Paris in the sunshine is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. As an aspiring opera singer and mezzo soprano, I am always inspired by the Opera Garnier. When Claire suggested a trip there to check out some … Continue reading
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This Sunday will be the first Sunday of the month. This means it’s a museum day! The beautiful musées de Paris* are free for everyone on Sundays, one of the many things I love about this city. Art and culture are available … Continue reading
Coffee date, anyone?
With views of the Seine, La Caféothèque de Paris is a great place to sit and relax with a coffee and pastry. There are plenty of tables and couches to sit on, plus they have an incredible coffee bean selection from all over the world that you can enjoy in-house or chez toi. What makes La Caféothèque stand out is its commitment to providing the absolute best coffee from all over the world to their customers.
This 4e arrondissement gem also hosts a variety of events, including concerts, recitals, and art expositions, which they’ve dubbed “Café-i-culture”. You can check out this month’s schedule online here.
My experience at La Caféothèque was lovely. Two friends and I had a wonderful afternoon laughing, catching up, and enjoying our delicious coffees. The greenery inside made it seem like we were in a rustic, tropical place, all the while looking out at the Seine.
La Caféothèque de Paris
52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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