Lampposts Outside The Louvre

This photo of the row of lampposts in the courtyard outside the Louvre is one of my favorites from all the hundreds I took in Paris in September.  My goal was to take enough pictures to keep my Instagram account supplied until my next trip to Paris! If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram (@lorilovesparis) to see all my photos. I was going through  my Paris photos (again!) and decided instead of…

Life Is Ok In The Empty Nest

Honestly I thought I would have a harder time adjusting to an empty nest after my daughter left home for her first year of College. Not to say I don’t miss her, I do, but I’m getting used to her being away.  It’s a great feeling knowing she is in charge of herself and her new life as a College student.  She is adjusting well and making friends and…

It’s National Blog Post Month! What I Do For Self Care

Happy November!! I decided to make a commitment and join other bloggers in the blog post a day challenge in November. Yes it’s National Blog Post Month or #NaBlogPoMo. So if you see this hashtag, you will know what it means.  I really am hoping I will be able to do it. So as a member of the Blogher community, we will get daily prompts for blog post subject matter.  We do not…

A Parents Guide To Yallfest 2016

I originally wrote this piece in 2015 after attending Yallfest the year before for the first time with my then 16 year old daughter.  I wanted to resurrect it and post it again since it is time for Yallfest for another year. My daughter is now in her first year of college and I have to say this is one of my favorite things we did together in her High School years. If you are…

Wisdom Found In The Pause-Joie’s Gift…Book Review

I just finished reading Wisdom Found In The Pause Joie’s Gift by Barbara Techel.  This book was about quieting your mind to find your path in life as we go through transition, It is Barbara’s story about losing her beloved dachshund Joie so soon after she adopted her and the following soul searching she needed to do to not only deal with her grief, but to find a new purpose in…

Two Lessons I Learned From My Paris Trip

Could Paris live up to my high expectations? Now that I’ve been back home from my second trip to Paris for nearly a month I can sit back and think about the lessons I learned from my Paris trip. There were a few things I was concerned about before I left for Paris.  Mainly, will it live up to the expectations that I had?  I built Paris up in my mind so much…

Coping With Starting Over Again

I am now in my second week of my new job.  Although last week I had training for 4 days I guess you can’t really count that. I am going through all sorts of emotions as I begin this new journey. Fear is a very real one.  Starting over at any age can be a scary thing, but beginning a new job at 53 is down right frightening.  I find my mind just…

Shopping Day In Paris

Paris and shopping go together and that is just a plain fact.  I first fell in love with Paris many years ago  simply because I loved fashion and Paris is the fashion capitol of the world.  That was my first reason for wanting to visit this city.  Seeing all those stylish French women in pictures in magazines and on TV made me long to be them.  If only someday I could visit Paris maybe some…

How I Fell For The Charms Of A Montmartre Artist

No, there’s nothing unscrupulous about that title.  Anyone who has been to Paris and went to visit Sacre Coure and Montmartre know about the artists that wander around Place Du Tetre very willing to do your sketch for half price.  These are the charming men who will do your sketch in about 15 minutes while they flirt and flatter the ladies into believing that they are the most beautiful thing on earth and…

A Visit To The Eiffel Tower-Day 4

What is the one thing you have to do when you visit Paris?  A visit to the Eiffel Tower of course!  The only decision you have to make is to go to the top or not. I tried to purchase tickets for the summit before I left home the week before.  Mistake!  I took a chance and waited and paid the price by needing to stand in line to purchase those tickets at the site…

When In Paris Do A Wine Tasting

Paris Day 4 After the whirlwind of day 3 and all the things Renee and I did, day 4 was a light day.  Although it didn’t seem  like it at the time.  The only thing I had actually planned ahead of time was our wine tasting lunch at O Chateau.  Located in the 1st Arrondisment just 5 minutes from the Louvre, O Chateau is founded by the famous Oliver Magny.  If you are…

Paris-Day 3 Part II And Letting Life Get In The Way

I absolutely had the best intentions to write an excerpt on my trip to Paris almost everyday.  It seems like Paris was so long ago already. Life has gotten in the way.  Monday morning I began what was 3 days of training for my USPS Rural Carrier job.  This was held in Milwaukee.  Luckily I was able to crash at my friend Beverly’s place for a couple of nights to save some time…

Paris Trip Day 3 Marche Monge, Latin Quarter, and Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris Church

By day three I think we felt a bit better.  I found each night I would plan the next days events.  I started off with a rough list of things we that were must dos before we left home and after day one it needed to be broke down into days.  So each night I would go over what we did that day and then plan the next day.  The only scheduled thing we had…

Paris Days One and Two

Technically I an really not going to count day one as a true Paris day.  Yes we did land, yes we were actually in Paris, but it was a jet lagged, tired induced coma.  By the time we were off the plane, through customs, grabbed our luggage and found our driver to take us to our Paris For Rent apartment on Rue Dragon right in the middle of Paris, we were in a fog. Samantha…

Departure For Paris Tomorrow!! And 3 Essential Pieces In My Suitcase

I am over the top excited right now!  In under 48 hours I will be in Paris!  Over five years in the planning (or dreaming I should say).  Ever since I took my first trip to Paris over 5 years ago, I have been dreaming about going back.  Not a day has gone by that Paris has been in my thoughts.  How can one place take such a hold on a person? Paris captures the…

Post College Move In Day Blues

The nest is quiet after college move in It’s day 3 after moving our daughter into college for the first time and all I can hear is Zoe snoring beside me as she takes her 5th nap of the day.  It’s a tough life for a dog! Our baby bird has officially begun her first day of college classes today and so far we only checked in with her once (today…

What I’m Reading Now

What’s better than sitting in a cafe in Paris with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other? Nothing!!  Seriously, you need reading material when you are sitting in airports and sitting on a plane for 7 hours. Other than having a couple of books ready to go on my IPad, I picked up Truly Madly Guilty from Liane Moriarty at Costco last week.  Now who…

College Move In-Time To Let The Baby Bird Fly

College move in day is just a few days away and physically I may be ready, but mentally, I’m not so sure.  Being a total newbie at this whole college thing, I’m unsure  how I will handle it when we leave the campus on Sunday. I can’t help but feel our daughter has been preparing us all summer for this moment. In the weeks since graduation I have probably…

15 Days Paris Here We Come!!

Paris, here we come! Fifteen days till our plane leaves the runway in Green Bay bound for Paris, France!  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  Researching and planning is in full swing.  It seems like just yesterday that I booked our cute little apartment in the heart of Paris through Paris For Rent.  I cannot say enough good things about our experience so far with this rental agency.  Every question and…

Sharpening My Time Management Skills

It’s August and the summer is slipping through my hands.  I have not been able to get a grip on my daily schedule since June when I stopped working.  This is not good for someone like me that likes organization. I decided it was time to put my time management skills at work and at least set some kind of schedule for myself.  Since I will be working part time for awhile, I…

A New Beginning With A New Job

Losing my job was devastating When I lost my job in June I was blindsided.  The one good thing was it was the beginning of summer.  I had enough of a cushion that I did not need to immediately go out and find a new job.  So I had decided I would take the summer to regroup, work on my blog, and figure out what my next step should be. Let’s just say…

The Light Of Paris by Eleanor Brown

The Light Of Paris is a page turner I picked up The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown mainly because of the Paris subject matter.  Five pages in that I was going to have no problem finishing this one. It took me only 3 days to read The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown.  The author of the bestseller The Weird Sisters wrote this story that explores the complicated relationship between a Mother and Daughter…

Reading Now-The Light Of Paris

I needed a break from all the things I have been reading lately. I’m about “how to’d” out. Although I’ve been enhancing my blogging, Pinterest, Social Media, and Paris travel skills, it is time for some daily fiction. I need to escape away from reality for awhile and have a little fun.  So yesterday I took a much needed trip to the library to search the…

Paris With A Sprained Ankle?

How accessible is Paris if you have mobility issues? Traveling to Paris with a sprained ankle? You cannot be serious! Traveling through the airport in a wheelchair or on a cart? Will I be able to ride the Metro? I was looking forward to walking all over Paris and exploring every nook and cranny.  Why in the world did I go ahead and sprain my ankle a week and a half ago? I have a…

Planning For Paris-Planning An Itinerary

My trip to Paris is less than a month and a half away and I have been busy making out a must see/do list. Studying maps, metro lines, checking out cafes near our rented apartment, and getting a packing list together. I always say half the fun of going on a trip is the planning. I’m at my happiest when I have a table full of maps and guides laid out in…

5 Great Things About Female Friendship After 50

I often pause and think about how blessed I am to have some great female friendships.  I honestly would be lost without these relationships and the joy that they bring in to my life.  The older I get the smaller my circle of close friends becomes but the quality those friendships are worth their weight in gold.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a great relationship with my hubby, but the difference between…

Readers Block-Trying To Find My Reading Groove Again

I’m having a behavioral issue.  I can’t remember the last time that I was stuck and was having a hard time trying to stick with a book.  The last 2 books I have tried to read,  I just could not finish.  Very strange behavior indeed!  Maybe it has something to do with not feeling very settled myself.  Maybe it’s feeling a measure of guilt for reading purely for pleasure…

Wisconsin Destination-Lakeside Park Lighthouse Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Discovering the Lighthouse at Lakeside Park in Foud Du Lac Wisconsin It’s funny how places that are so near to you, you never take advantage of. All it takes is some gas in the car and away you go!  So how is that for a cheap vacation!! Wisconsin has an abundance of places you can visit all within a short drive of you home.  No messing with long lines in TSA…

Bastille Days Festival In Milwaukee And A Suprise From A Friend

Sometimes the best weekends come on the spur of the moment. Having no concrete plans for the weekend I spent my Saturday morning doing a couple of my favorite summer things. Strolling around the farmers market in Sheboygan and hitting some consignment shops. First I made my rounds buying some veggies for the week. I don’t know what it is, but everything looks so yummy when you see it laid out on tables…

Budgeting For Travel Is Possible-Even You Can Make It Happen

How many times has fear held you back from doing something you really want to do? Are you over 40 and realize that you want to take a vacation in a far off land (or maybe just the next state) and you don’t know how to go about it?    Fear can paralyze us into not living our dream lives.  Of course not everyone can act on every little whim we have, like quitting…

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