Monday, August 30, 2010

À Bientôt, Europe---

This is the last post about our European Adventure and I wanted to give my final thoughts. This holiday was memorable, to say the least. To be able to spend so much time with my daughter on this trip, to support something she has worked so hard for, made me incredibly proud.

The most memorable times were; the view from the Liszt Music School every morning and her face the first time she saw the Eiffel Tower. All our little sparkly Eiffel Towers that we make at KAZA....she "gets it" now. :)

(*These will be available again, at KAZA, for Christmas!*)

The last few days were spent just hanging at cafe's, shopping and enjoying our final days in beautiful Paris. We stopped by the Louvre for a few hours to see some brilliance up close.

"The Crowning Of Napoleon". This painting was ginormous and incredibly beautiful! Look at the people near it to get a sense of the scale--amazing!

It is surreal to see these paintings, in real life, in a pass-by setting. Each piece deserve hours of appreciating, but it was so overwhelming to try and wrap your brain around what you are actually seeing, it was truly impossible.

I had been before to the Louvre, but really wanted to show my daughter. When we initially entered the first room of Italian sculptures, she said, "let's take our time and really look at each piece in the museum slowly". Six hours later....and only seeing a fraction of the museum, we waved our little white flags, got some quiche and called it a day.

The ceilings were amazing!

We re-visited the twinkling Eiffel Tower on our last night and talked about everything we saw---

Good bye, Eiffel Tower. We loved watching you twinkle from our hotel room and hearing the accordion players at night.

Good bye, Mr. Accordion Player--you set the mood perfectly!

Good Bye, Pont Alexandre III--you are always the most beautiful bridge in Paris.

Good bye, cute & funky little cafe's (this one taken for LVS--beautiful mosaics!)

Good Bye, Parisian Flea Market (Marche Aux Puce)

Good bye, Street painters that wore baseball caps rather than the Parisian berets we had expected.

Good bye, Cathedrals--stay magnificent!

And of course good bye to our beloved Weimar, Germany. Your history, charm, friendliness and Wasser Spritzig have changed us forever.xox

Good bye, interesting German exit signs

À Bientôt, Europe!

Oh yeah....we stopped in Canada for a few days to get our brain back to normal and to visit my parents a bit, before coming back to NH.

and for a little Poutine!

The best Poutine cheese is right here in Coaticook!

It's good to be home.

KAZA is open tomorrow!

Ciao Bella(s)!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Salut from the Arc de Triumphe!

Bonjour faithful KAZA customers!

Busy, busy, busy these days in Paris!

This week we went on the Eiffel Tower (at night), Bateaux Mouche (boat ride on the River Seine) to see some beautiful architecture. We went to the Arc De Triumphe and then took a stroll down the Champs Elysees.

This, for me, was a KAZA trip down the Champs Elysees, actually.

I was looking at window displays, styles...trying to absorb as much as I could! I can honestly say that ruffles are HUGE here! Everything has ruffles! Ruffles and Roman-style sandles--ginormous in the European fashion world. Had I not been over my ruffle obsession, I may have collapsed on the ground and you would have heard about me on the news!-lol

Some fab windows:

Pink, Gold and Bridget Bardot...does it get any better?

Guerlain Paris--this picture does not do this window justice!

Now maybe they have a Sworovski store in New York, but I have never seen one before. I was amazed by the crystal stairs! Talk about some major blingage!

We went to the Marche and of course I bought a few things (have you gone mad?!?)--

I wish I could have organized shipping things back, better. The prices were up and down. The Parisian Brocantes/Marche Aux Puce's of yesteryear have passed and most vendors know what people are there for. The pickings were slim, in this Marche, honestly--but I did score some very good finds. Some will go to KAZA, some will come home to mama. I will put a special tag on the ones from the Marche. :o)

I will be back to Paris though. Furniture is my focus next time---1000% (prices were better than smalls)! There are some very unique pieces that really need to come to KAZA.

On a food note, in Canada, my family always bought the pastry, Mille-Feuille (a thousand leaves) in little wrapped packets. Tasty, yeah....but the real ones are amazing!

I know...naughty food. But we climbed these today...

...and felt guilt-free on every bite!

Until next time!

Ciao Bella(s)!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Je Suis En Pariiiiiiiis!

Je Suis En Paris!!

Ok, we just arrived in Paris and well internet has not been great here (to say the least), but we have had such a good time and have taken a ton and two pictures!

Brocante/Marche Aux Puce are on weekends here---looking so forward to what I find (something without a picture of an Eiffel Tower on it please!-lol)

(*Gabriella, my daughter, had to take this picture--I got dizzy and almost fell on my butt when I tried to take it!....just keepin' it classy kids-lol. It does look a bit crooked though, eh?)

We shared a Croque Monsieur and a crepe au chocolat (c'est si bon!)

Tonight, going to visit the Eiffel Tower lit up--beautiful! :o)

Until next time!

Ciao Bella(s)!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Guten Tag!

Guten Tag, again, Faithful KAZA subscribers!

We have done alot of walking around today and were able to see some cool museums (Bauhaus Museum is only 3 minutes away and the AM Horn is just a short 15 minute walk!). The thing that I love about the Bauhaus movement is the innovative spirit these people had. Nothing around them could influence this futuristic vision--yet, somehow they were inspired; creating pieces, buildings, etc that would be considered futuristic in this day and age.

I have spent much of my time taking pictures of old front doors--which I am thinking will be for a series of cards. The colours and details are amazing!

A preview!

I also found the most amazing light pendant in a boutique. I took it from the front door and thought the woman was going to throw a shoe at me-lol

Do you hear the "Alleluia" Choir? This thing is fabulous and ginormous!

And there are alot of antique shops. I have not found anything amazing yet though, honestly. Sometimes, everything looks the same, do you know what I mean? I am looking for something REALLY cool!

Like this street vendor that I mistook for a piece of art! I would like him as a KAZA window display, eh?

David also took in a few sites today!


And of course, we had to try the pretzels!

When we went to the bakery (same bakery from yesterday's strudel), I heard someone talking in German and turned to see who it was. It was my daughter ordering the pretzels in German and answering the womans German! It did not take her long to figure out how to communicate. I am still pointing and grunting, trying to get my point across and she is out there yackin' away!

I am an old dawg, I guess.....

Bahhh! I've got her in France!

Until next time--

Ciao Bella(s)!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rainy day in Weimar--

Today we visited some museums and went window shopping a bit in between classes. I love to see the style here. I can say, alot of black (I fit right in!) and everyone wears scarves no matter how hot it is. I tried it for one day and I think my neck lost 3 lbs (lol)--I think, for me, scarves will be a colder weather thing.

We went to a bakery and I tried my first Streudel. Yummier than I thought and not so sweet. I like the crispy bits on the top. I know...all this naughty food, right? Well, one thing is there seems to be no elevators here (lol)---so my butt is getting the workout! Actually at the school, we must walk up 3 (actually 6, in my opinion), then walk down 2 flights to get to the practice rooms. We do this several times per day.

I deserve...have earned this streudel (lol) was apple streudel.

Tonight, we are off to a concert and then a lecture on music theory.

Ciao Bella(s)!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Guten Tag, from Germany, Faithful KAZA subscribers!

WHEW! Finally I have internet!
Well, I have been here for several days now and have finally gotten myself into a routine; sleeping, eating...have found some favourite spots, etc. This has been quite the adventure so far.

I found a cute little antique shop chock full of goodies! The furniture is sooo inexpensive, I am going crazy trying to find a way to send it home without it costing me a mortgage pymnt! grrrrr!

We first stopped in Paris and then took a flight out to Germany. Once we were in Frankfurt, we were really surprised at how many people do not speak English or French! This has been the most difficult part for us, honestly. Very difficult to communicate. So, if you are ever coming to Germany and people tell you, "ahh...don't worry about it, everyone there speaks English", it is not true!-lol

Luckily, I had a wonderful customer let me borrow a German book for my trip. My nose has been glued to it since! Danke, sweet faithful customer (you know who you are!)

Now I am in Weimar sitting in the hotel Elephant (very nice, btw--overlooks the courtyards).

Hotel Elephant is the one with the flags in the front

My daughter takes piano classes at the Liszt Music School, literally a 2 minute walk from the hotel. She has had 5 hour practice days, Master classes and I have sat through them all (oy!).

But, we still have gotten a chance to take in some of the local "knows".

First, Weimar is gorgeous...adorable! Like a postcard, honestly.

Our first day here, we went to the square and bought a bratwurst and pomme frite from a vendor (very clean, btw) and sat on the bench listening to a German man with a guitar, singing old German songs. We looked at each other and wanted to cry. It seriously has been picture perfect since getting here (other than internet access).

First perfect day!

Naughty food

And not so naughty food. We did both ;)

Breakfast is in the beautiful courtyard at the hotel and is delicious! Perfect weather....even when it is is still just perfect.

So, from now I will post every day until we get to Paris. As most of you know, David on my desk always looking fabulous. He has been with me since I was 13 years old and goes everywhere with me. Well, of course I could not bring him physically---(his big head would not fit on my carry-on!)So, I have made a "Flat David" and will be sharing the adventure with him, as well!

David on the bus from Frankfurt to Weimar

Also, the shop is open this week!

Ciao Bella(s)!