Along the Canals of Amsterdam

amster5I must admit I've been slacking in the blogging department as of late. I've started wedding planning this past week and it's completely consumed my time! It feels nice to take a break and just write :) A couple weeks ago Pierre and I headed to Amsterdam for a 3 day visit. I had been before back in 2007, but it was Pierre's first time. The train ride from Paris was 3 hours long. We traveled through Belgium, stopping in Brussels, Antwerp and Rotterdam before arriving in Amsterdam. The ride was pretty, once you spot the giant wind mills in the fields, you know you've arrived in Holland! amster7

Amsterdam in a few words: Bicycles, canals, waffles, boats, prostitutes, design, travelers and 'coffee shops'!

Amsterdam is such a freaking cool and charming city. The vibe there is laid back, but its small alley-like streets prompts adventurous exploration. After living in france for half a year, the first thing I noticed was how nice people were there. They smiled at us when we bought things, were friendly and helpful. I felt like I was back in the states. Also EVERYONE speaks english, and without an accent might I add, so it's simple to navigate your way around!

We came to Amsterdam without any plans and it was perfect. We wandered about the city visiting shops, flower markets and coffee shops as we came across them. We endlessly walked along the canals which was so nice. We could just walk those canals forever.amster10

In the canals were all kinds of boats, rafts, speed boats and houseboats. Often you'll see locals riding by having wine, snacks and laughing with friends.

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There are many small streets off the canals, one of the tiny alleyways led us to the Red Light District. As most of you know, the Red Light District is the neighborhood where prostitutes have set up shop, displaying themselves in glass doors/ window which have red lights positioned overhead.amster8

So pretty much wherever you see a red light, it means a prostitue is in the doorway. They are sectioned off by category. Whether you want an ethnic woman, curvy girl or skinny blond they're in their own designated streets. It was funny to see men quickly coming out of the prostitute doorways and trying to cover their faces from the tourists milling about.

This photo above is an alley way dead end with a door. We weren't planning on going in, but curiosity got the best of us and many other tourists (men, women and kids) were going inside so we thought 'why not!?'. We stepped inside and had walked into a brothel! There were women standing around in lingerie and black lights trying to make eye contact with any and everyone! To get out you had to walk around the whole thing. It was so funny to see all of us tourists awkwardly trying to find the exit door.

Bicycles!! Man oh man, people were FLYING on those bikes! Amsterdam is a very walkable city, but at times I felt like I was constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn't about to get run over by a bike. There were certainly more of them on the road than cars. There were some intersections where we had to watch for cars, buses, bikes and trams! amster12We visited Vondelpark, it was gorgeous! Below is a little island covered in Tulips!

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We had such a great time in Amsterdam, we decided we would try to visit at least once a year whilst living in Europe! I have a couple more Amsterdam posts coming up, stay tuned!

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bisous,

Jessi

 

 

 

 

 

La foire!

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One thing I like about summertime are the french fairs that pop up! I adore them. Mainly because of the cute sweet stands they have serving up any and all sugary concoctions one can imagine! Goodness I just wanted to eat everything.

Since Paris is a city full of beige immeubles (buildings), these colorful fairs are a sight for sore eyes. Sure you still your creepy carnies and the un-savory types who hang around, but it's all good fun none the less.

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Pierre, the boo

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I'm looking forward to hitting up the summer fair in the Tuileries! I love going at night and watching the eiffel tower sparkle from the top of the ferris wheel!!

bisous!

Jessi

 

Same blog new name! Pardon My Paris is now EttaVee.com

Hello family & friends & followers! I just wanted to let everyone know that pardonmyparis.wordpress.com is now ettavee.com

I decided to make the name change to better consolidate all my social media handles under one name. I will still be blogging all about the wonders of paris, my design project as well creative inspiration :)

The meaning of EttaVee

EttaVee is my art & jewelry brand. The name comes from combining my two grandmothers' names. Charles Etta & Janie Vee. The idea came about years ago when I found some of my grandmothers' old & broken jewelry and decided to re-fashion them into new pieces. Since then I've taken a jewelry class in Florence, Italy and have been making up-cycled vintage jewelry. Many of my designs are inspired by found objects as well as my travels abroad.

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bisous!

Jessi

Le Sud de la France

 About a month ago my friend and I headed down to the South of France to visit my sister-in-law Charlotte and her lovely family in Hyerés les Palmiers. I must say, life in the South of France is definitely one to envy. Lots of sunshine, beach time, savory foods and delicious tropezienne desserts. I tried anchovies for the first time and LOVED it. It was so nice to get out of the city for a couple of days & enjoy a little of what the south has to offer. Can't wait to go back in June with P!

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Tropezienne dessert!! YUMMM

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The beautiful countryside between St. Tropez & Hyerés
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 HYERÉS LES PALMIERS

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bisous!!

Jessi

Viaduc des Arts

Ipmp©JessiMichelle_MG_2219_editOur Easter was pretty relaxing. We met up with a couple of friends and walked the Viaduc des Arts. It's a lovely park and gardens positioned on top of a bridge that stretches for 1.5 km. On the bottom of the bridge are many shops ranging from furniture, fashion, lighting jewelry and etc. Between the shops are arches for cars to drive through. My favorite thing about this park is that it's positioned high above the street and between buildings. Which offers a unique view of Paris. There's also a big open field that's perfect for a picnic and a nap. The park itself would be a great place for a run or an afternoon of reading.

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Hope you all had a nice Easter spent with family and friends!

bisous!!

Jessi