Croissants, macarons + flowers: ahh France!

May 10, 2017

Yes, we’re off to France for a while, hopping a plane to DFW and meeting our friends for the trip across the pond. Without my usual ton of baggage because I was more reasonable this time. Of course, we will be vigilant, as friends exhort us. But really, there’s not much we can do to head off an armed do-badder.  And while we’ll miss Riley a whole lot, his petsitters will be living in and taking great care of him.


Paris is our first destination.  I’ve always had wanderlust and always found ways to travel, regardless of my circumstances. You might say I’m expert at that.  I’ve been to Paris maybe half a dozen times. But not in more than a decade. This trip will be very different from any other visit, though. I’m excited that we’ll be doing some private tours of some of my favorite places: D’Orsay, Louvre and a walking tour of Paris. I’ve done all this, of course, on my own, but never the deep cultural dive we’ll be doing on this trip with docents and historians.

After five or so days in Paris we’re hopping a Viking River cruise and looking forward to seeing Monet’s gardens at Giverny in spring (hope it isn’t raining) and paying our respects at Normandy. The World War II era has always resonated with me and I know it will be a moving visit.

When we return, we pick up a rental car big enough for the luggage of four people and heading to the Loire Valley to see some chateaux and drink wine.

While I’m gone….

In the meantime, I’ve got so much good content for you here while I”m gone!  I’ve hand-picked some posts written by some of my favorite blogging friends, on topics as diverse as back pain and the way we look at life to laughter and, well, you’ll see. Lots of really good stuff.

I’m going to try really hard to NOT post about Paris while I’m there and be 100 percent in every moment. Because each moment of life is precious and none more precious than time in the City of Love, strolling the Left Bank, drinking wine, eating macarons. But when I get back….

Have a great couple of weeks while I’m away, and oh by the way, don’t forget about my new business, A Healing Spirit. Because the need for healing goes on, even if I’m not in town.  You can see all of the wonderful products and services to support healing right here.  And don’t forget that I’m asking for subscriptions all month and that in June, my Riley will randomly choose a winner to receive a little package of healing goodies. Subscribe on the bottom of the home page here.

Don’t forget about us!


48 comments on “Croissants, macarons + flowers: ahh France!
  1. Jennifer says:

    Do enjoy yourself.

  2. Clint says:

    Sounds like you will have a great time. France would be a great place to visit with my wife and kids.

  3. Robin rue says:

    Macaroons are my favorite. I love getting fresh ones from the shop – what a treat.

  4. Heather says:

    Wow, have fun in Paris! That sounds like a dream. It sounds like you have a lot of great things lined up on your blog for when you’re gone.

  5. Sapana V says:

    I too love Paris. It is an amazing place.

  6. Marcie W. says:

    You know what they say, Paris is ALWAYS a good idea! Safe travels and I look forward to seeing plenty of photos from your trip.

  7. Although I selfishly want to read posts about France as soon as possible, I applaud you for not posting while you’re there. Don’t do it! LOL

  8. Jeanette says:

    I hope you have a great time in Paris. That is one place I have not been to yet and I would love to go enjoy yourself. I can’t wait to see pictures when you get back.

  9. Joely Smith says:

    Those peonies are beautiful!
    Yes I know it is tempting to want to write – and hard to leave your blog (which is like our child) to others but PLEASE live and BE in the moment!
    The world and your blog will be here when you get home. ENJOY LIFE!

  10. Have a lovely vacation! France is such a beautiful place to visit. Enjoy your time there.

  11. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    It sounds like you are having a great time! I have been to Paris! It was beautiful even though it was raining! I hope you have a fabulous time!

  12. krystal says:

    I certainly hope I get the chance to visit one day. It would be such a bucket list moment!

  13. Pam says:

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip. I am sure that you are going to have a blast.

  14. Mandee says:

    How fun!! I hope you have a wonderful time!

  15. I hope you love every moment on your trip. I went many years ago.

  16. Dogvills says:

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. I hope I could go there one day.

  17. Elizabeth O. says:

    I sure hope you have an amazing time while you’re there! It’s really awesome to be able to travel and just explore the different parts of the world, especially Europe, with its rich culture and history!

  18. Enjoy your trip! That sounds so amazing! I have always wanted to go to Paris. Put away the phone and laptop and just enjoy every second of it.

  19. ricci says:

    France is super high up on my Travel Bucket List!! Have FUN while you are there!!

  20. Tina Gleisner says:

    Wishing you a great trip across the pond, and love calling it that … LOL. Your suitcase might not be full going over, but guessing it will be bulging on your return trip. Have fun

  21. Scott says:

    Funny timing – we were just planning a trip to Paris last night! Probably not until next summer, but it’s in the works!

  22. Jeni Hawkins says:

    I hope that you have an amazing time! Do not focus so much on social medias. They will be there when you get back!

  23. Czjai says:

    Enjoy Paris! Can’t wait to read about your adventures when you get back!

  24. Amanda says:

    I am such a Francophile so I love this post. If you ask me, there is nothing more beautiful than fresh flowers and even just the thought of escaping to Paris.

  25. Amer says:

    I just got back from France myself, and I agree in everything you said. Now, it’s time to rebook another ticket.

  26. Nancy L. says:

    Oh, wow! Have a wonderful time in Paris! This is one place on my bucket list that I haven’t gotten to yet! You’re doing the right thing by savoring the moment!
    Congrats on your new store, too! 🙂

  27. uprunforlife says:

    Those flowers are beautiful. I hope that you have a wonderful trip in France and I can’t wait to read about it.

  28. I look forward to your new posts. Have fun and eat everything for me 😉

  29. Tim B says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit France and never have. Make sure to post some pictures of your visit for the rest of us to enjoy. Safe travels!

  30. Danielle says:

    Take a break from blogging and enjoy your trip! We’ll still be here when you return and can’t wait to hear all about it.

  31. Kathy says:

    You’re so lucky! I’m sure you’re going to have an amazing time. Paris has been one of the places I have always wanted to visit.

  32. My Teen Guide says:

    Save travels and enjoy your vacation! Paris is a beautiful city and if I could, I would move there permanently

  33. Kelly Reci says:

    Enjoy your trip and have a safe flight! Paris is a great place to visit.

  34. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Paris is such a wonderful city. Enjoy your time there and please post pictures of your trip after you come back.

  35. Safe travels! We are considering a trip to London as a family vacay. Our son is 7, so we wonder if we should wait until he’s a little older.

  36. Mimi Green says:

    Have an amazeballs time. I’ve always wanted to visit France, Paris in particular.

  37. Beautiful! Happy traveling! France is one of the best places in the world to visit.

  38. Jennifer says:

    This is so exciting! I wish I was in Paris right now. You’re very blessed to have this opportunity! I hope you enjoy your trip and thank you for the recommended reading while you’re away.

  39. Lisa Heath says:

    How wonderful! I hope you have a fabulous time, and I am so jealous!

  40. Tione says:

    I have never been on that side of the world. Enjoy your trip….

  41. Ruth says:

    I am officially jealous of your trip to France! I cannot wait for see your posts about the trip! Thank you for the good read recommendations! 😀

  42. Eloise says:

    You Lucky person! Enjoy the heck out of your trip! You should travel to the South, I was born in Southern France, a small town known as Nimes! (not to be confused with Nice, but that place is amazing too!)

  43. Samantha says:

    Have a great time in Paris. Can’t wait to see your travel and get some ideas for my next adventure.

  44. I wish you happy and safe travels! I guess travel is in the air—my very dear neighbors left only yesterday for their own trip to Europe. They’re planning to visit at least TEN countries before returning home. I honestly can’t wait to hear all of the stories they have to tell upon their return!

  45. blair villanueva says:

    Ah it would be nice to visit France even once. My friend is bugging me to visit his city, and told him I will if he will host me. Well he have no choice then, hahaha Paris here I come!

  46. Mardene Carr says:

    Would you like to trade places with me? LOL. I have never been to France but it is on my bucket list

  47. Lynndee says:

    I love macarons! And visiting Paris is on my bucket list. It would be awesome to go there on our wedding anniversary. 🙂 Have fun!

  48. France is one dream destination for me. That is one romantic place I want to visit someday. When I get there one day, I would look for the best croissants!

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