First off, Paris. My sweet Paris is always with me even when I'm not there so it will be foremost in my mind.
I often get a very clear mental picture of a particular thing in Paris. I don't mean big monuments like the Eiffel or the Arc, I mean small details like the curve of a chair leg or the bumpy texture of a plaster wall. I can visualize the cobblestones under my shoes, the shine of the copper on the bar in the neighborhood cafe, and the cold wrought iron gate leading into the park. I can see posters with curled up edges on the wall of the pâtisserie, see the eyes of a dog sitting in a cafe, quiet...enjoying the sun.
I have no photos for these moments. They're etched in my memory, hopefully for a very long time. I can draw on them when I need a quick Paris fix. Sometimes they just creep up on me when I'm not expecting them. Luckily we can keep memories with us, tucked inside our heads. No batteries required.
So, there's no chance I will forget my favourite city while waiting for the next trip.
With this in mind, it's time to get back to my art work. A medical glitch more or less knocked the inspiration out of me for the last couple of years but its time to get creative again and aim for an exhibition in the fall. Joe and I often exhibit together and although we work in different media, our pieces go well together.
Then, there's the French lessons which will start up again mid-January. Hopefully I'll have retained some of the grammar and vocabulary I learned before taking a few months off. I love the language and if anyone deserves to speak French, it's me. I've been trying off and on most of my adult life so surely the language chunk of my brain will eventually give in and let me be fluent!
Last but not least, I'll carry on with Life, Laughter and Paris. I truly enjoy writing the posts and the whole process has made me more aware of what's happening worldwide. Us bloggers read more posts than we write and that can only be good.
So, Paris, art, language, writing and reading. Yup. That about sums up what I'll be concentrating on in the New Year. I think it's a good plan. Oh yes, I'll be laughing a lot too.
Wishing you the very very best year.
Good health, happiness, and dreams come true!
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