Paris in July starts today

(courtesy of Bookbath)

I’ve decided to participate for the first time this year.  I plan on taking the month to show you pictures from our France trip three years ago, read a few books set in Paris that I have sitting on my shelves, watch a few French movies, and come up with some quizzes to test your France knowledge.  Oh, yes, and I have a few giveaways of things French.  Whew.  That seems like a lot doesn’t it?  I think it’s going to be a fun and I can’t wait to see what Tamara at Thyme for Tea and Karen at Bookbath have planned.

Jason and I had good friends who moved back to France in 2008.  We were sad to see them go and promised to visit in two years, so at the beginning of 2010 we started planning our trip, plane tickets and hotels.  And then a funny thing happened, at the end of February I found out I was pregnant!  We were going in April so I would be in my second trimester, but after a miscarriage a few years earlier and my advanced age (38 :)) there was still a decision to be made, reservations or not.  Thank goodness we decided to make the trip.  Yes, I had morning sickness every day, but who knows when we will be able to take another trip like this one.

We were there ten days and stayed 5 days with our friends in Lyon and 5 days in Paris.  It’s a beautiful country and Jason and I both fell in love with Paris.  I have to think that if we are able to go again it will only be better since I will be able to drink the wine and eat all of the cheese!  The pregnancy did slow us down, I made frequent stops to rest and even though we walked everywhere, I did it at a very leisurely pace.

I’m going to post a favorite photo everyday.  Hope you enjoy France 🙂

France 136We had already made our plans for Paris, but our friend recommended Pere Lachaise cemetery so we walked over after our train arrived in the city and I fell in love.  We only had an hour, but I could have easily spent a whole day admiring the chaos and the history there.  This is the metal door of an above ground burial house.  Can you see inside?  This cemetery had discoveries like this everywhere, much like the city of Paris.