Friday, May 02, 2008

One Year Ago Today ...

Craig & I pulled out out of my parents' driveway and I had my hand pressed against my face. The radio was playing (seriously) an R.E.M. song:

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.


Craig just looked at me and changed the station.

Sudden storm, Taupo

As we were leaving Taupo I burst into tears (I was on edge most of the day) and at the same time it started raining.
We could see blue sky out the windows but the rain was super heavy. Craig looked over at me and joked "Maybe it's you" which made me laugh just-a-little. Shortly afterwards I stopped crying. And the rain? stopped. I seriously control the world. Didn't you know?

One year ago Craig and I drove from Wellington to Auckland on our way to Australia, Thailand, Singapore, & London.
Today we spoke to the people who employ us and all but begged them to help us stay here. We love our life in London. We love our flat. We miss New Zealand but it's not the best fit for us at the moment.
Our fingers are so so so crossed.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Remember that we went to Paris?

Our trip in Photos:

Love the light

The light in this photo reminds me of plimsolls & tanned ankles.

Paris, je t'aime aussi!

Not entirely certain what this building is


Lunch. Baguettes & panini. Du coca.

Heart you Notre Dame!

Statuary looking over the Seine

Ornate Building

Pont Neuf through the trees

Pont Neuf!

Seine-side stall Seine-side stall

View from our Hotel Room

We stayed at the Hotel du Beaune. On the sixth floor of a narrow rickety building overlooking rooftops. The elevator was tiny. Wearing our backpacks (tiny! carry on size!) we were squashed inside. But it was clean and less than 10 minutes walking distance from the Louvre & the Seine.

Cracking Door beaune door decay

Eiffel Tower! Maman by Louise Bourgeois!

The Eiffel Tower! and Maman by Louise Bouregeois hiding in the tree.

Les Nympheas

I remember this from when I was 11

Waterlilies Wide Angle

I lovelovelove that you can take photos in galleries as long as you don't use flash.

Obelisk, Place de la Concorde

Ave des Champs-Élysées

Arc de Triomphe

Look Up More. Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe. Detail.

So. Many. Stairs. 284 of them. No pause.

So. Many. Stairs. 284 of them. No pause.

There were no gaps and there were people behind me alllll of the way.
I almost made it. About 7 before the end I had to stop. Then at the top, my throat tasted like blood. I didn't think it was a good sign but I'm still alive so what do I know?

And the view was worth it.

Looking across to Sacré Couer

L'etoile, Arc de Triomphe

Wide Angle

Craig at the Royal Opera

Pyramid & the Louvre

Looking back at the Louvre, at night.

Tomorrow, the Louvre!

(This post was brought to you by 500mL of Pinot Grigio Blush. Love. A couple of hours ago. Which is why I'm ending it now)