Monday, July 29, 2013


Maine, 2013

Heading off on an overnight with Will's sisters and their husbands (sans kids) to North Haven Island. Will report back soonest.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Maine Escape

Maine, 2013

Just home from Maine. We took Axel on his first overnight on the sailboat (a success), attended a summer wedding where the bride arrived by boat, and then spent a day tending to a sick baby...some sort of stomach virus. Thankfully he recovered quickly, and was able to spend a little bit of quality time with his cousins before we made the long trek back to New York.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

11211 Love

Vogue, via Bedford and Bowery

And Vogue discovers the Williamsburg foodie scene and baby boom...obviously, hilarity ensues.

Summer in the City

New York, 2013

Yesterday, will sent me a screen grab from the weather app on his phone. It was 105 degrees out. It's been at least 100 since we've been back home, which means we drown ourselves in iced coffee and stay inside in the air conditioning. Will has a few days off, but it's been too hot to swim, walk, or do anything outside for longer than about ten minutes.

Aside from that, it's been good to be home. Flying this way is much easier on the jet lag front. Axel's been going to sleep at around 7, and up at 6ish, so we'll take what we can get.

And while, objectively, New York is far less beautiful than Paris, it feels very "us." It's scruffy, scrappy, hectic, and loud, but hey, it's ours.

That said, we are escaping the heat this weekend by heading up to Maine for a wedding.

Monday, July 15, 2013

And Home

Paris, 2013

We arrived home last night to a major New York heat wave. Axel was hilarious on the flight, just hamming it up for everyone in sight. It was tiring but unveventful, and it felt really good to sleep in our own bed last night, even if jet lag meant we woke up at 4.

Axel, 2013

Seeing Axel back on his home turf, it's clear that he grew quite a bit on our trip and that he's much more sure footed. We have a kind of hectic week ahead of us, but I was happy to reunite Axel with his nanny and head off to work this morning to catch up on that front.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Just Dinner

Paris, 2013

Falafel by the Seine...what more could you want?


France, 2013

When I did an internship in Paris, er, thirteen years ago, I knew no one; on the weekends, I'd often put a pin in the map and head wherever sounded interesting that day...the Rodin Museum, Chartres, and Versailles, a place I kept going back to.

It sounds counterintuitive, because the chateau itself is so jam packed with tour groups. But the grounds  beyond it are huge and completely idyllic. There are spots where you don't see another soul for an hour, and tons of Parisians head there to ride bikes, picnic, and just soak up the sun in a gorgeous setting.

We walked and walked and walked and are now home, freshly showered. Definitely one of my favorite days of our trip so far so it's bittersweet that tomorrow is our last full day.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


France, 2013

I can't believe it's Thursday already. It's finally cooled off and we've had a lovely day wandering around the Marais. I did some research before we came (naturally), so we've headed off most mornings for breakfast and then made plans for the day over coffee and baked goods.

This morning began at Rose Bakery, where they were busy making the most delicious looking savory tarts for lunch. Tomatoes, goat cheese, and black olives, mushrooms and spinach...

Yesterday we went to the Musee D'Orsay and the Jardins du Luxembourg before naps and a picnic dinner on the Champ du Mars with (so it seemed) all of Paris and some friends.

It's hard to say exactly if Paris is baby friendly...I think so. Every neighborhood has it's little park and playground, and there are often policies at museums etc. that you can skip the line if you are with a baby. More than a few places have had high chairs, and the ones that haven't have been perfectly happy to have the three of us, even the posh Les Deux Magots and the swanky bar at the top of the Pompidou Center.

I guess I feel it's baby friendly in the same way that New York is. Most people imagine the city to be hell with little kids, but at the same time, babies thrive there too.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


France, 2013

It's Will's birthday and our second wedding anniversary, so we had an action packed day in Paris with (iced!) coffee at Cafe Pinson, a trip to the zoo at the Jardin des Plantes, a long long walk and dinner at Les Bouquinistes.

I'm quite glad that Paris is relatively familiar territory, so it doesn't seem too odd to spend a day looking at flamingos rather than, say, combing through the Louvre. That said, we may do something a bit more culture-ish tomorrow. Plus, shopping for twee French baby wares.

Cue sleep.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Provence to Paris

France, 2013

Happily installed in Paris, where it's broiling hot. Missing iced coffee and air conditioning, but surviving (I kid!) regardless...
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