I'm taking a break from LivingTastefully to do some traveling over the next few weeks, and the timing for my trip couldn't be any better. After losing my sweet French Bulldog Pipi, it has been difficult being at home without her. Getting away will help, I'm sure.
My husband and I will be spending time in Northern Ireland (he has relatives there), and in Paris (for me). It will be an interesting trip. I usually go to France with my sister and we travel so well together. She was very understanding when I stood in the pet department of La Samaritaine in Paris for two hours, making the difficult decision on which leash to bring back for Pipi. And she is always as anxious as I am to hit La Grande Epicerie or G. Detou to search out olive oils, vinegars, and chocolate, and never rushes me when I roam E. Dehillerin for pastry/baking equipment. It will be different with my husband. He will at some point probably say, "I've had enough of this", and head out elsewhere. But that's o.k... Bill was business development manager in France and western Europe for an American company. He'll be alright... we'll meet up for dinner!
I am also very excited about finally meeting Stacey of Stacey Snacks one evening while in Paris. (Visit Stacey's blog daily and your, "What shall I make for dinner tonight?" question will be forever answered.) Stacey and I became friends through our blogs, and have a shared love of cooking/baking, gardening, antiques, and yes... France. We will be meeting Stacey and Henry at their Parisian apartment on their anniversary! Definitely a champagne moment!
And as far as my sister Susan (my frequent overseas travel companion)... Susan will be in Germany when I'm in France, hosting her first "OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR" of the Erzgebirge and Thuringian regions of the former East Germany, where our mother's family is from. This is a trip with an emphasis on early German toys and Christmas. I've been hearing about the tour on a daily basis and the wonderful (unknown to Americans) locations they will be visiting.
So... this is it for a while from LivingTastefully. I'll be back in October and certainly ready for some serious fall baking. Enjoy the remaining, beautiful September days!
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