We were planning a trip to the remote part of England from which my husband's grandfather immigrated. Everything seemed to complicated, no matter which route and options we explored.

Then, after a particularly spirit-breaking day, I dreamed of Paris. We were there in the sunshine, my husband and I, riding lightweight bicycles that made us feel as though we were flying. We sped from the Arc de Triumph to the Pantheon on what felt like gossamer wings. Then I awoke to a dark January morning.

When we gathered in our snuggery that night, I told my husband about the dream. "Let's do it," he said. "Let's just go to Paris again. It's easier. We know how to do it. We can stay on the Left Bank again."

And so we began dreaming again. And hoping. And feeling lighter.

There are still many unanswered questions in my life.

But I can dream of Paris. What a hold she has on us!

Life forces us into decisions and roles we sometimes abhor. Falling in love with a city gives us options. There is nothing to do but submit yourself to the lure of the city. Paris...


ChazFrench said…
Oh that's awesome! Take plenty of photos to share.

I keep dreaming of Paris and Mexico again. Someday.
Now that we've decided, I feel like a ton of weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

Paris, you do that to me!
Jann said…
I am so glad to hear you are heading back! No one deserves this trip more~I know you will savor every moment!
Thank you, Jann. Now I've got to figure out a way to do it every year again.
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katiez said…
That's wonderful! One can never go wrong spending time in Paris. It's always rejuvenates me, too.
Yes, indeed, Katiz, Paris does's working its magic already.
Penny said…
So happy for you Mimi. I am looking forward to our trip there in June.
Penny, I hope you will post lots of photos in June as I will be going through withdrawal then...
Bernideen said…
Hope it's a dream come true! Enjoy!
I'm happy for you, Mimi! We once planned a trip out to the Badlands, but it kept being so difficult to make it work. At the last minute, we switched to New Mexico instead and had a wonderful time.
Alain said…
Hey you ... how are you doing?
I just discovered this morning that you were back to blogging. I thought you had stopped a long time ago.
Myself I stopped blogging for a whole year and just started again posting the 3rd chapter of my 50 year retrospective on French restaurants in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.
I also dream of Paris where I did not go since November 2010, on the occasion of celebrating my 70th birthday and friends.
Perhaps this summer or early fall.
I still do a lot of French cooking though.
Glad to have found out that you are still writing and dreaming.
Take care.
Now that we've decided, I feel like a ton of weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
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