Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shreena's Birthday

Shreena and Krishna came down to Paris for Shreena's birthday! This had been planned since September but a couple of months ago she suggested I invite Ben to join us. This was her mistake...


Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012
On the night in question we enjoyed a nice civilised dinner down rue mouffetard and then had a drink in a bar nearby...we were just about to call it an early night...but Ben had other plans.

He took this -

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

and turned it into this....

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

With the help of this...

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

It all kinda spiralled out of control from there....

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Shreena's Bday Paris December 2012

Lesson learnt - if you want an early night...don't invite Ben. It did lead to an absolutely perfect Sunday of chilled TV watching, fajita eating and powering through some vague hangovers!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lynsey Part Four

Lynsey and I took bikes to Musée d'Orsay on Sunday morning, since it was a gorgeous day!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

We went to the exhibit, 'l'impressionnisme et la mode'. You're not allowed to take pictures but I took some sneaky ones...

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

The last part was done out like a picnic - benches and sounds of birds were around on this fake grass. It was very cute! We decided to try and squeeze in a quick trip to the cemetery Père Lachaise.

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012


It's very odd to see Oscar Wilde's grave behind glass though...

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

And then, prefect end to the trip, we won the pub quiz at the Bombardier!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Lynsey Part Three

And on Saturday we chilled for a bit in the morning before hitting up the Christmas market at the end of the Champs Elysées.

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Am I the only one who found this a little odd...I loved these little gingerbread men...though I found the fact that some of them were hanging by their necks a little creepy!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Gorgeous! After this we decided to wander round the Montmartre area and check out the Chat Noir expo!


Lynsey Weekend November 2012

It was fun to finally learn the background of the infamous print most of us have a copy of - I do!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

It was pretty good, though I think I liked it better cos Lynsey and I got confused on our way in and didn't pay! Oops!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Magically, on our way out we stumbled upon the metro stop from Amelie!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

It's where she lead the blind man.

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

And then, a rugby game!

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Lynsey Weekend November 2012

Some awesome mexican waving! And we dragged our tired selves back to Isobel's for some late night drinking and card playing! A nice easy Saturday night!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lynsey Part Two

I had to work on the Friday, but in the evening I promised Lynsey...and a few of my Paris friends as well, that we would all go to that place where I should be on a first name basis with the owner...Refuge des fondus!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

We started with some drinks at the bar next door while we waited for everyone to arrive...

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Arthur took longer than expected so we may have been slightly tipsy by the time we got our table...

Lynsey Paris November 2012

But eventually we did get to the cheesy bit of the evening!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Lynsey Paris November 2012

I somehow ended up with one of these in my bag...not put there by me but I have to admit I kept it none the less!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

My new T-shirt was courtesy of Lynsey - a belated and very much enjoyed birthday present!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

I think Lynsey had fun eating French cheese and meeting some of my new and very amazing Paris-living friends.

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Did I mention you climb over the tables to get to your seat in this place?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lynsey Part One

One of the good things about friends coming to visit me, aside from seeing them, is that they remind you why you wanted to live in a fantastic city like Paris in the first place. Lynsey came to stay for a long weekend and had never been to Paris...suffice to say we did PLENTY!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

After work we went to Printemps to enjoy the lights and insane window displays!

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Lynsey Paris November 2012

Lynsey Paris November 2012

It was magical! The only song going through my head was...'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...' Welcome to Paris, Lynsey!


Lynsey Paris November 2012


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Weekend in Brussels

We've met my good friends Shreena and Krishna before. Theirs is an epic love story that I will revisit another time. Suffice to say for the moment that this Leicester girl and Texan lad married a year ago and currently live in Brussels and I had planned a visit for a while....


Brussels October 2012

Shreena and I are friends from well back, about six months before she met Krishna, we met on a travel year abroad in Paris and bonded over our love of chilling in front of movies with a good cup of tea and eating plenty of delicious food. Well, I'm happy to say that not much has changed...

Brussels October 2012

Now obviously Belgium is famous for it's waffles and everyone told me, get a waffle, get a waffle, get a waffle, and I was like, yeah, OK...I'm not a fan really but I can't go to Belgium and not get a waffle...

Brussels October 2012

Brussels October 2012


Brussels October 2012

As you can see, plenty a waffle was had but I have to pass on my wisdom - pass on the waffle shop options and enjoy the waffles you see being sold from vans all over Brussels (the ones Shreena and I have in the first picture) THESE are the best things in the whole wide world.

Additionally I was told that I had to drink beer, not usually much of a fan...but did you know you're allowed to drink on the streets here?! Well, at least that's what Krishna tells me...

Brussels October 2012

And Shreena introduced me to Kreik as well! Most enjoyable, and I found a great little pub in Paris that does it down rue descartes!

Brussels October 2012
We also did the cultural bits too, I promise!

Brussels October 2012
Can you see what's wrong with this building? Krishna had to tell me.

Brussels October 2012

Brussels October 2012
In Shreena's words "Brussel's answer to the Eiffel Tower". The manneken!

Brussels October 2012
It's a little odd as a tourist 'must-see' but there you are. The story behind it was quite funny, though me and Shreena didn't understand it the way Krishna told it...

The weekend was over too soon inbetween eating, being cultural and, well, to be honest me and Shreena like to chill out in front of a movie so we did a lot of that too! If you haven't seen Tangled btw...worth a watch!