things to do

Deauville, France

On our way to Belgium we stopped in Deauville for some beach time. I had seen pictures of the Deauville umbrellas on Meg’s blog so I was pleasantly surprised that we had parked right in front of them. I couldn’t believe how great the umbrellas were, all brightly colored and lined up right in a row. It was pretty perfect. Deauville is a charming and relaxed bordwalk-y town. The kind of place where you get the feeling every person there is on vacation. It is very near the D-Day Normandy beaches so worth a stop if you are touring those anyway.

all photos by Oh Happy Day

Tulip Fields in Holland

After Normandy we decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Belgium and The Netherlands so that we could see the Tulip fields. Amsterdam is only a five hour drive from Paris, so it was an easy and quick trip. When we decided to move to Paris I made a list of “bucket list” of things I wanted to do while we were here. And seeing the tulip fields in Holland was near the top of the list. Our schedules have been busy during the small window that the tulips are in bloom so we thought we were going to have to miss them. I’m so happy we made it happen. The colors were so vibrant and it was one of my favorite days of this whole trip.

Have you ever seen the tulip fields in real life? It is crazy how colors that bright come from nature, they almost seem fake.

Sorry there are so many photos. It was hard to edit them down.

Alt Design Summit

After our movers come and we put everything we own in a little box, we fly to Utah where I’ll be attending Alt Design Conference. Alt is a conference for design bloggers in Salt Lake City. Have you seen the lineup of speakers? I’m going to be starstruck. I’m so excited to go and learn and take classes. These kinds of events are always inspiring and I have high hopes this one will be especially so. I am speaking on a panel about events (you can see the whole schedule here.)

The conference runs the same time as the Sundance Film Festival (movies!) plus every attendee gets a free ski pass! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Is anyone else planning on going?

Sonoma Plein Air Festival

Paul has been in Sonoma this whole week for the Sonoma Plein Air Festival. About 40 Artists are invited to spend the week painting and then Saturday they have a big art show in the Sonoma Town Square. The proceeds benefit Sonoma County Schools. Everyday Paul sends me pictures of what he painted that day. This is one he painted on Tuesday. If you are in the Bay Area stop by and say hi on Saturday.

Art Opening

I’m not sure where the week went, I can’t believe it is Friday already. Paul has a one-man show at a gallery here in San Francisco that opened this week. It turned out really beautiful and I’m so proud of him. The opening reception is Sunday from 2pm-6pm. Stop by if you are in the area, the show will be up for the next month. If you can’t make it you can see most of his show online right here. The picture below is of Paul getting ready for the show in his studio.

STUDIO Gallery

1815 Polk Street
(between Washington and Jackson)
San Francisco, CA 94109

p.s. I have lots of good posts ready for next week, including some of my newly decorated living room.