Up until the age of 42, my experience in travelling to Europe was limited, to say the least. With the exception of a trip to England with my Mom & my younger brother at the age of 16, Europe was a line on my bucket list, yet to be realised.
The dream to travel to this part of the world became a reality one evening when I attended a family function and my sister-in-law, “C”, shared with me that she & 2 of her sisters from the West coast were meeting in Europe to head out on a 3 week adventure to Holland, France & Italy.
The girls had rented a beautiful property in the Provence Region of France which we quickly pulled up on the computer to take a look at. As I sat oohing & aahing over the link to their fabulous accommodation, C unknowingly planted a seed by uttering 3 little words to me.
“You should come.”
My first reaction to her suggestion was that I couldn’t possibly go. With our son heading off to university in 4 months, it seemed inconceivable that I could come up with funds to head out on a 3 week vacation with the girls.
Or could I? Rarely do I give in to what I can’t do rather than what I can. Call me resourceful!
You see, the beauty of travelling with 3 other people is that many of your expenses are divided amongst the 4 of you, thus actually making your travel costs quite economical.
With some creative financing, the selling of a kidney, & a wee bit of compromise, mostly to assuage my own guilt, I decided to join the girls for 2 of the 3 weeks. I would meet them in Paris, head south to the Provence Region for a week followed by an additional week in Italy.
This would be my first of many “girl” adventures & my sister-in-law would continue to be one of my best travel mates for future destinations. I am incredibly blessed to share a unique & wonderful relationship with her, not only because we became family through our being married to brothers, but because I consider her to be one of my very dearest friends. How lucky am I?
Oh, in case you were wondering, I didn’t really sell a kidney, although I may have to one day, given my never-ending desire to travel.
For those of you planning a future trip to the south of France, here is the link to the property that started it all for me! If you are ever in the Provence area, I would highly recommend you take a peek! Le Jas des Parpaillous More to come about this property & the surrounding area.
Jusqu’à la prochaine fois