26 days in three continents, four countries, numerous cities, countless airports and gazillion number of people and friends. They say travel change you, and I 100% agree with that statement. We travel “not merely to lie on a beach somewhere, but to discover something new about ourselves, and about the world.“ This quote by Dani Shapiro sums it all up.
It wasn’t about getting away or merely taking a vacation, it was more than that for me. It was to discover, explore and learn more about myself, my new venture and what is left in the world for me to change. A whole new thirst for change brewed in me as I walked on the shores of Essouria, to the red city of Marrakesh, Morocco and the piles of dirt along the coastlines of Lagos, Nigeria. I was blown away by problems that deep down I knew existed but somehow thought had vanished or had been solved by someone else. I also witnessed amazing beauty for the very first time. It is true what they say of the Eiffel Tower, it’s an astounding beauty, and my goodness, Lagos boast of amazing skyscrapers, beautiful restaurant, beaches and hotel. I was completely swoon.
I will break this whole trip down by days/events/or special locations, and hopefully I remember as much of this as possible. Here is a little snapshot of our first few hours in Paris.
You can’t possibly visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower right? So, as soon as we got off the airplane, had a good shower and changed some clothes, we went straight to the city with a view. It was beautiful.
Camille on our first flight – Pittsburgh to Paris. Watching ‘Sofia The 1st” on the TV screen
Greeting Aunt Rachel with a kiss after a month-long separation
Beautiful Walk at La Defense, and far away, there is the Grand Arch, a beautiful sight.
Camille, Enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the stairs overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Rachel and I take a picture at the Starbucks in La Defense
Camille takes a walk in the garden overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Me and the jet-lagged Camille at the Eiffel Tower
The sleepy + jet-lagged Camille in a bicycle ride across the Eiffel Tower to the train station
At La Defense Starbucks, we share a beautiful drink and took this gorgeous picture.
Slept through the train ride and all the way home.
****To Be Continued.