Paris in the Rain

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Gil: This is unbelievable! Look at this! There’s no city like this in the world. There never was.
Inez: You act like you’ve never been here before.
Gil: I don’t get here often enough, that’s the problem. Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the ’20s. Paris in the ’20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!
Inez: Why does every city have to be in the rain? What’s wonderful about getting wet?

From Midnight in Paris

Wicker Basket Bicycle

wicker basket Amsterdam bicycle

“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” ~ H.G. Wells

When I wander through Amsterdam, I tend to stick to the canals as my main routes, so when I end up wandering more side streets, I realize there are also plenty of charming scenes to be seen there, too. I spotted this cute bicycle with a fabulously large wicker basket near Amsterdam’s most central park, Vondelpark. I love how the shutters add to the scene, making it unmistakably the Netherlands.

My Paris Story Books available here!

My Paris Story, Dawn Bournand, Julia Willard, Claire Morris, Falling Off Bicycles, Balboa PressBonjour, mes amis! Looking for one last summer read? Maybe something to send your university student off to school with?

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Thanks in advance for sharing with anyone who may be interested.

Gezellig Amsterdam

Amsterdam, charm, gezellig

Oh, how I love Amsterdam in the warm months! The people set up little tables and chairs – and sometimes nothing at all – to sit on and have an afternoon biertje and borrelhapjes. The Dutch definitely appreciate their outdoor time, so when the weather is fitting for some good people watching, tables like these are pushed out onto the front stoops across the city and filled with Dutch treats.