Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Fond Farewell


I leave today for home. I have had the most amazing summer here in France. I have met so many wonderful, friendly people and seen so many beautiful and interesting places. A special thank you to my friend Peter who was again so very generous with his time and made my trips to Paris so much fun. I'm a very lucky girl! Am I sad to be leaving? You bet, but I found this quote from Eddie on Nathalie's Avignon blog yesterday that says it pretty well.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. "

"Ne pleurez pas parce qu'il s'est fini. Souriez parce qu'il s'est passe."

I will continue to post photographs here as long as I have them. When they run out I guess I'll have to figure out how to get back to Paris for more!

17 comments:

Ming the Merciless said...

Beautifully said! I love that quote too.

marley said...

Perfect quote. We could all do with remembering that from time to time. Have a safe trip home :)

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Simply wonderful and yes: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. " --- I guess you had a really great time and please, believe me if I say I am happy for you !

Harriet said...

Yes, indeedy, you'll have to find an excuse that will take you back to France.

Thanks for giving us the reference on the quote. I saw it on your site earlier today and was wondering about it. It certainly is a good philosophy.

Safe travels! à la prochaine fois......

Bob Crowe said...

How bittersweet. I bet Delta flight attendants won't treat you as well as Parisian waiters. But you will never forget this experience. You had the privilege of living it and I know you will find your way back.

Thérèse said...

Well said Virginia.

Harriet said...

The quote is by none other than Dr. Seuss!

Katie said...

Thanks for taking us along on your trip V, it's been wonderful for us too! I'm sad that you have to leave France, but that just means it's time to start planning your next trip!

Judy - So California said...

V, Safe travels home. Thank you for sharing your summer so beautifully......until next time.

Virginia said...

I'm not gone yet. See the update above. I even have some airport photos I just took that I'll add. "Idle hands are the devil's workshop" you know!
V

Janet Kincaid said...

This is the one thing I'm bummed we didn't photograph at dusk: la Tour Eiffel. Oh well. Next trip, I guess!

Bon voyage, VJ! Hope to see you again soon.

Eddie said...

Virginia, safe travels on your trip home! And thanks for the reference :) I was wondering if you speak French, or if not, how much you picked up while spending the summer in France?

Bon voyage et merci encore!

Daryl said...

I have loved sharing your time in Paris and the countryside ... and I am smiling

Starman said...

I think she stole that from my blog title page.

Eiffel Tower Suzy said...

Oooo, I love that quote! I'll use it in effective parenting, for sure.

Here's another quote I love:

Eiffel Tower!
Eiffel Tower!!
Eiffel Tower!!!

I'm so happy we have Paris. It's simply a dream.

Virginia said...

Merci for you kind wishes. I"m back at the place I've been staying the last few days so I'm not totally homeless yet. I try again tomorrow. New Skill today: Managed to get home by using the RER and Metro from CDG> LOrd Have Mercy I'm tired and grumpy.

Babooshka said...

I do like that quote. It is also very true about this trip.