I think I may be staying in today. It’s somewhat miserable day – at least the start is. Who knows? It may turn beautiful in a moment.
But for now, I sit comfortably. And think ahead a bit apprehensively.
After the busy summer which culminated in my great niece’s visit, I was exhausted. And slip in there a trip to London, a major effort to coordinate an exhibit hall for the American Church in Paris, and a 4 day stay in London…. Whew.
This past week I have finally felt rested enough to do things again. Added to my list of medieval sites in Paris that I have visited. Spent hours in the musee des arts et métiers – science, mechanics, engineering. Walked places there were new. Saw the American exhibit at L’Orangerie – with American Gothic by Grant Wood even!
Going to Budapest in November for 4 days. This will be my first eastern European visit. Check – plane, hotel, bus to CDG. Have to figure out what to do when I get there, but there’s time for that.
Off to Normandy for two nights – to see the Bayeux Tapestry again and visit the D-Day beaches. When I was last there as a kid of 10, I don’t think there was much more than a parking lots. Now many museums. We are going on a van tour. Check – train, hotel, tour. And staying on Halloween. Last year I was in Dublin on Halloween. The Irish actually had a lot of decorations. Will let you know about the French.
And off to the south of France over Thanksgiving. Monteplier. Check – train, car rental… still debating AirBNB or hotel.
Even to Lyon for an overnight in December to experience the Christmas Light show which is said to be spectacular.
And now suddenly I am trying to fit in another trip to Vaux-le-Vicomte this week! I went last year on a bus tour. Well, not a tour but on a bus. They drive you there and then after lunch to Fontainbleu. V-l-V is a gorgeous chateau with fabulous grounds and I have wanted to spend more time there. Just discovered a simple way of getting there but the shuttle bus trips end on November 2. Yikes. Have to fit this in to an already busy week. Thursday I am supposed to be off to Normandy for the day with a French friend.
Organizing skills are essential for living here.
Feels like a boring post – just a list of sightseeing opportunities. But I feel quite accomplished. And whenever I can actually book a trip on the train SNCF, or Air France, or even Eurostar, I am excited. Last year I had so many problems with using a credit card on line. OK. Back to the couch to rest up for the rest of this week (the sun is still not out!)