In August my travel agent invited me to a luxury travel expo at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego hosted by Protravel where over 50 top travel vendors were showing off their most luxurious offers. We knew we wouldn't be purchasing a private jet tour around the globe, but we thought it would be a fun and interesting way to spend an evening. Plus, we wanted to see where LeBron James just got married. We walked past table after table of some of our most coveted travel wishes. Luxury private tours through Patagonia, daily spa treatments at The One & Only Palmilla in Cabo, week long safaris through the Masai Mara in Kenya and so many others. Little did we know that just by showing up our names were entered into a raffle where many of the vendors contributed to fantastic prizes.
While standing in an area where many of the people around us were winning big ticket items, first class tickets to New York with hotel stay, 4 nights at luxury resorts in Canada, 4 nights at the La Costa Resort and Spa, we thought "This section has good juju!"
And then a prize was read out loud and I said to my husband, "Oh that one's mine!" Then BAM......
was heard over the loud speaker.
With no money saved up and huge credit card debit we were back in Paris 3 weeks later.
Shhhhh…. Don't tell my dad.
I'm not going to lie. It was often stressful for me riding in the same lanes as the city buses and speeding taxis all while trying to navigate through a huge city. Once we found our quiet back streets and tree lined bike lanes, we were in heaven.
This ended up being our main mode of transportation.
Lovers etch their initials into the locks, lock them onto the bridge and toss the key into the river vowing long lasting love.
We came ready with our own lock already painted and ready to go. Finding a spot to actually lock it was another problem all together. There are locks locked onto locks, locked onto locks weighing the railings down.
I can only imagine the issues it might be causing down below in the water. With millions of tiny keys building up a metal shelf to one day rise above the water.
It always fascinates me how people will line up at popular attractions just to have their picture taken next to it. Do they frame these pictures? What's that about?
His grandmother stood behind him with a huge smile of pride as he drew his little gate keeper stick figures.
I'm a girl always ready for a picnic. Thankfully, he was willing to stand in line the next day.
This was part of our gift from Europanache. We did 2 tours with them the last time we were here and had so much fun, we couldn't wait to pop some wheelies with them again.
We highly recommend doing this. We had a blast and the cruise takes you at least a half hour further on the river in either direction, than the typical river cruise companies do. The food and wine were great and the live entertainment was hysterical. AND….. you have your own personal photographer to pose you in very natural positions.
L'Eclaire de Genie is just such a place.
We did our 4th bike tour with Fat Tire. This was the probably the highlight of the trip for us. Ive been out to Versailles before, shlepping through the villa with the throngs of pushy tourists, but this was so much better.
We picked up our cruisers in the small town right outside the villa itself. Then jumped on our bikes with our baskets attached and headed to the market for picnic supplies.
Every stall and shop is a different place you must stop. Wine, meat, cheese, pastries and finally the bread are all sold from different vendors. Then of course you must buy a crepe from the guy who bikes his stove around.