Europe! :: Days 3 & 4 :: Fontainebleau

It's interesting, the things that keep one up at night.  For me tonight, it's photos from a trip 3 years ago that I never finished documenting here.  I mean, if you can't post photos to your blog 3 years later, when can you post them?

So if you've been following along, I traveled across the pond to visit my dear friends Kelly, James, & Ike (pre-Sully) while they lived in Fontainebleau, France.  These are the pictures of that.

 Just consuming more pastries filled with Nutella.

I keep wanting to describe things, but being that it was 3 years ago, I can't remember if my descriptions are true or not.  So I'll let the pictures do the talking.

We were able to visit the Chateau de Fontainebleau.  A little surreal to be in an actual castle filled with such history.

Couple 'a tourists... nothing to see here...

short beds for short military leaders...

We also stopped by the local farmers market.  It's just as adorable as you'd imagine a tiny French town's farmers market to be.

I was also honored to be the passenger in Kelly's first European car driving experience.  
We, naturally, prayed for the Lord's hand to be upon us.
 We drove out to another castle... that I believe was kind of the pit stop between Paris and Versailles?  Don't quote me on that... can't prove I said it.
 I can't even remember the name of the castle.  It's a good thing (for me) they don't give you tests before allowing you to post things on the internet.  

 It's a small castle.  Not much to look at.

I think we might have paid extra to see the view from the tower?  Well, a lot of it was under construction, and the path to get to the top was a little sketch.
 But we survived and it was basically worth it.

The weather made the grass and everything more vibrant- it was beautiful.

And that's Fontainebleau!

Come back next year and I'll tell ya about Day 5 in Switzerland!  #2016goals


Europe :: Day 2 :: My Birthday!

I am literally the worst at posting in a timely fashion, but I'm determined to finish documenting this trip!
Sunday {my birthday!} began at Hillsong Paris.  Not a bad start to a birthday, or any day for that matter.
It was a neat experience being in a bilingual worship service.  It gives you such a perspective on this world we're in- and realizing that not everyone speaks the same language, but they can hear the same message of good news is just incredible.

After church Kelly & I got some girl time at lunch {no pictures, who am I?!} and coffee/dessert number one of the day.  It was just as good as it looks, yes.
The plan for today was to enjoy Paris.  So we walked around, visited shops, ate desserts, you know regular stuff.
And then we made our way toward the Eiffel Tower.  Two of my specific goals for the trip were to see the Eiffel Tower during the day & at night.
It's crazy how you can just be walking down the street and then all of a sudden, there it is!
It was an absolute gorgeous day!  And the leaves were beautiful.  Paris in the fall... check!
We made our way into the park and got to the base of the tower.
Personally I had this idea that the tower was all shiny and silver.  It's not.  But that didn't make me love it any less.
It still felt like such a magical place to be.  We were getting ready to make our way under the tower when we noticed police searching the area.   They had set a little perimeter around the tower and were slowly walking the area looking at the ground.  It's a little unnerving to see that, especially when you can't understand the things they're saying.  Shortly after that they started pushing back the perimeter and forcing people to leave the area.
After some quick search engine-ing & twitter investigating, we found out there was some kind of bomb scare.  So as much as I wanted to be real mad at the wacko who called that threat in on my birthday {the NERVE!}, I was mostly happy to still be alive to finish my trip... and my life.
Fortunately for us, the tower looks lovely from a little farther out as well.
Ike sure has got the life.
We continued on walking the streets of Paris.  Literally every building is a perfect photograph.
Our next stop was the Arc de Triomphe.
Another breath-taking structure.
The details are just insane.
Oh, and there was a cute little rugrat runnin' around too.
We took a stroll down the Champs-Elysees in hot pursuit of the famed French macaroons.  It took a few tries and a couple wrong turns, but we found 'em.
Happy Birthday to me.  I would also like to take this time to point out how awesome Kelly is.  She carried around candles all day long and stuck them in anything that was edible.  It was the sweetest thing.
You can tell her sweetness by her facial expressions.
I'm so glad we're friends.
We called it a day in Paris and headed back to Fontainebleau.  James was kind enough to take Ike for the evening so Kelly & I could go out for a birthday dinner.  It was the best meal!
And then the dessert... duh.  There is always dessert.  Should be anyways.
It got some candles too.
It was definitely a birthday for the books and I'm so thankful to Kelly & James & Ike for making it special.  

Side, birthday note:  reflecting on the 27 years in my back pocket... I'm feeling pretty good.  This last year was a really great one and such a life changer.  New city, new job, new friends, new experiences & opportunities.  So much new!  And it's all gone way smoother than I could have even hoped for, which gives me the feeling that I'm right where I'm supposed to be.  Of all the feelings to feel, that's one of the best.  <3 br="">