Monday, November 16, 2015


I'm going on retreat tomorrow! Not to the above island, which is waaay too distraction-filled. It'll just be me in a hotel room with nothing to do but write write write. (Well, I might possibly wander into the Plot Labyrinth, but not if I can help it!) Always such excitement and trepidation pre-retreat: big hopes of big productivity, and big fears of face-planting. 

Stupid fear. 

But excitement too! I'll be back soon!

(more of my thoughts on writing retreats here.)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Paris is always a good idea." - Audrey Hepburn

(weird cool mirror sculpture in above photo, if you're wondering!)

A little slice of Montmartre:

Some random Paris:

(At Parc de la Villette, hard to tell the scale, but that mirror ball has an IMAX theater inside, so: it's big!)

We reallllly loved Les Invalides/Napoleon's Tomb/the war museums. 

The Palais Garnier (Opera House); one of our favorite places:

(Jim in a crown of light :-)

Heh heh, I bought a coupla these sweaters...

Another favorite place in Paris that we never miss: Passage Jouffroy!

One of the fabulous Belle Epoque covered shopping passages (the best one in my opinion). In addition to the wax museum (Musee Grevin) it has this amazing toy store, Pain d'Epice, where I could spend hours, and as luck would have it, a graphic novel bookstore right next door where Jim could spend hours. How convenient!

And across the passage, the perfect spot for tea & cakes...
Le Valentin, chocolaterie/salon de the.

We tried out a handful of smaller museums for the first time on this trip, notably: 
Musee Gustave Moreau, where here you see Clementine's halberd in the umbrella stand...

Isn't this the best staircase in the world???
This museum is in the lifelong home of the Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, and has a huge collection of his paintings. Do you think anyone would mind if we moved in?

More later!

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