Fast forward thirty plus years and my husband was scheduled to attend a business conference in Paris. Plans were made, friends contacted who had traveled to Paris, lists compiled of places to visit, guide books acquired, and good walking shoes purchased. Much to our dismay, the conference was canceled!
In the summer of 2009, our son completed a study abroad in Madrid. Our family planned to meet in Paris - our last trip with just the four of us since our daughter would be getting married in August. How can I describe the delight of finally visiting this city I had longed to visit for more than forty years!
Precious memories fill my mind: musicians on the train and in the subway stations, the museums, the bread, magnificent stained glass windows in Sainte Chapelle, the Eiffel tower at night, hot chocolate and pastries at the Angelina, sprinting through the Louvre to reach the Mona Lisa ahead of the crowds, art that took my breath away and left me speechless in Musee de l'Orangerie, Notre Dame, a boat ride on the Seine and so much more. It was a dream fulfilled!
And now for a final connection to Paris. When I nominated Elsie for her comments, I received a prize, a DVD - Mentor Texts by Aimee Buckner. Before our trip to Paris in 2009, I read about a contest hosted by Stenhouse Publishers. They wanted to know where we took our professional books and asked us to submit pictures. I took Aimee Buckner's Notebook Connections and requested pictures of myself reading the book near famous landmarks. My kids became quite weary of the requests, and the worst part - I never actually submitted any of the photos to Stenhouse! Shhh! Don't tell my family!