Europe Part 1: Paris, “La Ville-Lumière” (“The City of Light”)

My wife and several close friends decided to travel to Europe in February.  We spent a week in a Paris, France and another week in the Tuscan hills of Italy.  Unfortunately for us, Mother Nature decided to hand us one of the coldest February’s of the last 100 years while we were in Europe. In Paris, we still managed to get around just fine on the Metro, while shedding layers as we entered Cafe’s and Stores.

Walking to the Eiffel Tower.  One of my favorite stops, the carousel across the La Seine.  Lucky for me someone decided to ride when I wanted to take a picture.

In front of Napoleons’ tomb.

The spice table of Le Comptoir Colonial in Montmartre.

The Heart of Paris, Sacre-Coeur Basillica.  A very powerful church and the best view of the city.

The View.

Pablo Picasso’s Square – Le BateauLavoir, Monmartre

The lovely bread. Now all I need is my cappuccino.

There it is. Ahh!

The ceiling of Notre Dame de Paris

The Winged Victory of Samothrace – after the Greek Goddess Nike (Victory). Musee du Louvre.

The fruit stand of Hediard on Pl. de la Madeleine

My love, on the train heading to Versailles.

Catacombes de Paris. Very interesting.  6 million Parisians.

My good friend Jason. Frozen at midnight for 10 seconds.

Midnight Shot of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees

“La Dame de fer” ( The Iron Lady). The true light of Paris. Magnificent a night.

The next morning we woke up and continued our journey to Italy.

To be continued….

Paleo is not a Diet, Its a lifestyle

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For about a month now I’ve been slowly getting into the Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet. The hardest thing for me is letting go of my beloved sweets. Like many, its definitely hard for me to turn down a cookie. But being into Cross Fit and having a supportive wife that is an amazing cook makes eating the “Paleo way” very easy.

There are bunch of greats websites to get you going on this great diet.  One that I like to browse on is Paleodietlifestyle.com. We get most of our recipe ideas from the recipe section. Check it out and you’ll find that its not really a diet. All you are really doing, is eating natural foods that humans have done for a millennia.  Then add Cross Fit, an amazing rigorous workout, and soon you will be in great shape and on the journey that Im trying to follow.

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Here was my amazing dinner tonight:

  • Juicy Grass fed Beef-ka-bobs
  • Spinich and Arugula salad
  • Red Grape Tomatoes
  • Portabellini Mushrooms
  • Diced Avocado
  • Sauteed White Onions
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

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