champagne & reims

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel40 Comments

As I was planning out our France leg of the trip, the number one thing I wanted to do was take a day trip to Champagne.  For me, it wasn’t about the grapes or the tastings, but it was about seeing the French countryside…seeing tiny villages nestled in lush green hills and checkerboard fields. So, I booked a private tour … Read More

Paris 2019 | Marais Walking Tour

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel36 Comments

Before I share about our second day in Paris, I wanted to let you know that Mustard Seed Mentoring is opened again for new members!  My current group of creative entrepreneurs has been amazing to work with for the past few months and I have seen lots of growth and I’ve learned a lot myself!  If you’re a creative business … Read More

Paris 2019 | Chateau Latour & the Louvre

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel22 Comments

I’m ho-ome!  For those who haven’t been following on Instagram or Facebook, I spent two weeks in Europe and arrived back in the States yesterday.  I didn’t want to work on blog posts during my trip.  Instead, I took lots of pictures and kept a detailed journal, so I could share it all with you when I got back…and, boy, … Read More

Paris Plans

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel21 Comments

Last week, I got all of our final plans in place.  Our Italy leg is all planned out by Inspired in Tuscany, so I only needed to make travel arrangements and schedule some tours for Paris and for one day in Florence. One thing we wanted to do this visit was to see the French countryside, so our big excursion … Read More

piazza pitti palace in Florence

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel26 Comments

Originally, we planned on staying in the hotel in Florence where the rest of our group stayed before we all met up in Barga.  But, I decided to “call an audible” after I heard their stories about that particular hotel… It was noisy.  It wasn’t close to the “main attractions.”  The rooms were small, cramped even.  Those reviews were enough … Read More

barga quietly captivates

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel63 Comments

When Dana, the owner of Inspired in Tuscany, first pitched the idea of a creative retreat to me, she sent along some pictures of Tuscany to woo me to that beautiful little corner of the world that seems stuck in time.  I honestly thought the pictures were stock photos from a travel website.  Truly.  They were just too beautiful to … Read More

paris mélange

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel57 Comments

Before we move onto Tuscany, I wanted to write one last post to scoop up a medley of things from Paris that I haven’t written about in other posts.  If you missed any of them, you can catch up on them here… 1820’s Silver Dip Pen The Louvre and Museé d’Orsay The Paris Apartment  The Sweeter Side of Paris Where … Read More