parenting

Paris 2011, 10th Trip For C.

C. is truly a blessed child. I have been taking C. to Paris once a year in order for both of us to spend some quality time together during her vacation. Also I want her to have a special place that I consistently bring her to so that when she grows up, it will be a special […]

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travel

Paris here we come again

Kate and I are heading for Paris tomorrow afternoon. She is super excited about it. She tells me she is looking forward to time with only Dad and no one else. She is looking forward to the crepes, and going up to the Eifel Tower when we first get there. I admit that I thrive […]

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food, travel

Japanese does French pastries

This shop so far has the best French pastries and best coffee I’ve had in Paris and it’s created by a Japanese chef http://www.sadaharuaoki.com/ My favorite is all the pastries filled with mocha powder giving it a nice Japanese flavor to the classic French pastries.  The photo above is macha flavored madelline

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travel

Mid-life Crisis Coming Early

So the common theory goes that there are basic humans needs like food and shelter and once you fulfill these needs then there is love, follow by spiritual needs and I don’t remember what other higher callings there are. For my parents’ generation they struggled for 40-50 years for basic survival and the focus is […]

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travel

Parisians are just like Americans

Well I could safely say that I understand Parisian life a little bit more after running through to 140 metro stations, getting a hair cut, buying food at the local markets, going to shop at their farmer’s open air markets, biking around town on my bike for 30 days. Here is the recap and sorry […]

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coffee, travel

Finally, Good Coffee In Paris

I been having a hard time finding Italian quality coffee in Paris.  Most places that serve coffee in Paris serve very mediocure cafe creme and cappucino.  While in Paris, I’ve been listening to the http://coffeegeek.com/ podcast and making myself long for a good cup of capuccino. Until one day I stumbled on urbietorbi le bar […]

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exercise

Run The Paris Metro #8: town of Malakoff

Run The Paris Metro #8: 5.97 miles, 10 down 232 to go. The photo is of ligne roset, super high end ultra modern design.  They have a store in SOMA SF. I just finished running Metro line #13 which bought me to the outskirts of Paris to the town of Malakoff Getting to see the […]

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travel

Best morning in Paris…

.. is when it’s raining outside, my apartment is filled with bright day light at 6:00am.  I open up the windows and smell clean air and hear the shops getting ready to open up.  I walk 5 minutes to pick up the best pain au chocolate and bring them home to eat with coffee. So […]

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travel

Run The Paris Metro #5: 18 stations, 13.87 miles, 261 to go

Finally made it to 13.3 miles today.  I’m getting slightly tired with only 4-5 hours of sleep and this running, but I promised myself to sleep a bit more. Today’s run covered 18 stations for 13.87 miles .  Highlights were the 2 farmers markets that ‘forced’ me to stop and eat some fruits Run #4: […]

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travel

Plat Du Jour

When dining in the U.S, I have the misconception that whatever the special of the day is something that the restaurant is trying to give rid of. Here in Paris, the ‘eating’ books recommend that I always order the plat du jour because it’s almost made from what’s fresh at the market. So I ventured […]

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exercise

Run The Paris Metro: #2 – 10.56 miles

Running to the metro stations in Paris is getting me to run more that I’ve ever done in my  life.  Every other day I’m running around 10 miles.  That’s almost a half-marathon.  I stop to take photos, consume some wonderful food, coffee and run at a pace faster than I would run a half.  Today’s […]

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exercise

Run the Paris Metro: Day 1: 23 stations

My plan is to run to every metro station in the Paris subway system.  I have no idea how many stations there are in total, let me know if you find out. Here are the 23 stations I covered for a nice 10 mile run on Sunday. Photos of the 23 metro stations and the […]

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exercise

Run The Paris Metro: #2 – 10.56 miles

  Running to the metro stations in Paris is getting me to run more that I’ve ever done in my  life.  Every other day I’m running around 10 miles.  That’s almost a half-marathon.  I stop to take photos, consume some wonderful food, coffee and run at a pace faster than I would run a half.  […]

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inspiration, paris

Music In Subways: I Heart City

This reminds of why I love Paris. Coming out of the in personal depths of the darkness of the tunnels and hearing the most beautiful sounds of live string instruments echoing against the rumbling trains. I sat down on the floor and listened for 10 minutes before coming down to earth.

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exercise, travel

Last night in Paris

Hobbled on a bad foot over to the Eifel Tower, had a crepe, stood in the rain and soaked up Paris. Then walked along the Seine to Place de Concord, and watched Star Wars. hee, wonderful end to the vacation Hobble Log: 3 miles

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exercise, inspiration

Paris Running: St. Martin Canals

I’m so tired today.   It’s glorious weather in Paris at 82 degrees.  This is my last full day Paris, I’ll be heading to Amsterdam tomorrow.  So I decided to squeeze in a run to see the lower part of the canals (St. Martin, see Y! Image) I ran 3.6 km then the heat really got […]

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exercise

Paris Running: Pain au Chocolat, Canals, Sacre Couer

Running and eating my way through Paris. This morning I started running at 5:30am cause I knew I wanted a long run.  Picked up the best pain au chocolat in Paris, saw the best view of Paris at Sacre Coeur, then the best running route along the canals.  The St. Martin canal is a must […]

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exercise, paris

Paris Running: St Germain

Paris is the perfect city to run. Lots of walkways, interesting buildings, lots of street lights for night running. First day in Paris, trying to beat the jet lag and Angie was running out of coffee beans and need some to go with pain au chocolat and her fruit pies. At 9:30pm on a Sunday […]

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