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Sep
04

The Evans’ Take France

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (0)

On the plane 9-1-14

September 1-3, 2014

It was a comfortable flight from LA to Paris.  Our flight was on time and nonstop.  Since we booked our tickets a year in advance, Jordan got us on an A380, a big ‘ol lumbering double-decker airplane.  Our seats on the upper deck were quiet and as comfortable as any economy seats.  I think we had a bit more room than typical economy.

As the flight began our flight attendant offered aperitifs.  Nothing like a champagne toast to kick off a trip to France!  We had hoped to sleep, but the excitement of the trip kept us awake most of the time.  Thank God for in-flight movies!

Once we landed, we discovered my suitcase had not managed to make its way onto the airplane.  The Air France folks have taken great care of me though, offering 200 euros for me to go shopping for whatever I need.  Ah, really?  Shopping in Paris for clothes?  Um, OK!  (Thankfully all my sundries and makeup were in Alyssa’s suitcase and I wore my comfy shoes on the plane!)  Update – Air France said the bag has arrived in Paris and should be delivered today, Thursday.

The first day was a bit of blur as we just tried to stay awake!

Our first bistro lunch at Cafe du Marche

Our first bistro lunch at Cafe du Marche

Eiffel Tower at night.  I just never get tired of seeing it lit up!

Eiffel Tower at night. I just never get tired of seeing it lit up!

Jet lag hasn’t been too bad but we still took it easy on the second day.  We headed out to the open air market in our neighborhood and took a little walking tour of the historic center of Paris and the left bank (Riv Gauche.)

Open air markets, c'est très magnifique!

Open air markets, c'est très magnifique!

Parisian street food, boeuf bourguignon.

Parisian street food, boeuf bourguignon.

Shakespeare & Company, relaxing at a bistro, & walking the Left Bank.

Shakespeare & Company, relaxing at a bistro, & walking the Left Bank.

Last night proved to be entertaining.  We had decided to cook dinner in the apartment (a request from Alyssa) and had picked up Romanesco and saussicons au couteau from the market only to discover we had no electricity when we arrived home.  Thankfully the electricians were already at work when we got there, but as in the way work is done here in France the, “we’ll have it back on in an hour” was not really what they meant.  About three hours later the problem had a temporary band aid and the electricity was on.

Caution!  Danger of death if touched!  (Seriously that's what the red tape says!!)

Caution! Danger of death if touched! (Seriously, that's what the red tape says!!)

Our first dinner in the apartment, sautéed Romanesco with Parmesan and pork sausages.

Our first dinner in the apartment, sautéed Romanesco with Parmesan and pork sausages.

Life is good!

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Aug
30

Packing For France

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Right now I am living in a world of back packs, jumbo suit cases, and excitement!  And I love it.  For most of this final week we have been prepping like crazy.  Making sure everyone is packed and has all the stuff that we could possibly need and still meet the weight requirements.  Fun right?suitcases The thing that I enjoy most abut packing is the fun that is all around.  We usually pack last minute but for this trip we decided to get it done early.  We have most of our packing done 48 hours before leaving.  We are all ecstatic,  and so we wanted to share with you our favorite things about getting ready for a big trip.  Starting with my dad…

He said his favorite thing about getting ready is the building excitement he feels that we are about to go on a trip where he will get to share more of the world with us girls.  And showing us things he enjoys that we have not yet experienced.

My mom’s favorite thing about getting ready for travel is seeing her daughters (Alyssa and my) excitement about the upcoming adventure.

suit case 2My favorite things about getting ready for travel is seeing how much stuff I am bringing ( I am notorious for packing things I won’t use such as screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.) and noticing that my trip is not very far away.

And finally, my sister’s favorite thing about prepping for trip is not  in the days when we pack and get prepared but, in the nights when she can dream about what is to come.

We all are looking forward to the adventure that another country will bring and the joy and closeness our family will enjoy while we are together.

Keep us in your prayers.

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Aug
28

We’re Headed to France!!

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (0)

Join us on our epic French adventure!

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We’re taking off to France for the month of September.  We’ll be immersing ourselves in the culture and history of this beautiful country.  Along the way we plan on sharing our adventures and shenanigans with you!

Please keep us in your prayers!

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