Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summertime Madness

To quote The Chainsmokers, #SELFIE song, "It's not even summer. Why does the DJ keep playing, "Summertime Sadness?"

Oh wait, pause, it is summer! Just not here. Not yet. Not until Wednesday. Tomorrow!

Tomorrow afternoon we're headed out on a world adventure. Just the three of us...which is a first for me. Usually my husband comes along on our international explorations, but this summer he's going to pop in and out like our family is a sit-com and he has a repeat guest spot.

We're the Love Boat and he's Carol Channing.

In my usual way, methodical and levelheaded, on Saturday it occurred to me I hadn't done any research on our trip aside from making sure we have roofs over our head and seats on an airplane. It also occurred to me there might be *gasp* lines and Parisians might not take kindly to my joie de vivre when presented in the form of no reservations and impatient children. This realization set off a marathon round of internet research and booking, the kind I suspect others might do more than four days in advance of their departure.

That evening I overheard my son discussing our upcoming trip with a friend. "Dude," he said. "I'm going to France next week and there's going to be..."

He paused and in that pause my mind inserted Picasso, Eiffel Tour, Monet, pain au chocolat.

"Bunkbeds!" he finished. "I've got dibs on the top."

So yeah, everyone's priorities are a bit different.

We will definitely go to the Louvre and afterwards there will be a visit to the in-ground trampolines in the park outside. Castles will be visited, as will swimming pools. I made Viking ponies plans in Iceland and located an archery pitch in case we're all in the mood to channel our inner Katniss. My plan is to balance culture with healthy servings of pastries.

As for blogging, that's going to have to wait until we return.  Meanwhile, you can always follow me on Twitter @JohannaGarth, Google+ or Facebook, where I'm sure I won't be able to resist uploading the occasional photo accessorized with commentary.

Have a wonderful summer and I'll be back here with fresh perspective sometime in mid-August.


17 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

WOW, Johanna!

Sounds like an AMAZING trip! I LOVE Paris and haven't been there in decades...

Have an AWESOME TRIP!!!! LOOKING forward to seeing the pics.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Make sure that young man has a bunk bed or he'll be disappointed.
Start planning! Blogger Elise Fallson lives in France if you need some insider information.

Beylit said...

I am so very jealous of your fabulous international trips. I would have loved to do that sort of thing as a kid and would love it even more as an adult. I suppose for now I can live vicariously through your photos.

Have a fabulous time!!

Joanne Noragon said...

Have a wonderful time, don't think about us!

D.G. Hudson said...

You'll have a great time, and do take lots and lots of photos, so you can share a few on your return.

I love Paris, there's so much to do that we had to factor in a few just 'walkabout' days. I wrote my 'Paris Posts' based on our last trip. They are under the top tab on my blog.

Have a great summer, you lucky traveler!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

If you are going to Versailles, be prepared for VERY long lines to get in. VERY LONG. I mean, bring sunblock, a parasol for shade, maybe a cooler with drinks and a lunch.

We went to Versailles last summer. And yeah, we had none of those things.

Ella said...

I am so jealous and excited for you!
I can't wait to hear all about it-Oui?! Poulet, Fromage and Frambois...lol I am trying to remember my French-Merci beaucoup~

Have a wonderful time!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Sweetie, you do realize you can save a fortune by a trip to IKEA for bunkbeds, right?

Have a wonderful time and eat lots of European chocolate. I want the scoop on the desserts, specifically.

Susanne Drazic said...

Have a fabulous time!

Botanist said...

I would love to hear what you think of the Louvre! And Parisian waiters...

Mmmm...pain au chocolat...what youngster could resist that? Definitely some mixed up priorities there :)

Crystal Collier said...

Bunkbeds! Bwahahahaha! Oh my goodness, that's classic. I love it. To see the world through the eyes of a child...

klahanie said...

Bonjour Johanna,

Typical me. Arriving at the party late.

I shall have the parade in your honour all set up for you in Paris. I have connections :)

Happy travels and enjoy.

Gary

Tara Tyler R said...

well, that was a fun post! i esp liked the love boat reference! i wonder if tatum channing is related?? ha!

hope you have a lovely trip (how could you not?) i always think of French Kiss when i dream of going to Paris...

and thanks for your sweet comments on my broken branch falls blog tour!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Wow, that's awesome! I am not gonna lie when I say I'm completely jealous of you guys getting... bunk beds.

Have a good time!

Nicki Elson said...

Ooh lala, bunkbeds in Paris!

I'm so mad that my bloglife got sidelines & made me too late to wish you bon voyage - but I'm wishing it anyway and will definitely check out your Tweetage.

jaybird said...

You are pretty much going on our dream trip/vacation Johanna!! My little Franchesca has had a list of things to do planned for a trip to Paris. Even though we don't even have passports or any concrete plans/money or date to go there yet. She says, she just wants to be prepared, for when it does happen. LOL

Enjoy your trip and we'll catch up when you all get back.

Naida said...

Have a fantastic trip Johanna!! It sounds amazing!!