3.19.2013

Away We Go

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So I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet, mostly because I was afraid I'd start talking about it too much and y'all would get really annoyed and put me on your "blogs to cut" list. (Let me just say right now: No, I'm not pregnant.) But, it's officially less than 2 weeks away now, and I wanted to solicit your tips and recommendations.

For Christmas, the hubs surprised me with a pretty amazing present. He'd been hinting the month prior that he was taking me on a trip, so I knew what it was, but I didn't know where. I could tell he was just SO proud of himself, because he kept trying to get me to guess. I ran through a list of places I'd mentioned I'd love to go (the Northeast, Montana, French Canada...), and when I mentioned Canada, his face kind of perked up, so I thought I'd hit the nail on the head. 

Then, Christmas morning comes, and I open the box containing the details of our upcoming journey. Inside is a really cute little book he'd made (and which I will always cherish); I open the first page and see a map of the U.S., and a little plane icon with an arrow pointing toward our destination. My brain, so sure it was right, immediately jumped up to Canada, and then realized the arrow was pointing east...much, much further east...like across The Pond east...like Paris east.

"We're going to Paris???!!!" (And yes, that's about the right amount of question marks and exclamation points.)

"Keep reading," he said with a smile.

I flip a few more pages, and then I see the map morph into London...and then a few more pages, and it morphs into Dublin.

"Are you serious??!!"


Now, here we are, just 13 days away from embarking on this epic adventure. I've booked all the important things, like transportation and hotels, so now is the really fun part: the sights, sounds and tastes. And while I've solicited favorite spots from several friends and family who have been to these places before, I would love to know from any of you who have been to Paris, London or Dublin: What can't we miss? Where should we eat? What are your favorite museums? Favorite flea markets? Vintage stores? Produce markets? Places for a pint? (The list could go on and on...)

I know we'll definitely see some of the iconic sites (because you have to, just once), and during our time in England we'll be hopping down to Portsmouth and then over to Bath and back. Other than that, the world is our oyster! :)

12 comments:

  1. This seriously gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. I love y'all!!! Have a wonderful time!

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    1. Aw, you are so sweet, Bekah. I guess it runs in your family. I know we'll be thinking of all the Styles/Powell ladies every time we sit and sip at the cafes in Paris! :)

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  2. Aww, that's so awesome! You guys are going to have an amazing time!!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'll be interested to see what it's like for a vegetarian in all these places. Hopefully I'll find some Sauce fodder to bring back for MM! :)

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  3. What an amazing trip---jealous!! I spent 2 weeks in Ireland several years ago and had the BEST TIME EVER, but I only spent one evening in Dublin, so unfortunatley I can't offer any advice on your stay there.
    Have a great time!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie! I'm really excited to go back to Ireland! I went with my family when I was in high school, but we were only in Dublin for a short time. Long enough to know, though, that I just want to hang at the pubs and listen to live music! :)

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  4. Yeah!!! I'm so so happy for y'all! Can't wait to hear *your* recommendations when you get back!

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    1. I can tell you right now it will mostly revolve around my favorite places where we ate delicious desserts. Haha! :)

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  5. I recommend carving out at least a couple of hours for random wandering. I've never been to Dublin, but it's my policy everywhere I go. The Saint-Ouen Puces or the Portobello Road market are obviously the big antique/flea market attractions in Paris/London, and there are always the bouqinistes along the river, but there are weekend markets in neighborhood squares in Paris, and I live by the theory that there's a secondhand shop around just about any corner. Frommers or whatever can tell you what not to miss, but my favorite times are always the places I couldn't find again if I tried because I had no idea where I was when I found them. The batobus is great - public transportation with a view. You don't get commentary like on the river cruises, but you can get on and off close to lots of sites, and they're made for good sight-seeing. If you're a meat eater, do pick a place in Paris for entrecĂ´te (it's just steak and frites, but mmm...). If not, you almost literally cannot go wrong in a neighborhood patisserie in the morning. Have fun!

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  6. Hi Beth!
    Have you ever heard of a scrapbooking Smash Book? I found a link to a blog on Pinterest a while back and immediately got hooked. It could be the perfect thing for you to tote around with you on your travels! Make sure to use a Michael's or Hobby Lobby 40% coupon when you go to buy one though! ;)
    Here is the link that did me in: http://www.craftsunleashed.com/index.php/paper-crafts/smash-books-the-un-scrapbook/
    Safe Travels!!!!!!

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  7. In London: go to Portabello Road on a Saturday for lots of flea mkt. and vintage stuff. The food in London is mostly awful, though, except for Indian and Thai.

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  8. The Sir John Soane museum in London is an absolute must! It's this posh row house that was owned by Sir John Soane in the early 1800s. It is chock full of his collection of architectural fragments. Think: random chunks of ancient Greek temples hanging on the walls, an ancient sarcophagus.. It's such a strange and amazing little place!

    If you want to experience a British Tea, go to The Orangery in Kensington Gardens. Such a beautiful place!

    In Paris, I love walking around the Montmarte neighborhood. You'll recognize the park from Amelie. All the tiny little streets are that surround the basilica are so charming, a great place to walk around.

    Hope that helps!

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