Saturday, June 9, 2012

PARIS 2008

When we left Paris so very sad on September 15, 2001, we thought we probably would never return

However, Brian's aunt and uncle were missionaries in Germany.  He was born in  Frankfurt so we planned a trip to visit them and the place of his birth.

We stayed 10 days, rented a little car and drove all through the land
Germany, France and Switzerland
my favorite way to travel

I found these photos in Mattie's album..at the time I had only a "real" camera
not a digital one...so our photos will all need to be scanned someday..what a chore!

We were there in early March...
we froze on the Eiffel Tower and in the castles...it was so cold

but stunningly beautiful

Mattie and her friends at prom...she is 5th from the left
We tease and say she flew to Paris to purchase her prom dress
(it was $109 dollars)

We were able to see the storks in the Alsace region
and my favorite story of all

We were in the Picasso Museum in Lucerne...3 stories...we were all spread out when the shrill alarms
sounded through the entire place and 
WOULD NOT STOP
it was deafening
Mattie found me on the 3rd floor, came up to me and whispered in my ear
"I did that"
it seems there was a picture that needed "straightening" so she did
and set off the alarm 
The police came, they had to do a report, interview her
I made her go to the desk and confess and apologize...alone, I was so embarrassed
but it seems she didn't mind at all as the security guard was
"pretty cute"

They probably facebook
my memories of Paris are not quite as romantic as some and surely not the dreams I had of being there
but I love my memories and I love France

My dad's twin brother is buried there (WWII) and maybe one more time
I will go
and bring his young body home


10 comments:

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Look but don't touch :-) Ha, Ha....that is a great story!! I have visited lots of museums, and nothing that exciting has ever happened. I'm going with Mattie next time. Hope you are having a great weekend.
Loi

It's me said...

What a story !!!.....Welcome in Paris darling...nice to met you here....what a great party this is !!...love Anita.....she is such a great friend for all of us.....happy week enjoy your time here....xxxx..

lostpastremembered said...

That's a good story... imagine setting off an alarm! Perhaps your next visit will be in beautiful weather and no alarms!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning! SO glad I finally made it over for a visit--you've been so kind in your visits to me & I so appreciate your kind comments...

Wow! What a story! She must have been terrified when those alarms went off--I don't know WHAT I would have done!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Julie

catkin tales said...

your daughter is a beauty and her prom dress is perfect.
oh dear, although the alarm thing must have been scary at the time it's one of those tales that become funny in retrospect and will amuse your grandchildren.
i'm glad you returned to france :)

claudiaberry@gmail.com said...

how funny, now I will never touch a frame in a museum :D

I hope you can go back and enjoy warmer weather!!

YONKS said...

I love the story of your friend straightening a picture in the gallery :-) I did the same with a section of tapestry once in a museum. I wanted to see how neat the stitching was at the back and the minuted I lifted the corner, all hell let loose!!! I was so mortified when all the guards came running towards me, shouted some obscenities in French and then left. oh dear!!!
Great post and great to meet you.
Di
xoxox

Burlap Luxe said...

It was a welcome sight to see that you have visited me and the fun we are having. Anita is a dool to arrange and invite us all on this tour, yours is a beautiful one :)
Mattie is a doll and of course she flew to Paris for her dress it is most divine in white my favorite color.

See you soon and all you inspire, I will soon be having a giveaway so stay in touch.
xoxo
Dore

Geneva said...

It's wonderful that you were able to enjoy your trip to Paris and beyond... oh my goodness what memories. I loved the story about the alarm...and I loved that Mattie handled it so well. I also loved the idea that she got her prom dress in Paris...Wow! This was a great post!
Blessings!
Geneva

Mary said...

What a great time, Paris, 2001. I hope you have an opportunity to go again. Mary