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Love: Volumes A – Z

This isn’t a typical love story.  It isn’t a sweet romance with two people gazing into each other’s eyes.


The happy ending has yet to happen.  A fascination?  Yes.  My first love.  Oui! 

Le Début  

This is a journey that began with a 4th grade assignment.  We were assigned to do a report – in penmanship – on a country chosen by our teacher.  My assignment was France. 

The next week would consist of walking to the library after school each day.  I would have to research encyclopedias, take notes and find some books to check-out from the library.

On Saturday, everything changed – my world expanded with the help of a stranger.  A door-to-door Encyclopedia Salesman entered our home.  He talked with my parents for hours in the kitchen.  I sat entranced, as his sales pitch moved smoothly across the table.  I knew it was impossible for our family to own these beautifully bound books with gold lettering.

And then? 

The moment I stood up to go outside and play Charlie’s Angels until the street lights came on – it happened.


The Bic pen was drawn from the salesman’s inside suit pocket and the contract was signed.

Two shelves were immediately cleared in the living room of my childhood home – now the special place the encyclopedias would occupy.

My sister and I sat on the orange shag carpet – staring doe eyed at them.


It felt as if we had won the lottery.  The Google of my generation – in our home – at my fingertips.

I would not be watching the Partridge Family for the next two weeks.   


No Brady Bunch or ABC Afterschool Special for this girl.  I devoured everything that was related to France inside those fancy books.  I traveled to a place – I now knew I had to visit in person. 

This affinity began from an assignment over three decades ago.  I have now been wooed. 

La continuation……

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Do you have a love affair for traveling to any state or country? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Posted in travel

Travel Tuesday

The past few weeks have really led to many highs and lows.  As summer comes to an end – although it doesn’t feel like summer is ending any time soon with this heat – many things have been going on around here.

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Family and friends have been visiting and staying with us – before starting the exciting new school year.

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Several home repairs are going on – which will be great, but can add to unpredictability and extra stress.  I have a few posts I am trying to work on – including a giveaway.

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I was interviewed by Enricoh from  Alfonzo Words for the Tuesday Travel Tag.  If you have already read this interview on his website or commented on it — Merci Beaucoup!   Don’t jet off too quickly – scroll down to the comments and share a travel memory with us.  Thanks for visiting and for all of your support!

Travel Tag: 200 Saturdays Until Paris 

This interview was originally posted on the tremendously uplifting blog – Alfonzo Words on August 2.  Enricoh is such a sweet soul.  He made the interview process so much fun.

 Inspire. Create. Write.TM


One of my favorite days of the week has arrived, iiiiiiitS  #TravelTuesday
Travel is a Billion Dollar industry almost teasing at Trillion Dollar status, Why?
Because EVERYONE loves to travel!

Upon my interactions on Facebook, I came across a most interesting blog name, 200 Saturdays until Paris.  Even though the name is pretty self-explanatory, I was still drawn by the name and the mission of the blog.

Every once in a while you come across someone whose spirit is iridescent.

Meet Christine


Christine’s dream, for as long as she can remember, is to visit the City of Light and experience the majestic wonder it has to offer.  The first step in her journey is 200 Saturdays until Paris.  A personal blog, where she shares her passion for yoga practices, inspirational posts, and the daily shenanigans’ life sends her way – while researching for her dream vacation.

1. Tell us about a recent holiday

  • The most recent vacation was in Las Vegas.  You know the saying – whatever happens in Vegas – stays in Vegas.  All I can divulge is – you can’t have a bad time in Vegas!

2. Best destination to travel to

  • I love everywhere I go and haven’t been to every destination on my list – so this answer is always evolving.  My answer for now is Bar Harbor, Maine.  I like hiking and exploring.  Acadia National Park was very memorable.  One of the friendliest cities – in my opinion.

3. Worst Travel experience? 

  • Flight canceled and returned home a day late.  My luggage decided to stay on vacation 2 additional days. I only take carry-on luggage now.

4. How traveling has changed your life? 

  • I love learning about new cultures – first hand.  I love that it doesn’t matter what country I am in – we are different, yet the same. Human.

5. Where are you from? 

  • Chicago, but I live in Florida now.

6. Where have you been around the world? 

  • I haven’t been to as many places as some people.  I really haven’t been around the world.  I recently starting blogging and following travel blogs – there are so many places now added to the must see list.  The places outside of the US that I have been to include, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.


7. What is your favorite City? 

  • St. Augustine, FL – The location is convenient.  There are so many things to do and see in the oldest city in the United States.  I will have a post about St. Augustine, on my blog – soon.

8. What are your dream destinations? 

  • Since I have a blog dedicated to Paris – I would have to say France!
  • Also Hawaii, Amsterdam and Canada.
9. Best item have you purchased overseas? 
  • I haven’t purchased any big ticket item for myself, on any trip.  I tend to be cheap when it comes to myself.  That will change – when I go shopping in Paris!

10. What time of the year do you like to travel? 

  • Anytime it isn’t too hot – I experience that enough where I live now.

11. How many times a year do you travel? 

  • As many as possible, although the last few years we were caring for our 3 elderly Chihuahua’s and couldn’t do much traveling.  They are no longer with us.  Our new puppies love to vacation at the doggie spa while we are away!

12. Show us your favorite travel picture?


13. What are some new and exciting cuisines that you tried on your travels? 

  • I don’t know if this is very exciting.  One of my favorite memories on a trip to Jamaica, was having a resident cook a meal for us – in their home.  The aroma in the house and the hospitality made it such a great experience.  Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Red Stripe beer!  Oh and Blue Mountain coffee is THE best coffee!

14. Have you ever lost something while traveling? 

  • Besides my dignity??  No – I usually triple check that I have everything.

15. What are your favorite travel activities? 

  • Para-sailing and climbing to the top of lighthouses.  I really love architecture – looking for interesting buildings is one of my favorite things to do.

16. What are your must-have travel accessories?

  • A good book.

17. What is your favorite accent in the world?

  • Francais- of course.

18. If you could live anywhere where would you live?

  • Tough question.  I could probably live anywhere, but, I haven’t been everywhere – so I am unable to choose the dream location.  I suspect I will want to live in France, once I visit the City of Light.  Home is where you hang your hat!

19. Why do you enjoy traveling? 

  • I love seeing new places and meeting new people.  I have a weird fascination of people watching at the airport.  I arrive hours before my flight, just to be able to people watch while I wait.

20. Do you have a travel buddy? 

  • I usually travel with my husband, but a getaway with the girls is always a good time.

21. What are some of the interesting places you’ve visited and the different cultures? 

  • Besides many places in the US – I have mostly been to the Caribbean.  I feel any place you visit is interesting.  There is always something to learn.

22. Have you ever had any bad travel experiences? 

  • Not really, besides my luggage abandoning me.  All experiences are just that – experiences.  You can learn from any of them.

23. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t? 

  • Give me a call – I will gladly go with you and show you that you can travel!
Quick Fire
Road Trip around your country or Plane ride to an exotic location
Hotel or Hostel
Summer or Winter 
My favorite season is Autumn – when the leaves are changing colors.
Window or Aisle seat
Book or Movie on the Plane
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What is your favorite travel memory?