Just Life

Five Years Ago.

…yesterday’s prompt, “five years ago”, sent me on a nice trip down memory lane. There were so many good memories: Sara’s high school tennis (she was a junior that spring), a weekend away in Beaufort with my sister and mom, cooking, knitting, reading, and planning for two trips. Sara and I went to New York City that April for her spring break and Katie and I went to Paris that May to celebrate her college graduation.

trip planning, 2014 

Fast forward five years and now Sara and I are planning a trip to Paris and Florence to celebrate her college graduation in May. We will spend three nights in Paris, take the night train to Florence (through Milan) and then spend six nights in Florence. I’ve never been to Florence, but it was one of Sara’s favorite cities when she studied abroad in 2012; she’s taking the lead on planning that part of our trip. She did spend a few days in Paris on that study abroad trip, but they were taking finals and she doesn’t remember much. Thankfully, she did get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, so we don’t need to do that. And it’s been five years since I was there… I’m curious to see what’s changed.

Yesterday afternoon, we laid out a map with the places to see, do and eat. Hopefully the weather will be nice because we’re planning to spend one evening at the Eiffel Tower and another at Montmartre. We’ll also get to the Musee d’Orsay on Thursday evening. In between, we’re planning to walk a lot, enjoy picnics at the Luxembourg Gardens, the Tuileries and along the river, see a few more museums and maybe a shop or two, and sit in cafes…people watching is one of my favorite things to do wherever I go!