Friday, May 22, 2009

Au Revoir, Bon Voyage

la tour Eiffel est sur la table!

Last night was bittersweet.  I said a fond farewell to a small group of friends.  I may be gone for two months to France but while  it is a  glorious opportunity, I will surely miss my daughter Kathleen,  her family and my sweet friends. Last night was so much fun. We enjoyed wine, cheese and French baguettes.  This trip holds the promise of exciting new places and experiences, a gazillion images to be captured, and many new friends made, but my family and old friends will certainly be in my heart.

25 comments:

Tash said...

Oh, I'm so excited about your adventure! Have an absolutely marvellous time. Sounds like your dear ones gave you a lovely sendoff. (PS - you know we have our eye on you, well, your photos :)

Olivier said...

une superbe tour Eiffel (belle lumiere). Bon voyage et bon séjour dans notre belle capitale

Babzy said...

Très bon voyage , deux mois, quelle chance ! :)
I wish you a good trip to France , so lucky to stay for two month :)

Bibi said...

Will be thinking of you, too. Hey--I like this Eiffel Tower candle holder.

Marie-Noyale said...

Hope it's not too late to wish you a safe trip and a wonderful "sejour" in France. It's the best time to be there . Enjoy and send us some nice memories through your lenses and blogs

You will be commenting in French "But of course!!!"

Jilly said...

Bonne voyage. La France awaits...

Virginia said...

M-N,
HA! Well my French will have to improve, it couldn't get worse I don't think.

Babooshka said...

I am truly with you in spirit. I will live through your images for the next two months drinking in till I am sated with my favourite country bar none. I both envy and am excited for you. Enjoy every single moment, take care, hold onto your handbags this time and bag a frenchman. You deserve it. Au revoir.

altadenahiker said...

You're so amazing. I can't wait for the first post, and I want to see everything. Where you're staying, where you eat... Tout, I tell you, I want to see Tout

Halcyon said...

Have a wonderful and safe journey! We can't wait to see the pics.

Virginia said...

AH,
Oh you'll get all the TOUT you can handle! You crack me up!!!

B,
You didn't tell me HOW to bag that Frenchman!

alice said...

I am not sure "to bag a Frenchman" keeps the same meaning translated in French but it's a very interesting expression!
I'll be in Paris tomorrow, Saturday 23, for visiting an appartment for my daughter, but only for the day...I'll be thinking of you on your plane!
Enjoy your first days, dear Virginie (;-), I hope to have some news from you.

Kim said...

"There she goes. . . there she goes again. . ." (There She Goes by ~The La's(

And she's off!!!
Wishing you safe and healthy journey. And yes, one's French CAN seem to get substantially worse when among native speakers because their expressions of incomprehension are so unnerving :-). Well, that's my experience from my 7th grade French level experience at least!
Several hundred people around the globe are so excited to follow you on this return journey and if all our wishes pan out, you are going to be one happy woman for a couple months. Hope you can be present to each moment and person you encounter, just taking it all in and savoring it like a fabulous multi-course meal where each course is so memorable it seems to stretch on forever with good company and new sensations to enjoy. Drink it all in and enjoy reflecting on each day through your images. Talk about double your pleasure! Photos do that, sealing our experience and bringing new meaning and fuller understanding and clearer observation. I think reflection is better than absinthe when it comes to stimulating more creativity and the ability to really SEE things.

I invite you to ride a bike as often as possible while you are there. It brings more pleasure getting out and about that way than I can explain. And if you do, watch those scarves. . .no Isadore Duncan style unfortunate incidents for you! And, we want photos of every single one of those scarves in action, so plan on a wardrobe series :-). Oh, and about the Frenchman. . . what happens in France, STAYS in France. . .we don't want any photos of him. :-)
love and best wishes,
-Kim

Maya said...

Have a wonderful trip! We will miss you for sure!

Ken Mac said...

i feel like we will all be looking over your shoulder!

cieldequimper said...

I hope I'm not too late, I've had nothing but trouble accessing some blogs today. BON VOYAGE !!!

Abe Lincoln said...

I hope you will have a good time in France.

JM said...

Virginia, have a wonderful time in Paris! I'm sure you will be back with more stunning images of your favourite city!
Enjoy and see you!

Harriet said...

Bon Voyage to you! I will be looking forward to your posts and as someone else has said, we want to hear about all of your adventures: people, food, beautiful sights....and a series with your scarves would be a great added bonus.

Have a WONDERFUL trip!

Virginia said...

How can I express how much I appreciate all of your good wishes. THis is the opportunity of a lifetime for me, but I don't mind telling you, I am having butterflies. It's a long time to be away from home, and yet it's what I have dreamed of since my first trip to Paris in 2007..... to stay long enough to "feel like a Parisian"! I hope to just live it, see it, learn it, speak it, photograph it, and enjoy every minute of my summer in France. If I were a writer, there might be a book in the making. Maybe a photography book ??? I look forward to taking you all along with me! Off we go!

Bob Crowe said...

Au revoir, indeed! Virginia, this is a very poignant picture - a city, a dream, your hopes. We'll be thinking about you and waiting for a shower of beautiful images from France.

Virginia said...

Merci Bob. I'll certainly try.
V

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Snapper said...

Hope you're having a blast V. I really love this "going away" photo. So perfect. I'll check in on your Paris blog. Cheers!

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