A few days ago while browsing around in Facebook at some of my favorite art pages, I ran across a new-to-me artist, Dee Jenkins, and her painting; Missing Paris.
It struck a chord with me.
People love Paris, and have for many years.
It remains at the top of the list, for many, as the place they most want to visit, or once visited, return.
Some of us having visited Paris now feel its pull.
Recently, someone asked "Why on earth would you want to go back to someplace you've already been?"
While I knew what they were getting at, I was still a little stunned.
Okay. So. Maybe some people aren't as fascinated by the French as I am.
Maybe some people believe the French to be rude.
I've only met one waiter in Paris who fits that old stereotype of "rude French people/waiters."
How many rude people/waiters do you meet in your own environment on a fairly regular basis?
Convincing Donald to go with me last year proved to be a very good thing.
We had a lovely time.
We explored and had adventures.
We got lost and laughed.
We ate well, which is ALWAYS high on our list to do while traveling.
And, he too, fell in love with the City of Light.
It wasn't long after arriving back home, while reminiscing about our trip that we started talking about the fact that we had not gotten to all the Parisian carousels we had intended to.
There were several reasons for this.
My hip, for one.
Walking in Paris was hindered by my wonky hip.
And - we were't there long enough.
And some of the carousels we did manage to find were closed.
Or, they had been moved.
So, naturally, it's only right that we return to Paris and finish the job.
And, thanks to a kind and very understanding publisher, we were granted an extension on the book we're working on.
Our photo book of the carousels of Paris may be later than we had originally hoped, but it's still in the works.
We'll be going back next year.
And in addition to the carousels for photos, we'll get to visit some places we have not yet been.
And revisit some places that are tugging at our hearts to come see again.
Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité