I arrived in Paris at 9:30am this Sunday morning. I tried sleeping the entire flight but didn’t get any deep sleep. Fortunately customs were a breeze and my conference had a driver waiting for me outside of baggage claim. It took me less than 20 minutes to get off the place and into the car!
My hotel was super busy when I arrived and of course, the room was not ready. Fortunately I heard Americans talking about site monitoring in the lobby and I knew I had found my people. I met several directors and we walked to the arc du triomphe near our hotel. It was windy and rainy today so we walked back to the hotel quickly to see if the rooms were ready. My room was still not at noon, so I walked to the Repetto shoe store while also in search of lunch.
The Repetto store was gorgeous with their shoe displays, tutus, stained glass and merchandise. I did not see any sale signs and their ballet flats were even more expensive than online, however I’m glad I went to their boutique. I walked by the Vendome column and Laduree, but I wasn’t hungry enough for 5-10 euro macarons yet. It started pouring as I walked towards Jardin des Tuileries plus I was starving so I got an Uber back to the hotel.
The room still wasn’t ready so I went to a nearby market and got muffins, cheese and pistachios. I guess most places are closed on Sunday and the Pariseans don’t wake up early. Fortunately, my room was finally ready at 3pm, so I took a nap before Mr. F flew in.
The concierge recommended a close by French bistro called Les Oreilles et la Queue. I’m so glad we asked for this recommendation. Dinner was très magnifique! We loved the steak frites and the lemon tart dessert was even more phenomenal! We walked down the Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt to get a better view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night! We’ll explore more tomorrow after a good night’s sleep before my conference starts at noon!
I’m back on my blog after two weeks of travel for work and play! The last week of August Mr. F and I flew to Milwaukee. We even got upgraded to first class on the way there! I had a work trip planned and my cousin Toby got married in Steven’s Point! It was wonderful to have a few days in Milwaukee to have dinner with my awesome Talbot cousins, meander along the riverwalk and around the city, go to our favorite restaurant, Bavette, and even catch a waterskiing exhibition with my cousins in the park! We were surprised that Milwaukee was colder than Seattle and even rained! We had brought tons of bug spray and sunscreen. Fortunately, we indulged in plenty of comfort food to keep warm. I’m still dreaming of the biscuits, like the raspberry cream cheese ones at Benelux plus cheese curds, and burgers in pretzel buns that we had at Cafe Hollander!
My cousin’s wedding reception was held on the Wisconsin River and the newlyweds arrived by boat! I loved their decorations, sunflowers, cupcakes and all the family photos from the evening. We had photos with most of the girl cousins with Granny Kay. Several photos with most of Granny Kay’s children with their families and the cousins being silly! Aunt Kitchie is the oldest daughter and her grandson, Will was the life of the party. She’s pictured here with her daughter, Sarah and her husband Bill! My dad is the next oldest child, pictured with my mom and Janie. Uncle Mike is the third child and he and Aunt Linda brought their beautiful hunting dogs. My cousin Jessie’s an OBGYN resident in Chicago! Granny Kay loved see her family, especially her newest great-grandchild, Cora! Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Lou are some of Granny Kay’s youngest children. Toby and Virginia’s first dance song was played by my cousins Jason and Charlie. It was so romantic! It was a fun night full of Talbot shenanigans and lots of dancing! The parents of the groom looked so happy.
The morning after the wedding, we went to Aunt Mary and Uncle Larry’s Funny Farm for breakfast. It was a nice way to see all the family again before the flight home. Fortunately, I’ll see most of my Wisconsin and Canadian cousins in two weeks for my sister’s wedding on Camano Island!!
Next I’ll post about this weekend and my grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration!
Today, I gave myself one of the best holiday presents ever! I am so excited that I’m going with my sisters and my fun co-worker friend in August 2015! I rarely go to concerts so this is a big deal!!! However I have been listening to this album on repeat and I love that Taylor Swift had artists like Imogen Heap and Jack Antonoff from fun co-write with her. Taylor Swift reminds me of my sister, Katie (who was also born in 1989) and my cousin, Kiki!
I can’t wait for August 2015!!!!
all pictures and their original sources can be found on my Pinterest Board, Music I’m Digging (www.pinterest.com/fettbot).
Kiki was such a gorgeous and happy bride! How cute is she jumping on the bed with her maid of honor and my sister? She also had super cute bridesmaids! They were all so nice and cute!The ceremony site was at the beautiful Lake Park on Lion’s Bridge and the weather was absolutely perfect.All the Talbots were so happy to be there including my grandmother! The bride’s brothers, my awesome cousins, played a few songs during the ceremony and made us all tear up. Yay for the #Werkbots! The bride’s parents, my Aunt and Uncle, danced back down the aisle they were so happy! My sisters and I got some great pictures too! Most of my dad’s family is in Wisconsinand it was great to see all of them! The bridal party got on an adorable trolley to take pictures around Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee before going to the Reception site. My cousin, Kiki is amazing and Ryan is pretty cool too.The Milwaukee Art Museum was a wonderful background. Kiki and her brothers are so hilarious. I’m so glad they’re my cousins!The Pritzlaff Building had cobblestone walk away where we had cocktails before the reception! My sisters were wandering around and took some hilarious pictures of Mr. F, me, and Chris!The bride and groom looked so in love and happy all throughout the day! My dad and his sisters were so happyto see each other too! As if the food and family wasn’t already fabulous, then my cousins played with their band, Saturday Night Gravy. Yeah, they’re total studs. My favorite part was when Kiki got up and sang with her brothers, including, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me”! Almost every female at the wedding sang along with the brideand it was EPIC….just like the Werkbots!Happy 3 week wedding anniversary, Kiki and Ryan!
The day before Kiki’s wedding was filled with lots of exercise and pampering! My sisters and I went with our cousins and a few other friends to Polished for mani/pedis, or as Uncle Dave calls it “finger and toe things”! Auntie Mary and Kiki got adorable little details like French tips, little hearts and shellac and I was happy to find a new favorite color that’s a brilliant cobalt or lapis lazuli blue. My toes are soo pretty!Most of the girls went to pick up the wedding dress so Katie and I walked along the river to where we met for a pre-wedding rehearsal lunch. Cafe Benelux had a great Belgium, English and Luxembourg beer menu! When the bridesmaids left for the rehearsal, Katie, Travis and I continued along the River Walk to Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee Art Museum. It was such a treat to spend an afternoon with these two, around Milwaukee, before I went to get Mr F at the airport. Mr F had a second interview which ultimately lead to a new job the following week!!!
We met the Talbots for dinner and dancing at the Milwaukee Alehouse but first, the WSU vs Stanford football game. My sister and Travis are huge Coug fans. After 9, a cover band started and it was amazing. They even played on of my ultimate favorite songs, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing!”The bride is an awesome dancer and looked like she was having a great time too!
It’s always amazing when my work trips coincide with family or friends. It was awesome to spend more time with my family celebrating Kiki and Ryan’s wedding in Milwaukee last week! Another one of my favorite things about Milwaukee (besides my cousins) is the river walk! The last 3 times I’ve been in town for work, my hotels have always been close to the Milwaukee River too. This city reminds me of all my favorite parts of Chicago! Last Wednesday, I flew to Milwaukee for a work trip and had dinner with the bride and groom and my sister and her boyfriend, Travis, a few nights before the wedding! My cousin, Kiki and my sister, Katie are some of the most fun-loving, happiest ladies that I know and they are a blast to hang out with….Can you tell we like taking pictures together too? I wish we lived closer to Kiki! She’s always laughing or dancing, and knows how to make others smile.
My sister, Janie flew in on Thursday, after I finished working for the day, so we all met up before dinner with more cousins! Yay for car selfies!Can you tell we’re related? The Talbot family met up at my cousin Jason’s house for appetizers and drinks before dinner. Jason and Jeri just got married last October! My cousin, Jessie drove up from Chicago, where’s she’s an OB resident! Kiki also showed off her Epic Bachelorette photo book that I made from Shutterfly before we all went to dinner! There were nearly 20 Talbots at dinner on Thursday. My parents, Janie and her boyfriend Chris Jessie, Travis, Katie, my cousin Charlie and his girlfriend, Lacey, Jason, Jeri, Aunt Kitchie, Uncle Bill, the bride’s parents, my Aunt Mary and Uncle Dave, plus a few friends! We also had to take pictures in the pumpkin patch across the street after dinner! We Talbots have alot of fun together!
As the matron of honor, I did not get a chance to take many photos from my best friend, Andy Mac’s wedding. However, thanks to Facebook, I have found tons of great photos from friends. I’m so glad someone captured the awesome wooden prop as the wedding guest book and of the cupcake tower from Cupcake Royale. I’m so glad someone got this photo of the Father-Daughter dance too! Check out more of Tom Bass’ photos!