It's a beautiful Virginia spring afternoon as I sit outside, watching the squirrels chase each other through the garden bulbs, catching glimpses of red cardinals as all the birds chat happily in the trees, and working on my summer travel calendar. The long-awaited trip to Bangkok is finally happening in May, but since my husband is now making a much quicker turnaround, it's undecided whether I'll get to traipse along. Two onerous days of flying in each direction for just three days in Bangkok may not work out. Although I hope to go, I know it's a huge expense to satisfy my curiosity. But when will I get another chance? Would you go?
If not, I'll just look forward to August, when my daughter-in-law has a business trip to Paris, is renting an apartment, and has invited me to spend the month with her there. I know, Paris is somewhat bereft of Parisiens in August, and many specialty stores close or change hands pour les vacances. But a cruise on the Seine or a visit to the Paris plage will add to the fun of strolling around with my camera in the company of so many other tourists. I'll have lots of time to add to my photo collection of interesting doors, for example. And the Marché aux Puces will undoubtedly be terribly crowded but nonetheless open. After being spoiled by wandering the smaller flea markets with Kaari in Toulouse last summer, I wonder whether I'll get lost in the Paris flea labyrinth? I'd be grateful for any tips you can share.
Meanwhile, there's always eBay. These beautiful old 1930's linen sheets, with matching monograms of my husband's and my initials, just arrived from Cheniers. Won't these ensure pleasant dreams of summer travels?
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