Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nice, France

Nice, France
Oh, Nice. You're so gorgeous. After spending our cold, drizzly week in Paris, it was a welcome change to arrive in the warm and sunny cote d'azur. Cole and I spent our first day in Nice strolling the Promenade des Anglais and seeing the sites. Climbing up Castle Hill was the perfect way to see Nice from a bird's eye view. On our second day, we spent the whole day at a private beach. It was simply perfect. Endless gin fizzes and delicious salad ni├žoise. The warm, salty Mediterranean breezes. I was in heaven.
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
Nice, France
iPhone photos by me and Cole.

My next post will be on the adoption of our son. This is going to be a tough one. There is so much to say and remember. It may take me awhile to work through but hopefully I can have it done later this week or early next week. I get all teary eyed just thinking about it!

xxMaria

Friday, March 28, 2014

Paris, France

Paris, France
Hello, blogging world! I've missed you. I'm coming in just under the one year mark, so hopefully you'll forgive my long overdue return. Geesh. Where has the time gone?! When Cole and I left for Paris last May, we were ready for a big adventure. What we should have been ready for was a big life change...we left for Paris on May 17, 2013; on May 20th we found out we had been chosen by an amazing birth mother to parent her son; on May 30th we were back in the States; on June 3rd we were back in Minnesota; and on June 10th our son was born in Texas! To describe this time in our lives as a whirlwind is an understatement! Sometimes it's hard for me to keep it all straight, let alone process things like our trip to Paris, which at this point (even with photographic proof) feels like a dream. Today you're going to get an iPhone photo overload of our time in Paris, which I can quickly sum up as cold, rainy and magical. Next week, you'll get a post on our few days in Nice, and then hopefully after that, I can somehow sum up the adoption of our son! Whew.
Paris, France
This was my first time in Paris and my second time in Europe. Most days, I explored the city on my own. Thank goodness for my iPhone and maps app. I was able to map my way to any location and know which metro lines and streets to take. The only hitch was when I had no cell signal, which meant I was pretty much lost. After just a few days, I walked so much that I had major shin splints and the sniffles from the constant cold drizzles. As you'll notice, my most favorite place to visit and photograph was the Eiffel Tower. Our hotel was fairly close and it's really not hard to get a photo with the tower in the background. My second favorite thing to do, was to eat at all the outdoor cafes. I don't think I had a single bad meal and as long as I made a small effort to speak french, all the waiters were polite and accommodating.
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
On my third day in Paris, I made sure to visit the Shakespeare and Company bookstore and Notre Dame cathedral. I happened to visit Notre Dame, only an hour or two before that guy walked up to the altar and shot himself. I had no idea till I returned to my hotel and was watching the BBC. Thank goodness I didn't witness that or have to deal with the crowds or police.
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Paris, France
Our last night in Paris was freezing cold, we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and froze our butts off. However, the next day was warm and gorgeous. The sky was a brilliant blue, the sun was shinning and I turned 32. That afternoon, we hopped on a train to the cote d'azur to spend a few days in Nice.
Paris, France
iPhone photos by me and Cole

Next week, Nice!

xxMaria

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's New

Two happy happenings in our lives:
france
Photo credits: 1,2,3
1. In three days we're leaving for France! Cole has a week long conference in Paris and I'm tagging along. On my birthday, we're taking a train down to Nice where we'll be spending a few day before heading home. We're both pretty psyched since this will be our first visit and I'm definitely looking forward to a change of scenery and exploring all the gorgeous sites.

we're adopting
2. Now, the big news...we're adopting! I've been vaguely hinting at this since February and I'm so happy to be finally sharing the good news. This has been (and will be) keeping us quite busy, hence my lack of finished project posts, but I've also started an adoption blog, Cole and Maria, where you can keep up with our journey.

Love to you all!

xxMaria

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

over the hills and far away

over the hills and far away
over the hills and far away
This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous. Cole and I captured every moment that we could of the sunshine and warmth. On Saturday we chased the sunset through our favorite park. Thanks so much for all the feedback and anniversary wishes on the last post.
over the hills and far away
over the hills and far away
over the hills and far away
over the hills and far away
Photos by Cole. Thanks, darling!
Vintage skirt: thrifted
Sandals and tee: target
Old locket: j crew
Vintage hat: so long ago can't remember etsy seller

P.S. I'm so lucky to have such a handsome photographer...
over the hills and far away
over the hills and far away


xxMaria