Une promenade magnifique avec mes amis
Paris in July 2021 was not really on my radar until some special blogging friends of mine started asking about, some of whom may have been begging for the experience... I was not certain I could offer much commitment to hosting the event this year - but so, so glad I was convinced 2021 was the right year to make it happen again. I really have loved, as many of you have commented, the diversity and breadth of the contributions offered this year. I have popped in from time to time to see that some people have been prolific in their posts, others regular in their own way, and some found time for just one post - but all have shared our love and passion for the nuances that Paris offers - in literature, art, film, history, food and memories. It truly has felt like I've been walking with my friends through Paris and beyond. Who could ask for anything better to do when in lockdown?
I regret that I have not had time to dig into a few good books, or post on some of my memories, or watch more French films, or prepare a French meal or drink more French wine during July. Life has the tendency to throw curve balls when you least expect it. But to my advantage, as I was supporting a girl friend with breast cancer, or working too hard on a report for the boss, or supporting my partner with house renovations, and updating my 12 year old laptop...... I have had a little place to go to in my morning peace and meditations - Paris, has been a delightful escape. Thank you to you all for joining in and sharing so much.
I have one little memory I want to share with you now. Tour de France, 2011. This was the 10th anniversary of our chance to travel alongside the Tour and to be an Australian on the Champs Elysees the day an Australian won the Tour de France. I have so many wonderful memories of that trip, of wearing an Australian flag on the Champs Elyees, of riding my bike up Alpe d'huez and Mt Ventoux (at my own pace), and staying in the same hotels as cycling teams from around the world, and mingling with the faces and voices of the Tour that we've watched on TV for years.
So, as Paris in July the annual blogging event closes out, I want to thank you so much for being a part of the great parade, the Carnival, and the show. When time opens up for me, my TBR list is now thoroughly spiced with wonderful French and Paris themed books, and my appetite for more French food, wine and cheese has been enlivened, and my dreams of getting back to Paris has been ignited. So many wonderful new things on my travel list now - thank you. Here's my 2011 Tour de France memory, and one of the highlights for 2021 ...