The evolution of Gingerbread

In the United States we know gingerbread at Christmas made into a gingerbread man, a dark cookie sweetened with molasses.  But in Europe it takes all kinds of shapes.  It is thought to have originated in Basel Switzerland as Basler Lackerli, a spiced bread sweetened with honey and kirsch and with hazelnuts and spices added….

Love locks in Paris

Love locks are appearing on bridges all over the world.  We found these in Paris and Amsterdam.  A romantic gesture made by couples who want their love to be locked together forever. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography

Au Pied de Cochon in Paris

One of the highlights of visiting Paris is lunch at Au Pied de Cochon – the perfect Parisian brasserie.

Baba in Paris

We first discovered the Kugelhopf in the Alsatian city of Strasbourg, a sort of coffee cake with fruits and nuts, baked in a special mold.  But when we got to Paris, we found the cakes were smaller and soaked in rum.  Outside the Sacre Coeur there was a food festival at Christmas where famous food…

Laduree in Paris

We diligently tried all the best french macarons in Paris, but nothing compared to Laduree! Maybe it was the pastel colors, or the uber cute shop, or the matching ribbons and tissue paper with the Laduree insignia, but nobody does it like Laduree!

Paris wedding charivari (Shivaree)

In France, the custom of charivari now often includes a drive through the town in a parade of decorated cars with horns blaring.  The older custom was to make noise as the couple left the church or at the home of the newlyweds on their wedding night, but customs change over the years.  This was…

Paris

Loved the flowers on this dress we shot in Paris!

Strasbourg France

Really nice having some down time while traveling.  Just leisurely wandering instead of rushing to the next planned activity.

French haute Couture designer Cleone

While in Strasbourg, Tony and I stopped to admire the exquisite wedding dresses at the boutique shop of haute couture designer Cleone, and actually met the designer herself. The dresses are incredibly imaginative.  I would love to be invited to a runway show for the next collection – I can’t wait to see what she will…

Strasbourg France

Our romantic cruise down the Rhine was now abruptly over due to the crash.  There was a gash in the side of the Viking River Cruise boat, and it could not continue.  We were now in Strasbourg and were about to spend a few days there.  But, if you are going to be stuck someplace…

Viking Cruise crashes

Our relaxing river cruise has ended before it hardly got started!  The Viking Sun, part of the Viking River Cruise line crashed into a structure on the side of the canal at 2:30 in the morning (news article).  Our cabin was below the water level, so we went topside where we took these pictures of…