Living Well

I thought I’d book end my first Paris/Bruges blog by writing about our first day in Paris. Then we’ll see where mood, whim and fancy takes us.

While researching our trip, Sally found a fabulous river cruise on the Le Calife which we booked at the end of our first full day in Paris. We had been told we had to experience Paris at night – that it was the city of light. What better way to see the city lights than on a Seine River cruise. Not just any cruise, but a 2 hour dinner cruise! It turned out to be the perfect way to introduce ourselves to Paris!

 

 

Across the way was the Louvre. In front of us, the Pont des Arts, with it’s hundreds of thousands of love locks. The view got us excited about the following day and to forget our jet lag.

 

As night fell, we set off… catching glimpses of many famous landmarks such as Notre Dame.

 

The city scape…

 

A structure called The Paris Docks. Built on an old 1907 concrete warehouse structure on the banks of the Seine. Very cool at night!

 

The Musee d’Orsay. More on that another day…

 

The Palais Bourbon.

 

No tour would be complete without the Eiffel Tower. It’s scale caught me off guard. It is immense and beautiful!!! Oddly enough, this was as close as we got to the Tower. Just too many things to do… And like any good designer, we had to edit our list…

 

While the gorgeous scenery passed by the boar’s interior, food and wine was a delight as well. The bar was done in copper and glowed in the evening light.

 

The upper deck where we sat for dinner. Who needs decor???

 

As I had hoped, the wines were fresh and deliscious. I hope I can find this Philippe Tessier wine in the US.

 

As the evening drew to a close, we both agreed that the entire cost of the trip was worth it already!

Little did we know how much better it was going to get.

 

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Ironically, I am going to start the series with our last 48 hours in Belgium and France. Sally and I awaken in Bruges in our lovely room in our guest house, Bonifacius.

 

We enjoy a lovely breakfast in the bay window overlooking the canal.

 

On the train ride to Charles De Gaulle airport, as the gorgeous countryside slips quickly by…

 

…I remember and replay in my mind the places I have seen and visited, the experiences Sally and I have had.

The canal boat ride in Bruges. I always see things differently from the water.

 

Lounging in the Luxembourg Gardens, trying to decide which bistro to go to for drinks before dinner with Sally.

 

Or a relaxing lunch at Les Deux Magots where we visited with the the lovely couple next to us. They had just arrived from Cannes. He to hunt for a week. Their irish setter sat quietly by their table the entire meal! She to visit family and friends.

But I digress.

We board the plane and settle in for the long flight home and then… An announcement is made, the plane has been damaged by a baggage truck and is unsuitable to fly, please deplane while arrangements are made for a new plane.

 

We are told a new plane will be available in about an hour’s time. I amuse myself by taking pictures of the airport sky.

 

Long story short, at 8:30 that evening the flight is officially canceled and we are all told arrangements have been made to put us up in a nearby hotel for the night. Our new flight is scheduled to depart the following day at 1 PM. We get our voucher at about 9:30 and are told the shuttle bus is at Terminal 2 Level 1 or something to that effect, see you in the morning. it is then everyone on the plane learns exactly how big Charles de Gaulle airport really is. Arrival at the hotel is somewhat chaotic with checking in and racing to dinner because the dining room closes at 10:30. The accommodations were in “sharp contrast” to the room we woke up in Bruges.

The dining room.

 

Classy plastic wine bucket…

Elevator lobby.

Nice hall decor…

 

Morning came and we arose full of hope! Our flight was scheduled to depart at 1 PM. (We were hoping our luggage was going to make it on the correct flight as we had not seen it since we checked in to our canceled flight the day before.) 1 PM, no plane at the gate. 1:30, no plane at the gate. 2 PM it announced we are to be bussed to the plane at the other end of the airport! 350+ people – 2 busses. Eventually the plane is loaded and we take off! (Air France, you had us all wondering…)

The flight was uneventful. Arriving in Boston and the cab ride home felt almost anti-climactic. We lost our day of rest due to the flight cancelation and Thursday was full of meetings. Re-entry was rather abrupt… On the other hand, now that we’re back, going thru the 3,500 plus pictures we took has turned into a virtual vacation.

(LOVE the pan function on my phone!)

Speaking of virtual vacations, our very talented design assistant Kathryn immediately borrowed our trip picture files and has given herself her own virtual vacation, which she will be doing several guest blog posts about – what images spoke/resonated with her and why.

 

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It had been so long I had completely forgotten. Our design assistant was cleaning out a file cabinet this week  found these old color photocopies of a Ferrari showroom space I designed back in the early ’90′s in the lower level of the Gaston Andrey dealership in Framingham. It was called Parabolica.

In it’s day it was pretty funky…

And yes, we CAN do modern/contemporary…

 

Floor materials were terrazzo, slate, turkish glass tile and porcelain tile. Black ceiling with track lighting.

 

Detail of the display units…

 

Custom counter detail…

 

While we’re in the Way Back Machine, here’s my baby. A 1979 308 GTB set up for the track – totally street legal and she went like stink!!! It is now owned by a collector in New York State. Many, many, many happy memories.

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