Hope your week is going well so far. Mark and I are eager to finish off our work days before flying to Paris tonight!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t put on some Sex and the City Season 6: “An American Girl in Paris” as I packed last night. While the Paris scenes got me very excited for our trip overseas, I decided to leave my Carrie Bradshaw outfits out of the suitcase. :)
Instead, I will be sticking with more conservative attire (i.e. mostly black with some color here and there). Spring in Paris should bring 50 and 60 degree temperatures with some sun and rain. I have also packed several running outfits, as I am planning to hit the pavement (or trails in the French countryside) a few times while I am out there.
Speaking of running, after a lot of thought, Mark and I decided to skip the Paris marathon. The decision was a tough one to make. In the wake of the Brussels attacks last week and given the fact that the course is expecting to host a crowd of nearly 60,000 runners, I felt more comfortable opting out of the race this year. I never thought I would ever drop out of a marathon due to safety concerns. We haven’t received any notices of increased security from the Paris marathon race committee since Brussels, which I find a bit odd. And ultimately, my goal race of Boston is a mere three weeks away so I was only planning to run part of the marathon anyway. When Mark said he wouldn’t be disappointed to switch the focus from the marathon to more wine drinking, croissant eating, and sleeping in a bit during our stay in Paris, we agreed on the decision. I am sure that everything will go smoothly on marathon day, and I am looking forward to hearing all about it. I do hope to run the race one day!
Other than exploring the city of light, I am looking forward to getting out in the French countryside in the second half of the trip. We are planning to head from Paris to Normandy and Loire Valley with our friends Ann and Jon. With the exception of some essential sites, we have no set agenda except to continue the croissant eating, wine drinking, chateau-exploring, and hopefully some running here and there. Baguettes, cheeses, croissants, chocolate soufflé, crepes, and macaroons are (Boston) marathon taper staples, right?!
Thanks for the pics @paulinedal and @barbiertraductions!
I won’t be able to update the blog much while in France, but I look forward to sharing some photos along the way and catching up with you when I return. Maybe spring will have truly crept into Boston by the time I am back!
Spring slowly approaching Boston this week:
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and weekend. Try to spend time with those whom you love and give them an extra hug, your energy and patience, an ear for listening, or shoulder to lean on. Amusez-vous bien et à bientôt!