Wow. I can't believe I felt okay saying goodbye to Paris today, but it was kind of my idea. G and I were going over schedules and budget and realized that while Paris was totally within our budget, if anything went wrong with the timing, it would be bad. And honestly, this little girl could turn out to be a breeze to travel with, or at 6 months she could turn out to be a nightmare to travel with (teething, etc).
The reality is we've both been to Paris before, just separately. So, while we're not saying no, we're saying not this next year. Instead we're planning to spend a week at the beach, and some time up in Vermont next Christmas during their festivities. (along with a weekend or so in Vermont this fall to see the foliage and pick up some yummy maple syrup!) And are considering choosing to visit some family in Seattle (um, tulips and Canada!) next spring instead.
It felt okay, the putting it off. We're choosing to focus on our family and adventures closer to home. We're choosing to recreate Europe in our home, from simple french pressed coffee to homemade madeleines and strolls in parks and museums. We're choosing to focus on finding romance in a place other than the city of lights with an infant. So it didn't really feel like we were giving much up.
Have you ever changed your plans when it came to a huge vacation? Or do you maybe do something in your home that is a good reminder of your favorite place?