Yep, we went on a short little excursion to Paris! My sister, who lives in the Netherlands, surprised Ellery and I by booking us a trip on the speed train the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris in three hours and fifteen minutes. We walked along the River Seine (below).
meaning we walked up many, many staircases like this one.
one of the bridges crossing the river. On this bridge couples from
all over the world place a lock with their names engraved, a symbol of their enduring love.
A grand slam event!! It was just a coincidence that our annual trip to the Netherlands coincided with the French Open, at the magnificent Rolland Garros of Paris. My sister, an avid tennis fan, submitted a bid to get tickets through the lottery like system. She was able to get tickets for Day 9 (round four) on Monday, May 30. Because Ellery was only 6, she was admitted free. All of us followed these tennis rackets from the Metro Station (subway) to the grounds.
Maria was eventually defeated in the quarter finals. It was a thrill to see her come from behind to win that match (picture above from here). After years of being a fair weather fan of tennis, I will say that this year, I will be dialed in to the other Grand Slam events, including Wimbledon and the US Open, to see how our "girl" does. I am guessing from her keen attention at the matches that Ellery will also want to watch more tennis, too.
You may already know that "China’s Li Na held firm in the face of a ferocious comeback on the part of defending champion Francesca Schiavone to win 6-4, 7-6 (0) and claimed the first-ever Grand Slam title for a player from Asia."
So, as you read in the title post, I am back home in Minneapolis. No further travels until late July when we go out to Washington State for our son’s wedding. I did pretty well with exercise, at least 7/12 days biking over 5 miles a day. We walked a total of 12 miles through Paris over our 4 days, too. Eating was good for the first 7 days, but the last five, including 4 days in Paris, let’s just say I was over my calories budget. So, Slimmer This Summer, Alan’s June Boom, and Tami's Small Change Challenge, here I come!
As I close, I would like to welcome the many new followers, including Marilee, Miss April, Jacqui, Big Clyde, Simple, Sassy Sarah, Casey's 279, Cinner, Alliehbc, Tread Lightly and ec_212, that came on board with me in the last couple of weeks. Together, we can move forward and get fit and healthy. Thank-you all for reading. Have a great start to your week everyone and TTFN, Michele