It's been a week since we returned from our fantastic trip. The jet lag is just about gone and we have all returned to our routine everyday lives. I am thankful that we were able to maintain the blog on our trip because it now serves as a reminder of everything we did. It all seemed to go by in a blur and now we can sit back and enjoy the memories. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with my family. My niece has grown into a beautiful, mature young lady with dreams of her own. There wasn't any bickering or complaining from anyone. We looked forward to every day and every moment and even when our feet felt like they were going to fall off, we somehow managed to take another step. My mom felt her age on this trip, but it didn't slow her down. While we were in London, she must have looked her age, because every time we got on the tube, men and women would get up to give her a seat. She must have looked a lot younger in Paris because noone moved to give up their seat on the metro! Yes we noticed the differences between the people of London and the people of Paris, but that is what makes them unique. My sister introduced us to all kinds of people I never would have even said hello to and I became even more comfortable navigating myself around in a foreign country or two.
We found out, after returning home, that London removes their trashcans periodically when they suspect potential bomb activity. Apparently trash cans are a favorite spot to put a bomb! Paris must not have that issue or maybe that's why all the trash cans in Paris are actually trash bags. Also the Degas ballerina is in the Crime and Punishment exhibit simply because Degas was a student of the belief that a person's inner criminal self could be discovered by studying the construction of their skull. He often incorporated some of his theories into his sculpture. Actually we think the museum wanted a little more money and just stuck it in there because it is so popular.
Our trip may be just a memory now, but as the memory fades, I believe that the relationships we renewed through our journey will remain strong.
Until the next journey....