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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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



debra123 said...

We'll always have Garth!

Decor To Adore said...

Yes indeed, wise words! Although my recent trip to France had its ups and down the beauty was there for me to see if I chose to.

Sharon Leaf said...

Laura, I love your blog, especially the blogs about your trip to France. You are right, there is beauty to see if you choose. There are so many people that it takes away from the romantic ambiance that we dream about. Thanks for stopping by!
And Debra, we will always have Garth...in Las Vegas.