Ouzouer-sur Trézée, France

Every wedding that I’ve been to has been pretty amazing, and uniquely representative of the couple.  But Janine and Christophe’s wedding in Ouzouer-sur Trézée, France was something spectacular.  I mean, it’s not every day that I have a friend get married in a château!  I took over 100 photos, but culled them down for their privacy.  I included a rare photo of me riding in the backseat of our car to the church!  (I like to sit in the middle so I can see out the front window, I know, it’s weird.)

J and C were married in a stunning church.  The ceremony was largely in French, and although I had no idea what was being said, my friend Emily translated.  I’m not sure how much she was adding lib, but she had me in tears–it was such a touching and beautiful ceremony.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing followed at a nearby château for the next 12 hours.  I felt like I was in a fairy tale, I can’t believe places like this exist.  True to J, everything was personalized and fun.  Instead of traditional place cards, she wrote letters to each guest!  Party favors included a deck of cards with instructions for Sh*thead–which is one of the best card games and a favorite to play with her, and everyone was given a J and C mad libs.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

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Château de Fontainebleau, France

On the way to the wedding venue, which was a few hours south of Paris, we saw signs for Fontainebleau and decided to pull over to have a picnic.  We didn’t actually go inside the Château, but the gardens were beautiful and I saw my first peony growing in the ground!

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For more information about the Château, which was a “sovereign residence for eight centuries,” possibly built as early as 1137, you can read more here.

© Sarah Milstein 2018

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris

I recently got back from a two-week trip to five cities, where I somehow managed to squeeze in what felt like five separate vacations and take over 500 photographs.  While in Paris, I went to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen with a few friends that I made at the wedding (which was the impetus for the trip).  Even though I still can’t pronounce the name of the flea market correctly, it did not disappoint.  For more information about the Puces, which covers seven hectares, check out their official website here.

I went specifically to find a rug for my apartment, and a rug I did find!  While I was trying on vintage couture clothing that I absolutely did not need (nor did I buy), I told the shopkeeper that I wanted a rug and she personally walked me over to a shop with the most beautiful rugs, and I immediately fell in love.  There’s something about the lighting in Paris, where everything just looks better.  It could be that I refuse to take off my rose colored glasses while there.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

I went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park today with my mom.  It’s free for SF residents (a price I can totally get behind), and discounted for seniors and families.  They have 8,500 different plants from around the world, and apparently something is always in bloom.  Some of the eye catching things were the spiral aloe, a tree that looked like a flaky croissant, a bamboo forest, and calla lilies that were taller than me (not pictured).  It’s definitely a maze worth getting lost in!

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum

Today I went to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the De Young Museum, which closes tomorrow.  If you can make, go!  I realized in following the floral arrangements around the museum, that I had never seen a lot of the permanent collection.  The three-dimensional works bring new life to so many old works.

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Naossa, Paros, Greece

I just got back from spending a little over a week in Greece, where I was celebrating a friend’s birthday.  We rented a villa on Paros (it helps having 9 people to share the cost!).  We stayed near the adorable town of Naossa, where every alley is cuter than the next, colored doors and shutters differentiate the whitewashed buildings, Greek salads come with giant hunks of feta, and every sunset creates a daily spectacle.

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Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’ve always wanted to check out the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  By the time I got to the park, the fog had cleared, and the park was filled with children learning to ride bikes, and people rollerskating, playing music, reading, picnicking, and out enjoying the perfect weather.  The Conservatory of Flowers has a special butterfly exhibit going on through the end of June that I definitely recommend!  I took all of these photographs in the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.

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© Sarah Milstein 2017