We joked that this whole London | Paris adventure was our own little game of chicken and since neither of us ever blinked, we went. Really, it's not far from the truth. Both of us have had to cancel previous trips so what were the chances that this would happen? I think we were were both a little stunned and delighted that it actually came to be.
It was the best of times, it was the...no, it was really just the best of times. It was spectacular, really. Christie's the perfect travel friend. No dramas, no conflict. Just great conversations and good laughs and general marveling at the beautiful world beyond our usual borders and comfort zones. There was only so much we could see in the few days in each city so we made a few choices and embraced as much as we could.
high tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace
Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave
lunch with Therese at Jamie's Italian
Les Mis (even without the calling-in-sick Alfie Boe)
catching a rainbow over the Tower of London
Westminster Abbey & Poet's Corner
high speed chunnel train from London to Paris
Fat Tire Bike Tour around Paris
then, the next day , an all-day Fat Tire Bike Tour all around Versailles (sometimes in the rain)
lots and lots of great pastries and food
our signature drink, chocolat viennois
buying our lunch of bread + cheese + veggies at the Versailles market
catching High Mass at Notre Dame
And that's all I can scrape together with the words jet lag has not robbed from my little brain. It's equally divine to be home. Travel has a remarkable way of rebooting my settings and making me feel so grateful. I really am.
*No pictures of Christie here since she is bound for home and unable to give the thumbs up approval on any photos including her image. But check in here for her version of the trip once she finds a few minutes to post. C, miss you already! Happy re-entry to real life.