Our French Adventure Begins

Hi everyone!

At long last, it’s time we started sharing this summer’s trip to Paris and Provence with you!

Here are some quick details about the trip before we begin, just to give you a little perspective.

Dates: Tuesday, June 14, 2011- Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Impetus: Since beginning to study French 10+ years ago, I (Sarah) have had a mild obsession with the French language and many parts of the French culture. I had been jonesing to visit Paris, Provence, and Bretagne ever since the first day of French class back in 1999. This past January, while chatting about our goals for 2011, Ben said “Let’s go to Paris this year!” and the rest is history! (As can be following in the upcoming series of posts. Oh la la!)

Interests going into the trip: The things we love about France, and therefore our biggest topics of exploration were (in no particular order): French wine (which we studied up on  a little bit before going), the French Joie de Vivre (see the connection to our blog’s tag line!?), French gardens, French food (bread, pastries, etc. etc.), French tourist sites, French architecture, Provencial lavender fields, Provencial architecture, Provencial landscape. Phew! Lots to do!

Planning: Being in our mid-twenties, we don’t have a ton of extra cash lying around for extravagant traveling, so we planned our low-budget trip on our own, with a lot of help from tour books, the internet, and advice from friends and family that have been to France. This trip proved to us that you don’t have to be rich to experience a wonderful traveling adventure! Get your jet-set on!

So now that you’re on the same page as we were pre-June 2011, we’ll start the series! We’re planning to cover the trip day-by-day for any of you who are planning to take a trip yourself. Additionally, we’ll share several more detailed photo-series of the beautiful things we saw and of course copious reviews of our dining experiences a la Ben. At some point, I’ll share some of the projects I’ve done that were inspired by our trip- France was a great wealth of inspiration and I’ve really enjoyed incorporating some of that inspiration into our home!

Day one starts tomorrow!

A tout a l’heure!

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