The last day on our Paris visit is always the busiest and I only had time for a lightning quick sketch with just a bit of color today. We still have to pack to leave extremely early tomorrow morning, or what will seem extremely early to us since we’ve been sleeping in while we’ve been here. I’m going off-prompt because I couldn’t think of a way to work our prompt of “sea turtles” into a post about my trip. Instead, I sketched the view I enjoy most, which is catching a quick glimpse of the Eiffel Tower while crossing the street. This view and similar views can be found throughout Paris and I love them most. Far from the actual tower and throngs of tourists there are so many wonderful little neighborhoods, including the one we got to live in for the past couple of weeks. It’s been an amazing trip, though I’m really exhausted after a whirlwind of plans while we were here. But, I feel very lucky to have once again experienced this beautiful city as though we actually lived here. One day, perhaps, we will, but until that day comes, it’s time once again to say “au revoir!” and head back to our home in the States.
Today, we visited Philippe’s best friend for a long lunch and then went from there directly to his mother’s apartment. She walked with us back to our place and then we had some dinner at a nearby restaurant. It was a lovely way to spend the final evening, though there wasn’t a moment’s break during the entire day so it almost felt like two days in one. Every time we see someone here, it’s a celebration including a glass of champagne, wine or both. It’s lovely, but that’s what I now remember about this last day here. We try to pack in as much as we possibly can and by the end I’ve eaten and drunk more than one person should and I’m ready to climb into bed. That will hopefully happen soon now, but we’ve been in the process of packing our clothes and little souvenirs we’ve acquired on the trip. My nearly empty suitcase I brought with me is now filled with clothes I’ve purchased while here. Thankfully, everything fit, and doesn’t seem to weigh a ton. I always hold my breath as they weigh my luggage at the airport, hoping it doesn’t exceed the weight limit and incur a fine.
It was actually fun to pack as we rediscovered little things we purchased or received as gifts early on in our trip. Things we’d almost forgotten about as we’ve been staying here a full two weeks now. We were reminded that though everything seemed rushed in these final days, we did indeed enjoy a long and wonderful trip visiting friends and family. It’s never long enough, of course, but it’s a precious time that’s given us the gift of amazing new memories. And through it all, I’ve managed to sneak in a little sketch and journal post each and every day. I’m always amazed how it’s always possible to sketch each day, no matter what’s happening or how busy the day becomes. And, it’s wonderful to have bits of memories captured in these posts and what often becomes the quickest of little sketches. If I wasn’t sketching and journaling each day, many of these little moments might be forgotten, so I’m so thankful for my doodlewashing habit. Soon, Philippe and I will head to bed for one final short night here, enjoying wonderful dreams as we happily remember that last full day in Paris.
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