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Europe Trip -Day 13 (2014- Blog 87)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Winding down a really special trip. My father's health brought me back here and with my sister we have jointly created a wealth of memories of family, country sides and city scapes. Today we returned to paris on our last long train ride.

The countryside changed from the quiet lush green of Normandy to the hustle of Paris. We found our way to our hotel located close to the Louvre. We choose it for proximity to the metro but found the map a bit deceiving. No matter, at this point we have walked, according to my trusty nike plus, over 36 miles during this trip. What's a few extra miles on our last days in Paris!!!

Because the museum we wanted to see was closed (ARGH!!!), we decided to treat ourselves to the river boat. The sunny day had brought all kinds of folks to the banks of the Seine River, so our eyes feasted on the landscapes of the grand architecture of such places as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and the relaxed people strolling, sitting, eating, and waving all along the route.

We had dinner with my father and he shared old photos and some more old stories with us. It was kind of a hard evening as my emotions really tugged hard at me the whole time. Paris is a long long way from my home in Oregon and this trip accentuated the fact that my father's health is weak. I had to bring myself into the present moment and try to etch them into my heart as much as possible.

A crazy taxi drive back to the hotel rounded out almost two weeks of fantastic modes of transport. We prepare for one last day trip to Giverny - the home of Monet's Gardens. We are hopeful that we will get to see the emerging colors of his genius!! Will report out tomorrow.

In no time, I will be back to my daily routines but changed by this rather wonderful trip.

Day's impression = a sentimental day

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BOPPY_ 1/21/2015 3:22AM

    How're your people there doing, now?

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JUNEPA 11/22/2014 1:13AM

    Sparkling, charming, enchanting trip. So much for you to see and remember and experience with your family. Hope your dad is doing okay.

I love traveling by train as well, you did well traveling light, staying active, enjoying your days, every day an interesting adventure.

Comment edited on: 11/22/2014 1:14:30 AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/5/2014 3:46AM

    Those memories will remain with you always ,how wonderful you could have this time together.

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SEEHOLZ 4/4/2014 10:30AM

    I love this whole trip recap- I'm so happy that you went. That's awesome!

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REJ7777 4/4/2014 7:05AM

    What precious moments you are living and memories to cherish you are creating! There's so much to be grateful for.

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KALIGIRL 4/3/2014 9:04AM

    Here's to BEing changed and the wonderful memories!

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NANCY- 4/2/2014 8:07AM

    What a wonderful journey to treasure. I'm sure your father treasured your visit as well.
The key to the memories are are these blogs. Reading them will jog more thoughtsand help you revisit this trip at a later date.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/2/2014 7:07AM

    Savor those sentiments. Memories last, and they are something that once built, cannot be taken away from you. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 4/2/2014 6:41AM

    Between the blog and photos you havethe foundation of a way to really remember this trip with your family. Treasures.

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    Wow, what memories. And you've given your dad a lot also.

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    You have created so many more memories!

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NEW-CAZ 4/2/2014 3:05AM

    Good that you're spending time with your father Diane, going down memory lane with him. Sadness yes, but it's been a trip worth making. emoticon

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ALIIDA 4/2/2014 1:16AM

    A wonderful trip mixed with sadness. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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