Paris 2010: It’s A Wrap

27 Sep

We are back home from our European adventure. Our last few days were spent in Paris which, with a toddler, is not for the faint hearted. It is a beautiful city but is full to the brim with tourists like ourselves. Even as the European summer draws to a close and the holiday season comes to an end, there were still gazillions of tourists everywhere. It makes pounding the pavements challenging for two adults but with a little person who has been encouraged to run, climb and play it is hard work. But how can I complain when we got to see all this…

and so much more.

Parisians are, of course, completely fabulous. Only they can pull off looking slick and classy going to work on a little silver leg-powered scooter in heels and make up. They certainly don’t exude warmth and friendliness but we never found them to be rude or obnoxious and even if they were I wouldn’t blame them as their city is overrun with outsiders.

It was so refreshing to be part of a world that we find ‘normal’ and we have returned feeling ready for the challenges that the next few months may bring. The huge, huge bonus is that our summer is slowly drawing to a close and it has started to cool down ever so slightly. I am so looking forward to winter.

Life has returned to the compound. All the wives and kids have made their way back to the Land of Sand and the new compound restaurant has FINALLY been completed after a year.  After a good break, we bid Au revoir to France…

  

and Marhaba to Saudi Arabia

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4 Responses to “Paris 2010: It’s A Wrap”

  1. jana September 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    How beautifully you described your last days in France. What struck me the most was when you mentioned “world that [you] find normal.” Though it might read as an insignificant phrase, to me it defines a trip like yours. It certainly defined ours, when Jordan and I flew to Hawaii after 10 months in Korea before we returned for another half a year. Going abroad from abroad that actually feels like going home. Returning to responsibilities no matter where they are is so much easier with fond – and fresh! – memories of the “normal world.”

    • dustbusting September 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

      So very true, Jana. We humans like to be with ‘our own’, it feels natural to us. That being said though, we were really glad to return home (and we call it home without a second though these days) to The Land of Sand. I think a holiday has been a satisfying one when we are happy to walk in our own front door afterwards.

  2. Brigitte September 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi as always you ended your holiday with realy lovly words and i feel i have been part of it all

    • dustbusting September 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

      We are so pleased that you came along for the ride.

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