Home again

We have now been back in the states for a month and England feels like a half forgotten dream. Reacclimatizing to home was much easier than I expected. Once we got here it felt as though we had never been gone.

Upon the advice of a friend, I wrote down everything that seemed odd when we returned so that I would remember that at one point in time it had been different.

Here is a list that formed during the first week we were home.

  • You can see street signs as you walk down a street.
  • It is odd to see American Brands.
  • Restaurants come and give you water the minute you sit down.
  • Refills are free.
  • You have to look the opposite way when crossing the street.
  • What looks like a grape gummy tastes like a grape gummy and not blackcurrant.
  • Toilets have water in the bottom.
  • There are paper towels in bathrooms as well as hand dryers.
  • It felt funny to hop in a car and go somewhere instead of walking everywhere.

Now that life is settled a little all of these things on the list seem normal again and it is hard to imagine them feeling odd.

This one time in York… begins many of my sentences every day. It is a pleasant half forgotten dream that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

 

Crocheting: Chevron Blanket

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After the lovely little Rainbow blanket I felt it was time for a larger undertaking! I was missing my best friend terribly and so I decided to work on a blanket for her 🙂

This is the pattern I used for the base of my blanket. I say base because I used chunky yarn instead of regular and so each color chunk was a full skien, not half. I also only used 3 colors instead of 4 for a total of 12 skeins of Chunky Special by Stylecraft (3 each charcoal, burgundy, and khaki).

The end result was a lot of fun! Very easy! Great weight and shape!

We went to Paris… a month ago

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Our trip to Paris fell right before a busy season in our lives. When we got back time just got away from me and I did not get to show you all what fun we had while there.

We left York for London on the 24th of August. Once there we met our friends, and took the Chunnel to Paris. You could hardly tell how fast you were riding. It was great fun to go under ground in England and come up in French countryside. We arrived at Gare du Nord and head to the hotel.

The heat hit us like a wall when we got off the train. Our whole trip was quite warm. The high was 97F and the low 80F. Nothing had air conditioning and so many cold showers were had. Besides the heat it was fun.

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After we arrived and got settled we headed out to dinner at Restaurant Chartier. It was delicious. The inside of the restaurant had been an old hotel and still had the floor to ceiling mirrors and luggage racks. The atmosphere was neat.

On the way back to the hotel we walked by the paris Opera House.

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Day 2 we struck out extremely early (7am) for Versailles. After 2 trains we arrived in the little town of Versailles. We went directly to a map and tried to get our bearings. While we were looking, a little old man came up and twinkled at us pointing and nodding towards the palace. img_5908The first glimpse of the palace. We spent most of the day here, going in and out of rooms, touring the gardens in a golf cart we rented, eating gelato in Little Italy, and napping next to the Grand Canal.

Around we headed back to Paris and cooled off a little while before heading back out to climb up to the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.

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Day 3 we slept in a little and got croissants for breakfast. Then we hopped on the underground and took in al sorts of sights. First it was off to the Champs Elysees.

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We shopped and had a lovely time.

Then it was off to Ile Saint Louis and the Notre Dame, lunch, and the Seine.  img_5981

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After a nice sit by the river we wandered around the Italian Quarter and cooled off in a little piano bar. Next we jumped back on the underground and popped over to Hotel des Invalides.

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View from the Pyramids in the Louvre. After this we headed home via the underground and a lovely little creperie.

Day 4 was great fun!!! We started off going to a local grocery store and getting a very large picnic. Then we headed off to the Eiffel Tower and ate almost directly next to it! It was a lovely morning.img_6015

Next we struck out in search of the mini Statue of Liberty. We found it on a little island down a treelined path. Walking back we saw yet another view of the Tower. img_6021

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img_6022After that we went to the gorgeous Luxenbourg Gardens and had a lovely refreshing sit in the shade of the lush trees. We had gotten so very over heated in the last few days, we were all dragging this day. This little sit really helped us push through the heat of the day.

We then headed back to the hotel to regroup for our last BIG thing! img_6028

Sunset on top to the Eiffel Tower! It was so much fun to see the city from that vantage point.

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It was a lovely way to end our trip. It was a whirlwind but we saw a whole bunch and it was great fun. The only thing I wish we could have done was go into the opera house and see an opera. That will be next time!