“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find them.” – Roald Dahl


Today I’m leaving for France and I’ll be honest, I can hardly contain my excitement, anticipation and joy. France holds a special place in my heart. I lived there twenty years ago twice, once in Paris as a student at the Sorbonne and the next year in Marseille doing a business internship at the age of 22.

I blossomed in France. I became a woman. The world was at my footsteps and I will always look back at my time in France as one of excitement, discovery, growth and joy. It was one of the best times of my lives, yet thankfully I have many other times that have also qualified for equally as great.

This trip will also be extremely special because not only am I going to revisit all of my most favorite, memory-ladden places, I will also be taking this trip with two extremely special people in my life: My mother and my sister. Β Looking back now, although we have traveled a lot as a family I don’t believe we have ever taken a trip just the three of us.

Meanwhile, my wonderful dad is coming (in the place of my mother who has graciously watched my children for the last eight years while I’ve traveled with my dad) to help “babysit” the kids while my husband works. Should be an interesting time. I’ve already typed up five pages of detailed instructions. Looking over at the list, it is no wonder I’m always tired!

While I’m away, I am going to try my hardest not to blog. Instead, I’m going to focus on soaking everything in…the beauty, the architecture, the food, the people, and lovely fantastic Spring in Paris and Provence. I am convinced I will beat my record of 800 photos in a week. What do you think? I’m thinking it will be over a thousand.

So in the meantime, while I’m away, if you are missing my blog you can keep abreast of my pictures and trip via two other sites that I will be updating. You can follow me along on facebook and Instagram where I’ll be posting some of my favorite pics….

Thirdeyemom on Facebook

Thirdeyemom on Instagram

Here is a sample of my site…I’ve become a little addicted to Instagram lately as I love looking at photos so if you know any good ones to follow or you have an account, please let me know.

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I will also try to post one photo a day from my trip on my other photoblog, thethirdeyeworld. Thethirdeyeworld is the sometimes ignored and overlooked little sister of thirdeyemom. If you haven’t checked it out before, please feel free to do so and subscribe!

Sadly, this blog will be left alone with no posts until I get back! I promised myself I wouldn’t waste anytime inside my hotel room writing a blog post when I could be out enjoying France. So stay tuned! πŸ™‚

A bientΓ΄t!Β 


  1. What a special way to see France again. Have a fabulous time with your mother and sister. I look forward to seeing posts about your adventure.

    1. The best trips are the ones that bring back memories from the destination. That is how I feel when I visit Brazil every year, and if one day I ever go back to Texas or Angola, where I’ve lived before, I’m sure many find memories will come flooding back.
      I also love that Roald Dahl quote! I had heard it before in an advertisement for an Aboriginal art gallery in Sydney, Australia – I especially like that it can be applicable in many situations, and different places around the globe.


  2. Yes, do try to be in the moment and just enjoy the charm and culture and history of one of my favorite countries. Oh, and the cuisine will be a memorable part of your trip.

    1. Thanks so much! It was WONDERFUL! Just got home late Thursday night so am trying to desperately catch up. It will take me quite awhile to go through all those pictures! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much! Just got home. Was wonderful! But my it has gotten so pricey. Nothing like Central and South America. But then again, it is Paris! We had a WONDERFUL time!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Angeline! It was wonderful! I did make it to the Cite U on the last day and there is now a tramway running down the main street! It still has its charm! πŸ™‚ Loved the trip! it was wonderful! πŸ™‚

  3. Have a fantastic time in France Nicole. The weather is due to get a bit better over here this week, so it should be OK for you. Great Roald Dahl quote by the way. Not only was he a great author, he also grew up in Cardiff πŸ™‚

    1. I agree Madhu! We are going to have so much fun and I can’t wait to reconnect with my mom and sister as we all live in different states and don’t get to see each other often. What a wonderful birthday gift for you, too! How romantic! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much ! Just got back and it was wonderful. Only thing was wow, it has become insanely expensive!!! 7 euro for a coca cola or coffee, 25 euro for salad at lunch. Wow….is London that bad? I still love Paris and always will. Just need to bring more money next time! πŸ™‚

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