About 8 years ago..Jacques and I had the opportunity to go to Europe..
It was my first time..we went to France..and Italy.. we loved both countries!
We traveled with friends a few days after our arrival in Gordes,France.. their heritage is Italian..and w/out them in Italy..we would have been at a loss..
As soon as we came home..Jacques said he would like to go back to Provence ..
..because French is our mother tongue..he knew we would feel very comfortable in France again on our own..
Things happened..and we were not able to go back..we had thought it would be nice to return for 1 month..one week in Paris.. as we had never been..and 3 weeks in Provence..
all these years went by..
and my husband had a 75th birthday and we had a 42nd wedding anniversary.
And we wondered what to do..Maine? Massachussetts? Charlevoix..Mont-Tremblant...
..Just for a few days..
Our youngest daughter mentioned Paris..for her 40th birthday..
I mentioned that to Jacques..
Spur of the moment..Jacques started looking at Paris..ahh the power of suggestion...
in the span of 48 hrs we booked plane and appartment.
And started researching..Jacques..is a planner..
I was thinking about posts from Hélène..chère Hélène..and Carol..who was such a huge influence..and Vivian's book..and Esme..and Ju:).. and Chris and Scott..Cathy..and..RITA:) and other blogger friends that had been to Paris..
and Arlene..who graciously told me she had a Sony for me to replace the one I broke.
I brought hers.How nice was that?:)
I apologize if I am forgetting someone that inspired me..
..we read library books..and bought books..our eldest daughter had gone to Paris for her honeymoon about 10 years ago and lent us Cartoville..great book by the way..we bought Rick Steves..and I bought walking shoes..and bought Jill Butler's cute little book.
and Jacques Google Earthed Paris to bits..
he drew maps and walking itineraries..
he is my engineer husband who is a planner..
I knew we were different after we married..:)
..And we wallpapered..
He drew a plumb line..!
Oh lala..I just wanted to start at the corner and move on till it was done and pretty:)
I eventually did that when he was away..and had lots of patching to do:)
So obviously..Jacques planned..the less than 7 days..
and I aquiesced..w/ a list of some places je voulais visiter.
I took over 1000 photos..Oy..I had no idea..
I brought my point and shoot from Arlene..and clicked while we walked..
more than 20 miles..sounds like nothing..
but we walked minimum ...6 hours every day.
But walking..and clicking..doesn't make for the best photos..
so bear w/ me..as I JUST looked at them..and maybe ..I can use 10%:)
because I am going to try and share our week..
One wonderful..irreplaceable memory I will always have..is that my dear friend Nancy was in Paris..while we were there..
..and we spent a day all 3 of us..under a bright blue sky..perfect day..together.
Nancy had lived in Paris..and had spoken of Paris to me many times..:)
I will never forget that day.
see that little pink card at bottom right?
That was Nancy..she sent that when I told her we were going:)
I will try and relate to you..our actual trip.. as even before departing..some disturbances had been reported..
and we said..so?
Let's see when we get there..no apprehensions.
I have to look through my amateur photos..and come back w/ stories and sights that we captured..
but one thing I have to tell you right now..
what kind of person..comes home w/ empty baguette packaging instead of a Galeries Lafayette purse..lol.
We came home today..
our darling eldest daughter Mylène picked us up at the airport w/ Noah who was carrying a welcome home sign and a bouquet of pure white peonies..the first 2 to bloom from mommy's garden..
I had TEARS when I saw them through the glass!
Our youngest darling daughter Caroline had driven us TO the airport w/ her husband when we left.So nice!
J'adore ma famille.They are always first and foremost.
Before we left..this happened..oh..que mon jardin a besoin d'amour maintenant après une semaine de négligence:)