Experience Paris

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Paris, France. It was a wonderful trip. We were one of 59 associates in our company that earned this all expenses paid trip. What a luxurious trip it was, we were thoroughly spoiled. I have never experienced such generosity in any other company as I have in this one. You are truly family and treated with such love and respect. You will see how well we were treated in my photos, but to give you a hint: chauffeurs to transport us to and from the airport, business class & first class flights, Four Seasons George V Hotel accomodations, gifts: watch for men and Louis Vuitton for the women, guided tours, dinner cruise, private dinner at the Laurant Restaurant, private tour and cocktail party at Musee d’Orsay.

There is so much to see in Paris, and I know we did not see everything, but what we did experience during our visit was great. Besides going to some amazing sites, we walked all over and just experienced the culture. Of course the food was so good, I am sure I ate french bread everyday! I would recommend a trip to Paris or everyone.  Here are some of the places we went:

  • The Louvre Museum
  • Monmartre & the Basilique Sacre Cour
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Shopping on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
  • Versailles
  • Musée d’Orsay (Private viewing & cocktail party)
  • Palais Garnier Opera House
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Pont Alexandre III Bridge
  • Dinner cruise on the Seine
  • Dinner at Restaurant Laurent
Ready to leave Phoenix!
Ready to leave Phoenix!
Business Class!
Business Class!
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
My sister giving us a  tour of Paris.
My sister giving us a tour of Paris.
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Place de la Concorde

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Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
At the top of the Eiffel Tower!
At the top of the Eiffel Tower!
View from the Eiffel Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower
Shopping in Paris!
Shopping in Paris!
The beautiful streets of Paris, shopping with my husband.
Enjoying a cappuccino in Paris cafe.
Enjoying a cappuccino in a Paris cafe.
Laduree!
Ladurée!
Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris.
Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris.
A LV boxing bag! What will they think of next?
A LV boxing bag! What will they think of next?
My new LV purse, a gift from our company!
My new LV purse, a gift from our company!
My personal sales associate Katy.
My personal sales associate Katy.
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Marie Antoinette's bedroom.
Marie Antoinette’s bedroom.
Hall of mirrors at Versailles
Hall of mirrors at Versailles
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The Gardens of Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Laurent Restaurant Paris
Laurent Restaurant Paris
Laurent Restaurant Paris
Laurent Restaurant Paris
Palais Garnier Opera House
Palais Garnier Opera House
Palais Garnier Opera House
Palais Garnier Opera House
Palais Garnier Opera House
Palais Garnier Opera House
The Louvre
The Louvre
Inside the  Louvre Museum.
Inside the Louvre Museum.
Inside the  Louvre Museum.
Inside the Louvre Museum.
Inside the  Louvre Museum.
Inside the Louvre Museum.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
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Cafe where we ate lunch.
My husband showing his Oregon Duck support from inside Musée d'Orsay.
My husband showing his Oregon Duck support from inside Musée d’Orsay.
Inside Musée d'Orsay.
Inside Musée d’Orsay.
Cocktail party inside Musée d'Orsay.
Cocktail party inside Musée d’Orsay.

“Paris is always a good idea.”

 ― Audrey Hepburn

DIY

Who loves do it yourself projects? Over the last 16 years I have painted parts of three different homes that we have lived in. I enjoy painting, the best part is when you are done and you can sit back with a satisfied feeling of a job well done. But I do have to admit that I said I would NEVER paint the house we are living in now. Why? Well one of the main reasons is that its larger than our previous homes with very high ceilings. I just thought it was too huge of a task to tackle on my own. But the color of the walls is a boring beige and I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I have been taking it one room at a time. I started with our long, long hallway. Then moved onto the media room. Just this last weekend I knocked out another room, our kitchen nook.  I thought I would share my process and a few before & after pictures with you.

Paint! You have to pick the color, which was easy; it’s the same color I used for other parts of the house. Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray, Check! Brushes & roller: I picked up a new cutting in brush; I really like the 2 1/2 inch Wooster brush. Gloves, rags & ladder: I like to wear gloves to paint. It makes clean up a little easier. I have to have a rag too for those little mistakes I make. 😉 Drop clothes/plastic sheeting & tape: I used plastic sheeting this time rather than a drop clothe, I like both & I really like to use Frog Tape for taping down and if I need a fine edge. Okay so those are the main items I use to paint. After removing the furniture and taping down the plastic, I am ready to work!

FYI, I am not a professional painter, one of my closest friends showed me the ropes on my first house and I may do things a little differently than someone who is. But I enjoy the process and I love the after! Oh and the final picture below has my new chandelier from Restoration Hardware (on sale now). I have had this on my wish list for so long and finally I have it! We now have light to eat by too! 🙂

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Painting the Hall
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Painting the Media Room
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Painting the Media Room
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Kitchen Nook
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Getting everything ready to paint
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Kitchen Nook After!

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

Napoleon Bonaparte