in stone.
Living in Paris I have learned to truly enjoy sunny days. Coming from Florida, sunny days are a part of life. It’s easy to get used to the simple pleasures in life, ya know?! What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Yes, gray days are pretty common in France, but on the bright side, a dull sky makes colors pop around the city! Everywhere I go in this city, I see beautiful colors. That is (one of) my favorite things about where we live.
Have you ever re-discovered a part of town that you never paid much attention to? Recently, I have been visiting the lively and vibrant, Latin Quarter. This district is located in the heart of Paris in the left bank (opposite the Seine River from The Notre-Dame Cathedral).
Imagine a busy, colorful area in a European city packed with tight winding side-streets, cafes, bars, pastry shops, restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and more. Eye candy for a tourist or photo lover!
Fridays are great, Saturdays are amazing, but I have to say Sundays are my favorite!
What is your favorite day??
The song, Easy Like Sunday Morning plays in my head every Sunday morning while I am chilling around the house with my husband. There is something simple and relaxing about Sundays. Ya know?
It’s a new weekend, but I am still thinking about last Sunday and I want to share my idealSunday in Paris!
Jason had an away game, so I decided to go explore, I hopped on the Metro with plans of visiting Saint Chapelle (Holy Chapel). Well, as soon as I got off the Metro, I got sidetracked by an outdoor market (they get me every time).