Friday, August 13, 2010


The three of us, my husband, son and I love to travel.  I was raised by parents who loved travel and was fortunate to do quite a bit of it as a kid. When I was a teenager my parents and I went to France for a month.  When  my husband and I got married, we went to France on our honeymoon for 3 weeks.  We also detoured to Belgium (hated Brussels - bad experience unfortunately, loved Bruges!), Amsterdam and Luxembourg.

We've taken many family vacations over the years.  In the last 6 years we've taken 3 cruises and been to Mexico 3 other trips all to escape the nasty Canadian winters.  We go to California at least once a year as my husband is from there and his kids (they're grown) live there.  It's really no wonder my son Alex who is 16 loves to travel.  When he was a little younger I remember him asking "so where are we going this year?". 

Although I'm a fan of visiting different places, it's not just about the place.  I have never, and will never be a history buff.  I don't really care what happened there...that sounds bad but it is what it is.  Different architecture is lovely to look at but to me travel is about the "feel" of a new place, the culture, the people, the food.

A few weeks ago I had an epiphany (one of my favorite words, besides anvil - don't ask).  I decided that I'd like Alex to join Margaret and I in Paris for 10 days at the end of our visit.  Being that he's 16 I know I only have a few more years with him at home and our family vacations.  I really want to show him Paris.  We have fun together.  He and Margaret know each other.  I asked him if he wanted to come and of course he answered yes right away.  (A few days after that he asked me why I ASKED him and what made me think he wouldn't be interested lol) I booked his airline ticket a couple of days ago, so it's official.  I'm thrilled that he's coming and looking forward to it.



Gina Johnson said...

I love this! Now I am all caught up. So glad your son is going to visit. Priceless. Enjoy all the excitement leading up to your big adventure. I think that is half the fun.

likeschocolate said...

I hope he loves it there!

Paulita said...

So brave of you. I think I would enjoy a week or so with my 16-year-old son in Paris, but I'm so selfish that I'd hate to give up that alone time. Giving is what moms do though, isn't it. You're right. It will be something the two of you never forget. I agree that it is being in the culture that makes a trip fabulous.

"All things French" said...

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog - you will have a wonderful time in Paris - take lots of pics and then you can share them with us.The planning to go is so much fun!!