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On my recent trip from San Francisco to London (and back), I had 10 hours to kill. I was tempted by the prospect of taking a Zzzquil and waking up refreshed (if a little hungry), but in the end, I had a cocktail and wine with dinner and missed that elusive window (and then suffered the rest of the journey, kicking myself for not taking the Zzzquil and being so weak!).

To pass the time, I had a couple of go-to’s: Read the rest of this entry

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Why “The Holiday” may be the most underrated holiday movie there is

The Holiday

How picture perfect is Kate Winslet’s character’s cottage in Surrey?!

This weekend, we kicked off the post-Thanksgiving period by watching “The Holiday.” There is so much that I love about this film — and am happy to see that I’m in good company with one of Buzzfeed’s staff writers, who hits on all the high points of what makes this movie one of my favorites this time of year.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!

Paris? Oui!

Before Sunset

So, we’ve added a few days in beautiful Paris to our upcoming European holiday!

We’ve been to Paris a couple of times (most notably, our honeymoon! Miel du lune!) I’m so looking forward to some amazing sights and even more amazing eats!

We’re getting into the French state of mind by watching a lot of Julie Delpy movies – especially Before Sunset, one of my all-time favorites.

(Check out the “Before Sunset” map of Paris! I will absolutely be adding some of these to our itinerary!)

Do you have a favorite spot in Paris? Any must-sees? I’m all ears!

Film review: “The Five-Year Engagement”

The Five-Year Engagement

Last weekend, I finally watched “The Five-Year Engagement” (thank you, HBO, for putting it On Demand!). Have you seen it?

Jason Segel was his usual amazing self (hello, how great was “I Love You, Man”?!). Emily Blunt was adorable and so likeable. Together, they were a great Brit/American couple – flawed, yes, but also quirky and believable and real. 🙂

Movie review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

 Over the Christmas break, we went to the movies and saw “The Hobbit.” I enjoyed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and have so many wonderful memories of seeing the three films in the theater with good friends – the first two when we were living in England, the last one when we had moved back to the States.

A part of me just wanted to revisit that magical world that Peter Jackson created. We were not disappointed. It made me want to be a hobbit, living in that tranquil Shire – and for those nearly three hours (which didn’t feel like three hours, I should add), I was transported. It felt like a reunion seeing those familiar faces from the “Lord of the Rings” again. Elijah Wood. Ian McKellan. Cate Blanchett. Gollum. And places like Rivendell and all of its glorious waterfalls.

* Sigh *

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s still in theaters!

And I hope you have a wonderful three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend! I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

The Holiday

I love watching holiday films (“Love Actually,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Home Alone,” etc.) in the ramp up to Christmas.

Friday night we watched “The Holiday.” Have you seen it?

I’m always comforted by a Nancy Meyers movie, not only for the rom-com storyline but the lush interiors, gorgeous wardrobes, Hans Zimmer soundtrack and fabulous locations (hello, charming hobbit house in Surrey!). Endless eye candy. But I particularly love “The Holiday” for the side-by-side comparison at English and California life. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!

Like Crazy

Have you seen the movie trailers for Like Crazy yet?

I love a good British girl-American guy love story and am like crazy to see it. It’s still in limited release and not playing anywhere near us but I remain hopeful. I already know that I will LOVE this movie like crazy.

Have you seen it? What did you think?