If you plan to go to Denver, drive to Colorado Springs it only one hour away and truly worth the ride. You can stop at Manitou Springs, discover the Gods Garden, Pike Peaks, and so many more things that we could do!

Cos Rodeo :

It’s never too late to see your first Rodeo.

As explained to us, the animals are not mistreated they are cared for as “rock star”. 

I have to say that it seems much harder from a human perspective. What a challenge to stay on these bulls, horses and sheeps ( junior only).

We went to the rodeo organized by CosRodeo at Colorado Springs, in the noris penrose arena. Great choice, people were very nice to us. lots of activities were provided for the children who were treated like kings. From mounting horses, playing darts on ballons entering in tippis, hearing stories, a Beautiful parade, Live concert for all after the rodeo. 

The diner was good and served in the arena, smores were available. 

After the Rodeo they inflated a hot air ballons and we could all take turn and jump in.

It was a perfect evening, I did not want to leave …

More in images.












Queen and Princess: 


Some restaurants tips:

In Colorado Springs : 
Bambino’s Urban pizzeria

 Josh and Johns Ice cream

Around Colorado Springs:

If you are looking for Donut ! The Donut Mill
Manitou Springs 

The Mountains Shadow Also seen in diner and dives on 📺 
To go to :

The Gods’ garden an unforgettable hike the park is free, we would have like to book in advance and discover it on horse back, but discovering it on foot is unforgettable! 


We also visited the US Air Force Academy, very impressive. They have a chapel to welcome all faith Protestant on top, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist on the lower level, and we saw some indications for others religions ( muslims Methodist and more ).

Hotel :

The hotel we stayed was very clean and perfectly located. And the housekeeping team surprised us with beautiful paper towel arrangements! : Towneplace Marriot Colorad Springs 

I am happy … 3 years  have passed since I started this adventure, sharing places, ideas, images, and keeping memories through these blog’s pages.

Thank you for following me and my adventures…. see you soon for more ….à bientôt….

Bisous ! ( kisses )

Jessica

 

Just for you:

My top 3 posts in 2016:

Incredible : My favorite addresses in Amsterdam have recorded more than 1500 views and is my top viewed post every years since it has been posted:

https://soparislux.com/amsterdam-une-de-mes-villes-favorites/amsterdam-one-of-my-favorite-city/

Number 2 is the one on my favorite addresses in Luxembourg:

https://soparislux.com/my-favorite-places-to-have-a-bite-lunch-dine-or-have-a-drink-in-luxembourg-grand-duche-de-luxembourg-part-1/

Number 3 is the one on this beautiful artist: Jurga Martin and her “Maison d’hôte in Bourgogne, France:

https://soparislux.com/2014/01/11/beaune-france-la-terre-dor-and-jurga-martins/

In 2015:

Still the post on Amsterdam and Luxembourg then this one on Paris and its gardens:

soparislux.com/2013/05/13/jardin-du-ranelagh-ou-parc-de-la-muette/

In 2014:

Still the post on Amsterdam and Luxembourg then this one on Luxembourg’s night life 🙂

https://soparislux.com/2014/03/08/chez-serge-luxembourg-previously-peche-mignon-or-declic-weekly-photo-challenge-perspective/

In 2013:

This post on Amsterdam is still number one: https://soparislux.com/amsterdam-une-de-mes-villes-favorites/amsterdam-one-of-my-favorite-city/

Oh how I love Ben Mazue’s and Benjamin Clementine’s music, two wonderful artists to be discovered. Together in my post, but not linked in real life:

https://soparislux.com/2013/07/04/ben-mazue-french-singer-and-benjamin-clementine-english-singer/

And this nice weekly challenge:

https://soparislux.com/2013/11/29/weekly-photo-challenge-let-there-be-light/

Let see what 2016 nous réserve ( awaites for us…)…

Great experience, culinary and esthetically.

What an effort on the decoration, you feel you set your foot in another country, and so delicious and refined cuisine.
You will find them in Staten Island ( once you exit the state island ferry (free and beautify boat ) just take a taxi 6 mn drive 9$ max) and here you are.

   
   
Lakruwana

No 668,Bay Street, Staten Island, New york, NY- 10304

newlakruwan@gmail.com

inquiry@lakruwana.com

Fax- 347 857 6620

Tel- 347 857 6619

Cel- 718 300 2810
http://www.lakruwana.com/

This year’ich (6 June 2014/6August 2015 ) in numbers:

Finally 50 km running ( not much but still!)

3 continents

1 TornM.

3 kids

1 dog

More than 3 285 000 steps and some of them, made carrying or pushing!

7 transatlantic flights (both Ways always)

3 continental flights 

1 transcontinental flights 

In total 22 flights

4 trains ways 

7 car rentals

2 burial ( lost my 2 grandma) 

1 marriage (3 end of August and September)

Finaly met 4 babies recently born (Turned 1 and 2 this year) Still 4 Babies to meet One in Normandy, (who just Turned 2) two in Breda under a year, One in Paris (Charenton more précisly) ( under 2 months). 

10 Sleep over visit at home. 

4 languages ( mainly used)

15 cities! (Mainly Paris Luxembourg woodstock, Albany, New York, L.A., Amsterdam,Miami, Bordeaux, Dublin and Tel Aviv).

4  countries ( mainly) but really 6! 

3 continents 

1korean scrub ! Worth mentioning!

Started 30 days of yoga with Adriene, only completed 9 out of 16 so far. But I love it.

http://yogawithadriene.com/30-days-yoga-day-19/

Hard to say if My feets are on the grownd!

This year Has Been the craziest so far! One ???? Felt Like longer and shorter at the same Time.

Exhausted ! Energised ! A bit lost in translation! Seriously running after Time! So much more to be done! A serious price to pay ! Interesting versus dull! But craving for slow paced….

   
    
    
    
    
    
   
   
    
 

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Birds quietly parked for the night… And of we go… Have a great week Dear all,
Passion, light, color, inspiration, calm, nature, surprise, trust yourself and of you go, creating miracle with a smile.

So many green areas Paris, you would not imagine.
One of the French particularity play grounds, places to wall around, for Kids to play.

When you say, you have been brought up in Paris, people’s face turns mad, a big grin, and say:

    • People: “oh I m so sorry”. It must be so hard. Meaning, no life and locked up in an apartment all year-long, the horrible flux of car and a midst of pollution.
  •  Me:” for what?” And I reply, I have been so happy being brought up in Paris’ center of course! I had all I wanted, playgrounds, shops, museums, friends.  Incredible events to attend, fashion shows during fashion week, university etc… and when you need more wide spaces, you have plenty of possibility in a range of 10 mn to 70 mn drive. (Le Bois de Boulogne, Versailles, Rambouillet, Chantilly). The Beaches of Normandy at 2 hours of train, planes with 2 international airport.
  • Me: Don t grin at me!

So today I ll share some of the PARC, garden, playgrounds, so you can enjoy it, as any other Parisian.

It is great to walk around them. they have all this French Parisian atmosphere, but have all their specificity, as all neighbourhood are different.

They are more empty In the winter, as french people don’t stay too much out side in the cold. You can still enjoy them with a very good coat, gloves scarf and hat.

In general and particularly in the spring and the summer, you can linger in these park for hours, read a book, just sit or lay in the park. You’ll also in all of them find small Parisian café, and small trolley selling ice cream or beverage or “crêpe” french pancakes. (You might not find peaches, but surely croissant).

 

Le parc du Luxembourg,

in the center of the latin quarter, it has some lovely alleys bordered with trees, wide pound where kids can play with boats pushing them from one side to the other.

This parc border the french Senate, where laws are discussed and voted, and you can find as well bee farms. As it is in the middle of the latin quarter, it is central to most prestigious universities such as La Sorbonne or Panthéon Assas. You can often see groups of students either lingering around of discussing topics.

There is a quarter dedicated to pétanque, a french sport consisting on throwing heavy middle size steel balls as near as possible to the cochonnet a small wooden ball. This game is often played by elderly people. It has the popularity of bowling in France and you can play it anywhere.

 

Le champs de Mars

 an institution, at the foot of the Eiffel Tour, also called by the french, la dame de fer (meaning the iron lady, nothing to do with Margaret Thatcher). You’ll find every thing, first a beautiful view of Paris, just at the cross “road” of the  Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalide and the Ecole Militaire. Not forgetting you are couples of minutes away by foot from the Statue of Liberty, the Parc André Citroen, simply of la Seine.

You can decide to simply sit and relax on a bench, watching from right to left and up and down. Or lay on the grass and watch the sky. Play basket on a dedicated field near the école militaire, our bring your kids on a beautiful merry go round, made of wooden horses (small fee), still in the same state I new it when I was myself a child. You can also bring your kids to a playground with trains, or princess carriages (free of charge).

You have to keep in mind that Paris is a walkable city, you could be walking all day long and still enjoy new discoveries.

 

Le Jardin des Tuilleries

Just, by the Louvres, it holds arts expositions at le jeu de paume, children’s games of course, and its famous little boat pound, and at least once a year a beautiful funfair in the late spring.
Today, our dog is for the first time in Paris. That made us discover, the Tuillerie are not dog friendly, only allowed in certain area… But still so beautiful.

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Le Jardin du Ranelagh, also called le Parc de la Muette.

is a lovely and simple parc, with a children theater, merry-go-round, to know more just have a look at my post:

https://parislux.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/jardin-du-ranelagh-ou-parc-de-la-muette/

 

These are my favorite green areas in Paris, knowing you have plenty more, among others, le Parc Monceau (17eme arrondissement), le bois de Boulogne, just by the 16 arrondissement de Paris, le Parc de St Cloud, le Jardin d’acclimatation and now just repoened le zoo de Vincennes.

 

More on Paris, through my eyes:

https://parislux.wordpress.com/oh-paris-part-i-tocadero-and-the-latin-neighborghood/

the following, hold some nice addresses:

https://parislux.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/paris-france-tonight-what-a-beautiful-gift/

https://parislux.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/weekly-challenge-pattern-a-great-cheese-maker-in-paris-2/

https://parislux.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/miniatures-restaurant-paris-france/

https://parislux.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/weekly-photo-challenge-saturated/

 

 

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Part 2

Snapshot à la Parisienne – Oh Paris! Part2 | parislux
https://parislux.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/snapshot-a-la-parisienne-oh-paris-2/

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I really need to come up with a good idea:

For now, Here are the countries and places I want to travel to:
List A: my dream free list, no boundaries,

1/Portland, Oregon, USA
2/Bresil
3/New Zealand
4/Australia
5/Hawaii, thanks to Jessica Doffelmeyer’s blog and pictures!
6/England, country side, sea-side, thanks to the people sharing pictures on twitters (Swines Meadow @rareplants, Alison level @papaver, Hardys Plants @hardyplants, The Wollies @WoollyGreen, Dottycookie @SalixArts and many more check my tweeter if you wish @JessideVreeze )! And next to London to see Harry Potters’ studio
7/Japan
8/Ireland again
9/Scotland
10/ India
11/la maison d ‘Arlette in the mountains not far from the mountains near Grenoble in France ( again)
12/Portugal with my friend “Owl”
13/ Brittany again!
14/ Italy, open business as always
15/ Romania

List B, my travel need list! Priority:
As when your family and friends are scattered around the world, we made a priority to see them no matter the distance or at least to make it matter less…or try to pretend it does not matter (as it does, practically and money wise)

1/ USA Albany to see my grand ma
2/ USA Miami sunrise etc Florida to see family and because we love that part of the US
3/USA New York to see my dear Macarony and family
A note for myself 1/2/3 can be planed in one trip! As usual! And, yes it is tiring specially with 3 kids, but worth it and never long enough!
4/Paris France, to see my grand na family and friends, planed next week-end,
5/London to meet princess El
( could be combined with A.6, no I m not playing “bataille navale”)
6/from 5 weeks on, Amsterdam to meet little baby V.
7/Normandy to meet princess Sarah.
8/ Bordeaux France to meet the super Tweens and see their glorious parents, and because Bordeaux is a great place to be.
(Point B.7 and B.8.
(we could meet up in Paris, would be easier, or in Lux))
9/drôme France for my herbal studies ( June )
10/ Lyon France idem
11/ switzerland to see our sweet Irish/French friends ( could be combined, with the B9 and 10)
12/Israel, Tel Aviv and further to attend the wedding of in our Belgium family and see our family there, always a good reason to travel to this beautiful country. ( a piece of our summer 2014)

Wouah my head is spinning I need idea! Courage, and strength to let traveling be a pleasure and not a pressure 😉

I wished for a life of traveling and I received more than I wished for our life is traveling!

We are just back from week in Holland ! A mix of work and school holidays, driven by my 3 Wild kids and our dogs! This week was breathless…and yet I think ahead!

Sometimes, I can’t stand traveling anymore, and after more than 4 weeks or 5, I start feeling the thirst of it again!
When it’s to much I stop for 2 months and try to resource myself in Luxembourg.

Tonight I am happy to be back, normally going again is Paris next week end and for us( kids and puppy) not moving until 4 April…ouf… husbany, brief breathing and many traveling in between….

P.S.: traveling include, children, husband and dog ( most of the time).
For those wondering, yes we travel with our dog, he came back with us from Friesland in November, than back to Amsterdam once 5 December and twice this week with a brief stop in Breda, Den Haag, etc in the meantime, he came with us to Evian for Christmas, than Provence to see family and south of France and Burgundy…
And he’s a great traveler.
Only issue, will be USA but we found a super cosy pension, and some country like Australia or New Zealand that ask to long quarantine to bring him along… But wherever he can come he will….

So any ideas in my quest are welcome ! In the meantime I’ll enjoy some time in Lux….Small country very propice for traveling 🙂

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As it is nice to have some images, you can admire this great idea: a lost and found object’s fence in the Vondel Park in Amsterdam. I just love this idea!

warning:
The following is To read only if you have energy to lose:

Come one, are you ever going to search for a lost glove in the list and found on a city? For example in Paris you have a huge one, but in from my 0 to 24 years old, when I was living there, I have never even attempted taking the time to go there and look up for something… I know it’s an absurd example but it explain it all.
And after a week in Amsterdam I’m lawfully granted a crazy quote! Quote of my raw though! Ok I ll stop there sorry…