Pomp And Circumstance

A Broad Abroad: Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere – Italy!

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on October 11, 2012

Let’s face it, travelling takes a lot of, well, travelling. For all the moments we spent eating delicious food, seeing beautiful things, and did I mention eating delicious food….we spent many a moment travelling from one place to another. In fact, I think we may have travelled by every means possible: We travelled by plane, train, car, bus, tube, boat, and donkey. Just kidding about the donkey.

At this particular moment we had taken an overnight train from Paris to Italy by way of Nice, France, and were going on 22 hours of travel and not much sleep…

I’ve come to realize that I really love train travel, although the lack of sleep is something I could do without.

And I’ll throw in this beauty for your viewing pleasure…

 

And the answer is yes, I probably was about 48 hours passed the point where I should have washed my hair.

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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!

A Broad Abroad: London! Portobello Road Image Diary

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on August 14, 2012

One of my absolute favorite places we visited was London. It was rainy and cold, and I wore my rain boots and trench coat every day, and absolutely had the time of my life, despite the 12 coffees I had to get each day just to keep my body temperature from falling to dangerously low…well…lows.

This particular rainy day, we ventured to the Portobello Road Market, and wandered the streets for hours checking out all the fun antiques and other fun not-so-antique-y items.

Here’s a couple of the things that made my day.

 

Awesome leather bag.

Rad guy who designed awesome leather bag…And husbands thumb.

Cool shelving in All Saints

All Saints decor – Wall of antique sewing machines

Fresh made crepes with Nutella – YUM

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A Broad Abroad: Barcelona Part Deux (The More Fun Part)

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on June 15, 2012

In my opinion, one of the most fun and memorable things you can do on vacation is join with locals on the things that they are the most balls-to-the-wall passionate about. In most of Europe, that’s soccer…I mean football…but soccer….you know what I mean.

In  Barcelona, there is nothing the locals love more than FC Barcelona matches. Do it people, join the fun! Get your tickets, buy the jerseys, and go! And when everyone else is chanting “BARCA! BARCA! BAAAARCA!” you chant along with them…and when they’re singing other things and you can’t tell what the heck they’re saying, just make loud noises with a smile on your face. Trust me, it will be awesome.

On this particular night, we watched live as Messi broke the record for most goals in a season. That, my fellow Americans (and other rad people from other rad places), is not a night I will easily forget!