Planning this trip and that

With my travel plans beginning to firm up for that Thanksgiving trip back to Paris, I have been trying to plan out my itinerary.  For starters, we’ve decided to forego Lourdes for another time when we have more time to travel together.  Although I am staying almost a week and Alan is staying a week and a half, he starts working on the fourth day we’re there.  

I’ve started to do research on the town of Chartres as per a fellow Paulinian’s suggestion, and I found out that France’s largest cathedral is actually located in this town of 42,000.  Just an hour away by train and the round trip costing around Euro25 (I’ve done a mock itinerary already), I have decided I will do a day trip on my own that Monday.

I googled Chartres and came across this James Martin’s website on About.com which gave me a good bird’s eye view of the place.  I then moved on to Fodors.com (my favorite travel website) to do further research and was momentarily distracted by their endorsement of San Francisco as Fodor’s Choice.  I have actually never been to San Francisco.  I keep saying maybe next time when Alan’s hotel sends him there again — but with scarcely any vacation days left due to the trip to Manila during their summer, I have to be very picky about where I use those days off.  So maybe next year.  I was hoping to do it while Mom’s here so we can visit some relatives there, but that would mean bringing Angel along, and that’ll be four of us traveling.   Hmmmm.. maybe when it starts to get warmer next year.  As it is, Mom is already wary of venturing out of our home here because it’s started to get colder.

But back to Chartres..  It’s a trip I would love to do on my own, spending some “me” time without the Dad or the little tyke.  I will certainly grab some stamps to put on the postcards I will send home to Angel.. not just for my collection, but more importantly, to give him a photo essay of the good times we had with and without him.  Someday, I hope those postcards and the pictures we are taking will inspire him to dream of bigger things and instill in him an openness to the world at large.  Seeing and experiencing the world beyond what we are accustomed to does wonders for our own perspective — and it helps mold our tolerance for the difference between the many countries and types of people out there.

We’re also doing the Day with Thomas (the tank engine) trip to Connecticut… so many things to plan.. and plan.. and plan..

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0 thoughts on “Planning this trip and that

  1. Darryl

    Okay Dinna if you make it to the San Francisco Bay Area. I promise to take you and Alan to my fave Pinoy restaurant and a nice San Francisco Bay Area Style Restaurant. By the way Elsa brought home the Laduree macaroons. You know what you are right these are heaven. I’ve eaten at least twenty since she got home two days ago. Bizu in Manila doesn’t compare. It’s like eating a fake Gucci purse.

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  2. Dinna

    Darryl, I will take you up on that offer if ever I am in San Francisco — granting you’re not in one of your globe-trotting trips. I’m glad you finally experienced the real macarrons.. Did you have one of the black ones? I don’t know what flavor they are but they were surprisingly yummy! Will you give me your Paris recommendations, too? I will wait for your suggestions. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Darryl

    Dinna, Okay my favorite neighborhood in Paris is Le Marais. This neighborhood is an odd mixture of the Gay Community and the Old Jewish Neighborhood. Perfect spot for walking a morning or afternoon when Alan is in a meeting. Just take the Number 1 Metro Line and get off at Hotel De Ville. Then walk up a couple of blocks away from the Seine. This neighborhood is filled with little streets and boutique stores. Make sure you make it the area called Place Des Vosges the main square of this neighborhood. We use to go here and take our daughter Helene to the playground in the middle of the square. There are cafes, pastry shops, stationery stores for your scrapbooks, just great little stores. I love getting lost here so many things to discover. Don’t go there on a Sunday its the only place in Paris where the stores are open so its packed. Shops are closed Monday morning as well. Let’s see in the Jewish Neighborhood there is a restaurant called L’as du Falafel; its famous for falafels, shish kabobs, just great Meditarranean food and its not too pricey. Also, visit Musee Carnavalet in the area. Small free museum about the history of Paris and the great thing is that its free on certain days. You may have already been to Le Marais but if you haven’t its worth a visit. Also, the department store next the metro station called BHV is great a lot cheaper than Galeries Lafayette and Printemp. Its where the normal Parisians shop nothing fancy think JC Penney. Great for little T-shirts for Angel with French writing on them. Have fun. Take Care, Darryl

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