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Watch Out Paris! I’m Coming For Ya!

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Watch out Paris! I’m coming for you. Today’s the day I’m crossing the Atlantic to spend a week in the city of lights. Peace out ‘Merica!

My mom had two goals in life – to live past the age of 50 and to take me to Paris. She accomplished the first, not the second. After her spine collapsed due to cancer, she had steel rods inserted, which basically kept her upright. Traveling became a pain, literally, for many reasons – getting through the metal detectors, sitting for long periods of time and the possibility of getting sick in a foreign place. The last happened once – we were on a trip in the Bahamas, and she and I had to fly back for emergency surgery. So, when my dad proposed a summer trip and aced meΒ to choose between San Francisco and Paris, there was no hesitation. Paris please!

When I asked for suggestions, I got a ton from you. Just like my to-do list, I have a seriously long and probably unrealistic itinerary. Oh well! I’m leaving tonight and will arrive tomorrow morning. First stop? Fabric shopping with Julie. I told her that I will be looking for stretch lace and lingerie trimming. Go figure. The remainder of the trip, I’ll be hitting up Normandy, Versailles, The Eiffel Tower, The Llouve, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit, Le Marais and much more. I’ll be with my step mom, step sister and my dad. I don’t see my dad often. Really, I rarely see him. So I cherish the few days out of the year I spend with him.

The streets, the architecture, the people, the shopping, the PASTRIES – I may not come back. L’horreur!Β 

Instagram is my jam, so follow along with my Paris adventures on IG. Last,Β while I’m away, there will be guests posts from 3 lovely ladies, so stay tuned!

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19 Comments

  1. Reply

    Miss J

    I’m sure you mum will be pleased that you’ve got the chance to go to Paris!

    Sometimes we unfortunately don’t get the chance to do what we dream or are trapped by the needs of everyday survival and obligation that the time slips away.
    Congrats to you for being able to seize the opportunity!

    Wishing you a fun time, can only imaging the fabrics they must have over there!

    All the best from the UK

    J

    • Reply

      maddie

      Carpe diem for sure

  2. Reply

    Dee Durrant

    Paris is such a beautiful city – you will love it! Years ago I had to badger my husband to take me and he eventually did – it’s now his favourite city and if we ever just want to get away for the weekend we always go there

    • Reply

      maddie

      When my mom wanted to take me, my dad didn’t want to have anything to do with it. How times change!

  3. Reply

    amanda

    Have an absolutely amazing time and enjoy every minute-not that that will difficult! It’s a beautiful city and I’m sure being to able to spend time with your dad there will make it extra special. Enjoy x

    • Reply

      maddie

      Thank you Amanda!

  4. Reply

    megthegrand

    Have such a marvelous time!!! I love forward to seeing all of your adventures on Instagram πŸ™‚

    • Reply

      maddie

      I WILL be grammin it up!

  5. Reply

    ~Kathy

    Have fun enough for two; (Margo & you)!
    Hey that rhymed..
    Seriously, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  6. Reply

    Summerflies

    Paris is fantastic and you will love it. It is a wonderful city. Keep plenty of time for the JPG exhibition… saw it in Melbourne last December and it is the best curated exhibit (particularly fashion one) that I have seen. Truly amazing and I didn’t particularly fancy a lot of his clothing but it is done in such a way that you can really see the detail and really appreciate it. Enjoy your time with your family.

    • Reply

      maddie

      The Gaultier exhibit is DEFINITELY on my list!

  7. Reply

    alecia

    I hope you have an awesome time!

    I have titanium rods in my spine due to a deformity so I understand how hard it is to travel with them. I cannot count the times I have been stopped at security because I’ve beeped and set everyone back like 15 minutes….plus the pain that comes from sitting in one spot with them (especially in economy). One of my childhood friends died when she was 14, all she ever wanted was to get to paris and climb the eiffel tower so when I did it I had a little cry and thought about her, it was nice to think that maybe she was there too in spirit.

    All the best! xx

    • Reply

      maddie

      Thank you for sharing your story. You and I are not alone! I’ll think you and my mom when I get to the Eiffel Tower. Bon voyage!

  8. Reply

    zilredloh

    Oooh have a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear all the details when you get back!

    • Reply

      maddie

      Thanks! I will have you and all the other wondrful sewing ladies on my mind.

  9. Reply

    Betsy

    Have a great time! I know you will love it. Make sure you check out the Petite Trianon at Versailles!

  10. Reply

    ellegeemakes

    You will love it! I can’t wait to see what you post on Instagram. Watch out for those fabric stores….

  11. Reply

    Marchelle A-D

    The JPG exhibit is excruciating because as a seamstress you want to touch everything and look under skirts and look at the backs of things. But you can get really up close and personal. Enough to see the hand stitching on the couture pieces. And there’s a whole room devoted to lingerie.

    Oooh you’re going to have so much fun!!

    • Reply

      maddiemadalynne

      I saw the JPG exhibit and wanted to do exactly as you said – touch everything. It was an amazing exhibit; he truly is an amazing designer.

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