It is good to be home

We said our goodbyes to the City of Lights knowing that we will probably be back someday so it was not sad at all.

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We started our last day in the city at church and then visited the Musée Jacquemart-André.  This is a small museum with a permanent collection of decorative arts. They also were hosting an exhibit Desires & Pleasure in Victorian times. “This exhibition invites you to discover the famous artists of England’s Queen Victoria: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and Albert Moore (1841-1893). Through fifty exhibits, these artists have in common to celebrate the “cult of beauty.”

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It was a lovely museum and the exhibit was beautiful.

Our brunch was very tasty. We enjoyed salad with ham, poached egg, and warm potato salad. The negative was the dessert….I left mine on my plate. It was awful. Can you imagine? In France?

The rest of the day was spent packing and spending quality time with Petey Jones. We will miss this fur ball.

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This was a wonderful three months. It is hard to believe we went so many places: Prague, Kutna Hora, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Chartres, Normandy, Strasbourg, Brussels, Rixensart, & Antwerp. Which was your favorite?

We knew we were home when we saw “Our Wall.”  Some people have their favorite songs, their favorite restaurant, but we have a wall. Last year we had the privilege of “travel testing” the new International Concourse at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. This was such a fun activity. We were instructed to each pack a suitcase (Robert loaded the linen closet in his bag) and arrive at the terminal ready to travel. We were scheduled to go to China and ended up going to Scotland (which was just a hallway in the airport). We also had a scavenger hunt to complete. We located restrooms, first aid, the chapel, shopping, and restaurants. As we were leaving we were interviewed by the AJC after they snapped this photo…at our wall!

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Thanks for taking this trip with us. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

It is good to be home.

PS – We have the BEST friends and neighbors!  Our neighbors have been great to keep us updated about our house and the neighborhood. Thanks Mary Lou, Cindy and Charlotte! Yesterday we discovered both cars had dead batteries so our neighbor lent us a battery charger. Thanks Cecil! Because we had no car and no groceries I had to beg a ride to the grocery store. Thanks Madeline! And a huge thanks to Erin, our house sitter.

Yes, it is good to be home!
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Bittersweet

Our last week in Paris…..these past three months have been wonderful…. But we are ready to return home.

Last Sunday we got an early start so we decided to walk to church. We have been attending church at The American Cathedral In Paris. It was a lovely service with a children’s sermon about Epiphany. The children were very animated and involved in helping the Wise Men “find Jesus.”

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After a quick lunch we got on the Metro to visit a Brocante market. We struck out on finding this one. Apparently we are not very good at finding these markets. We have managed to find 2 out of 4 advertised markets on this trip.

After the failed flea market trip we decided to return to the Cluny to see The Lady and the Unicorn. The tapestry was touring in Korea when we visited last month. It was well worth the return visit. The colors of the refurbished tapestry were stunning.

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We stopped by the Louis Vuitton store for a photo shoot. People line up very early in the morning to get a shopping time at this store. I’m not sure why because everything is beyond my budget. But it was great fun to look.

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Later in the week we visited the Cartier Exhibit at The Grand Palais. The exhibit covered the history of Cartier and Cartier’s influence on the decorative arts. The display of all jewels, dresses, and memorabilia was exquisite. I especially loved all the tiaras.

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We have continued to get up and walk every morning. The weather at home has been bitterly cold at the beginning of the week and today was wet and warm with tornado warnings. The weather here has been beautiful. The trees even think it is spring time. The cherry blossoms are blooming as well as many other shrubs and trees. We had hoped to see snow. Maybe it will snow in Georgia!

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Tomorrow we are going to church and then visiting the Jacquemart-André Museum. We have heard this museum has beautiful displays and a nice cafeteria….brunch for us!

Our flight home is Monday afternoon so I don’t plan to post again until we get settled in at home….Excited!
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Christmas in Paris 2013

Christmas in Paris with our children and grandchildren…. a perfect way to celebrate Christmas. Our family arrived in Paris December 23rd. They requested we not let them go to sleep on day one, so we took them to La Défense Christmas Market. The pink orb tree was a popular photo opportunity.

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Christmas Eve was rainy and overcast. We slept a little late and got out in the rain about noon. We headed to Montmarte to visit the Sacre Coeur and the fabric stores in the area.

Christmas Day was very quiet. We slept in, enjoyed a family breakfast and opened gifts. Dinner included roti poulet, roasted vegetables, green beans, and fig tart.  If you want to try baking a fig tart click here.  If you can’t find figs (or don’t like figs) I think apricots or pears would work just as well. This was so tasty we made it twice!

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The rest of the week flew by….. The children went to Versailles, Saint Chappelle, Notre Dame, The Louvre, Conciergerie, and surrounding sites. We did enjoy visiting Les Invaildes and The Army Museum with them as we had seen the other sites many times. The boys loved the guns and body armor.

One extra special highlight was a trip to Disneyland Paris. It was a great day but really, really cold. We had no idea it would be as cold as it was but we dealt with the wet, bitter temperatures and totally enjoyed the day. We decided the Happiest Place on Earth was also the Coldest Place on Earth!

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Avery the Wizard!

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Benji took this picture!

New Year’s Eve was another quiet day around here. Everyone was worn out and needed down time.

January 1st was not only the New Year; it was also Benjamin’s 11th birthday.  We celebrated with a late lunch at Café du Marche, a trip to the Eiffel Tower, a ride on the Carousel, and a walk through the Trocadero Christmas Market.

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benji on the horseHappy Birthday, Benjamin!

The rest of our days were filled with sightseeing, shopping and family time. It was a very satisfying and unique holiday for all of us.

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Packed and ready to go home.