One Hundred Ninety One

yearofyogaJuly15A Year of Yoga: July 15, 2014

Pose: Wide leg forward fold with half way lift

Location: Roissy-en-France

This is the village nearest to Charles de Gaulle airport. Today is our last day in France. We took the train from our little campground in Grez-sur-Loing and have a hotel room near the airport. It was really nice to have a shower. As much as I came to love our little campsite in Grez-sur-Loing, it did become a little boring after 8 days of being rained on in a tent. I’m super excited to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland tomorrow. This will be our second trip to Iceland and we have some amazing things planned!

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Ninety

yearofyogaJuly14A Year of Yoga: July 14, 2014

Pose: Bound Half Moon Variation

Location: Camping Les Pres; Grez-sur-Loing, France

Today is Bastille Day. It’s basically the French equivalent of the U.S.’s Independence Day. We weren’t entirely sure what to expect celebration wise from the locals. We found that actually, it’s pretty much exactly what we do every 4th of July….with one exception. The music that accompanies their fireworks display is awesome 80’s pop instead of cheesy Sousa marches. But it really is a crowd gathering in the local park next to the lake, drinking beer and wine, children twirling glow sticks, and then shooting off a bunch of fireworks. Fun times. Before we headed to the lake, I tried to balance on this trampoline for a pose….it was really hard. Then some cute German girls came along and I felt a little silly jumping around in there with preschoolers.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty Nine

yearofyogaJuly13A Year of Yoga: July 13, 2014

Pose: Watching the World Cup Final with the locals

Location: Camping Les Pres; Grez-sur-Loing, France

Argentina v. Germany tonight. It was an insane crowd of mostly French and Germans. The French were making fun of the Germans (in a friendly way), but the Germans didn’t have much of a sense of humor. Until Goethe scored of course. Then it was all schnapps and smiles. The party went on all night. Long after me and B went to bed we would sometimes wake up to the sound of merriment. There was a lot of evidence the next morning in the form of empty liquor bottles and beer cans littering the common area. But it only happens every 4 years! I’m a little bummed it’s over.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty Eight

yearofyogaJuly12A Year of Yoga: July 12, 2014

Pose: Bird of Paradise

Location: Champ de Mars

We took the train into Paris for the day. Thankfully it isn’t raining! We spent most of the day at the Orsay which I prefer to The Louvre. I’ve always been more into modern art. We had a picnic planned for the week we stayed here previously but it was rained out. So today was our “do over” Eiffel Tower picnic.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty Five

yearofyogaJuly10A Year of Yoga: July 9, 2014

Pose: Balanced Plank

Location: Le Loing River; Grez-sur-Loing, France

It has been raining pretty much since we got here. But we had to get out of the tent for a walk anyways. The main highlights are that a random cat joined us in our tent for a little while and we have eaten the most incredible croissants and french bread from the local bakery.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty Three

yearofyogaJuly6A Year of Yoga: July 6, 2014

Pose: Pyramid

Location: The Louvre, Paris

Today is our last full day in Paris. We started at the Louvre and had to wait in line in the rain for about an hour. We ended only stayed a couple hours. It’s just too overwhelming. The obligatory viewing of the Mona Lisa was underwhelming and highly annoying due to the number of people who only want to walk around with a screen in front of them instead of actually experiencing the art. We had originally planned to have a picnic at the Eiffel Tower but the rain deterred us. I decided to hit up some vintage shops (no luck, but still fun), then we found delicious macaroons, walked through Luxembourg Gardens on our way to the Montparnasse Cemetery. Unfortunately we were disappointed to find the cemetery was closed. We finished the night at home with wine and cheese and bread and weird French tv. Tomorrow we travel to a campground in Grez-Sur Loing which boasts the “most beautiful forest in France”.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty Two

yearofyogaJuly5A Year of Yoga: July 5, 2014

Pose: Seated Twist

Location: Lawn of the Louvre

Today is Lulu, Momo, and B’s mom’s last day in Europe. For the past year I’ve been so excited about B’s mom taking the girls home for us so B and me can spend a few more weeks here on our own. But now that the day has come, I’m freaking out a little bit. We mostly spent the day organizing and packing and then headed out to dinner at a place several people recommended called Le Refuge de Fondues. On our way we walked through the garden at the Louvre and snapped this photo. The restaurant is supposedly a riot where they serve wine in baby bottles, are over the top rude (to be funny), and you have to sit with strangers. We were so disappointed not to find it. We had an address and our map app, but it was nowhere to be seen. We even asked several locals and they all looked at us like we were crazy. If anyone knows whether this place is still around, let me know! I’d love to try again some day. We ended up settling for some other place and talked about all our adventures with the girls. The girls talked about what they were both looking forward to upon arriving back in California. Del Taco was at the top of their list. We put them in a cab tonight with B’s mom, their passports, and most of our luggage. Me and Momo cried and hugged each other. I’m kind of tearing up right now remembering it. Ugh. Hard stuff to let your babies go knowing they have a long trip ahead of them and it will be weeks before you see them again.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Eighty One

10492051_10204696254709920_6375492030326937464_nA Year of Yoga: July 4, 2014

Pose: Cruising the Seine

Location: The Seine near the Eiffel Tower

Today we slept in which was much needed. C said goodbye. We won’t see her again until she returns to California in October. We had flower shaped gelato cones. We watched the first half of the France vs. Germany World Cup match with the locals. The pub was packed from the television to the street. Finally we enjoyed a lovely dinner cruise and amazing views of Paris from the river. That’s how we celebrated America’s birthday : )

Photography Credit: Erny

 

One Hundred Eighty

yearofyogaJuly3A Year of Yoga: July 3, 2014

Pose: Warrior 3 Variation

Location: Gardens at Palace of Versailles

Today we all took the train out to Versailles. This was one of Lulu’s “must sees”. It was quite crowded and we had to wait in a long hot line to get into the main palace. C took off to check out Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet while the rest of us were herded through the palace. It’s really beautiful and insanely opulent. Not hard to see why the working class of France hated this monarchy. The gardens really were the most beautiful part.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Seventy Nine

yearofyogaJuly2A Year of Yoga: July 2, 2014

Pose: Half Moon Variation

Location: Moulin Rouge, Paris

Today B’s mom took the girls to Paris Disney and me and B were reunited with C! She’s coming through Paris on her way to rural France so we get a couple more days to hang out. The day started with B and me heading to Shakespeare and Co. and finding some street crepes. Once C arrived we let her lead the way to this amazing taxidermy shop and a couple other weirdo places that were awesome. Found some great vintage dresses and a necklace along the way. We visited Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre and watched an insane street performance. Wandering back down the hill we suddenly found ourselves outside this historic establishment. We ended up having dinner at an amazing restaurant called Bistro Lorette. We ended with some wine and cheese on the lawn of Louvre. Really great day exploring Paris!

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Seventy Eight

yearofyogaJuly1A Year of Yoga: July 1, 2014

Pose: Mermaid Variation

Location: Eiffel Tower, Paris

So today I woke up insanely early. I think I was just really excited to wake up in Paris. Everyone else was still sleeping so I decided to go for a run. I stuck to the river so I didn’t get lost. Ran past so many great spots; The Louvre, the love lock bridge, the Orsay, and a bunch of other beautiful places I didn’t recognize. I made it far enough down the river that the Eiffel Tower came into view. Just the top half of it. I confess I got emotional. As much as I wanted to keep going so I could see the whole thing, I wanted to see it together with my family. So I went home. Everyone was still sleeping. I was like a kid on Christmas waiting for my parents to wake up so I could open presents. Ugh.

Finally everyone was up and ready to wander. We walked around Notre Dame and went up on the bell tower. We got some delicious sandwiches for lunch. The U.S. played Belgium tonight so we definitely wanted to see as much of that match as possible, but we had tickets for the Eiffel Tower right around sunset. So we had some food and watched the first half of the match, then took the metro down to the Eiffel Tower. It was amazing. We got some great day time shots in the park with the Tower in the back. Then we went up to the platform about half way up and enjoyed the view, the sunset, the lights, some wine. It was perfect.

On the way back, B bought a bottle of champagne and we slugged it from the bottle as we walked back to our apartment. We had a blast.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Seventy Seven

yearofyogaJune30A Year of Yoga: June 30, 2014

Pose: Splits

Location: Oh My God!! PARIS!!

So this morning was a crazy whirlwind getting out of Barcelona. We had tickets for the high speed train leaving at 9. We were a sight; 5 of us dragging an insane amount of luggage down the street to the metro and making our way to the train station. A bunch of the escalators in the metro stations were down so we had to drag our luggage up and down so many stairs. At one point we attempted to jump on a metro train that was  packed with so many morning commuters, that only B’s mom and Lulu made it on. I was yelling through the glass at them so they would know which stop to get off at. We arrived shortly after them to find that Lulu’s phone had been picked from her purse on the metro. She was in tears. Ugh. So much drama. But we finally made it on the train and headed off to PARIS!!! We were all glad to have a few hours of relaxing time on the train and ended up chatting with several charming and delightful Aussies. B and I escaped to the beverage car for a mimosa.

Once we finally arrived in Paris, we were reliant on B’s mom to get us to the apartment, since she was kind enough to book it. It took us a few minutes to figure out which direction to walk, but before long we were on the way. The walk was really only about a mile and a half, but we had so much luggage we were dragging and the girls and B’s mom were so tired. So we put them all in a cab with as much luggage as we could and sent them ahead. So me and B, backpacking packs on, continued walking through Paris. It was surreal and amazing. We passed by Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Co. I love Spain and I know I will miss it, but right now I am just overjoyed to be in PARIS!

Made it to the apartment and got checked in. Then headed back out to find some dinner. Ate at a great little restaurant down the street and went home for some much needed sleep. Because tomorrow we PARIS! and EIFFEL TOWER!!

Photography Credit: Brandon