bon weekend

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Happy friday friends! I’m still trying to catch-up on work after my trip (feeling a bit overwhelmed to be honest), but want to leave you with some inspiration for your weekend. Despite the minimal spare time I’ve had this week, I’ve come come across some fascinating reads I’d like to share. As you may have guessed by the image, they are all Paris related…

BON WEEKEND!

a walk in paris 

best places to dine solo in paris

the paris plan-15 rules for living in a city of light

friendship in paris (plus a sneak peek of the brunch I hosted) 

happy 125th anniversary lady eiffel (you can see a hint of her in the photo)

sully-sur-loire

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sully-sur-loire-chateau

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My brother lives here. Ok fine, not in the castle, but a few blocks away. And ok yes, he’s my half-brother, but I don’t think of him that way. You can read all about our connection here if you’re curious. Now that I’ve gotten that all out in the open, let’s talk about this amazing, historic structure, shall we? For nearly four centuries this beautiful example of medieval architecture has prevailed in Sully-sur-Loire, which is about 2 hours south of Paris, in the Loire Valley. If you’re a history buff like myself, you can read all about the castle’s history here. I’m so fortunate to have family here and know of this great chateau and surrounding town. Quaint + charming, the people are always welcoming and the shop owners know you by name…including one who knew mine (and shocked the hell out of me) when I went shopping for my nephew! My brother’s home is quiet + serene, overlooking farmland, with a chicken coop in the yard. I was especially excited about that, as I had never handled fresh (from the hen) eggs before and was giddy about it, as evidenced by this instagram + this vine. The time with my family was priceless, and I’ll be sharing more of our adventures in the Loire very soon!

11/52

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playgroundtwins

 ”A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

This weekend was dedicated to the kids, and since spring was trying to show her face we headed to the park. They were both giddy to be there, and Henry has developed a slide obsession…it provided much entertainment for all who were there to witness it. Their joy is contagious–isn’t it the best feeling as a parent when your children are so happy?! My mommy guilt is still very present (I missed 10/52), but thanks to FaceTime I felt close to them while I was gone…they knew I was ok and was missing them greatly (and mr. fleurishing is a rockstar). It feels so good to be back home, where my heart is.

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bonjour!

susan-hutchinson-paris

 

Hello friends! I’m so happy to be back from France + cannot wait to share more of my adventures–my journey was truly transformative. Having never traveled alone internationally, I pushed my boundaries and found myself outside of my comfort zone often, which I highly recommend. It exposed me to wonderful new experiences, and reaffirmed my self confidence and strength. While it was tough to say goodbye to my French family and friends for now, returning home to my hubby + children was emotional and joyful. As I unpack, get organized, and spend time with my family, I’m very excited to share more with you and promise to do so promptly! In the meantime, you can check out my #fleurishinginfrance instagram feed for a preview…this shot was taken by the lovely Ashley Ludaescher during a fun photo shoot in Paris!

 Ashley Ludaescher Photography

fleurishing in france

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The time has come…I may already be en route by the time you read this! It’s been far too long since my last trip to France, and I’m beyond excited to visit with my family + friends, some of whom I’ve yet to meet! My first few days will be spent in the lovely Loire Valley, followed by Paris, where I’m renting an apartment. I’ll be on haitus from the blog while I’m gone, (the longest break I’ve taken from it in almost four years). If you’re in need of a french fix, you can always browse my francophilia + paris archives, and of course, I’ll have much more to share upon my return. In the meantime, you can follow my beautiful adventure on instagram + twitter, via the hashtag #fleurishinginfrance.

À tout à l’heure!