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Happy Weekend

We just made our plans to move back to San Francisco. I’m actually really excited to get back to my friends and family but the deadline has got me anxious to travel all over before we move. I’ve been looking up airfare all week to Morocco, Venice, and Copenhagen. Where else should we go? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? Tonight Paul and I are going on a date at a new restaurant (yea!) and then will walk around Paris at night. It is my favorite thing to do even in the winter. Have a happy weekend!

I also write for Babble.com. Here are my posts for this week.

30 of the Best Stocking Stuffers for kids. I bought a bunch of these!
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I want these in my stocking.
The best holiday dresses (on a budget!)
I love the double decker bus.

  1. Patricia

    December 16, 2011

    DEFINITELY go to Venice! My favorite city. Everything you imagine it’ll be and more. My 2 other faves that I’ve been to are Strasbourg (so close since you’re in France already!) and Berlin. OH and Verona.

  2. EMILY

    December 16, 2011

    It’s always bittersweet when an adventure comes to an end, but coming home… nothing beats that. Enjoy your last journeys abroad!

  3. Sara R.

    December 16, 2011

    My advice would be to skip Morocco and go to Istanbul! We did both while we lived in Paris, and Morocco was a disappointment – travel times are way to long to get a good view of the whole country, and the cities themselves and not as engaging and vivid and I’d imagined them. Whereas Istanbul – stunning! The mosques were incredible, and food was awesome, and if you have extra time I hear that there are wonderful coastal cities to see. Anyway, that’s my two cents! Enjoy the end of your stay in Europe!!

  4. Lauren

    December 16, 2011

    Madrid is fun. Lisbon is wonderful, and can get you in the San Francisco spirit with a big red bridge and cable cars

  5. The Wife @ homeonthechange.com

    December 16, 2011

    When is the big day?

  6. Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock

    December 16, 2011

    Did you go to Rome? If not definitely go there. All over Italy in general – Florence, Venice, etc. Berlin is also amazing – it is my favourite city in Europe – so cool and chic and down to Earth – full of recent history and communist mementos.

  7. Notes from Holly St.

    December 16, 2011

    wow! it’s amazing how fast a year has flown by. but i’m sure it will be equally exciting to get back home.

  8. Rebekka

    December 16, 2011

    Gosh, you just look unbelievably chic! I know you will bring some of that back with you to the US πŸ™‚

  9. Taylor Kalander

    December 16, 2011

    Wow! It seems like you were just blogging about moving to Paris. πŸ™‚ How time flies!

    Morocco sounds heavenly! Can’t wait to see your blog post about it.

    Looking forward to meeting you at ALT!

  10. Annie

    December 16, 2011

    I lived in Florence for a year and traveled around quite a bit. I’m well-known as a Venice-hater–it’s an out-of-the-way and frankly pretty boring tourist trap so I always recommend for people to skip it. I would say visit some smaller cities in Tuscany or Umbria instead. Lucca, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia. Gorgeous small towns with fantastic food and fab flea markets on the weekends. πŸ™‚

  11. debbie

    December 16, 2011

    oh I’d die to visit Morocco! And San Francisco is a great city; how exciting that you’re moving there!

  12. Tori

    December 16, 2011

    I’m going to miss those photos from Paris but I’m sure you’re excited to move back to your home state : )

  13. Meghan

    December 16, 2011

    You should totally go to Estonia. It is like a fairy tale.

  14. Michelle

    December 16, 2011

    I’d definitely walk around Paris anytime of year too! In fact, I’ve been twice and only been in the winter (it’s cheaper that way!).

  15. sioux

    December 16, 2011

    barcelona or madrid. the food!!! & budapest. it looks beautiful.

  16. The New Diplomats Wife

    December 16, 2011

    i used to be with annie on venice but i’ve gone soft and i have to say i adore it – go for carnival if you can, it’s quite an experience and the colors and costumes are beautiful. it’s crowded for sure, but it’s something. that being said, venice can definitely be a bit trappy for the visitor – some guidance for restaurants based on three years of making mistakes can be found here: http://thenewdiplomatswife.blogspot.com/2011/03/venetian-feast.html (not to promote, just to help).

    But something in italy i think is a must, preferably by the water – I think you’ve probably covered france well but catch an alpine town if you haven’t yet (easily done by train, the snow covered peaks will be something, even if you don’t ski). And definitely don’t forget Biarritz/St Jean de Luz (and easy to hop to spain), St. Emillion near Bordeaux…and eat all the fresh bread, cheeses, pastries and chocolates that you can!

    welcome back stateside!

  17. miniNigella

    December 16, 2011

    Barcelona and Brussels………..

  18. Emma

    December 16, 2011

    Come to Scotland. Yes its cold but very beautiful, you would love Edinburgh and Glasgow and I’d love to show you the wonderful Linlithgow Palace which is just 5 minutes from our house. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linlithgow_Palace. Emma

  19. Aya

    December 16, 2011

    SICILY!!
    Gorgeous, good weather and the best food!

  20. Annie in London

    December 16, 2011

    I spent the weekend in Budapest for my 30th birthday… One of my new fav cities. I’m already planning a trip back! It’s the thermal spa capital of Europe–known for its amazing baths! It should be at the top of everyone’s list and you shouldn’t miss it.

  21. Chaucee

    December 16, 2011

    Do you have to move back to San Francisco? I don’t think I could after living in Paris! πŸ˜€ Well I hope you enjoy the few days you have left!

  22. Violet

    December 16, 2011

    I would skip Copenhagen and go to Stockholm! (Even though I lived in CPH for many years and now live just outside the city.) I’ve been there (and other cities in Sweden) many times and can’t wait to visit again. Stockholm is the most beautiful Scandinavian capital, in my opinion. Water, open parks, charming architecture… it has a certain essence, soul to it.Β 
    My honey was in Copenhagen but I would have moved to Stockholm in a heartbeat.Β 
    -violet

  23. Courtney

    December 16, 2011

    Which restaurant?? A chef friend of mine moved to Paris short term to assist in the opening of L’Office. I believe its on the right bank. Check it out before you leave:) Its received good reviews so far. Bises.

  24. Ana

    December 16, 2011

    I just wanted to second the recommendation that you go to Istanbul! Definitely one of the most interesting cities I’ve been to and the food is delicious and inexpensive (I’m kind of a foodie, so I love a place where it’s easy to get a great meal). Also, the bazaars are great shopping and there’s so much (so, so much) history.

  25. Sam @ The Second Lunch

    December 16, 2011

    I have to second the “Go to Istanbul!” – I’m biased because my grandmother lives there, but the city is wonderful in wintertime. It’s also a spectacular backdrop to beautiful photos. And the food, oh the food! You should travel there for the singular fact that the city is full of pudding shops. Who doesn’t love pudding?

  26. krista {urbanite jewelry}

    December 16, 2011

    I used to live in Morocco & have traveled extensively around the country, and have been back several times since I lived there. If you need travel advice, I’d be more than happy to help!

  27. Michaela

    December 16, 2011

    While you’re still in Europe, go to Dublin (my love!), Oslo and Reykjavik (my secret love!). And come to Helsinki of course. I can show you around πŸ™‚

    Cheers,
    Michaela

  28. Michaela

    December 16, 2011

    Oh yeah, and while you’re in Helsinki, take a boat trip to Tallinn! The Old Town is like straight from a medieval fairy tale.

    And someone said Rome – I totally second that! The history in that city is overwhelmingly amazing.

    And Berlin is awesome.

  29. Danyelle

    December 16, 2011

    I don’t have any travel recommendations, just wanted to say that you look really lovely and happy. I guess Paris can do that to a person. Plus, those yellow pants are amazing. Happy weekend, to you! xo.

  30. Jennifer

    December 16, 2011

    Happy travels! I love your yellow pants!

  31. Ashley

    December 16, 2011

    Wow that year flew by! I would recommend Budapest or Croatia! Prague is awesome also. Have a good last couple of months.

  32. Alice

    December 16, 2011

    Hello, don’t leave France before visiting Brittany. It’s solovely there! You could stop at Mont St Michel and your way, it’s great with the kids. I still remember the first time I went there as a kid, great memory. In Britany, pop for a day at Ile de Brehat, beautiful, so small than cars are not allowed, how cool is that? And it’s just stunning (I’m not biased at all ;-)!
    Might be difficult to pick a destination, so many things to see in Europe. But Paris isn’t France, so I really hope you will find some time to discover the different faces of France.

  33. Lindsey

    December 16, 2011

    I meant to tell you earlier but you’d love Brugges too! Fabulous pants.

  34. Meg

    December 16, 2011

    I am in love with your yellow pants.

    And to go along with Lindsey (above), Brugges is so lovely and I know a WONDERFUL B&B there.

  35. Elizabeth

    December 16, 2011

    Venice is AMAZING!! See Venice and die…I went when I was 19, I am so hoping to take my daughter. I can’t wait to see photos in Morocco. Do you think you have time for St. Petersburg? It’s definitely on my list of must-sees.

    So, most importantly…you’re apartment will soon be available?? It’s so gorgeous and I adore the location.

    Welcome back to the states!

  36. Alexa

    December 16, 2011

    Happy weekend Jordan! I love San Francisco…but I would miss Paris (who wouldn’t I guess)?
    xo

  37. Judit

    December 16, 2011

    Come to Budapest!! You will love it!

  38. Sarah

    December 16, 2011

    I am incredibly biased, but Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen!
    Take a stroll down the StrΓΈget, see amazing shops and people watch (I love the fashion over there). Also visit the Hay store, Illums Bolighus, and definitely go to the Louisiana Museum! Random pics on my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skg/sets/72157625039975679/

  39. Harpa

    December 16, 2011

  40. Amanda

    December 16, 2011

    I love those yellow pants!

  41. Sarah

    December 16, 2011

    I fels a bit sad reading this, I know what it’s like to go back to something you love, but even so moving has that sad, melancholy feeling, like you’re losing something. Well, good luck and happy holidays!

  42. Shena

    December 16, 2011

    Go to Prauge

  43. Shena

    December 16, 2011

    Prague, not Prauge πŸ™‚

  44. Corinne

    December 17, 2011

    Super chic photo! Went to Morocco (Fes+Marakech) in March and had a fabulous time. Deeelish (and cheap!) eats. A few day stint in Granada, Spain (or a while Andalucia tour – Cordoba, Sevilla) would be awesome!

  45. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    December 17, 2011

    Madrid, Berlin (my favourite!), Barcelona and Helsinki are all fantastic! Friends have loved Marrakesh + Casablanca. I have to say, moving from the UK would be really hard for me as it would be som much further away to travel to places!

    Have a great weekend!

  46. sushi lover

    December 17, 2011

    Lisbon, of course (you would be amazed how beautiful it is)
    + Stockholm, Budapest, Sarajevo,… oh my! enjoy!

  47. joana

    December 17, 2011

    Do come to Lisbon. It is the most beautiful city in the world! And it is warm now.

  48. nicole

    December 17, 2011

    so sad to hear that you are leaving paris already. i never got to come over to play with moses like i promised him! I have to say that i definitely prefer stockholm to copenhagen (few museums can top the vasa museum inmy opinion. so cool) and i also was bored by marrakech but LOVED istanbul. honestly one our best vacations ever, along with a week spent in the irish countryside in a small stone house, heated by peat fire. magical.

  49. Cha

    December 17, 2011

    Forget the plane, take just a day and come to Brussels (journey is 1h22 with Thalys, 24 trains/day !). Grand-Place is amazing right now.

  50. teresa

    December 17, 2011

    Oh, I’m being a little selfish here….I’m going to miss your Paris pictures. But happy for you to be close to family again.
    Merry Christmas

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