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I’ll be honest with you. Moving to sunny Arizona from the East coast isn’t as easy as it may seem. The landscape is so vastly different from anything that seems familiar, and living in Phoenix, I constantly I ask myself, where are all the trees? Moving out here made me realize how indelible our environments can be to our spirits. Growing up, I never thought much about the creeks and the woods near my house, and I used to long for the big open sky like I now have out West. Little did I know that my childhood landscape would haunt me, as I search out water, trees, and, yes, even winter. I still struggle with embracing the Phoenix landscape, but I did fall in love with Arizona 4000 feet above sea level. The mountains, the pine forests, the big, big sky. Our little family lived up north, in the middle of nowhere, for almost two years. That landscape haunts me, too, where there’s nothing but you and the rolling hills and the sky. No cacti, no highways, nothing between you and the land.
We travelled back up north to Prescott this weekend for a day hike in the pine forests. Both my husband and I remarked at how different the landscape was from where we were currently living, like visiting another state, another region of a huge country. We had dinner at a local pub afterwards and saw a sign in the bar area that had the word “Phoenix” on it. I remember thinking, gee, how coincidental that they have a sign of the city I used to live in. My husband thought the same, and we both laughed at how wonderfully displaced and far away we felt from home, even though we were only 2 hours away.

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I’ve been away from this blog forever! To be honest, I barely have any photographs to share from the last 3 months. We have been busy packing up our old house and moving into a brand, spanking new one, but the good news is I’ve had loads of fun decorating our new home and hope to share it on my blog in the next few months. Right now we are on summer holidays in British Columbia, Canada, from whence my husband hails. We have been splitting our time between lounging at the lake and visiting downtown Vancouver. Here’s a few Instagram snapshots of our summer at the lake.

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Last week, Miss Em and I did a little sightseeing in the Phoenix area at Pueblo Grande, an archeological museum and park that documents the life of the ancient Hohokam people who once inhabited the area. The site was discovered when the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport was being built, and as a result, it sits right next door to jets and in the shadow of the newly built Sky Train. The ancient and the modern rest side by side, and you might notice a plane descending for the landing in one of these photos.

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Our little family stayed down in Scottsdale last week for a short stay-cation to celebrate our anniversary and to do a little traveling with my work. We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho, which is a mid-century inspired hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. It reminds me a bit of the Ace Hotel married with the Parker Palm Springs. It certainly has a rich Hollywood history; Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner got married in the hotel’s ballroom. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the hotel suites, so we celebrated with champagne and watching the sunset from our balcony.

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My final Paris post before coming back to the real world. These are a few random city shots I took while I was strolling around near the Marais. Paris is full of surprises at every turn, and one of them was a miniature theatre in the round performing Romeo and Juliet by the Seine. The sun came out after hours of clouds and rain. A perfect last day in Paris!

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A few more posts about Paris, and then back to regular life. I spent a lot of time in the Marais area of Paris, which is full of cute boutiques and lovely cafes. I had delicious crepes at Breizh Cafe and a tasty quiche and crumble at Rose Bakery I also bought perfume for both myself and the hubby at L’Artisan Parfumeur. The Marais is similar in spirit to Soho in the New York, but with a distinctively French feel.

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A diary of Paris’s melting snow at the Place des Vosges.

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Just in case you were wondering where the Eiffel Tower was hiding in all my posts about Paris, I did go see the major sights. In order, we have Sacre Coeur, the Louvre both outside and inside, the Mona Lisa, the you know what, the Pantheon, the Arch de Triomphe, and can you guess what’s hiding in the last photo?

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Today I visited the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Pont des Arts, and the Centre Pompidou.

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Spend a lovely Saturday in the Montparnasse area of Paris. Lots of children playing in the Luxembourg Gardens and cute shops on la rue Brea.

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