gorgeous pictures, i love the chair...its so french looking!
makes me happy. i love it.
It was so comfortable, too. The whole flat was lovely. I feel a bit bad; we're going to host them in August and I don't think ours measures up!
I love the little man. Just looking at him makes me grin.
Looks like you had a wonderful time - I'm glad.
There's something very French about him. I think it might be the nose.
Thank you. Me too. I think the Birthday Queen was mightily pleased.
Aw. Maybe you can finagle some international travels for work?
Oh, it all sounds delightful. France is definitely winning as a honeymoon destination.
Sorry to be pragmatic at you, but it really depends on how much money you want to spend. France uses the euro, Paris is quite expensive and the exchange rate with the dollar is pretty unfavorable right now. You may wish to consider some of the EU and EU candidate countries that haven't adopted the euro yet and are still a bargain for travelers. They're also quite beautiful - take, for instance, the Czech Republic and Croatia.
Oh, pragmatism is welcome, actually--compared to our spontaneous ceremony performed by a friend in the park, we can afford to splurge on the honeymoon, but neither of us have been out of the country aside from each of us having one day trip to Canada and Mexico respectively, so we're rather clueless about selection. We'd be willing to buy a phrasebook for anywhere we go, but being equipped with meager Spanish-speaking skills means somewhere with a Romance language base and/or a large English speaking portion would be easiest. So we were narrowing down from England, Finland, France and Italy, originally. It'll also depend on what time of year we can manage to get away for two weeks...
I wouldn't worry too much about language concerns, to be honest. The English often don't even attempt to speak anything other than English when visiting other European countries. While this is not particularly endearing of them, it does illustrate the point that nearly everyone you encounter in Western and Central Europe will be able to speak at least a little bit of English. With maps, drawings, and some appropriate gesturing, you can usually get directions, acquire food, and check into a hotel with no trouble. Also, if you at least address them politely in their own language, they will be far more willing to help you with their broken English than they would if you just barged up and said, "Excuse me mate, how do I get to the Hilton?" :-P
Oh, and Spain was in the running too, seeing as how American public school saw fit to prepare us for interacting with the influx of immigrants from Mexico by teaching us Castilian Spanish. ;p
2006-07-18 13:27 (UTC)
There's so much to like about these- warming spaces (if you put a gun to my head, I'd have to pick the first shot as my favorite), chocolate & raspberries, clay zombie, cute queen, pretty glass, a French guy with a silly moustache (who is admittedly missing his beret), worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster... whole universes have been made with far less.
The flat was a small universe. I could have spent weeks there and not seen everything in their collections of paintings and books and photos.
I miss the little French universe already. I'm glad I have photos of it to supplement the images in my head.
2006-07-19 06:40 (UTC)
The little man?
Still staring at you.
Down his nose, even. Haughty!