Friday, August 26, 2011

Tea at Ladurée Harrods


One of the most renowned French patisseries in Paris is Ladurée. Their name is always associated with luxury goods and detectible treats. They have a few locations in other countries, I was lucky enough to have been able to visit the one inside Harrod's when I was in London.

Sitting down, I almost felt like Eloise at the Plaza Hotel. I felt like a little girl playing dress up, with fancy goods surrounding me. The folks with me were all hungry, so we wanted to sit down and have a proper breakfast.


Each of my party ordered a pot of tea, I went for a pot of fragrant vanilla tea. I love that they set out any color cup with plates, they're all pastels. The tea came served in an individual silver pot that was just beautiful.


Our breakfasts started arriving, in this order :

Le Ispahan


Le Saint-Honoré de Ladurée, Rosé Framboise flavoured


Assortment of mini pastries including croissant, pain chocolat, and brioche


For a little over $10 I got to feel like a princess for a morning, I think that's a fair price!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Swedish Summer Homes

One thing I've noticed that a lot of Swedish people have is a summer home. You can't really blame them, they go from an endless darkness winter 8 months of the year to a beautiful, perfect 70 degree summer with endless sunshine. They want to have a place to escape to!

When it's sunny and warm, you can find Swedes outside, doing all kinds of activities. They love to bike, swim, exercise, go boating.... you name it, they're doing it.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit two lovely Summer homes, both perfectly enchanting and set into the wilderness of the South of Sweden. You can find these summer homes dotted all across the landscape. Many families or close friends buy them together so that they're still connected and have a built in social network for dinner parties, beach outings, etc.








Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lund, Sweden


Less than 24 hours after arriving in Sweden, I hopped on a train for a 5 hour journey to the southern region of Sweden, known as Skåne (pronounced Sko-nah). I was headed there with Swede so he could go run in a family race as well as attend the crayfish party planned for Saturday.

Train travel is actually quite pleasant over here, the train had free wi-fi, nice cabins that seat 6, and a cafe car that you could have a sit down meal at. As long as I'm facing the direction the train is headed, there's no issues of motion sickness for me. We arrived into the city of Lund and immediately set off to see the famous Lund Cathedral they are so well known for.

Inside the beautiful cathedral, I was taken back by the astounding astronomical clock they have, it was unlike any I've ever seen, so beautifully detailed and intricate. The church itself has been there since construction began in 1202... can you believe that? It's a big part of Danish history since the the region used to belong to Denmark up until 1676.







Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I've Arrived!

Sorry for the extreme lack of posts... I'm here in Europe... actually I've been here 12 days and have been around Sweden and even off to London and back. Lucky for me, I'm staying here in Stockholm for the next two weeks.

It feels incredible to finally be here after months of planning. It just feels strange knowing that after a few weeks, I won't be going home. At this point, I can't wait until I arrive in France so I have a room, and I won't be living out of my suitcase! Not too much longer now, it looks like I'm arriving on August 31st, two weeks from today!