Adieu Mes Amis



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Well, it is finally here!

I leave for France on Friday.

There were so many things I was going to do and learn before the trip.

Do you do that?

I swore I was going to truly learn French….that did not happen.

I know a few things but where did the time go?

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It doesn't feel REAL yet.

I don't think it will really feel real until my feet are on French soil.

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I fly all night to arrive in Paris on Saturday morning.

From Paris I will catch a train (with Jackie and Rachel) and head to the South of France (as I am typing this I can not believe that I am truly going to France).

I will then spend the next seven days at a chateau…yes, you read that correctly….enjoying all the beauty of the area.

Architecture, sunflower fields, markets, food, textile mills……I can. not. wait.

After the seven days I will take a train back to Paris and spend the next three days exploring Paris.

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I  am the most excited to just walk the streets and photograph to my heart's content.

If you love photography you KNOW what I am talking about!

Traveling is a part of who I am….I long for it.

I love exploring new places and there are so many places that I want to see.



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This is a trip of a lifetime for me.

My little family has made many sacrifices to make this trip a reality and I have worked hard to make this dream come true too.

I wish I could take you all along and share this with you.

I can't wait to come home and share my adventure with you through the photographs I will take.

This will be the longest I have ever been away from my children and husband and truth be told…I have been a little weepy the past couple days.

I know that I will be ok once I get on the plane…but I will miss them so much while I am gone!

It brings me so much joy and peace to know that they will all be waiting for ME at the airport twelve days later.

Adieu mes amis.

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  1. Molly @ Star Cottage

    I am so Excited for you. I know you will have a fabulous time in PARIS! Can’t wait to read all about it, and drool over your fabulous pictures 😉
    Praying for a safe trip!
    Many Blessings,

  2. Lisa

    I do wish I had gone to the south of France…I spent my 10 days in Paris. I loved the Vanves flea market…it was smaller that the larger Ouen and the prices were much much better. So much to see in Paris…bon voyage!

  3. kimberly

    I am so excited for you my friend. You are going to fall in love – this is where your love affair will begin. I can’t wait to hear all about it and see your gorgeous photos when you return. I wish you a splendid, marvelous, magical time!

  4. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    Is it true that French Wine doesn’t contain sulfites, therefore gives you NO hangover?? Find out for me, will ya?! Live it up while you’re there ~ Safe travels and don’t forget to photograph EVERYTHING beautiful! Hugs!

  5. Rachel from A Cupcake For Moose

    How exciting! You will certainly come back with a plethora of gorgeous photos! I remember when my mom went to Europe on vacation and it was just me and my dad. I was sad at 9 years old, but he made it fun. I knew she was having a good time and the reunion was oh-so-wonderful!
    God bless your travels. Have a great trip to France!!!

  6. Nancy

    WOWSERS! I haven’t been bloggin in a bit and needed to jump around to my favorite people and am sooooooo very happy for you and your trip! That is WONDERFUL! I have never been, but would be just as excited as you must be, butterflies in the stomach, with the anticipation of the adventures to come. I know you will have a wonderful time! Look forward to the pictures when you get back.
    Happy Trails!
    P.S. Read (re-read) A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle on your way over on the plane!

  7. paige

    i can NOT wait to see paris through YOUR lens. i am head over heels in love with your photography and now images from france too!
    have a fabulous time!!
    i can’t even imagine…
    ps-, did you ever whip yourself up an awesome camera bag? you know i can’t wait to see that either.
    geez, such a stalkerfan i am

  8. mkg

    Oh, I can hardly believe you are flying out tomorrow. I am so excited for you/with you. I can certainly understand the joy and the mixed emotions about being away from your precious family, but they are in good hands and you will have the experience of a life time. Enjoy every moment!! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  9. Isabel ~ Maison Douce

    I am sure you will have a wonderful time, my sweet friend, and yes, you will miss your family terribly and they will miss you, but I know your heart will be awfully busy falling in love…. Have a blast!!!

  10. Privet and Holly

    Bon Voyage!
    I was there 10 years
    ago and the beauty
    of France is that it
    probably hasn’t changed
    much….Which is what
    makes it beautiful!!!
    Can’t wait to hear
    how much you loved it.
    Enjoy and cherish
    every special moment!
    xx Suzanne

  11. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    I am beyond excited for you friend. Can’t wait to explore France with you. I hope you share hundreds of your pics. Please be safe…don’t get in a car with anyone you don’t know;)! I’ve seen TAKEN!

  12. Suzen

    Au Revoir, lovely Jeanne! My vicarious self will be waiting for your photos and stories! Enjoy yourself immensely! XOXOX Suzen

  13. Janet

    Have a wonderful time! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see your fabulous photos! Enjoy!

  14. Hayley

    Bon voyage! I wish you safe travels and a beautiful Paris experience. I went on a girls trip to France and England several years ago. We did more “English Teacher” stuff though…I’d so like to go back as the person I am now and do all the markets. I’ll look forward to reading all about it on your blog…

  15. Leah C

    See…dreams do come true:) Enjoy France and remember to “laissez les bon temps roulez” {let the good times roll}! Bon Voyage:)

  16. Madison

    Oh my gosh Jeanne thats so cool! I would die to go to France in fact my room theme is going to be Paris! Je’ Adore Paris and am so excited for you to go!:D I know your gonna have a blast!!!
    Love, Madison!

  17. Rachel

    Have a wonderful time! I leave next Friday for Paris and if you want to meet up (seriously, wouldn’t that be so cool?) you can email me and we’ll set up a time and place.
    A plus tard…

  18. DreamGirlLisa

    I am so excited for you!! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see the amazing pictures. Be safe & have a wonderful time Lucky Girl!!!

  19. Traci

    i hope you have an amazing trip. it does sound like the trip of a lifetime!! can’t wait to hear all about it.

  20. Leticia

    Oh, I just won your beautiful bag from the Paper Bird! I just wanted to say: Thank you and I love your blog!
    I will signup to follow! Have a wonderful and safe trip!

  21. Lee Ann

    How wonderful for you Jeanne! What a dream come true for you to walk the streets of Paris and photograph it. I cannot wait to see those amazing photos from your gifted eye. I can’t wait to see and hear about the Chateau!!!! Sounds like a fairytale.
    I love your perspective necklace that Becky showed on her blog. You are so gifted girly.
    Have fun!
    Lee Ann

  22. Suz Reaney

    I am so happy for you! I am looking forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your impressions. I imagine that Kaari would be fabulous leader.

  23. Mary Elizabeth

    Hi! I found your site from the latest issue of Artful Blogging – wow – what a site you have here!!! Have a wonderful time in Paris – I have been there a few times – it is my favorite city in the world!! Au revoir!!

  24. Zita - Mlle Magpie

    Dear Jeanne, I am wishing you the most wonderful and amazing trip to France. You will absolutely love it there, I can guarantee you that. I lived in Paris for three years in the early 90’s, and I can tell you that there are many things that I miss – just walking in the streets, the cafes, the parks (spent a lot of time in Jardin du Luxembourge) the art, the architecture, the food, the flowers… sigh….

  25. pamelajane

    Are you going to Chateau Dumas with Kaari? I went last year, and I can promise that you will love your week there! (You can see my amateur photos from my trip on my blog, last July.)

  26. As I type this you have already been gone over a week ~ but I wanted to chime in and say I hope you are having a truly wonderful time and I cannot wait to see all your wonderful photo’s when you get home!

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