I am so absolutely lucky to have a job that has allowed me to travel to France. This last trip was the longest I had been there and it really hit me how much I love it there. But the question is why do I love it so much?
Is it the amazing people I've met there? The co-workers that have become dear and cherished friends made the visit so much more fun, not only were we able to get so much work done in person but we ate delicious food, saw parts of the country I would have missed otherwise and strengthened our friendships that we have been building for years via zoom! So much easier to do when we can share hugs and la bise (that's kisses in French)
Is it the the food? I won't lie, a large part of my love for France is the food! I mean what's not to love? The wine, the cheese, the bread, the butter, the pastries - it's a food lover's heaven! It is glorious from the time we stepped off the plane until the time we got back on. I love how fresh the food is, how it's not the processed garbage we eat here at home, food is definitely high on the list of reasons to love France!
Could it be the beauty and history around every corner? The architecture, the culture it's mind blowing.
I'm sure it's a little bit of all of these things, but I also think it's how close I feel to my grandmother when I'm there. It's strange because my grandmother never made it to France but her mom - my great-grandmother had. My grandmother died the day I left for my first trip to France, my mom told me to go, to take the trip, to do my job and to see Paris for grandma. I did just that and since then every time I'm there I feel grandma there too. I like to think she would be proud of me for having a job that takes me there. I like to think she'd be proud and excited to see what I'm seeing. I am eager to drag Tamy to France to see what I see, to love the city like I love the city and to continue to reconnect with my grandmother, my great-grandmother. This visit is the first time that I thought, "hmm maybe I can live here" there is just something magic about this place. It more than lives up to the hype in movies and television, there is more beauty, more history, more love, more light than you can imagine and it has stolen a piece of my heart.
Do you have a magical place that has stolen your heart? I'd love to hear all about it! And hopefully you want to hear more about France because I have more stories to tell and I plan to share them.