Thinkin' of Y'all


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{perhaps my favorite lunch in France was had here, La Chambre aux Oiseaux}
In French, they say 'tu me manques' when we'd say 'I miss you.' Literally, this translates as "you are missing from me." I miss everyone from home, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see Caroline and Mary Elizabeth tomorrow. But, I've learned that longing for the people you love is actually a really good feeling.

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{one of my first sweet sixteen parties}
On the whole, my friends were by my side from elementary to middle to high school. And when I became a Longhorn, I joined a good bit of my graduating class at a college just two hours away from home.

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My point is, I'm surrounded by familiarity often. Stepping outside of this comfort zone--even for just a month--wasn't easy, but the initial difficulty made the end so rewarding.

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Yes, this is one of many cliché realizations I've had while being here, so bear with the digging deep for a little, as what I'd really like to do is dedicate a post to, well, all of you.

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Most of you are miles away but I see you while rummaging through clothes racks, peering behind bars, reading menus and admiring art and architecture.

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Berlin brought you to mind,
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especially this bookstore filled to the brim with old records, stylish oversized T-Shirts
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and posters I imagined hanging on the brick walls of your future NYC loft.

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Looks like we've both discovered our fro-yo addiction can be satisfied even while abroad!
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You, in Seville; me, in London, across the way from my favorite coffee shop--two of our favorite things to share. I can't wait to have both with you for the next month.

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During my rendezvous with Rita, you came up in our conversation while we enjoyed coffee at La Maison Rose.

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Of course this is only natural as you are our common bond, and it became clear we both feel lucky to call you our sister.

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The Grand Opera's history was rich of stories that I think you'd appreciate. And of course, the classical music playing throughout and on display for purchase in the souvenir shop would have been music to your ears.

Mollie with an ie,
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We've wined and dined on many occasions and I'm certain we could take Paris by storm. You would have particularly loved Verju's wine bar, tucked underground just enough steps away from the hustle and bustle of the Louvre to hear the bartender playing 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' on her iPod.
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Spotted here: Charlotte's hubby Harry from Sex and the City. Ooh la la.

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Like I already told you, it was everything about this restaurant in the Marais, le mary celeste--

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the cucumber frothy cocktail, the geometric décor accents,

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and even the menu design.

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I liked it so much, Jordan and I tried its Mexican hermana restaurant, Candelaria. Their pepper-rimmed margs and guac may give our local Zocalo a run for its money, my Austinite sis.
*hint for future visitors: there's a hidden bar in the back!

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Oh, and mere average attempts at chalk art. Holy Belly, you could use some help.

Ana Claire,
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As my sassiest nug of all my nieces and nephew, I hope you get to spend a month in Paris like your Aunt Moll. I think you'd enjoy the the sweetest and sassiest dessert of all, macaroons from Ladurée.

Aunt Liss,
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I wished I'd had my tennis pro aunt sipping special edition French Open Perrier at Rolland Garros by my side.

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This list is long but a few worth mentioning are the BNPs on every corner, seeing our Sunday dinner spot a second time where we both tried escargot for the first time

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and all things bike related.

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{view from Sacre Coeur in Montmartre}
Your list is extensive as well, as I think I inherited my appreciation for all things Paris from you. But, mostly, it's the beautiful churches, often the smallest and most hidden being the most stunning.
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And like you said, St. Chapelle
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and Sacre Coeur are certainly superior in beauty to the more visited Notre Dame.

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The food! Ah, the food. The taste but also the menu descriptions.

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The innovative plates and the classics that are just too good to be messed with like a pain au chocolat, cheeseburger, or a hearty french onion soup.

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Oh how I wish you were here to lick the hollandaise sauce or bourbon-infused syrup right off my plate.

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From tea to tapas now, I'm searching for all of you in Sevilla too and plan to do a follow-up post similar to this as I know I missed many of you whom I miss!

All the postcards say it, but I really mean it, WISH YOU WERE HERE!

P.S. As for the title, people never get tired of commenting on Texan's use of "y'all." And as long as that's the case, I'll never get tired of defending it as the most efficient contraction in the English language. Right, y'all? 


Julianne Staine said...

Lets start planning that joint trip to Berlin right now. This actually made my day! Love and miss you so much!

Cathy McConn said...

Love this! Rita is so pretty! I miss seeing her. And take me to the Opera House next time we see Paree.

Unknown said...

Your posts are so beautiful Molls. Can't wait to hear all about your travels when you return!