Brittany the Beautiful

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Last weekend I traveled to the Brittany region of France to join my fiancé's family. Sadly, we weren't there for the happiest of occasions. However it was nice to spend time with everyone and take it the beauty of the region.

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Pierre and I took some herbs from his grandmother's beautiful garden. We now have Thyme, Rosemary and Parsley growing on our balcony.

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These were growing in massive amounts and smelled so good!

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Pierre's uncles made Beef Bourguignon - deeeelishh!

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 The lovely Tertre/ Raulet/ Muraz/ Michelet Family

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI took a hike with Pierre's dad up the cliffside along the Emerald coast.  On a sunny day this water is emerald green.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe sky at sunrise was absolutely stunning on our drive back to Paris. I've been noticing the blue that you find in the sky in France isn't the same blue you see in the states. Once the cloud give away, the sky looks almost as if it were painted. I'll try to capture this is a photo soon!

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We received our Bretagne right of passage, we got these lovely Brittany breakfast bowls as a gift from Pierre's parents & grandma.

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Tuileries in the Fall

Today was a good day.

After DAYS of rain, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Weather is always very important to me. It may be psychological, but I swear blue skies give me LIFE (which is why I did so well in Cali). The nice weather made for a lovely day for a walk in the park, so I hit up the Tuileries which is located next to the Louvre.

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A friend had mentioned that there was a Frida Kahlo (one of my favorite artists & women of all time) exhibit showing at the Musée de L'Orangerie in the park, so I made sure to seek it out.

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I didn't have to wait in line too long. I was inside and looking at art within a hour.

To my surprise, the museum houses some of Claude Monet's Water Lillies. They're so beautiful. The galley rooms were so serene and just what I needed after a stressful week of moving. It was cool to get up close to these paintings and see that up close they're just scribbles and look a bit harsh. It isn't until you stand way back that you see the beautiful calm scenery.

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Next, I made my way to the Frida exhibit. To my surprise the exhibit was a fusion exhibit with her artist don juan husband Diego Rivera. Geez how could I be so lucky!? I'm thrilled I got to see this exhibit. I had written many papers and done many projects on Frida while studying spanish in high school and mexican art history in undergrad (I'm quite a fan).

The exhibit was bright and colorful, just like you'd expect for a Mexican artist. They had a small room which housed all of her passionate self portraits, some gruesome & some bizarre. Also, I'm glad they touched on what a style icon she had become. Viva la Frida!

pardonmyparis_frida_jessimichelle After a museum visit like this, I'm most definitely inspired to hit up an art store and start painting again.

bisous,

Jessi