Letter from Paris: en Famille

About to go up the Eiffel Tower, Paris

About to go up the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Our time in Paris en famille is passing quickly. Clive’s son and family are making the most of their time here. They’ve seen many major sights, experienced much of what Paris has to offer, and visited Disney (Day One) and Versailles.

At the gates of Versailles, near Paris

At the gates of Versailles, near Paris

As for Clive and me, we’re savouring these last precious days before the Aussies return Down Under on Sunday.

Our last full day together will be Saturday, culminating in a Parisian birthday party (5 days early) for a special little girl who’s turning four. On the same evening in the U.S., my cousin’s daughter will be married – one of those times I think many expats can relate to, when I wish we could be multiple places at once.

Saturday night we’ll be sending love and all good wishes to the beautiful bride and groom in Massachusetts. Here in Paris, we’ll celebrate the blessing of the youngest member of the family and the time we’ve had together.

Smiling at Grandad as they share a spinning teacup at Paris Disney

Smiling at Grandad as they share a spinning teacup at Paris Disney

Her grandad will be quite emotional when she and her family depart on Sunday, and I’ll be by his side to wave them good-bye. All being well, we’ll next see them in Australia next March.

Walking from Passy metro, Paris

Walking from Passy metro, Paris

Not that Clive and I are tired or anything, after keeping up with the Aussies, but I’m thankful we’ll have another (almost) week in Paris to move at a slightly slower pace, see a few current exhibits I’m very excited about and soak up a little more of this city before we return to our home by the sea in Felixstowe.

Taking older grandson (& his mum) to a favourite Paris museum

Taking older grandson (& his mum) to a favourite Paris museum

I can’t end this post without including the blessed news that this week also marked the successful live kidney transplant for my U.S. stepson. We are eternally grateful for his angel donor and her family and that she and my stepson are both recovering well.

Candles burning at Notre Dame de Paris, two in particular for my stepson and his donor

Candles burning at Notre Dame de Paris, two in particular for my stepson and his donor

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Paris.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Carolyn ..what can I say. ..everything happens at once in your family. Happy birthday to the little girl , grandaughter. ..what a way to celebrate ..”in Paris”. And with a family wedding in the USA! AND the brilliant news about your stepsons kidney transplant , prayers for the donors family. ..such good news. I also want to say doesn’t Clives son Look like him , just as your son looks like you.

    I cannot say we have the same cousin connection, never been to one wedding. ..all cousins live overseas and the ones in the UK are not in connection except with my mum. ..hey ho, life goes on.

    Have a lovely time in Pais xo

  2. Another brilliant article, brings back so many memories of Paris. Happy Birthday to the littlest of the group, how special to celebrate it in Paris! We’ll be thinking of you Saturday.

  3. Anne, thanks and yes, sometimes everything does seem to happen at once! Appreciate your good wishes – thank you.

    Chris, thank you too, and for our priceless shared memories of Paris with your dad and for your amazing courage and good spirits in everything you do. You’re truly an inspiration!

  4. so happy for the news that your stepson’s surgery went well. And for all your family time with Clive’s son and his family. Sorry that it’s been such crap weather – things were brilliant until last Saturday!! but oh well that doesn’t matter!!!

  5. Thanks Kim!

    They’re pleased the actual bits of rain were infrequent and early in the week — otherwise happy it’s been mostly dry. Today at Disney (they’re still there, actually) was sunny! Hoping for same tomorrow. And of course you’re right it really doesn’t matter. Paris is always brilliant 🙂

    Cheers and hope all’s well with work & life in general.

  6. […] Letter from Paris: en Famille Our time in Paris en famille is passing quickly. Clive’s son and family are making the most of their time here. They’ve seen many major sights, experienced much of what Paris has to offer, and visited Disney (Day One) and Versailles. Link: https://mysydneyparislife.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/letter-from-paris-en-famille/ […]

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