Phew! We are finally back from our trip to France and of course it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t post about the trip without any pictures to share! I have lots of pictures, and I’ll only post a few of my favorite ones (for the rest of the photos you can go to my Flickr).
Palace of Versailles
Before I start, I should probably mention that I bought an expensive camera at the very last minute (two days before I left). I was so tempted to buy a better camera for this trip because I knew France had lots of beautiful places and monuments, that taking photos there with my standard point-and-shoot wasn’t going to suffice. My impulsiveness and hunger to take quality photos had lead me to give in and purchase the Olympus Pen E-PL2. I first heard about this delightful little camera from Becca’s and Jenny’s blog, though at the time, I was never planning to purchase it, just to oogle over it really.
After reading the reviews (like one or two quick glances–I was impulsive and running out of time!), I knew this camera would fit my preferences; I still wanted a point-and-shoot camera, but a more glorified version of it. It doesn’t hurt that the camera looks insanely cute as well. I also purchased a cute rainbow stripped camera strap for extra cuteness.
Since there are going to be a lot of pictures I’m about to post, I tried my best to organize them so it won’t look like I’m jumping all over the place.
Table of Contents
I. Hovering in France
II. Food & Drinks
III. The Wedding
I. Hovering in France
When my boyfriend and I first went out to do our tourist-y things, the first thing we went to was the Palace of Versailles. He took a picture of me standing in front of their golden gates. The problem was, I was standing. It was such an awkward feeling, I was completely clueless on how I wanted to pose. I didn’t know where to place my hands or how my body should look so I decided to hover for most of the pictures.
When in doubt, just hover. Pictures like that turn out to be way cooler anyway.
II. Food & Drinks!
Their milk tastes absolutely incredible and almost everything else. It’s far more delicious than the milk we drink in the states. Our milk feels and taste more watered-down and bland. I can also say the same for their most of their meat, chocolates, wine, bread and cheese. I’m also very, very, very impressed with the pho we had in Paris. The flavors were much more intense and flavorful. Their eggrolls were light and crispy and their Vietnamese iced coffee was extremely delicious and strong. I’m definitely going to miss the food here.
Roasted chicken straight out from the farm. It lived a good life.
Delicious Northen African sandwich
III. The Wedding
We attended one of my boyfriend’s friend’s wedding, which was in Normandy. Normandy is definitely the opposite of Paris. It’s REALLY rural. I don’t think the residents there even know what the internet is. I’ve never been to a countryside before so it was certainly a pleasant change of scenery. The wedding was beautiful and extravagant compared to all the other weddings I’ve ever attended. For me, it was seriously like going to Disneyland for the first time when you’re a kid.
Dig this: For the reception, the servers passed out all sorts of delicious appetizers. There were raw oysters, foie gras, raw salmon, pastries and a bunch of other fancy little things I had no idea I was eating, but it was soooo good that I wanted to cry out of pure happiness. The next day, there was a “wedding” lunch, where they had all-you-can-eat crepes. I ate a whopping total 4 crepes. Yes, it was that good.
We stayed at a manor! I didn’t know what a manor was until now.
The wedding car
Overall, this has been such a wonderful trip and I am most grateful to have a boyfriend who practically translated everything for me and gave me a comprehensive tour of Paris and everything around it. He’s such a good sport. The only thing I regret is not charging my camera battery in time only because there was a point where it died and it resulted in me missing out on taking potentially sexy photos of models wearing vintage burlesque dresses and lingerie when we attended a photo art exhibit party (doh!).
Park of Versailles
Again, check out my Flickr gallery if you’re interested in seeing the rest of ’em!