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Hello everyone! How’s 2014 treating you? My year has been a good one so far, full of watching Netflix on the sofa, holiday planning and slooowly weaning myself from the excesses of December. I’ve got a lot planned for the next couple of weeks, including catch-up brunches with friends (bien sur), sitting down and making my New Year’s Resolutions (I’m a little late to the party on that one… more tomorrow) and as much yoga and running as my poor, Christmas cake-filled body can handle.
But before all of that, it’s time for another edition of ‘Grams of my Life, the regular Instagram catch-up game I play around here. Between a pre-Christmas trip to Paris with my parents, spending the holiday with my sister in the country, and celebrating New Year’s back in London with friends, I’ve been all over the place. Here’s what I was up to in the last days of 2013…
1, 2 Paris was absolutely lovely, as always. The weather was beautiful and my favourite city was all dressed up for the holidays, too; what more could you want?
3 In my ongoing quest to explore every cemetery in Paris, my parents and I spent a sunny Sunday morning strolling through the beautiful Cimetière de Montmartre, near the flat we’d rented.
4 We also travelled a little further afield, to the outskirts of Paris in order to see the famous Villa Savoye, a beautiful modernist home by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. I loved seeing this beautiful home, and would recommend the short trip to any architecture or design enthusiast.
5, 6 Predictably, we also ate quite well: here’s my Paris favourite Rose Bakery in the 9th arrondissement, and the equally tasty Bistrot Paul Bert in the 11th.
7, 8 My Mum and I spent one lovely day shopping, just the two of us. We spent a few hours (yes, hours– but we had lunch so it’s not so bad!) in my favourite shop Merci, and then moved on to a choice of my mother’s, the foodie-tastic G. Detou.
9, 10 Eventually we left Paris, and after a week in London, headed up to visit my sister in the midlands. Christmas here involved several bracing country walks, and a tour of my brother-in-law’s boarding house. (He teaches at a private school, and they live on the campus. It’s a bit like Hogwarts for Muggles.)
11 New Year’s Eve was low-key; my flatmate and I had friends ’round for dinner (I made lasagne), drinks and some surprisingly competitive Jenga. I’m a nerd, but that’s ok.
12 This past weekend was all housekeeping of one kind or another: I filed my personal tax return and cleaned out my closets, but still had time for pizza and a movie with my flatmate. Yesterday I awoke to the most beautiful cloud formation outside my bedroom window– if you were in London, did you notice this?