Monday, May 28, 2012

Less than a month

Le Palais Royal, Paris
 It's time to make "to-do" lists.

In less than a month, we're going on a journey. We fly from LAX to Paris, then change planes for Venice. We spend a week in Venice, then we'll take the train over the Alps to Paris, with a night's stop in Lausanne, and then a few days' stop in Dijon to visit our friend Nancy.

We'll be in Paris for a few more days, then we'll take the Chunnel to London and visit our son.

I've been preparing myself for this trip by reading lots of books - not just tour guides, but literature like Hemingway, Henry James, Donna Leon and M. F. K. Fisher. Even so, it has all felt rather unreal for me, until now - we're so close. It's a celebration of [The Man I Love] and my 25th wedding anniversary.

We've never been to Venice, but it's going to be my second trip to Paris, [The Man I Love]'s third. As for London, we've been several times.

We'd love to hear your tips and suggestions - what "do not miss" suggestions do you have for us?


Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I've been to Paris (sans children even!) and to London (2 preschoolers and a baby) but never to Venice. Take lots of pictures to share with us! And happy anniversary!

smalltownme said...

How wonderful! Enjoy!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We'd love to hear your tips and suggestions - what "do not miss" suggestions do you have for us?

Have fun! I've never even been across the Atlantic, meself...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Venice has a sorta unreal quality to it- it's like a fly trapped in amber in a lot of ways. Make sure you take a ride on a vaporetto, if you want a gondola ride, there are some "commuter gondolas" that cross the main canal. As far as food goes, pasta with cuttlefish in their ink (seppia) is one dish I heartily suggest.

Congrats on 25 years together.

Jackie Owens said...

I've never been to Venice, but have always wanted to go.

In London and Paris - there is so much. The Courtald is a small gallery that people don't always go to, in London, and then the theatre district - well, I could just hang out there and in parks and be set.

It's been too long since I was in Paris. In both cities, though, some of my favorite memories are of just wandering, and stopping in a cafe for tea, then wandering some more.

Happy anniversary! Have a great trip - and I can't wait to see the photos!