Monday, May 4, 2015

Greek wedding in New York

Just a few photos this week of our time on the East Coast recently. 
First time ever at the Boathouse on Central Park Lake.

There isn't much I don't love about Central Park.

Between going to the park and museums,
a Broadway show, Times Square and Greenwich Village,
we were there for a Greek wedding. 

The beautiful ceremony was held in a traditional Greek Orthodox church
in Stamford, CT. 

Inside the church was a painting of one of my favorites
found all over Greece:
St. George and the Dragon. 

I always enjoy seeing how people decorate the end of the church pews
and loved their use of lavender and olive branches. 

 The beautiful white cake was also decorated with
olive branches and blue flowers.

At the top, the same love birds
the parents of the bride
had on their own wedding cake.

And the very same glasses they toasted from
many years ago.

What sweetness!

The reception was held at the lovely
Davenport Club in New Rochelle
with a veranda and stunning water view. 

The food, the people, the view 
were all outstanding
and we were ecstatic to be included
and share in this family's joy.

One last one of Central Park
and there will be more photos to come next time
with shots from the City and some of my favorites from the museums. 

Until then, happy spring to you and yours! 

(All Photos Copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, April 27, 2015

L'Etoile Venitienne

Just a photo today. 
Have been AWOL quite a bit lately on my blog
so thought I'd at least give you a little eye candy while I'm working on the next post. 
This is a restaurant we met my sister at for lunch during our most recent visit. 
Sadly I did not get any indoor photos which had a fun 
mirror picture of the canals of Venice. 

We were recently in New York for a wedding
and will soon have a post with photos of that trip. 

Til then, Happy Monday! 

L'Etoile Venitienne
20, Avenue Kleber
75116 Paris
Metro: Kleber on the 6 Line

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bon Anniversaire Eiffel Tower

Happy 126th Anniversary of the opening of
the Eiffel Tower today! 

Took these photos with my cell phone during our last visit.
So while not the best camera,
I love the colors. 

This is what it looked like when we emerged from
the Musee du Quai Branly 
after spending the afternoon there.

I had no idea about all the lights and colors
until we came out to this magic. 

And speaking of magic,
March is my birthday month
and a wonderful month it's been.

I got to spend a week at my writing retreat on the coast
with special favorite writing gals.

And last week, we spent a long weekend 
in Napa/Sonoma with friends 
for someone special's 80th birthday party. 

And as always happens in my birthday month,
my favorite season, Spring, arrived in full beauty and...magic. 

Happy Spring to you...
and I promise more Paris photos soon. 

Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tues, Wed and Sunday
Thurs, Fri and Saturday

(All photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, March 2, 2015

From Notre Dame to Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile

To return to our small Paris tour from last time,
we walked from the lovely Notre Dame de Paris,
seen here in the setting sun,

across the bridge

past the brasseries

to the Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile.

Built between 1664 and 1726,
and according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau,
built according to plans by Le Vau, the royal architect of Versaille. 

While I'm not a Catholic
I DO love those Catholic churches

for their graceful beauty, their architecture,

moving paintings
and stained glass windows
filled with stunning color and detailed story.

for their quiet places

their history


and reverence

their painted arches

and hiding shadows

their amazing shots

and because I always learn something.

What about you? 
Anything you especially love about churches?

Next time we'll do a little more walking 
along the island. 


19 bis rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile
75004 Paris

(All Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Favorite Corner of Paris

A trip to Paris is never complete 
without a visit to our favorite corner not far from Notre Dame. 
And our favorite little eatery. 

I've posted before about La Reserve de Quasimodo
which serves old French favorites
and does them well. 

Their bread is from one of Paris' finest boulangeries
using the old style of baking. 

And a separate entrance leads into their wine shop. 

The view looks out on
 Paris' magificent Hotel de Ville 
right across the Seine. 

And just around the corner,

sits another building claiming to be one of the oldest in Paris. 

All decked out for Noel
including Bethlehem polar bears. 

Paris is always beautiful
but even more so at Christmas! 
Next time I'll have more photos of a walk on the other side of this bridge
and the church of St. Louis. 

(Photos copyright:Kirsten Steen)