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Rick and I arrived back Thursday night. It's been a struggle to turn around with the time difference, but it's getting easier. All in all, we are so thrilled that we took this holiday. It was the trip of a lifetime. In all likelihood, we won't be doing a trip like this again where we go to so many locations and are gone for so long until retirement. We've been planning and dreaming about the trip for so long that it almost doesn't seem like it's real that it's over and done. A bit sad about that. But we truly had the best time. We honestly enjoyed each other. In fact, after we'd been home for two days I complained to Rick that I was having withdrawal pains, because for 22 days we'd been together all the time. Seriously, the most we were apart was when one of us went to the washroom! I've always been in love with my hubby, but this trip was a reaffirmation of how much we care and really like each other.
We keep getting asked by friends and relatives what our favorite thing was from the trip. Without question it was Rome. We LOVED that city. (don't tell anyone, but I may even love it more than Paris...maybe.) It was, in all honesty the most intriguing city with a great feel and energy to it and fabulous history. It has gone back on the list as a place we'd love to visit again. Unfortunately Paris never did win over my hubby. Due to the cruddy weather (it rained all but 3 of the days) we ended up spending far too much time in the metro instead of walking from venue to venue. Being underground meant we missed a lot of the city and never truly explored it the way we would have liked. The highlights of the Paris trip were definitely the castle and Normandy day trips. If we were doing it again, we would spend far less time in the city and rent a car and explore many of the smaller cities as that was what we enjoyed so much about the day trips. Oh well, live and learn.
We came home to the unexpected news that one of our dogs needed urgent oral surgery (which happened on Tuesday) and the expected news that we have to buy a new car. Unfortunately 2 days before we left for our holiday our little pickup blew its engine. It will cost far more to fix it than the truck is worth, so we're looking to try and find a new car hopefully by the end of the week. We almost bought one yesterday, but after catching the salesman in a few lies, we decided that we wouldn't give him our business. So we're going to go looking again tomorrow. Wish us luck!
We still owe you the updates on our last days in Paris, Rick has typed them up we just need to pick out the photos to feature. We may get it posted tonight, we'll see.