Alex and I are off to France today/tomorrow (depending on when you read this)! Our last trip for this summer It’s so crazy— I didn’t really go into this summer thinking I would travel the whole time— though I undeniably wanted to (of course) (always)! But here I am— getting on my ninth(?!?) plane this summer?!

It’s just also crazy because I feel like I’m going to be in and out of here a lot over the next few months too. But for now, this is the last trip I actually have plane tickets booked for— for now that could change in an hour 😉 I’m opening up all my travel apps + calendar everyday lately to try to figure out fall.  Definitely hoping to make it up to VT for a weekend in October for a friends wedding— just need to figure out if Alex and/or Marlowe will be joining for that. Then back to Guatemala soon right after– but we’ll see how it all goes. Right now, I have to get my head ready for France.

I’ve been really good about the whole flying thing too. I didn’t have any problems on any of the flights I went on this summer. I’m definitely hoping I’ll be able to sleep on this flight to France though. The flight leaves at 10pm! A total overnight trip for sure– and I’m wishing I still drank so I could knock myself out, heh. Speaking of which, I am hoping to maybe drink one night in France. Probably for the second night of the wedding– the party night. Did I mention we’re going to a wedding? It’s in a castle. And knowing my friend Brittany– I imagine it’s going to be beyond grand, with a ton of fun surprises too. She always thinks of everything. I’m so very much looking forward to celebrating her + her future hubby. So yeah, I might be giving alcohol another go– because when else will I be partying in the wine region of France in a sequined ball gown and/or a Hawaiian dress. Yes– Hawaiian dress– the second night’s dress code is “beret/Hawaiian shirt”. Well, Hawaiian romper to be more specific… one that went on sale a week or two after a bought it. Frustrating, haha. Anywayyyy, yeah, the whole wedding thing is going to be out of this world.

I was kind of nervous about this france trip. Mostly because I know so little about France.
We’ll be staying in Paris and Dijon the entire time. And well, I know nothing about both. And you guys know me pretty well by now, I like to have a good list of local places I want to visit when traveling. And I love a good map. But with this— I don’t know, it just seems so different than most of the places I often travel to. Last week I asked for recommendations on places to visit (on instagram)— and you guys gave me SO many amazing suggestions. And then you know what happened? Alex and I looked at the list and got even more overwhelmed! haha! But the reality is that I also like to wander without a big agenda. I like to have my lists and order, but in no way do I ever require it to have a happy trip. I like to think I’m also quite talented at winging it 😉

I’ve been saying that I’m going to use this time to wander, look up, look down, find delicious things to eat, and enjoy the gorgeous weather. I’m not sure what we’ll run into or see, but I’m looking forward to just letting the vacation magic happen. A few days after this decision to ‘not plan, just wander’ Alex put on a No Reservations episode in Paris and Anthony Bourdain said the best thing to do in Paris is just wander without a plan– and so of course, I feel even better about my choice now 😉 My plan is perfect.

France feels so much more foreign than traveling to the Caribbean or Spanish speaking areas. I have a tendency to try to speak in Spanish whenever we travel and the primary language isn’t english. It gets confusing. Then I realize I’m not speaking the right language at all, get flustered, take minute, and screw up in English too. Heh. y french is GREAT (please feel the sarcasm radiating out of the screen on that one). I know how to say hello, goodbye, goodnight, I love you, I adore you, the little cheese, be careful or you’ll fall down, the black cat, please and thank you. So basically I can say “hello little cheese, I love you” or I can find a black cat in the night to be friends with and say “little black cat, be careful or you’ll fall down. i adore you, goodnight.” I just have to figure out how to say “no butter, milk, or any dairy please.” and I think I’m good to go…. haha.

Joking aside, I’m super excited. And mostly not nervous. My mom is in town watching over the little monkey child, + jerry, + chickens. Marlowe will be super busy being a badass in school. We have three gorgeous studio spaces booked to stay in. A dream weekend to celebrate with friends. And I’ll be taking countless steps up and down two beautiful cities in France— where Alex jokes that I’ll be confusedly asking everyone for papaya or pineapple 😉 Should be an amazing week 🙂

<3<3 Happy monday, friends! Have a great week!

*candid photo where I don’t look completely insane by my friend, Celia D Luna during our Guatemala trip (eeeeeee!)