Friday, September 28, 2012

Loire Valley, France

We took a trip to the Loire Valley where we visited the Chateau de Chenonceau. The château was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, sometime before its first mention in writing in the 11th century. It was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme.
We visited the Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, this place is famous for being the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519.
After exploring we were ready for some champagne tasting.
We arrived back to Paris just in time to enjoy Oysters on the half shell, fillet of seabass, medallions of lamb, the finest French vino and to finish it all off...Crepes FlambĂ©. The restaurant we went to was called Brasserie Lorraine and it was phenomenal.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paris, France

Oh Paris how we LOVE and missed you!!!
Our trip to Paris for the second time was nothing short of amazing! My amazing husband won Summit Club through his organization for being the top Sales Rep in the United States. To reward him for his dedication and commitment they sent us on an all expenses paid vacation to Paris, France!! They placed us at a five star hotel in the heart of Champs Elysees and treated us like royalty. We stayed at the L'Hotel Du Collectionneur and I would definitely stay there again. Upon our arrival we had a welcome reception to attend and then we walked down Champs Elysees for a night cap with the locals.
The next day we took a tour of the city we missed so much, courtesy of a hop-on-hop-off bus.  
 We jumped off at the Pont des Arts, locked our love up at the bridge of love and threw the key in Seine River.
 Did some shopping in the Latin Quarters.... 
And took a nap in The Jardin du Luxembourg. The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris.
After our nap, we headed back to a bus stop near the Cathedral Notre Dame. The Notre Dame is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the most well-known church buildings in the world. 
The following day was spent at the Musee d le' Orangerie, Musee d' Orsay, lunch in the park and dinner at a very special black tie event at the Petit Palais.
The next day we enjoying fine wine rooftop and a little shopping!
We ended our trip with the most romantic dinner cruise down the Siene River full of Opera singers and delicious food!!  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Florence, Italy

If you love art and history, you will be mesmerized with Florence! From the Cathedrals, Uffizi Museum, Galleria dell'Accademia and walking across the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, you feel like you’re back in the Renaissance Times.
The Ponte Vecchio Bridge is so romantic and beautiful.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was completed in 1434 and is the most important landmark in Florence,
as well as being the fourth largest church in the world.
Giotto's bell tower 1334 - 1359
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Facade 1880 - 1888
We stayed at this adorable Bed & Breakfast called Dei Mori
This place is to die for, they have the best Bistecca alla fiorentina in all of Florence. The place is called La Spada