Poppies in Paris: A Brief Introduction to our Trip


This is the lovely restaurant where my husband and I had our first, minimoon celebratory meal, which was delicious.
This is the lovely restaurant where my husband and I had our first Minimoon celebratory meal, which was delicious.

Sorry for the long delay in posting!  I have just traveled to Paris, Edinburgh, and London on a trip that was part honeymoon, part work, and part family vacation.  Which is to say, basically, a trip that was all of the things!  This won’t be a long post today, but I thought I’d share a few teaser pics from the trip.  I will soon post tips on how to do a DIY food tour of Paris, or anyplace really, and a few tips for both London and Edinburgh as well.

I should also note that we arrived in Paris less than 48 hours after the attacks that terrorized the city on November 13, 2015.  It certainly would not have been our choice to have our honeymoon in the wake of, and even during, such an event, but as these things go, our trip had been long planned, and was already coming nearly a year after our wedding.  And the city was indeed more somber than I have ever seen it, though not, perhaps, as much as you might think.  But in the end, after vacillating a bit about whether or not to keep our trip as planned, we decided that it would be better to #StandwithParis.

Our reasoning behind that is that if you give in to fear, then you have given the violent attackers exactly what they were hoping to accomplish.  The best thing we could think to do was to continue on with our lives as we would have.  So the posts you’ll see are me focusing on the good about our trip, and the DIY tour I had planned for us for our short, three day Minimoon (which is what I am calling a honeymoon of less than a week, and a year overdue).  But we also watched doves being released over Notre Dame, and hordes of people streaming toward the cathedral with poppies in hand. Walking the streets with my husband I was very aware that now that I have him in my life, I understand what that loss must feel like in a much more visceral way.  To lose him in any way would be devastating.  To lose a loved one to such a random act of wretched violence would be enraging, stultifying, and traumatic in ways I am certain I cannot imagine, and hope I never will. My heart aches for the victims.

So when you read the forthcoming posts, please read them with a grain of sea salt.  There are poppies and prayers for peace behind every syllable.

Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A view of the Botanic Lights exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  I love how the moon hangs over the trees here.  We strolled through the gardens looking at the lights with mulled wine in hand.
A view of the Botanic Lights exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. I love how the moon hangs over the trees here. We strolled through the gardens looking at the lights with mulled wine in hand.
Edinburgh Castle, on a very cold, rainy day.  As most of them are, I think...
Edinburgh Castle, on a very cold, rainy day. As most of them are, I think…
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View of Tower Bridge from a lovely bar on the 32nd floor of The Shard. Pricey drinks, but the view is worth every penny. Next time, I’m going there to watch the sun go down and the city light up.
And finally, because its me, and because food makes life worth living, a view of the food at Nopi, one of the Ottolenghi restaurants I ate at in London that was just to die for.  There is definitely mroe to come on Nopi!
And finally, because its me, and because food makes life worth living, a view of the food at Nopi, one of the Ottolenghi restaurants I ate at in London that was just to die for. There is definitely more to come on Nopi!

 

 

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