London | The Chiltern Firehouse

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“It’s Friday, I’m in love!” Happy Friday, everyone! I’m writing to you from our cozy kitchen in England, after spending a few excitement-filled days in London. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, whom you’ll see more of on … Continue reading

Photo Diary | Oxford

One of the many glorious perks of living and studying in Paris is the amount of vacation we have.  They have the work hard-play hard balance down. At the moment, we are on les vacances d’hiver, aka it’s time for our … Continue reading

Masters Project Marathon

Hello, darlings! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Many of you know that I am doing a masters at the Sorbonne, and now, it’s crunch time, ladies and gentlemen. The deadline is coming up very soon – yikes! Like several of mes collègues, I’m working hard to get my project done these next few days (as you can see below), which unfortunately means the blog won’t be getting all the attention it deserves this week. However, being the social media addict that I am, I’ll continue posting pictures on my Instagram account (@patriciaparisienne) and sharing articles and news about Paris on my PatriciaParisienne Facebook page. A quick reminder – there is still time to enter the giveaway! We will be announcing the winner on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

Here’s a song that I’ve been playing on repeat to motivate me while I write.

I am so looking forward to finishing this thesis and getting back to my other passions of blogging, singing, traveling, as well as continuing to work on several projects. (Hint: think lots of fun interviews with some amazing people, videos, a holiday album recording, and – crossing my fingers – a performance with an orchestra in Paris!)

Make sure to check back on Wednesday for the Sweet Tayloula Giveaway winner. Have a wonderful week, darlings, and enjoy the sunshine!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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So much sunshine and a fun game in front of me but still hard at work at the cricket!

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The Countdown to The Ashes Ends: Cricket & England

To celebrate the start of The Ashes, today’s blog post is about the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 England versus Australia match that the Englishman and I attended. My first and only cricket match thus far, the experience was quite a … Continue reading

The Perfect English Wedding

It’s officially wedding season! The Englishman and I had the absolute pleasure of attending the nuptials of the gorgeous Philippa and dashing James. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, I was told it would be a very traditional … Continue reading

It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

Hello darlings!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve seen that my surroundings changed these past few days. I switched Haussmann for the beach and sun!

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I flew to the south of France via England and enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous day there. One of the best times to visit the home of Kate Middleton is when the weather begins to warm up, allowing for evening drinks on pub terraces and jumper-less outings. Summer in the UK means a few things: the return of shorts and summer dresses, outdoor tanning, barbecues, music festivals, Wimbledon, and, of course, Pimm’s.

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Pimm’s, the UK’s favorite summer drink, is delicious. Along with champagne, it is the staple drink at Wimbledon, the Henley Royal Regatta, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as a fixture at polo matches. The gin and fruit-based cocktail drink is a true English tradition.

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If you have the pleasure of visiting England this summer, make sure to enjoy a glass (or pitcher) of Pimm’s!

Cheers!

xx PatriciaParisienne

Blenheim Palace: An English Paradise

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful England.  I fall more in love with this incredible country every time I go. Though, it is impossible not to feel this way, especially if you get a chance to visit to the magnificent Blenheim Palace.

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Blenheim Palace

My handsome Englishman had the brilliant idea of taking a drive over to the palace, and I could not have been happier!  I am a huge Downton Abbey fan, so visiting a palace like my beloved Downton was a dream come true! To be honest, Blenheim Palace is even more beautiful than Highclere Castle, I think…and that’s saying a lot. I will have to visit Highclere this spring in order to confirm, though.

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Blenheim grounds

It was a crisp, gorgeous day; we got so lucky with the weather! The lawns were a bright green that I am convinced can be found only in England.  Walking around the palace and the grounds made me feel like I was in a movie or a dream. It turns out that the house is actually where Sir Winston Churchill was born and where he spent a good part of his life growing up.  There was a fascinating Churchill Exhibition, which I really enjoyed. For those interested in English history, Sir Winston Churchill, and/or World War II, this is definitely a place to visit.

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Queen Pool and Lake

The palace grounds are also the location of the Blenheim Triathlon, which takes place this coming year on June 9 – 10, 2013.  The park and grounds are open year-round for visitors.  It’s a lovely place to walk, run, and take your family  (dogs, too!). There is a little train that kids will love, though the picturesque setting and open fields are more than enough to keep everyone happy and entertained.

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A beautifully decorated Blenheim Palace

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The Gardens at Blenheim Palace

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Water gardens at Blenheim Palace

After a fascinating tour of the castle, take a stroll around the water gardens. Finish the day by treating yourself to a glass of champagne and a delicious mince pie, and enjoy the view.

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A marvelous end to the day at Blenheim Palace

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Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

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