Paris is my Dream City

My friend on Facebook just announced they were going to Paris for Christmas. ooh la la!

I have been dreaming of the Lourve, Eiffel Tower, and quaint bakeries ever since high school. I took four years of French as a foreign language and promised myself I would get there as soon as possible.

It still sits in the back of my mind, as the French words slowly leave it.

My brother is the world traveler in our family. He will be a wealth of information when it is time for me to go abroad. He already tells me to be sure to take the trains in Europe, for they are the fastest and cheapest way to travel. It will be a trip of firsts as I’ve never traveled by train before.

I will make Paris my initial destination and visit all the pastry shops. Well, maybe not all, but a lot! Did you know that there is even a phone app for you to find the best ones? Then I’ll head to the Swiss Alps, Brussels, London, and…I could go on and on.

Yes the dream of Paris is there. I can’t wait.

What is your dream city? Have you taken a train before?

Beach Vacations on the Gulf

A beach is a beach. I don’t care if it is on the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico. It is my favorite place in the world.

One summer in my childhood years, we got into the car for a road trip south. Coming from the Midwest this was a long drive. We did it every few years to visit my extended family in central Florida. We always did attractions in Orlando and then would visit Daytona, Tampa, or some other area too. This year we stayed on the gulf side and also stopped in Alabama and had a Mississippi Beach Vacation.

My best memory? My one and only time tubing. oh, I remember the I-Can-Not-Stop-Laughing feeling I felt as I rode that intertube over the bouncing waves. It was so fun! Gosh, I love being on the water.

I can’t recall every detail about that trip, but I bet you a million dollars that my dad had a round of golf coast gulf. He is an avid golfer, even today, and his clubs were always part of our luggage. The courses on the coasts are beautiful.

One day I will get my boys in the car and we will head to the Gulf and check out those beaches again and make memories of our own.

Have you traveled to the Gulf before?