April has been a really whirlwind month for me. I got married, I went on my honeymoon (2 weeks in Europe!) and now I’m back home trying to figure out what to do with all the newly acquired free time I have not planning a major life-changing event.
The wedding itself was beautiful, amazing and just flew by in a blink of an eye. I wish I could press a pause button on life and capture every moment of it. I hardly had time to even look at all the lovely centerpieces my friend/florist had created (although thankfully she posted photos of them online, check out her fantastic work here if you are curious).
Vendors in the Bay Area that made my day as perfect as possible:
1. James Everett Mueller Photography. We used James for our engagement photo session and the wedding day. He did an amazing job and we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about him from all of our guests.
2. Wedgewood Wedding Banquet. This was the wedding venue for both the ceremony and reception. The staff was incredibly attentive. friendly and hard working. All of our needs were met, and they went above and beyond all that I had imagined.
The honeymoon itself was a great trip, although now I need a vacation from my vacation. We flew into Barcelona, just in time for their Festival of St. Jordi (St. George, the patron saint of Barcelna/Catalunya). This was an incredible event to see. Spread across the entire city (not just downtown, but virtually every street, every corner in every neighborhood), there were a plethora of booths and tables of people selling books, roses, rose crafts, St. Jordi crafts, and book related trinkets.
From Barcelna, we took the train up to Provance in France. We stayed in Arles, a lovely and quiet region that can boast of having one of the better preserved Roman Colisieum and Roman Theater when France was known as Gaul under the rule o f the Roman Empire. Naturally we explored both sites, as well as trying as much of the Rose wine that Provance is noted for.
From Arles, we went to Paris, spending 6 glorious, relaxing and exciting days. Naturally one of our first stops was the famed Shakespeare and Co bookstore in the Latin Quarter, home to Hemingway, Fitzgerald among others. We went to Versailles where I spent a considerable amount of time exploring the Petite Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s little getaway from the castle. I think I took about 100 pictures just of this area. Its incredible to see in person a place that I’ve read about in countless books on the beheaded monarch.
We climbed up the Eiffel Tower, and up the Arch de Triomph. We walked down the Champs-Elysse, had a bread-cheese-wine and grape picnic from the local shops, ate dinner at 10p (because its not fashionable to eat any earlier). Saw a lot of people wear the MC Hammer/gypsy pants, high top sneakers, and a few mullets. The junk food in Europe is so experimental and awesome. They are mostly in the variety of flavored chips (which makes me sad that Lays doesn’t have the fan base for all these flavors in the US): Rotisserie Chicken, Cheeseburger Chips, Pickle Chips, Paprika Chips, Ham & Cheese chips, Ham Chips, etc. You get the idea.
From Paris we went to Brugge, and I think this was possibly one of my most favorite parts of the trip. We biked along the canal for a few hours (a very scenic city. Every street corner is a photo-opportunity). We tried the Belgian beer, the waffles, the fries (all 100% meet up to their hype by the way). The city itself is incredibly well preserved and well aged. We climbed up a clock tower that dates back to the 1300s, and believe me, you can feel the age in the wooden stairs climbing up the last bit to the top.
From Brugge we spent a day in Amsterdam. We got quite lost in the city, went to the Heinekein Experience and tried more beers and food. Our last meal was at a fantastic Indonesian Restaurant.
I also managed to fit in a considerable amount of reading on the train and plane rides across Europe. I finished 4 books in total: The Elegance of a Hedgehog, The Most Beautiful Walk, The Maltese Falcon, & The Garden of Invention. I even got my husband (gah, he’s my husband now!) to read Water for Elephants and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
Hopefully I’ll remember to return to this post to upload some pictures from the trip, but then that might just make me sad I’m not there anymore. =p