Settling for Paris

We had planned on going to the US tomorrow. We had plane tickets, and a rental car reserved; hotels reservations, plans to stay with family and friends, and other reservations in place. However, with rising COVID cases, and travel challenges at CDG and Heathrow, we came to the difficult decision that it was prudent to cancel the trip. We were greatly disappointed. We were looking forward to seeing everyone, and attending the wedding of our dear friends; sigh. Maybe we’ll get to go home for Christmas; time will tell. It was so hard to cancel the trip. 😢

We were able to get refunds, credits, and vouchers for most of our reservations; however, our train tickets to Paris were non-refundable. So we decided a trip to Paris was the next best thing. 😉

Notre Dame

We are fortunate to have visited Paris on multiple occasions, and have seen many of the famous landmarks here, but there’s always something more to see. Tomorrow we’ll be visiting Jardin Des Plantes, and maybe a museum or two since the heatwave continues, and bien sur, we’ll enjoy some good meals. So we’re turning lemons into lemonade, as they say.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from past visits in this iconic city.

My beautiful daughter; a long time ago when we were all much younger.

Many of these photos are from a long time ago, so I’m looking forward to updating my Paris photo album over the next few days.

Check out my other posts on Paris:

Lunch in London, Dinner in Paris

Paris, France

Notre Dame de Paris

A special thanks to my dear friend Shirley for providing the inspiration for the title of this blog.

What are your favorite sites in Paris? As always, I would love to hear from you, so please leave a message if you’re so inclined.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. What a disappointment to have to cancel your trip, but I’m glad you could salvage something out of it. I do love Paris and can never understand why (some) people dislike it so much. Ah well, they can stay home and I’ll go. 🙂

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  2. Sorry to hear that you can’t head back to the US; these are trying times when it comes to COVID and travel…all the same, a jaunt through Paris is never a bad idea, and I look forward to reading about what you were up to in the French capital!

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  3. Ah….Paris! Loved all these photos ‘from the past that you’ve shared.’ Paris hasn’t changed a bit, but I’ve learned from your post that from now I will rely on photos from years ago when I looked younger/better. We all look forward to the new pictures you are taking on this visit to Paris. And thanks for the shout-out on the title of this post; I’ll take settling for Paris any day! Safe journey….!

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  4. We will miss you so much at the wedding. It won’t be the same without you — and without the Travel Sketcher to officiate. You will absolutely be in our thoughts all day. (I think one of my favorite places in Paris is the Rodin museum, where I know you have been, too.)

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  5. Oh Tricia, I feel your pain. Having to cancel such an anticipated holiday is always depressing, but at least you’ve managed to salvage things financially, along with another trip to Paris. I love the old photos and can feel your sense of nostalgia coming off the page.

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  6. As always, beautiful pictures! I would have liked to go to Paris (and London), but I’m not a good traveler (vertigo & motion sickness abound), so it’s not gonna happen. I will just have to be content with your blog showing me Paris!

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    1. Thanks Peg! I’m sorry to hear that traveling doesn’t agree with you. And it is particularly difficult right now with so many flight cancellations, etc. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts; I’m looking forward to yours again too.


  7. I’m so sorry about your trip being cancelled – I don’t know if it helps but I’ve flown out of Heathrow 8 times in the last 2.5 months and had no issues at all. Paris looks like a great alternative though and I’m so glad you could get most of your money back 🙂

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