Sunday, October 7, 2007

Off to Rome!

I am off to Rome tomorrow! I have planned this cruise for about 17 months and it's finally here! I hope to get to an internet cafe while on my trip and write my journal and post some photos. I'm looking forward to a fun cruise and time with my friends. Wish Tony were going with me.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

I've been quoted!

I'm quoted in the 2008 Fodor's Paris Guide Book. It's on page 286:

"You can't miss L'As du Fallafel [You'll see] lots of people enjoying their food. There are other fallafel places, but apparently this one is the best and I loved what I ate."

I'm also quoted in The Smart Traveler's Passport, 399 Tips From Seasoned Travelers by Budget Travel!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

My Next Vacation

Celebrity Galaxy





Now that I'm back from Paris, I'll dive into my planning for my October Rome/Mediterranean cruise. I'll be spending 4 nights in Rome and then go on a 14-night cruise to Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Istanbul, Yalta, Odessa, Ephesus (Kusadasi), Athens and Naples.





I'll be sailing with friends that I met on my 2005 Baltic cruise, as well as other friends that I met via Cruise Critic. I'm really looking forward to the Greek islands and returning to Santorini. I'm also looking forward to returning to Istanbul and cruising the Bosporus Strait.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A few Paris Photos

My Arrival!


Dinner with Jan, Louisa, Sam, Jim, and Ann



Amiens

Sacre Coeur


Dinner at L'as du Fallafel


Les Invalides

Dijon from Above


Dijon Market


New friends

Back From Paris!

I came back from Paris on May 18th, 2007. I was only able to get to an internet cafe one time and didn't have the time to Blog but did send out an email. I had a great time in Paris and will return there in a few years.

Here is the actual journal.

Louisa and I had a great time together and I would definitely travel with her again on a future trip.

I posted my photos on this site.

Monica

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Paris in Transition - Part II









What a beautiful day! I took the metro from Shady Grove to Gallery Place and met Beth at Zaytinya, located on the corner of G Street, NW and 9th Street, NW. We sat outside to enjoy the perfect blue sky day. Temps were in the low 70s. We both enjoyed the mezzes, although I thought they were on the pricey side. We both enjoyed a glass of white wine from Santorini (my favorite Greek island) along with: Havuç Köftesi: carrot, apricot and pinenut fritters with pistachio sauce; Keftedes: ground lamb and beef served with avgolemono, dill; Spice Rubbed Sirloin of Beef: served with visne & pistachio sauce (pictured above); and Greek Feta Cheese: feta cheese, olives, greek oregano, sesame flat bread. Fresh baked bread was served hot. Everything was delicious.
After lunch, we walked to the National Gallery of Art (beautiful wisteria along the walls of the building)and met up with Carolyn and her husband Mark and Barbara, my cruise friends. We enjoyed the old photos from Paris, although we all wished there were more than what was on display.
After, we visited some of the other rooms in the museum seeing various works, including Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, etc. One photo (didn't write the artists name down) made us laugh:










We call it the "Can you hear me now?" painting. This woman (certainly looks like a man to me!) looks like she's on the telephone.

After our time in the museum, we headed out. Beth went home, while I met up with the other 3 at Zaytinya. Mark, Carolyn, and Barbara enjoyed the mezzes and wine and I joined them for some wine too.

We all went our separate ways via the metro.

It was such a lovely day in Washington DC. Great company, great good, and wonderful exhibits.

Monica




















Paris In Transition

I'm heading out today to Washington DC to meet up with friends at the National Gallery of Art. There's an exhibit called, "Paris In Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art" showing "19th- and early 20th-century photographs of Paris."

Should be quite fun and will get my senses ready for my trip in 9 days! (Yes, I am counting the days).

Thursday, April 26, 2007

12 days and I'm off to Paris!

I'm heading to Paris in 12 days! The last time I was in Paris was 5 years ago, so I'm ready for my Paris "fix." I'll be spending 9 nights in a small studio apartment in the heart of the Marais, which I understand is in a great location (on rue Vieille du Temple).

I've invited my friend Louisa to join me. She'll arrive 2 days before me and will meet me at my apartment the day I arrive. We'll have 9 days together before she flys home and I'll have 2 more days before I fly home.

We're planning to go on 3 day trips (Dijon, St. Germain-en-Laye, and Amiens). I even bought our train tickets on line, which was very easy to do. The rest of our time will be spent exploring (together and separate) Paris. I hope to see a lot of the markets in Paris, wander the various neighborhoods, and visit a few museums. Maybe a night Seine cruise too! Of course, we're both looking forward to having some wonderful meals in Paris.

I hope that I'll be able to "blog" often while I'm in Paris, so stay tuned!

Monica