Many of you are sad. You had planned a real trip to Paris this year, and your plans were canceled.
I did go to Paris this year. For real. Last winter.
MY (REAL) TRIP TO PARIS IN 2020
My sister and I in Paris in January of 2020
My sister and I planned a trip to Paris. We planned this trip for the winter of 2020. We heard a little bit of talk about the coronavirus in January, but it did not sound worrisome. We left for Paris in late January. Our big plane to Paris only had 159 passengers. I had a whole row to myself. The row in front of me and behind me was empty, too. We never learned why.
Do you see the children on their scooters in these pictures?
We were gone for seventeen days. We met up with my sister's grandchildren and their parents in Paris. Every day we walked many miles. One day we walked 12 miles. The children rode on their scooters.
I took a drawing book with me. Every day I wrote down a little about our day. I drew pictures. Sometimes I played Hangman with the children while we waited in the restaurants. The children drew in the book sometimes, too.
I brought one real book with me to Paris last winter. It was the perfect book for the trip. It is called Paris in Winter. I read it every morning with my coffee.
I'll share more about my trip to Paris next week.
BOOKS AND MOVIES THAT ARRIVED THIS WEEK
My Paris books and movies arrived for me from the library this week.
BOOKS I READ LAST WEEK DURING PARIS IN JULY
MOVIES I WATCHED LAST WEEK DURING PARIS IN JULY
I also shared a recipe from Dinner in French by Melissa Clark.
And I posted a list of New Books from France.
What went on in your part of the world?
How are things going for you?
I thank all of you who stop by and link up and share your thoughts.
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Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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Traveling to Paris is wonderful at any time, but now that we can't do it, it is even more enticing. It's no surprise that we had to cancel our trip to Europe (starting in Paris) that was set to begin on the 13th. Perhaps next year we'll be able to go....ReplyDelete
I'm sad for you, Helen. I hope you are able to visit Europe (especially Paris) next year.Delete
I'm sad for you, Helen. I hope you are able to visit Europe (especially Paris) next year.Delete
What a lovely picture of you are your sister. I went to France and Switzerland in 1971 when I was a senior in high school as part of a class ski trip. The total cost for 7 days including 2 meals a day was under $500 with airfare LOLReplyDelete
Five hundred dollars is probably about what we spent on one of our meals!Delete
I'm so happy that you and your sister were able to get to Paris this past winter. And how wonderful that you had so much space on your flight!ReplyDelete
That's an incredible stack of books and movies from your library. Enjoy each and every one.
Happy 4th and stay safe, Deb. I hate reading about the spiking numbers in Texas. :(
I check the numbers every day. It's appalling.Delete
I really like the idea of taking a drawing book on a trip. I'll have to do that...next time I take a trip. Maybe even the next time I take a trip to the park!ReplyDelete
I took a little box of paints, too, but I didn't use them this time. Maybe next time....Delete
Looks like you had a good time. Happy July 4th! I hope your day sparkles.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Mary! Love the 4th!Delete
It sounds like you had a lovely time in Paris. Thank you for sharing some of your pictures.ReplyDelete
It's a quiet weekend for us. My daughter is happy for a Saturday free of dance because of the holiday. I hope you enjoy your reading! Have a great week, Deb. Stay safe and well.
It is a quiet weekend for us, too. Staying away from those 4th of July crowds.Delete
Someday I hope to get to Paris. In the meantime, I love hearing about your journey and reading books about it. Hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
I have been so eager to share our trip.Delete
Looks like a fantastic time! Your stack of books and movies is impressive, Time for me to get back to working on my 52 in 52 weeks goal. Thanks for hosting :)ReplyDelete
I'm almost reading too much these days.Delete
Wow! That's an amazing stack of books! My friend who is a nurse in Lyon is able to hang out with friends now and is posting lovely pictures. Somehow they've managed to pull through it we're going backwards. It's very depressing. A trip to France would do wonders for the mood. I love the book you took with you to write in. What a treasured journal that will always be.ReplyDelete
I keep that little journal where I can look at it every day.Delete
I wish I was travelling anywhere right now. This is the longest we have ever stayed home, 13 months!!ReplyDelete
BUT I have no intentions of going anywhere until things calm down. Unfortunately we will not be stepping foot into the States for a long while.
I don't blame you, Jackie. I wouldn't step foot in the States if I didn't live here.Delete
How wonderful that you were able to go to Paris just before the pandemic started. And how fun to have shared it with your sister's grandchildren, although she certainly doesn't look old enough to be a grandma!ReplyDelete
January was not too long ago although with all that's been happening it probably feels like much more in the distant past. So it's great to be celebrating Paris in July with all your planned activities. Have fun!
January feels like it was years ago.Delete
Your trip looks so wonderful! I love that you drew while you were there! :)ReplyDelete
Dirt sounds like a book that I would love, I will have to look it up. :) Have a great day!
I enjoy reading about people's cooking adventures.Delete
And that's the reason why we go on holiday - to be able to draw on those lovely memories when the going is tough. So sorry to hear what is going on in the US right now. I hope the situation starts to turn around. We ARE flattening our curve, but it is taking a very long time and we still have a signficant number of people dying every day. I love the pic of you and your sister, Deb:)). Your pile of books from the library is impressive! Have a great week.ReplyDelete
You are so right...It is lovely to draw on those memories now.Delete
Hi Deb! Aaaaah, I love your post... Would have loved to travel overseas this year. Ironically enough, that was our big plan for 2020. Alas....! We are travelling at the moment, my husband needs to work about halfway across the country, so I traveled with and try to manage on Zoom etc.ReplyDelete
Hope you will have a wonderful week and get to all those lovely books and dvds. Here's my The Sunday Post 3
I wish we could at least travel here in our state. But I don't feel safe to do that.Delete
What a great picture of you and your sister! I enjoyed reading about your trip, especially since it doesn't look like there will be any travel for us for quite some time. I want to try that recipe, too! Have a good week.ReplyDelete
Thanks, JoAnn. I know how you feel about traveling. The only traveling I see in the near future is vicarious traveling.Delete
Sounds like an absolutely wonderful trip and what perfect timing. I'm glad you were able to get there, enjoy your trip, and back before the virus issues really started. I knew someone who was in Paris when lockdowns started here and while they did get home eventually they had a very stressful couple of days. I love To Catch a Thief. Not sure anyone is more timelessly gorgeous then Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Hope you have a wonderful week.ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, you are right. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Gorgeous people.Delete
I love your Paris posts. Stay safe in Texas! We keep hearing about your state in the news. And it isn't good news. Sigh!ReplyDelete
The one piece of good news this week is that our governor required wearing masks.Delete
My husband and I love to travel and Paris is high on our list. Well, a lot of places are high on our list! Someday we'll get there...ReplyDelete
To Catch a Thief is an excellent movie! I think the age difference between Cary Grant and his leading ladies (there was another one who seemed even younger than Grace Kelly, right?) bothered me a bit but--it's Cary Grant! What woman of any age could resist? :-)
Enjoy your week and your Paris in July theme!
Cary Grant remained wildly handsome for many, many years.Delete
Paris looks lovely, I’m learning French at the moment so one day I hope to visit.ReplyDelete
Have a lovely week.
I'm practicing my French each day, too.Delete
I’m glad you were able to see Paris. I’d love to go to Europe someday, but who knows when that will happen. Good luck with getting through that massive stack of books. Have a great week.ReplyDelete
Aj @ Read All The Things!
Right now I have little to do except read, so I think I will get through the stack pretty quickly.Delete
So nice that you were able to get to France before this all blew up. Lovely pictures! I would love to walk all over that city for a few days. Now I want to watch a Cary Grant movie.:)ReplyDelete
Love the library haul!!!
We walked almost a hundred miles during our time there.Delete
How the world has changed in such a short time! I'm glad you got to enjoy your trip before it all kicked off in a big way.ReplyDelete
I am, too. My sister has such careful habits when she is out of the country. She taught me to carefully sanitize after each stint on the subway, and to set aside all the outer garments and shoes in the hallway when we go inside. Those were good habits to form.Delete
I remember reading about your trip to Paris and hoping to make a trip there soon myself. Then stuff happened. Ugh.ReplyDelete
I've also been reminiscing. We went to London and Edinburgh last year and I'm trying not to think of it as the last major vacation in years. Hopefully, we'll all get to travel soon!
Whatever happens in the future, at least we have our memories.Delete
I truly enjoyed reading this post...brought back memories of our summer trip to NY last year.. and we recently watched To Catch a Thief... one of our favorite films for sure..ReplyDelete
I think we will look for more Hitchcock.Delete
What a lovely photo of you and your sister! I’m glad you got to enjoy Paris, treasure the memory :)ReplyDelete
Wow, that’s quite the stack of library books!! Our borrow limit is 6 books.
Wishing you a great reading week
We are allowed fifty.Delete
Deb Nance, re my Sunday post, I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, which offers a ton of books in all genres!ReplyDelete
Wonderful. Thank you.Delete
I am so glad you got to go to Paris before everything shut down! The memories and photos will bring such joy.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your books and your week! Stay safe.
Just squeezed under the wire.Delete
You're so lucky you went to Paris when you did. I've been there several times and absolutely adore the city. Eventually, when I retire, I'm thinking of trying to go for about three months. Maybe do some sort of house swap. That is if we ever get to travel again!ReplyDelete
I'd love to go for three months. My nephew often takes his family for a month at a time. He says it is no more expensive to live there than at home.Delete
glad you had a good trip. in february we were in new orleans for mardi gras and spend some time in biloxi at the casinos. right after, we found out about covid, but it was because of my brother in law who travels to china for business told us. we were in the middle of a hotbed and never knew it. i blame that on those in authority who are responsible for taking care of our country and feel fortunate that we escaped with no ill affects. :-( here in florida our world has gone crazy and i am thankful that we bought our little piece of paradise so isolation is tolerableReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
It's crazy here, too.Delete
Your trip looks like it was lovely. I am glad you got to go before 2020. I think it will be long time before we travel abroad again. Hope your week is filled with amazing reads.ReplyDelete
Sad to think about.Delete
The real Paris trip looked like much fun and walking. It seems so long ago now those days before the virus when we all could travel. That's a big stack of books. I last was in Paris in June 2018 .... it was a key trip with my parents which makes it very memorable .... we were with a history group & went to Normandy studying sites of WWI and WWII ... terrific. take care this week in Texas.ReplyDelete
I bet you had a wonderful time.Delete
What a wonderful trip. You were just in time as well. To walk around Paris is probably the best way to see it.ReplyDelete
Wow, that is one big pile of books and movies!
We walked almost a hundred miles.Delete
I love that you took your drawing book to Paris with you. I did too! Such fun to see these. And what a stack!ReplyDelete
I hope you will share some of your book.Delete
Loved your drawings and the kids' as well. These were lovely photos altogether. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete