Aug 112014

Visually stroll with us down this colorful brick pathway to the patio of an elegant French-style chateau restaurant. We didn’t have to travel to France for Sunday Brunch with our family.

#La Caille, #swans, #RetirefortheFunofitA summer morning is the perfect time to enjoy blue skies, picturesque mountains in the background, and graceful swans.
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Although the restaurant’s patio was filled with guests, our dining area was secluded for a perfect family brunch experience. The gazebo has grapevines intertwined on the metal work to create a natural privacy. We were surrounded by fragrant trees, a water fountain and wandering peacock families.

We didn’t think we were that hungry, but we devoured the warm croissants and appetizers that were served while our food was being made. The boys were kept busy with pictures to color that they turned into cards of birthday wishes for Grandpa Lee.

The children’s menu had the boy’s favorite – French toast with Chantilly cream, bacon and fresh berries. Our waitress offered suggestions on menu choices and the staff was quick to refill our water glasses. The waiter brought our meals at the perfect temperature, while entertaining the children with funny comments. I love trying something different, and the salmon with asparagus omelet was uniquely delicious. You could tell everyone was delighted with their food, when the discussions turned to how much they were enjoying their selections. I’ve included the menu to tease your taste buds.

The grapes in the vineyard weren’t ready for harvesting yet, but the boys noted that the wine cellar certainly wasn’t empty.

After brunch, we leisurely wandered down the walkways and stopped on bridges to enjoy the clear water flowing down from the mountains. The fragrant topiaries add a fantasy setting to the 20 acres of gardens surrounding La Caille, where ducks, geese and peacocks roam freely.

This fairytale setting made our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding so uniquely memorable five years ago. Our Sunday Brunch was a perfect excuse to celebrate their anniversary. One special remembrance was of our grand-daughter making sure she only dropped three flower petals on each step, to lead us to the wedding ceremony.
#La Caille #Restaurant #RetirefortheFunofit
Although we didn’t stay at La Caille until dusk, I couldn’t resist sharing this picture from our daughter’s wedding. I wanted to leave you with this idyllic setting as the final page of our picture-perfect anniversary story. Where is your favorite restaurant?

Sep 292013

Blue Lily Photography is a traveling family that has been, and will go, everywhere!bluelily french vintage costume brick window

As they state in their bio, “A few years ago we sold our belongings and gave up our professions to take photos of families, while traveling the world.”

Their two children are home schooled while visiting the sites they study about.

They are getting an up-close and personal chance to learn about ethnic foods and meeting people from all over the globe.


Blue Lily’s nomadic life and work has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show and in the New York Times.bluelily french vintage costume doorway

Each year, their amazing talents are put to creative use for their children’s annual birthday photo shoots.

Keeping with tradition, Wendy and Tyler planned Isabelle’s sixth birthday pictures around another theme.bluelily french vintage dress twirling


To set the themed birthday shoot into motion, Wendy commissioned me to re-create a Regency period dress.

She sent me a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow from the movie Emma, a Jane Austen novel.

After sewing a dress in the fabric and colors she described, the outfit was sent off to her.

Wendy and Tyler had an idea in mind for her birthday shoot and took the Jane Austen era dress with them to Europe.
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They found the perfect location in this beautiful garden setting in Normandy, France.


Visit Isabelle’s themed 5th Birthday in Blossoms photo shoot in Kyoto, Japan here, and her 4th birthday with a Princess and the Pea theme here.

You can add your belated birthday wishes on their blog:

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