This month I celebrated two big events - my 14th wedding anniversary (!) and my 40th birthday (!!) - by traveling to Paris with my husband. We spent a glorious week exploring museums and historic sites, catching up with friends who live in Paris, and walking for hours taking in all the beauty of the city. Also, we ate pretty well.
Paris is such a beautiful city and it's so easy to navigate with public transportation. The people are friendly, especially if you try out your high-school French! At one restaurant I spoke so well that I got a response in French that I fully didn't understand, earning us the English language menu. It sounded like it was translated by google. A highlight included "suckling pig square" - hmmm. I think I would have preferred to order in French.
A highlight of the trip was going to see Monet's house at Giverney. His Wisteria painting at the Allen Memorial Art Musuem in Oberlin, OH was where I first felt the power of painting and the urge to create myself. Walking through his iconic waterlily garden and seeing his home studio with his favorite paintings all crammed together on the walls was overwhelming. And when we got back to Paris in the afternoon we went to the Musée de L'Orangerie to see his giant waterlilies in person. So incredibly moving!
After spending an entire day getting lost at the Louvre, we decided to spend some time on our last day at the Musée D'Orsay. I skipped directly to the impressionists and post-impressionists, not wanting to waste a moment of my energy and focus. I spent a long time looking at Monet's many pieces there, Pisarro, Renoir... it was incredible. And the main highlight was seeing several Van Gogh paintings in person. They popped right off the wall with their vibrant energy. I filled myself up with inspiration and creative energy.
A week without the kids, looking at art, and hanging out with my gorgeous and patient husband was exactly what I needed!