Pomp And Circumstance

A Broad Abroad: Travel Life Through iPhone

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on November 29, 2012

It’s funny. You lug around a huge camera for an entire trip (along with hood and flash) and then you get home and realize your favorite pictures you took were with your phone.

So, here’s some of my very favorite travel moments from the first half of Tour-de-Euro through the scope of my phone (and husbands, of course)…

Nice, France

Poop on my foot

Statue Tushy

Fresh juice to cool down in Eze, France




Platform 9 3/4


Pigeon attack in London

Rainy bike ride in Versailles

The Eiffel Tower

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A Broad Abroad – Versailles!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on October 9, 2012

Our VERY favorite day of our entire trip (I’m talking all 5 weeks, 4 countries, uncountable amounts of towns/cities/villages) was the day we took a bike tour of Versailles. You know Versailles, it’s known as the home of this lady….

Or more recently, this lady…

If you are going to Paris, DO THIS, I’m not joking, it was awesome.  I booked the tour through Fat Tire Bike Tours for husbands birthday (thanks to the recommendation of the lovely/stylish/not to mention BA Ashley from Love Letters – thanks friend!), and it may be the best gift I’ve ever given him.

Folks, this was not your average tour (in my mind, tour=snooze fest). We met in Paris with a group of about 20 and took the train to Versailles, where we were given bikes (and ponchos – you know, due to the pouring rain). First we road to an outdoor market where our guide – a twenty something New Zealander named Costy who was hilarious and awesome – told us where to get the best goods – fresh meats, baguettes, cheeses, wine, fruit – I’m literally drooling just thinking about it. After picking up a load of goodies for a lunchtime picnic, and eating some freshly made crepes with a side of fresh squeezed orange juice, we road to the grounds of the palace of Versailles. We stopped along at different spots for Costy to fill us in on some of the more interesting facts about Versailles….among my favorites (and forgive me if I’m remembering incorrectly, I’m definitely not a historian):

*In early Paris, there was no sewer system, people just tossed their waste right out their windows (I’m talking poopies here, people), and then when it rained the waste washed straight down the street into the river Seine, which consequently was the water source for the people whose poopies were washing into it.  YIKES. All this resulted in a very stinky Paris, and due to said stink (among other reasons) the royals decided to build a palace at Versailles to live in.

*It is believed that Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XVI didn’t consumate their marriage for 7 years. WOWZA.

*One of the Louis (I think either XIV or XV, can’t really remember) commissioned a lake to be built behind the palace. THEN he commissioned the people to build him naval ships to scale a tenth of the size of regular naval battle ships, and then held mock naval battles on the lake for his entertainment. During the winter, the lake would freeze over and they would do dog sled races. This guy sounds like someone I would want to be friends with.

Which brings us to our picnic lunch. Around noon we stopped at the end of the above-mentioned lake and had our picnic. Prosciutto, fresh bread, brie, red wine….it really doesn’t get much better.

After lunch we rode to the palace, and checked out the many ornate and gorgeous rooms. There’s not much I like more than an old portrait, wallpaper, and gold gilded awesomeness, so I was a pretty happy camper.

Please, if you go to Paris, don’t not do this. It was worth every penny!

Do it.

A Broad Abroad – Paris!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Fashion Files, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on October 4, 2012

After London we took the Chunnel to Paris (that sucker goes FAST). We spent our first full day in Paris trying to do all the “touristy things,” knowing that we wanted to see those things (the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs-Elysees), but also wanted to spend the majority of our time ambling, EATING, and just enjoying ourselves.

I had gelato twice a day. I mean EVERY DAY.

In fact, I ate so much gelato (and pasta, and bread, and wine, and cheese) I grew nervous I would be shaped like this by the end of the trip…

We spent time in areas that were lovely for lounging…

And saw the lady herself…

Honestly, I hope I never grow up – because things like this are still my favorite…

After spending day one on all the “You should really see” sights, we spent time wandering around and eating good food and drinking good wine. We stopped by Montmartre more than once, and ate LARGE and delicious hot dogs…

and spent an evening picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was one of the coldest nights, and we were FREEZING, but it is one of my favorite memories of the trip – snuggling close to each other to keep warm, drinking wine and laughing with one another.

And while we were quite freezing, it was worth the wait, and the shivering, when this moment happened:

You’re thinking, “Oh no, she’s already done talking about Paris?  I haven’t been this disappointed since Jen and Brad split up!” but not to worry, our best day around Paris is yet to come! Check back for a couple pics from our awesome bike tour of Versailles!