This fall we’re going to Paris. He’s traveled there before. I haven’t. I almost went once, to join him for a side journey after an early spring business trip. Almost. Instead, I slipped on a patch of black ice in our driveway and broke two bones in my ankle. No walking for 8 weeks, per doctor’s orders. So, while he was touring Musée du Louvre and gazing at La Tour Eiffel, I sat at home being well-cared for by our teenage sons. It felt like a medically mandated house arrest.
Years passed. We talked about Paris but never made the trip. The time was never quite right in his schedule, or mine.
For health reasons, this year didn’t start out well for me. But good things can come from bad. Sometimes it takes a few bad spots to jump start us into doing things we really want to do, like traveling to Paris.
Last month we made plane reservations for a week-long trip. Later, we reserved an apartment. We’ve searched hundreds of websites on what to see, what to wear, and where to eat. Shopped for a new camera, some basic wardrobe pieces, a good pair of walking shoes. And, I’ve signed up for a French course to refresh my memory of High School French. I start class this coming week. All fun stuff.
There’s a mystique about Paris. A romance. A wonder. I see it reflected on faces of those who have been there. In late October, after our trip, look for it in mine. ∞
Oh, Deb! This sounds so much better than Orlando in July!!!!
Loved the apartment of the day on your link to apartments. You are such a whizz at finding the neatest places to stay. Now you can be Audrey Hepburn and Tom can be Cary Grant. 🙂
I did miss not attending RWA National this year…but I did not miss Orlando in July. October in Paris seems it will be so much more pleasant.
I spoke with a teacher at our High School today, a native of Germany. She told me about the 3 hour dinner cruise she and her husband took on the Seine. In the distance the Eiffel Tower glittered with thousands of lights.
In all our planning and anticipation, we’ve neglected taking time out to enjoy some romantic Paris centered movies. Thanks for the reminder!
Oh, how exciting! I’m a confirmed Francophile…….always have been and have been to Paris many, many times. You will LOVE it and it sounds like you’re doing ALL the right things to make the trip even more special. ie: Apt. vs Hotel Doing some research ahead of time, refreshing your French.
Our son just recently became engaged to a French girl (he met her on one of our trips there 3 yr. ago) She’s orig. from Brittany but now lives and works in Paris……..so I see many more trips on my horizon…..lol
Bon Voyage and I look forward to all your photos and details when you return. Oct. should be GORGEOUS there….one of my favorite times to go.
Congratulations on your son’s engagement. You’ll need to visit OFTEN, I think. Our trip is now a very pleasant memory. Would love to hear about your next visit.
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