As many of you may have noticed on Facebook, I have spent the last two weeks in Paris for the second time in two years.
I am lucky enough to have a mother from France who wanted to bring each of my girls to Paris when they were about 10. So we did it two years ago with the first, and this year with the second.
And oh my word, it was such a wonderful trip! And a much needed vacation from the grind of work and daily life around here that was kind of building up to a toxic level. Some of this happens in anticipation of leaving, of course, but I also really needed a break.
So I thought I'd share a few photo highlights - and then I'll follow up with some more thoughts about art and artists in a second post.
We visited so many amazing places - the Pere la Chaise cemetery, museums of all kinds, several parks and a couple of awesome playgrounds.
Paris is filled with really fun activities and they're all within a fairly close proximity. So you don't have to go far to have a lot of fun. And you can see so much along the way.
My camera was with me constantly - and much to my daughter's annoyance sometimes - I spent a lot of time capturing little details here and there.
I have huge gratitude and so many thanks to give to my mom; my dear sweet aunt Christine for hosting us for two weeks; my uncle Nicholas and his wife Claudine for a couple of brilliant lunches; my aunt Claire for a lovely dinner; my cousin Lawrence for a fantastic meal and a chance to see her adorable Eden; and my cousin Louis for the chance to see him, his wife, and their four beyond-cute kids.
I just can't say enough about the value of travel and memories it creates. Here's to a fruitful spring and a summer full of adventure - even if it's much closer to home!
Au Revoir Paris - and a bientot!