I’m all ears!

While on a walk along one of my new favorite streets I headed into Mobilhome Paris, a great store specializing in decorative objects and jewelry pieces from mostly Scandinavian design. I needed a little souvenir for myself and so when I saw these Tabitha Circle Dot Hanger earrings designed from Danks Smykkekunst I had to have them. I love their simplistic design with hammered round rings and most especially the way that they loop through the ear for different looks as shown on instastory the other day.

Now I have some others in mind that I’d love to embellish my ears with! How about this silver beauty, that or these? With those prices…OUIASSS!!!

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Voyage de Fontainebleau

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The Main Courtyard.

“The true home of Kings” and “The house of ages” in the words of Napoleon.

Facade of the chateau

Facade of the château.

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Back side of the château.

View along Carpes Lake

View along Carp Lake.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau was inhabited more or less continuosly from the 12th century to the fall of Napoleon III in 1870. Today, its architecture, decor and opulent furnishings mean that visitors can still see how numerous French sovereigns have left their mark on the chateau. Inside there are works of art commissioned by many of the kings & queens along with their personal belongings and original furnishings in ornate designs.

The Chateau de Fontainebleau is one of very few royal residences in Europe to have been preserved in its entirety. The 11 euro entrance fee includes routes through; The Grands Apartments, The Renaissance and Throne rooms, Chapels and The Napoleon Museum.

Take a look at some of my favourite pictures from our tour this past weekend…

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The royal portrait gallery.

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Justin trying out his B&W photography in the “Plate Room.”

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Entrance leading to the Francais I Gallery.

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Audio guides costs 5 euros and were a great idea!

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Salon of Louis XIII

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It wouldn’t be a post without us!

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Inside the Empress Chamber.

One of the exterior doors.

One of the exterior doors.

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The canal behind you dates back from 1606 and the pathways covers approximately 321 acres. This unexplored area gives me the motivation for a return trip very soon!

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Walking through the “Jardin Anglais.”

Apparently this landscaped English-style garden wasn’t designed to Napoleon’s liking. Hmm, I wonder why? In this garden you’ll come across many different species of plants, rare trees, statues and an artificial river. Depending on your fondness for nature and your rhythmic stroll , expect to cover these areas in about an hour or so.

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Jardin Anglais (English Garden)

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Exploring the grounds of Grand Parterre.

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Overlooking Carp Lake and Cour Fontainebleau from the south.

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West view.

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Thanks for dropping! ‘Till next time…Jeni

Hola & Adios Madrid

Jeni Madrid

Wandering Hotel Miguel Angel

Hello everyone! I’ve just returned from a 4 day trip to Madrid, Spain. My first visit ever. One of the best things about living in Europe is that traveling to other countries are convenient and often times tickets are booked at a bargain. I feel so lucky living in Europe again and very happy to have had the opportunity to visit Madrid. Barcelona? Maybe next year!

Before leaving, I brushed up on my “Espanol” and even wrote down key phrases on a piece of paper to carry with me. My advice? Make an effort to learn some phrases of communication for every country that you visit. This demonstrates respect and openness in learning a new language and I believe that the effort that you put in are appreciated by the people you meet.

I had a great experience staying at the Hotel Miguel Angel. Our 7th story bedroom was comfortable and offered a great view of the lounge garden you see pictured above and below. The staff was helpful and friendly and the breakfast buffet met our needs. Oh! Even if you decide against the hotel accommodations, I’d like to suggest dining in their outdoor restaurant. It was sooo fabulously adorable, offers a fine dining experience and literally served the best prepared calamari I have ever tasted. Period.

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I stumbled upon another one of my favourite paintings, the “Figura en una finestra,” by Salvador Dali. One of his most realistic and finest paintings created during his lifetime. It’s such an amazing piece! I was so surprised when I saw it at the Reina Sofia Museum. These little joys in life make me so happy!

Salvador Dali; Figure at the Window, 1925

Salvador Dali; Girl at the Window, 1925

 Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles

Must haves for keeping cool in this 100 degree weather. Hat & Water!

Must haves for keeping cool in this 100 degree weather. Hat & Water!

I haven’t felt this much heat since living in Sacramento, California! Our first night in town, Justin ran into a work colleague who reconfirmed Madrid’s typically hot summers. Muy Caliente indeed! I slathered on so much sun screen that I barely tanned. It made sense that on Sunday, we’d spend most of the day at the “Parque Del Buen Retiro.”

There were plenty of shaded areas in this expansive and beautifully landscaped park, yet the boiling sun was barely tolerable. So maybe the cocktails here and there weren’t such a great idea, but those sangrias? Hello! I’m in Spain! Anyways, there’s more juice than wine in those right? Oh well, water was plentiful and my second best alternative substitute while on vacation. Heat or no heat. We enjoyed every minute of our park adventure.

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Justin and I braving the heat like lions!

Entering Plaza Mayor

Entering Plaza Mayor

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Our stroll back to the hotel.

There’s always plenty to do and see and never enough time to do it all…

I had my 1st true tapas and sangrias experience, strolled down Paseo de Recoletos during the gay pride parade with thousands of others. Opened up a bottle of un-imported Spanish wine. Laid on the grass taking selfie after selfie with the one I love. Wandered through the opera area and unsuccessfully found a movie theatre (relief from the heat) filming the documentary, “Amy” about Amy Whinehouse. I practiced the action button on our camera while a guy practiced his air jumping in front of the Plaza de la Armeria. Went to the same taco place twice and ordered the same thing because it was just too good not have again. Explored the area of Sol by walking in and out of shops and where I decided to buy a winter coat. The irony right?

This is what I love about traveling…you get to experience many of the authenticities of the culture you’ve probably experienced second-hand in your own country. It’s hard to explain in words, but it’s different because the experience seems more pure or credible. But also, it’s comforting to know that you can be in a completely different country and still experience similar comforts  from home. For example, some of the things I mentioned above like watching an american flick or eating Mexican styled tacos. Just because I’m in a new country doesn’t mean I need to constrict myself to experiences solely belonging to that country, but that I absolutely include experiences that are novelty to the country I’m visiting.

You know?

Happy Woman!

Happy Woman!

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