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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Days in Paris

Hopefully by now I’ve checked in, but anyways, I wanted to share thirteen days of traveling France with you.  Or at least what I’m planning on doing.  Things could always change!

Day 1 – This is a travel day.  *sigh*  We drive from my parents house to Houston and take a direct flight to Paris.

Day 2 – Arriving in the morning, settling our things and doing a few cycling maintenance things.  In the evening we’re going to Paris Disney to hopefully take a hot air balloon ride and go to the Wild West show.

Day 3 – Hitting Paris!  Check in with our boat tour, which has 8 stops along the river through Paris.  Stops include the sights or areas of: Jardins des Plantes, Notre-Dame, Hotel DeVille, Saint Germain, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower.  In the evening we’re meeting up with a bunch of other cyclists for a photo-op at the tower.

Day 4 – Taking the Bullet to London, where we’ll hit up Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the TARDIS and the Globe Theater.  Overnight in London!

Day 5 – Take the Bullet back to Paris.  Head to Normandy Beach, check out Mont-Saint Michel and have a lovely picnic.

Day 6 – Bike inspection and bag drop day for my mom, which means I’ll be finding a cool cafe to hang out and do the pen monkey thing from.

Day 7 – Finding a new cafe to check out in the morning and afternoon.  At 6pm the cyclists head out in groups of 500.  Yes, I said 500.

Day 8 – The idea was to take the train out to a place along the route the cyclists will take and wave at them as they go by, but it might not be affordable.  So, if I don’t do that I might go hit up some of the chateaus and cathedrals.

Day 9 – Doing the Catacombs, Basilica de Sacre Coeur and the Paris Opera House!

Day 10 – Going back to spend the day at the art museums, the Louvre and Orsay.  I’m kind of hoping to find some sweet street artists selling paintings.

Day 11 – The cyclists have to finish by noon, so I’ll be hanging out at the finish line or a cafe, watching people go by.  In the evening there is a dinner with the other Texas cyclists.

Day 12 – A day of Versailles!  Since my mom will need to spend the day walking to shake out the kinks in her leg, covering the gardens, palace and the queen’s villa.

Day 13 – Time to head home.  Sad face.

So there you go.  Hopefully we get to do half this stuff.  Either way, it’s going to be awesome getting to go to France.

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Tiny Announcement

Dear Reader,

I’m sitting on something that’s big.  Really big.  But I can’t talk about it, so we’ll go with a tiny announcement I can share.

When I get back from Paris I’m going to enlist a little help to spruce up my website.  You know, make it look decent and less slapped together.  When that happens, I’ll do some giveaways, ask some really cool people to come by and blog a bit and give away cool shit I get while in Paris.  Neat, huh?

So, stay tuned.  But not like 24/7, I’m in France!  Well, when this goes up I’ll be headed to the airport to go to France, but you get the idea!

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Packing Sucks

Dear Reader,

It’s almost midnight and I’m still packing and washing clothes and cleaning.  It’s all kind of nuts for me.  I have lists of stuff I need to take. I have lists for stuff I need to clean.  I have lists of stuff I want to get done.  I’m dying in lists and piles of clothes.  See?  Someone come rescue me!

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Preping for Paris

Dear Reader,

Have I mentioned that I’m going to Paris in two weeks?

The trip has been eclipsed by the family health drama and my grandmother’s condition.  My mother and I realized Thursday that, holy cow, we were leaving in two weeks – and had nothing ready!

I’ve been looking forward to this trip since my mother bought the plane tickets.  I hadn’t allowed myself to get too excited because honestly, the whole trip could fall through at any time.  It’s a trip so that my mother can participate in Paris-Brest-Paris, the longest running organized cycling ride in the world. Something like 6,000 people participate in it ever four years.  It’s a big deal in the cycling community.  Everyone’s seen how the people turn out for the Tour de France, the same crowd – if not bigger – lines the roads for PBP.  And we’re going!

This trip will be unlike any other foreign trip I’ve taken.  I’ve always been responsible for others, going to do humanitarian things with the church or a non-profit but never.  Not this time!  I’m only responsible for my mother – and she’s not the type to throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a crowded airport.  Yes, it’s happened before to me.  I also will be alone for four or five days – meaning – I can do whatever I want to do.  If I want to go sight seeing, I can go!  If I want to hang out at a cafe and write, I can!  I get to be a real tourist for two weeks.

So in preparation I’m looking at places to see, things I want to do and starting to worry about luggage.  My mother is taking her bicycle case and a back pack *eye roll*.  She thinks she’s going to get all of her clothes and stuff into a back pack.  I have no illusion of packing light.  I’m taking a body bag and I’m fine with it!

One of the things we plan on doing that I’m super jazzed about is taking the bullet across to London and strolling around over there for a day, catching a show at the Globe Theater, over-nighting it there and going back to Paris the next day.

The one thing my mom wants to do is go walk Normandy Beach.  We’ve been warned that there isn’t anything to see except – a beach – but we’re going anyways.  I think a nice picnik by the ocean with freshly baked French bread would be very cool.

So are you envious yet?  I’m jealous of myself!

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Reality, sometimes it takes a while to set in.

Dear Reader,

Last year my mother asked if I would go with her to Paris-Brest-Paris in August.  I said sure!  I didn’t think we would really go.  I thought for sure she would decide it wasn’t worth it to go all the way to France.

Today I calculated when I might hear back from my submissions and I realized that according to the guidelines on one publisher’s site – I would hear back from them right before I left for France.  Which is about seven weeks away.

Oh my God, I’m going to France Next Month!  I need to buy some good shoes, break them in, and figure out what I want to see and do while I’m in France.  Okay, I’m going to go be excited and do stuff now.  Have a lazy Saturday!

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