On our journey, whether traveling around the world or around your block, there's lots to learn about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, so lets dive into a new ocean together!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Pour yourself a cup of coffee,
 click on the link below,
 and listen while Rob and I share our journey on 
Christian Devotions Radio.  
I hope our story will inspire you to 
lose sight of your safe shore and dive into a new ocean!



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I wish you oceans of blessings in your endeavors!

I Dreamed I Traveled to Paris ~ Part 2

NOW, moving right along ... 

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel
until he comes home and rests his head on 
his old, familiar pillow.


There is the city life,
and there is the country life.
I like the city, but I love the countryside.
France has the best of both worlds
and for eight days I experienced both.

It was a breath of fresh air to leave Paris for a day
and travel through the Seine Valley
to the village of Giverny.

Claude Monet's home in the village of Giverny, France
Monet Gardens, Giverny, France
Monet Gardens, Giverny, France

Meanwhile, back in the city ...
Paris Opera Garnier

                                    Paul McCartney performed at this beautiful opera house.
I would have bought tickets if he had been in town.
Oh well.  
I shall be content with memories of Garth Brooks in Las Vegas.





When I ask someone, "How was your trip?"
I'm disappointed when they answer, 
"It was okay. Actually, a waste of time and money."
How sad.

Every trip has its ups and downs.
Choose to embrace the ups, and let go of the downs.
That way, you will have sweeter memories.

On the other hand, I'm disappointed to arrive at a destination
that everyone has exclaimed,
"Oh, it's perfect!"
when in reality I'm thinking, No its not!

There are usually downsides on every journey.
When we were in Costa Rica in May the mosquitoes followed us, 
along with the humidity.

As for Paris? Well, the crowds were bothersome; followed us everywhere, 
taking away from the romance and ambiance of the beautiful city.
And I will share this fact with those who ask
in order to prepare them ahead of time.

However, I still choose to cling to my fond memories.
And I close by saying with a sigh,
There is no place like home.

So, wherever you travel,
whether to the market or to another country,
Think of each journey as a fond memory.


Now I must fly away!
Until we meet again, 
I wish you smooth sailing and oceans of blessings!



I know what it is to be in need,
and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content.
Philippians 4:11-12 NIV

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I Dreamed I Traveled to Paris ~ Part 1

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly,
but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey,
or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.

I always dreamed about Paris.
Now, in my sixty-eighth year, my dream came true.

La Vien Rose

Our eight days in Paris lingers in my mind.  
Warm memories to last through the coming cold winter.  
Paris' September weather was like summer, reaching the mid-70's.  
Luckily, I brought a white sleeveless silk blouse, 
(you will see re-runs of my wardrobe in my pictures,  
a downside of packing only a carry-on and large purse).  
Upside: I don't have so much to unpack when I return home 
(Rob is smiling; he taught me well).


Our hotel was a block off the Champs Elysees
Our four days with our Swedish friends, Danne and Birgitta were carefree. 
Oh, how Birgitta loved traveling through the city on the underground metro.  


Oh, the hundreds of stairs.  And oh, my left knee!  
But Lady Leaf is a determined, tough traveler, 
even with accumulating blisters on toes from 'too-tight-comfortable' shoes.  
Yeah, right.  And I know better.  Oh well, keeps me on my toes.

Yes, we ate--and sunned--at
many cafes along our journey
I adore goat cheese melted over toast
The architecture throughout the city is breathtaking.
The Opera House, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the museums.
I don't care to travel with tours, but they have their positives:
They do all the planning and thinking for you
(no wrong turns, no lines)
Negatives:
Strict schedules, no sleeping in, no napping when needed,
no exploring and/or getting off the tourist trails. 
If you'll be taking your first trip to Paris, I recommend taking a 2-day bus tour, 
hopping off whenever and wherever you choose.
(unless you love the metro and thousands of steps)  
Of course, spend a few hours boating up and down the Seine, day or night.
Spend an extra twenty+ minutes over lunch ...


...  a little street shopping and/or

... indoor shopping at the La Fayette.

My friends had wonderful suggestions of where I should go while in Paris.
There are websites and books galore.
I chose 'Walking Paris' pocket guide by National Geographic.
I studied the map closely--right bank, left bank--
then told Rob,
"I am creating my own journey.
Relaxing.  Fun.
Memorable."

Have you been to Paris?
Take a moment to share your own journey with me
(leave a comment)

 As you travel your journey, remember,
Let God direct your path
and you will never go wrong.

My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
Job 23:11 NASB

More to come next time!