Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm Going to Paris!

I've been talking about going to France FOREVER! Finally, the tickets are purchased, the hotel arrangements made, I'm going to France!

My whole adult life I have been dreaming of a trip to France. It's all I think about. Life has brought me many close attempts to travelling there but life also cancelled those plans. My good friend from Chicago, Deb, found a fantastic airfare one day and the next day those seats were ours! She is bringing her cameras and I am bringing an empty suitcase.

Never too late I say!!! I have every French travel book imaginable and maps galore. I'm so excited - I cannot wait until April - Oui Oui Bonjour Merci - how many suitcases can I bring?

Dreams do come true, is all I can say.

What is even better, when I told my Father of my trip, he began to remember his Father's stories of France. My Grandfather served in WWI and was given a Purple Heart Medal. He was shot in the leg and the story goes that a very small Frenchman carried my Grandfather a long way to the medics for attention. My eyes flooded with tears when my Father told me that story. Merci Beaucoup France for taking care of my Grandfather that day.

So, for now, I know two women that are very happy to have their own French stories to tell one day.

This little French inspired gal is welcoming any travel advice, tips, favorite stories, plans of your own to share. Yes, this is me at 5 or 6 years old.

French themed embroidered towels are compliments of my sweet friends Maddie and Gail. I received these for Christmas from them and they are so sweet to have put all that work into them.


  1. you're going to have a great time!! if you are there on a saturday don't forget to go the the fleemarket at ST Ouen, it's fantastic!!!! Have fun !! check out this link for the fleemarkets.

  2. Oh good for you! I got to go two years ago, and am planning a return trip in 2012 with friends. We shopped some flea markets in Paris, very expensive, but so much fun. My best suggestion is to take shoes that expand! I know, what kind do? I have a pair of Teva style, open sandle with straps. The brand is Chaco. Don't take more than two pair of shoes, and one 21" spinner bag. If it doesn't fit into that, don't take it! Then a small roll on for the plane with meds, toiletries, snacks, pillow, blanket, change of underwear, etc. Made for a much more pleasant trip. And rent phones for you guys to communicate with over there if you don't have phones with Sims cards. Have a ball. Riki

  3. What a good news, Your year can not go wrong. I often be in France during the spring and summer, we've got a house in a small village, and we love it to be there.

    So nice for you to make plans.

    Have a good week
    Hermine xx

  4. Oh Rhonda, I am sooooooooooooooo very delighted for you! Might you need a handmaid to take along on your sojourn?

    I can just imagine you now ... enjoying petit fours and pastries at some quaint sweetshop. Strolls amongst the broncates, blissfully searching for treasures. Bring as many suitcase as you can handle, my friend!! :))

    Love the tea towels ... perfect for this post!!! Yeah!! counting the days with you ... and so look forward to pics from beautiful France!

  5. Congratulations on your dreams coming true. You will absolutely fall in love with all things French. Enjoy every minute of your wonderful adventure. Bon Voyage...

  6. Sip and savor it...every little french morsel of it.

  7. I am so excited for you! Paris will
    be everything you imagined and more! The Latin Quarter is wonderful... Rue Buci, Rue Jacob..
    St Germain. Sure you will be getting lots of wonderful hints on
    places to go. Cannot wait to hear
    about it!

    Flora Doora

  8. Hi Rhonda,
    oh that is wonderful!!!You will love it.I'm so happy for you.
    Have a wonderul weekend and sweet dreams of Paris!

  9. Hi sweet Rhonda,-
    how wonderfull girl-
    I understand your exitement-and wish I could go,too---
    It is 30 years since I was there, long,long time ago!!!but I know how wonderfull it will be for you.
    You better start saving for all the great stuff to buy :)))

  10. Rhonda!
    What fabulous news! I'm sure if I lost about 5 lbs. I could probably fit into one of your carry-ons!

  11. Hoe exciting for you. You will have an incredible time!

  12. Hi Rhonda, I am so happy for you, I hope you take lots of pictures and share your journey with us. You and your friend will have the time of your lives. How wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

  13. Happy New Year darling Rhonda - well it's starting off amazingly for YOU!!!
    I'm soooooo excited for you - it will be everything and MORE than you've ever dreamed and imagined!!!

    "April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees".
    A Bateau Mouche evening trip on the Seine is a MUST.... I'll post some photos I took on it last time just so you can see!!
    I'm soooooo happy for you!!!!!!!!
    Wishing you, your husband and all your precious family Gods blessings this new year.
    Big hugs
    Shane x

  14. How wonderful to be going somewhere you have always wanted to go...hopefully you can take as many valises vides as you can....shall follow your blog and see how your trip turns to check out your art.

  15. Wonderful news, gosh, you must be so excited already, how will you sleep? Paris is such a magical place, I am sure you will have a truly memorable time there. How long are you going for?

  16. Yay you! You are a lucky girl!! ENJOY!!!

  17. Bonjour Rhonda,
    Glad to hear you are heading to France at last. You will hav a lovely time - I live in Paris, so let me know if you need any info!
    Au revoir,

  18. How thrilling! Take lots of photos and bring home lots of treasures!!! You probably won't want to come back home! heehee How wonderful to have that story about your grandfather... makes traveling there even that more special!

  19. How very thrilling for you Rhonda - I am so happy for you. April will be here before you know it! You, and your work will never be quite the same... I was there three years ago and we are going in May and I cannot wait. Best advice I can give you is to learn as much French as you can - especially about food!

  20. I'm SO delighted for you, finally realizing your dream of visiting France! You will have such a wonderful time and if the suitcase isn't big enough to hold all your Found French Treasures, remember that you can always mail some Home! *wink* I Hope you will share the experience with us with stories and photos and peeks at the Treasures you find!

    Safe travels... Dawn... The Bohemian

  21. good for Rhonda.. if there was ever a girl who should visit is you! oh la la... fabulous times ahead!

  22. hooray rhonda! dreams DO come true! xo!

  23. Hi Rhonda,
    Just to wish you a wonderful trip to Paris. I'll be thinking of you as I'm just a hop skip and jump over the Engish Channel, So near yet so far!
    Have the trip of a lifetime!!!!
    Bon Voyage, Angela.

  24. Oh you lucky girls! I'd hit the flemarkets first! Enjoy your beautiful trip! Warm Blessings!~Amy

  25. I am so happy for you! I can only imagine what treasures you will make when you get back. I hope that you venture to the countryside as well as is there that you will find the most remarkable people!

  26. Rhonda, the wonderful news that you are realizing your dream is superb. I hope you are writing all of this down in your journal ~ as I have no doubt this will truly be the adventure of your life.

  27. Oolala! How wonderful for you. I would be dancing on the ceiling in excitement!!!

  28. Dis donc! I am happy for you!! Paris is wonderful! I always going to Paris to give my workshops making paper roses 4 times in a year. But I live in the South of France and I always go with a very fast train,that brings me in almost 3 hours to Paris. And than a little bit shopping in La Fayette or Le Printemps, you have to see that!!
    So it is great for you,

    au revoir et bon voyage!


  29. OMG! What wonderful news! I am SO HAPPY for you! Yes, take a suitcase and fill it with every type of paper you can find. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night. It's a gorgeous view! It sways back and forth and you will be shocked at the true size of it. Oh, you are going to love it! Be sure to use the underground walkway to visit the Arch de Triumph, unlike me. I crossed the huge street like an idiot! I can laugh about it now though. Take a sketch pad and draw some of your favorite spots. I treasure the ones my dad and I drew. Oh, and keep a journal to write about all you see, smell, eat and do. I love looking back over mine. Be sure to tell us all of your plans. Chat with you soon my friend! I'm just giddy for you! xoxo Rhonda...

  30. How exciting for you both, and what fun you're going to have!!! Just remember to behave yourselves!!!

    You'll be counting down the months and days lucky you. :)

  31. I am Italian and I have yet to make my way to Italy yet!
    How thrilling it is to hear that you are on your way to such a romantic city!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment today!
    What a pleasure it is to hear from you!
    And your kind sentiments really touched my heart!
    Thanks so much!

    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

  32. oh tres bien!!!! wonderful to see you booked your trip!!! I love France!!!! it is the theme in a lot of my work....

    Have a wonderful time!!!

  33. Do yourself a favor and go look for the largest, lightest weight suitcase you can find at the flea market or goodwill type shop. I decided a couple of years ago that we needed new luggage and bought a great set never thinking of how much it weighed. Not long after they started weighing and charging for overweight luggage. Half of the weight was in my new luggage. Last year I found an old blue one with wheels at the flea market and it was very light. Who cares what it looks like. Think of all the stuff you can put in there to bring back.

    Really this is a wonderful trip for you. April in Paris - what more could a gal want.



  34. How ever will you be able to absorb it all?! Pictures, journals and lots more pictures!!!! I'm so happy that you get a most wonderful treat in 2011! Your blog will be bursting! <3

  35. Eeeeeeck!!!! How wonderful!!!! Can I be a mouse and travel in your purse? You will have so much fun, a trip of a lifetime! pictures, pictures, pictures...
    Big hugs and lots of love!!

  36. Rhonda, I am so exicted for you! And April seems like the perfect month. I'm assuming we're going to see more travel plans unfold here right? Inquiring minds want to know:) Just Paris or other places in France, too? Will you get to visit Cory?
    Just my 2 francs worth: I was not impressed with St. Ouen: too expensive. But there's another one on the east side of Paris, starts with a V (Varennes?) That was the one I liked. I read where PHAT Tire hosts bicycle trips around Paris in English -- I would recommend that! Looking forward to seeing your dream come true!

  37. Oh how nice to see your excitement! France is a wonderful country and Paris a beautiful city. I live in France (though not in Paris) and visit Paris often. Paris is an expensive city (all Europe is expensive)but there are some wonderful experiences to be had that are not trop cher (just walking down the street in Paris is a pleasure). If you'd like some tips and off the beaten path less-touristy places to eat/see/shop, drop me a line and I'll be glad to share.

  38. you're living my dream.

    hey. i ordered a box of vintage french lace, etc. from you a while back and i just want to tell you how much i have enjoyed just looking at everything.

    i've really cut down on the blogs that i follow - i couldn't keep up - heck, i can't keep up with posting! anyway, i've decided to follow yours - i love it.

    warmly, jan


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