What a way to kick off October!!!
It’s been almost a week since we returned home from France and to say it was the trip of a lifetime would be a huge understatement. I am still on a “French” high from the trip.
I left this in Paris:
And came home to this in Kentucky:
But, the painting and the house being a total wreck is another story.
I took over a 1,000 photos between my camera, my I-phone, and my husband’s I-phone. Yes, that’s right. I took over a 1,000 pics!!!
I am in no way an expert on French things but I am a starry-eyed American Francophile who has re-fallen (is this a word?) in love with France all over again.
I had certain expectations of France. This trip did not disappoint. My bubble was not burst. Indeed, my bubble has only gotten bigger. In summary, the French are very classy and nice, the history and architecture are fascinating, and the food, well, the food is incredible. Their attention to detail in everything is unsurpassed. Their appreciation and enjoyment of life’s simple things is admirable.
What a view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe!
An extraordinary highlight of the trip was our excursion to Normandy where we met up with Cat and her husband, Alain. It was quite a treat to say the least. I met Cat through blogging and you must give her a visit over at Sunday Brocantes. She has the most incredible vintage French items in her Sunday Brocantes Etsy shop and she weaves charming stories of her life in France on her blog.
I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to actually meet her in person. She is every bit as sweet and charming as I thought she would be. She even had a lovely gift for me—a wonderful French scented candle from Secrets D’Apothicaire. Thanks again, Cat!
Tim and I took the train to Normandy on Sunday and spent the day touring Trouville, Deauville, and picturesque Honfleur that she mentions so much on her blog. These are the quintessential seaside towns of France. Tim and I had a wonderful time with Alain and Cat and we definitely want to go to Normandy again.
Here are a couple sneak peek shots of what’s to come on LBE:
Treasures I found in Paris:
Progress on the house:
I can’t wait to share lots of stories and pics of my Paris adventure with you! Also, stay tuned for my on-going house painting saga. I’ll be needing some of your opinions.
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