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Six Days in Paris: Day Four

Hi, friend! I apologize for my long absence. We’ve been getting in lots of last minute summer fun before school starts for everyone. I’m back today with a quick post to share day four of our June Paris vacation. Day four began with Andy rushing off for the final day of his conference, leaving me with a busy schedule of completing the same tasks you see the park goers above doing. ;o) In all honesty though, I have to say that spending so much leisure time in the Luxembourg Gardens during this trip left a strong impression on me. I walked away from my hours in the sun and greenery learning that a) slowing down and enjoying life on a park bench is amazingly good for my wellbeing and b) allowing myself to recharge in this way put my mind in the perfect place to tackle the challenges of floor nursing and to increase my efficiency (without picking up the pace). Brilliant! Sign me up for more park time. After Andy and I met back …

Six Days in Paris: Day Three

Day three of our Parisian vacation was pure magic for me. Have you read the book or seen the TV movie called Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris? It’s a sweet little novel by Paul Gallico which was published in 1958 in the UK, about a London house maid (charwoman) who, after seeing a client’s Dior haute-couture dresses, becomes determined to own a Dior dress of her own. I empathized with the passion that springs up in Mrs. Harris after seeing Mr. Dior’s handmade confections. I’ve had a life-long love (this word doesn’t seem adequate for the fiery emotion) for fashion and often feel transported to some other exciting, ethereal world when watching the videos of fashion’s reigning kings and queens, such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino and Raf Simons for Dior. I’m a modest girl from Utah, though. I was raised by practical, hardworking parents, and the thought of owning Chanel of my own is not a thought I entertained… until I became infected by the Mrs.-‘Arris bug! …

Six Days in Paris: Day Two

Day two, our first full day in Paris, was the day that Andy presented a paper at his conference (at the Sorbonne!). He was busy with last-minute fine tuning of his work in the morning, so it wasn’t until just before lunch that we set off on our pre-conference adventures. We began by taking a stroll through the Montparnasse cemetery. Although famous folks like Charles Baudelaire and Jean-Paul Sartre occupy plots at the cemetery, a stroll through the Montparnasse cemetery for me — unlike the more famous Père Lachaise cemetery on the north side of the city — is less about who rests within the walls and more about the quiet atmosphere. I got the feeling that our friend the crow (above) feels the same. Andy guided me through the streets of the Montparnasse neighborhood, showing me places he used to frequent as a child during the year his family lived in Paris (his dad was a political scientist who was invited to teach at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes). We eventually ended up at the …

Six Days in Paris: Day One

After my longest blogging hiatus to date,  I’m back. Whew! Its been a marathon since touching down on American soil after six wonderful and full days in Paris, France. I’ve worked nine 13-hour shifts in the 13 days we’ve been home, so I apologize for my lengthy absence (no, I didn’t quit the blog). I’ve thought long and hard about how to share my Parisian travels, and I’ve decided the best way to document the fun would be to break up the trip into six posts — one for each of the lovely days we were in the City of Lights. So, let’s do this! After a lengthy journey — including a three-hour early-morning drive to the airport (plus the pre-flight to airline-gate rigamarole that follows), a five-hour flight from Las Vegas to Montreal (followed by a two-hour layover), and then a five-hour flight to Paris — we arrived at 9 am. Despite speeding forward into time, and effectively skipping a night’s sleep, we were pumped and ready to go. We made a misstep and …

One day in London

You read that right, I spent a day (well, a day and a half) in London last weekend — and it was fantastic! We arrived in the late afternoon on Friday, and while making our way to our hotel, we stopped at the Rock & Sole Plaice for fish and chips (yum). Whilst (come on, I had to seize my chance to use the fancy word!) Andy was away on business Friday evening, I dozed in the room while watching British television. I didn’t last long though and didn’t wake up when Andy came home close to midnight. We were up bright and early to make our way through the Covent Garden portion of town to the National Gallery where we caught our ride on the Big Bus Tour. This tour ended up being a highlight, as we had just one day in town and wanted to see as much as possible. Our tour guide was excellent in every respect! We hopped off the bus at the Tower of London. The ceramic poppy-flower art installation, …

Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Fall Semester

Hello friends. I’ve enjoyed becoming a part of the WordPress blogging community and getting to know you this summer. Developing this blog has been a kind of cathartic experience, a freeing one. It’s been fantastic to meet others with similar enthusiasms. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better! Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse who has one semester left in nursing school. This will be a busy semester, with boards at the end standing between me and my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. :o) I’m excited, but nursing school is going to take priority through the end of the year. I’ll be posting on Mondays and Thursdays for sure, and maybe a bonus post will pop up now and again as well. I have some fun ideas for series and plan to dig into those at the beginning of the year. In addition to getting back to more frequent blog writing, I can’t wait for life to get on …