Saturday, May 11, 2013

An American Girl in Paris Part Trois

So, not only was my 10 days in Paris an amazing trip, but it forced me to unplug and truly enjoy some down time.  After my second blog post, I lost all internet connection. Wifi was sketchy, and I just couldn't connect long enough to write a post each day.

Drop a writer in Paris and then tell her she can't write? It was more than a little frustrating. Now that I am home, after a very long day of traveling yesterday, I can look back through my notes and pictures and give you a quick tour...

From Paris, we traveled to South to Lyon, Avignon, Arles, and several other towns - each with their own unique beauty. We made pastries with french chefs, drank espresso in street side cafes, sampled delicious chocolates and many varieties of red and white wines.  

Here - finally - are a few pictures...

Amphitheater in Arles, France. Built in 80AD
Did you know that the word salary comes from the word salt? Way back when, soldiers were paid in salt.  This is also where the term "worth his salt" comes from.
Aquaduct in Arles, France

The cafe to the left is the Cafe De Nuit - the very same that Van Gogh painted - in the famous painting at right. This is also the same cafe of the poem "Starry, Starry Night" fame.

Beautiful town of Chateauneuf De Pope

Pastry class in Paris! We made macaroons - delicious!

The Eiffel Tower at night - beautiful!

A winery in the South of France that has been in the same family since the early 17th century.

It was a fantastic trip, but not without its ups and downs, which I will share in a later post. Right now, I am going to spend some much needed time with my kids!


  1. Oh, Beth...Your pictures take me back to my favorite country. And this is the cheapest trip to France I've ever taken! ;)

  2. They all look like paintings to me! Glad you had fun, and happy Mother's Day!

  3. Glad you had a wonderful time. I'm sure your kiddos miss you a lot - hope you had a Happy Mother's Day and that coming back to "reality" isn't too rough. We missed you.

  4. You actually put coconut in your mouth? :)
    Despite the obstacles, you have a journal full of memories to turn into essays, and perhaps a book. What a wonderful experience.

  5. My goodness! This must have been an amazing experience. You sure look happy making those macaroons. The photos are incredible. Now, reality. I always have withdrawals after vacations.