Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dreaming of France -- Birthday Dreams

So, my birthday happens to coincide with my Dreaming of France meme, so I thought I'd just post a photo of me in France.
I was 20 the first time I traveled to France, with my boyfriend on a group tour. We saw Europe from a bus in a fun student tour that covered way too many countries.
Here we are on Cannes Beach during the tour. 
A few years later, at 23, I returned as an au pair to two American girls visiting their grandparents. In this photo, I'm with the daughters of my friend Danuta as well. We still see Danuta and her husband Michel almost every visit to France.
Then Earl and I went for our one-year anniversary trip.

Fast forward through other trips with the kids, without the kids, Earl and I visited Paris for our 20th anniversary trip five years ago.

And next month, we'll be visiting Aix en Provence and Paris as part of our 25th anniversary jubilee. I'm hoping we get back much more often as our children are growing up and our responsibilities are waning.
Hope your dreams of France come true.
Please visit each other's posts and leave comments so we can all share our love for this amazing culture.

15 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wow, you've been there a lot. I visited the first time, senior year of high school as part of a ski trip to France and Switzerland. Loved Switzerland, France not so much, and have never gone back:(

Mystica said...

You've really experienced France I would say at different stages of your life. So interesting.

Louise said...

Happy Birthday! How wonderful to have so many trips to France to reminisce on. I wish it was closer for us- from Australia it is so so far. I'm excited about your up coming trip too, and will enjoy seeing your new experiences.

Vicki Lesage said...

Joyeux Anniversaire Paulita!

Jacqueline Brown said...

Happy birthday, I hope you enjoy the Paris-Brest birthday patisserie I'm sharing with you!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Birthdays, Anniversary, Paris and France , seems a great way to celebrate to me ♥

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Happy Birthday, Paulita!!!! I love this wonderful collection of photos from your many celebratory visits to France. But there is just something so sweet about that first photo, you in your red socks surrounded by your little French charges sitting in the sunlight in that oh so French doorway. It is so sweet, so charming & oh so very French!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Esme said...

How fun. France is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Nice pictures, I love those dreams!

Just Me said...

Happy Birthday Pauli. Love all the pictures. I'm so excited for you and your trip. And Happy 25th Anniversary.

retriever said...

I thing it is lovely memories for you, have a nice end week,Greeting from Belgium in Mons

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retriever said...

Happy birthday also!

mel u said...

It has been over two years since I visited your blog. Looking good. I posted a link tomb review I did of a book,devoted to romantic era writers in Paris.

Phoebe Thomas said...

Happy birthday! I love old photos like the one on the beach in Cannes (just down the road from me!) I've just realised I should have linked up a post I wrote about Aix as you're going there! Oh well, next time I guess!! I hope you can join in with my link-up tomorrow #AllAboutFrance

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