Europe with kids

Lavender field

By Becky.   Image by Andyblind.

So we’re planning one last road trip before our move home. Friday we’re heading up to the south of France, to Provence. But so many places are calling out to me. Naturally we’re going to hit Avignon and the Luberon villages, and of course Aix-en-Provence. Gordes is on the list. And the Senanque Abbey. If you can believe it, I am scheduling our stops around the markets. Isle Sur la Sorgue’s is on Thursdays. Lourmarin’s, on Fridays (the fabrics look amazing). Arles’ market, held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, is known for its textiles. But Aix’s big market happens on Saturdays, too. Oh gosh–

Mostly I think I just want to stand smack in the middle of a lavender field that goes on forever, along with the petals, who will no doubt look like they have always belonged there, two flower faires at home in a riot of fragrant purple.

I have such high hopes for this trip! Any ideas about what we shouldn’t miss??

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The Incredibles_7743

Last summer: Team Eleven O’Clock, at the top of the Cologne cathedral, in Germany. Staggering, how quickly they made it up the stairs, practically racing up hundreds of steps so they could get . . . to that . . . view.  Had the petals not stopped now and again to make sure I still had a pulse, I would still be in that tower, counting the steps.

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Sometimes, you think you know what’s waiting for you at the end of a climb like that one.  You think you know how cool it’ll be.

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And then you get there.  And you realize you didn’t imagine big enough.

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Davidson Team, Cologne, Germany 7742

I love it when that happens.

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