I chuckle as I write that, wasn’t that the topic of the first assignment we wrote in first grade???
I’ve had a great summer so far, in Europe with six of my kids. We’ve spent time in Paris, seeing friends, going to dinner in little bistros, doing some shopping (there are GREAT sales in all the Paris stores in July and January). We just hang out together, and enjoy each others’ company (cards, Scrabble, movies on DVD, and casual lunches and dinners out, or cooked at home). I revel in the joy and blessing of being able to spend time with my children, and am so grateful they are still willing to spend time with me!!!
From Paris, we went to the South of France, as we do every year and have since the children were born (and where I spent childhood summers too!!). The south of France is one of the main vacation spots in France, the weather is hot, the water (the Mediterranean) is lovely, it’s very crowded since many people vacation there. We used to go for several weeks, and now only go for 3 days, more as a tradition, because it reminds my children of their childhood. And each of them brings a friend now, and we stay in a lovely old hotel on the sea. The food is terrific, and the family atmosphere among us is great. We stayed there for a weekend, and then every year for several years, we take a boat to Italy, and we had a fantastic time together this year. We started in built up and modern looking, right on the edge of the sea. It’s where the car race the Grand Prix is, and there are casinos, for people who like gambling. It’s a principality, and there is a reigning Prince (who lives in a castle). It’s where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier. Her son is now the reigning prince. We only stay there for a short time at the beginning and end of our trip.
From there we sailed to Portofino, an enchanting little village with a picturesque little port. It’s one of our favorite places. At night, from the port, you see an old fort all lit up on top of a hill, and a church on another little hill. It’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. After that, we sailed to Elba (where Napoleon was imprisoned), and from there to Sardinia, which is a very popular vacation spot for Italians. It’s an island and you can only get there by boat or plane. We ran into a bit of a windstorm, but we had fun anyway, and on the way back we stopped in Corsica, which has beautiful waters for swimming and fishing, and it’s a rugged looking island that has remained relatively unspoiled. And then we sailed back to Monte Carlo/Monaco. It was an absolutely terrific trip. And now I feel like Cinderella after the coach turned into a pumpkin and the coachmen to white mice.
We all came back to Paris together, and one by one, my children have left and are leaving. We had a great vacation together, and the best part of all was being with them. No matter where we are, I am grateful to be with them, but I am also very grateful for these lovely summer trips we take together every year…..I’m counting the days now til the next vacation with them next year!!! I hope you’re having a good summer too!!!